Nutrition, Food, and Dietary Supplements

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Part of education is the laborious task or correcting misinformation.

On the subject of nutrition, cleaning up not only what is eaten, but the entire industry and marketing around nutrition proves to be a formidable task, yet a vitally important one. Therefore, this article is part of an ongoing effort to help bring back sanity to the process of fueling our bodies and minds with nutrients, which is, after all, the purpose of Nutrition.

It seems that the mass marketing campaigns surrounding the so-called nutritional markets and alleged education which support it, all centers around supplements.

Now, before we go any further, let’s look at the meaning of the word supplement:

A supplement can be defined as something that is added in order to complete a thing, supply some  deficiency, or to reinforce or extend an existing whole. 

Further, a food or dietary supplement has the purpose of providing nutrients that otherwise may not exist in sufficient quantities in the foods being eaten.

So, if you are selling, or buying the concept of supplements and supplementation as some basis for your nutrition, I’m here to wake you up and shine some light on this for you.

The BASIS of nutrition is actually FOOD, not supplements.

Supplements, even the very best of them, can only at best ‘supplement” the foods that you eat.

Therefore, 95% of your research, study, and practice about nutrition (which is eating) should be about the FOOD.

Only then do you stand to truly benefit from an intelligent inclusion of high-quality food supplements.

Here are some things to consider while educating yourself about Nutrition and Food. Don’t worry, it is an ongoing, life-long study, so you’ll never run out of things to learn.

Source of foods

Is it locally grown and organic, or was it shipped in by trucks from a large-scale industrial farm that uses pesticides and puts profits over the integrity of the food supply?

Worse yet, is it actually food, or it does it come from GMO-produced seeds or otherwise laboratory-grown sources?

If eating meat and other animal-sourced foods, does it come from Factory Farms, or can you find a local source that has ethics and humanity towards the treatment of those animals you are eating?

Did your food have to pass through several different supply chains before it gets to you? Is it fresh?

Quality of foods

Does it come from a box or can? Are there a bunch of ingredients listed on such box or can? Or are you confident about the ingredients, know what they are and can trace them back directly to the source?

While this real education of food may seem like a lot of work, you hopefully care enough about your body and your health to put in the time and care to research the best possible food options for yourself and your family. It is one of the most valuable investments you can possibly make, an investment for your long-term health and vitality. 

Think of a person who loves his car.

Would he put just any fuel in it, simply because it is cheaper, even if it will make the car break down much sooner? Or will he feed it with clean, high-quality fuel that will keep it running smoothly and strongly for a long time? If you love your health more than you love your car, think of your body as if it were that beloved car and the food you put into your body like the fuel that determines it’s short and long-term performance. 

When you have this level of care and concern about your health, performance and longevity, then educating yourself about Nutrition will no longer seem like an impossible task, rather with education and real knowledge, you gain more power. 

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