Thursday, April 14, 2011

Supplementing with #wholefoods and #natural products

A very small percentage of people get everything they need from eating healthy, whole foods in which most vitamins can be consumed from naturally occurring sources.

I am thankful that my family receives a good portion of their naturally occurring vitamins from fruits, veggies and grains. I really enjoy vegetables so sometimes getting fruits in is best done through a smoothie. My son on the other hand really likes fruits though he does love carrots, broccoli, along with kale, spinach, and zucchini. We keep a good selection of fruits and vegetables on hand. He's learned to love tomatoes last month which made me pretty darn excited. For his age, he will try anything at least once but typically he will try it again and again until he determines he likes it. I never give up on offering him anything because one day he may want it, like it and ask for it.

For the portion of vitamins we don't get from our whole foods, we eat a whole foods supplement. We also take other types of supplements that have benefits specifically to digestion health.

Every day my son eats one acidophilus (probiotics) chewable, two vitamin C chewables, 10 drops of ALJ herbal extract and his whole foods gummies made of 17 fruits, veggies and grains.

I take the same whole foods product in capsule form, ALJ herbal extract in capsule form, and sometimes (especially during cold season) two vitamin C chewables.

We make smoothies throughout the year and we add local raw honey to help combat allergies to pollen, flax seed meal (omega 3s, positive effect on cholesterol), milk thistle (20-40 drops, protects the liver and an awesome detoxifier among other benefits), and a protein powder by the same company that makes the whole foods supplement.

What products do you eat to bridge the gap? 

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