So, I’m here today to talk to you about the effectiveness of supplements. If you’re like the millions of other people out there that are trying to get ahead by taking supplements, you’ve probably noticed that are too many supplements to count much less try them all, so how do you know what works and what doesn’t?
Let me first start by stating that the products that these companies make don’t actually have to contain ingredients that do what they claim them to do Okinawa flatbelly supplement. There are no regulations on quality of products in the supplement industry, so how do you know which ones work and which ones don’t?
If you’ve every read some of the advertising or labels on many of these products, most of them sound too good to be true. Well, guess what? Most of them are. The supplement industry is over-hyped and full of fraudulent lies about what they claim their products can do for you. It’s one of the biggest money rackets out.
Think about it for a moment. If the products these companies pushed day in and day out actually worked, they probably wouldn’t be in business and definitely wouldn’t make as much money because if it actually did what it said it did, you would get the results you’re after and wouldn’t have to continue to buy them. They have a vested interest in keeping you from actually reaching your fitness goals. Let me give it to you another way. Look at the pharmaceutical industry- if they had a pill that could cure cancer, they wouldn’t get rich on all the other medication and various types of therapy that they prescribe. Just like the pharmaceutical industry having a vested interest in keeping the cure from you, the supplement companies have the same interest in prohibiting you from reaching you fitness goals. Now, don’t get me wrong because there are a handful of companies that sell quality products that work- more on that to come.
Why do I say that the supplement industry is a money-making racket. Take a look next time you’re looking at a fitness magazine. Over 75% of the magazine is loaded down with advertisements pushing the next best supplement. That’s because most fitness magazines are controlled by the supplement companies. The fitness models that are pictured in these magazines didn’t get their bodies by just by taking the supplements they push. They got it from a lot of hard work, a good diet, and using a few good supplements that actually do what they claim. These advertisements with these fitness models are deceiving. The supplement companies have these individuals bulk up to gain a bunch of weight and then after 10-12 weeks of hard training and a strict diet they show them again with their body fat at 10%. These athletes have been at this body fat % before, so it’s much easier for them to get there again. What I’m trying to say is the supplements are not what got them the results. It was knowledge, hard work, and a strict diet.
It is funny because when I read heaps of books about what we need to heal Endometriosis or what minerals we might be deficient in and what we should take, it kinda frustrates me. It is similar to a Western Doctor mentality to me. It is like we are taking the same approach with natural supplements. There is a problem, so lets fix it with this mineral, this vitamin or whichever element the body is lacking to try and correct the imbalance. To me,…this is just silly. We are replacing drugs with supplements and that is still not getting to the root cause of why we have the imbalance in the first place.
Why are we Vitamin B deficient? Why do we lack iodine, zinc or iron? Sure, we can replenish these losses with supplements for a short time but ultimately, there is something lacking in either our diet or our absorption methods that are causing these deficiencies. Vitamin B is a vital vitamin for many of the functions our liver needs to detoxify. However, what I found interesting is that it is also the same Vitamin that drops easily when we are stressed. Whether this has something to do with it being used up quicker or whether it is absorbed less effectively is still debatable.
To me, the biggest mistake we make is to not go back to the basics with our healing. We have this philosophy that we can simply take some supplements and this will fix everything. It is kinda like having a deck with old paint on it. Instead of sanding back the deck and applying a fresh coat of pain, we simply plaster more paint on top of it. It might initially protect the wood from the sun but over time, you will get bubbles and you just get this thick layer of “goop” that doesn’t actually do anything for the wood.
Have you ever taken supplements and they simply don’t do anything for your healing? I know I have. I have taken so many supplements, in their singular form and most of the time, I feel like I am just weeing them out! Let me just be sure you get what I am talking about….I am talking about singular supplements like Vitamin B or Iodine or any mineral or vitamin we take on it’s own. To me, this is such a singular way of looking at the body. It is just not that simple!
I get asked in many of my emails what supplements I recommend and what to take to feel better. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of supplements that will help you feel better but….and I must stress, they can’t be taken in their singular form to be really effective. Let me explain.
The first thing that needs to happen for any supplement to be effective, is that it needs to be absorbed by the body – kinda obvious:). There are many foods that actually inhibit absorption – you guessed it: highly processed foods, wheat, sugar and foods made with refined oils. From interfering with the individual cell absorption to our digestive system, these foods create “problems” within our bodies. It creates a “high alert”. This means all of our body works on solving these “problems”, rather than on more important stuff like our healing. It will use up resources – like vitamins and minerals – to do that too. This means, a double wammy! Using up resources and none coming in easily either!