We get asked all the time: What supplements should I take? And the short answer is, NONE unless you know for sure you are deficient in something and after you have been consuming 100% whole plant-based foods for at least 6 months. Once this time has passed, you’ll want to know how well things are working inside naturally. Before you begin just randomly taking supplements you’ll want to have a blood test to confirm any deficiencies you may or may not have.
There are two specific blood tests that will give you an overall view of your health, intracellular and extracellular. The first is the standard extracellular CBC (Complete Blood Count) tests you get from your doctor or hospital. These tests count your red and white blood cells as well as to measure the hemoglobin levels, metabolic, lipoprotein panels, and other blood components outside the cell. They help check basic organ function and measure levels of fats in your blood, like good cholesterol (HDL), bad cholesterol (LDL), and triglycerides. These blood profiles are primarily affected by the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, fats) you consume.
The second set of tests is intracellular, known as spectra cell. These specialized tests give you an overall look at what nutrients are inside the cell. These results will show you the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc.) your body is absorbing. Without this report, it is just not safe to randomly consume supplements, thinking I just need this, without knowing for sure.
Yes, it is true, the human body has over 100 trillion cells that all need daily nutrients. Micronutrients to support the immune system and macronutrients to support basic energy functions which makes it even more important to have accurate knowledge of what is going on inside before consuming isolated nutrients.
On top of that, most supplements are dangerous synthetic concoctions in pill or powder form that are subjected to high heat processing in manufacturing warehouses. In order to prevent clogging of the machines, they add toxic flowing agents such as magnesium stearate to the mix. In order to make the concoction stick together in a pill form, chemical binders are used. Over 91% of all supplements on the market today are not only useless to the body, but they are also outright poison. Even the processing of a whole food ingredient into a shelf-stable product is very damaging to the original ingredient. It is best to stay clear of all non-living isolated synthetic “supplements” packaged into pills and powders.
Plus our cells have limits of absorption. When a cellular micronutrient fullness level is reached the cell cannot continue absorbing. When more and more synthetic supplements pills, potions, etc are constantly bombarding the system the body must do its best to eliminate these substances from the body. This day to day operation weakens the immune system, which is very damaging to the health of the overall system. On the other hand real food is a complete whole beautiful package of living nutrients made by nature with everything our bodies require to function perfectly in harmony.
Real whole food, made by nature contains the perfect ratio of bioavailable macro and micronutrients our bodies fully recognize. However, when supplements, (isolated fragmented substances) are introduced into the system, the body can quickly become overwhelmed with unusable and unrecognizable synthetic substances in ratios the body does not understand and does not want to use.
So, what would we recommend if one is deficient in a nutrient, based on the Spectracell test results? The first thing we would suggest is to find whole plant-based foods that contain high levels of those specific nutrients and consume them every day. Because it takes a while for the body to make adjustments it is important to consume these foods for 3-6 months before rechecking your levels.
The food that is the highest in almost every micronutrient humans need to thrive is Raw Living Spirulina, except for two nutrients Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12. The best source for Vitamin D is through the exposure of the skin to the sun. Although Raw Living Spirulina contains high levels of B-12 it is not in the recognizable methylcobalamin form humans require because Raw Living Spirulina is a water-based food and B-12 is a soil-based bacteria. The best way to fix low B-12 is to get your hands dirty in the garden, eat organic food, and don’t wash or cook your vegetables before eating. Cooking food kills B-12 as does washing your vegetables in chlorine water.
Stay away from all supplements, they are a waste of money. Rely on fresh whole plant-based foods for all your nutrient requirements.