Foods we eat these days have substantially less nutrition that they had 100 years ago. They’re grown in mineral-depleted soils and transported long distances before we eventually eat them. The nutrients, natural enzyme levels and freshness of our food suffers as a result. This is true even of organic foods and much more so of conventionally grown foods.
That’s why supplementing with vitamins and minerals seems like it should be a good idea. And generally speaking, it is a good idea. But there are important considerations to take into account. In fact, in some ways you may want to consider not supplementing your diet.
There are two reasons for paying particular attention to supplementation.
First, in the same way it’s possible to get too little of a nutrient (vitamin, mineral, enzyme, etc.), it’s also possible to get too much.
Second, the same exact nutrient can affect one person the opposite way it affects another.
I’ll mention a specific example of this in a minute, but first here’s an illustration of what I mean.
If you were in Canada and wanted to go to Mexico, anyone familiar with geography would tell you to head south. Therefore it seems obvious that the way to get to Mexico is by going south.
But what if you were in South America? Heading south from there to get to Mexico would only take you further away from where you want to be.
In other words, getting to where you want to go depends in large part on where you’re starting from. Or put another way, if you don’t know where you’re starting from, how can you know which way to go?
All right, back to supplements.
As it turns out, the effect of specific supplements might be good for you or possibly not. Just like our directions to Mexico example, it very much depends on where you start.
A case in point is Vitamin D. There’s a lot of talk lately, especially in alternative medicine circles, about the benefits of taking more Vitamin D. It helps strengthen bones, improves immunity, and supports heart health among many other benefits.
But how much you need depends largely on where you’re starting. You can have too much Vitamin D in your system. And among its other effects, Vitamin D increases cellular oxidation. That’s how fast your body burns fuel in the cells.
Based on that you might think everyone should take it since increasing metabolism might have some good benefits.
But what if your metabolism was already fast? Here’s what I mean:
Can you see the potential problem here? For someone who’s a Fast Oxidizer, taking Vitamin D is only going to push them further away from balance.
Now consider that too much Vitamin D can cause serious health issues including muscle weakness, fatigue and calcium deposits in soft tissues (hardening of arteries, bone spurs, kidney stones). As you can see from the above illustration, a Fast Oxidizer runs the risk of becoming less balanced & healthy if they get too much Vitamin D.
And Vitamin D is not unique among supplements in this way. Other nutrients affect a person’s oxidation rate, autonomic nervous system balance (master regulator of balance in the body), and even how efficiently cells are able to rid themselves of toxins and make energy.
Let me repeat: whether or not a specific nutrient will benefit you depends on your current state of balance.
This might explain why some people feel great when they start taking over-the-counter vitamins while others feel nothing or even feel worse.
Now in spite of the title of this article, the point isn’t that you shouldn’t take nutritional supplements. There are abundant reasons to take them. The real point here is that if you are going to take them, it pays to know where you’re starting from metabolically and take only those nutrients that will support your healthy balance.
And if you decide for whatever reason that a nutrient contraindicated for your Metabolic Type is important for you to take, you need to know what other nutrients will counteract any negative effects.
The best way to determine which nutrients (and which foods) are best for you is through Metabolic TypingÃ‚Â®. If you’d like to learn more about how to make sure you’re getting exactly the right nutrients for optimal health, call the office at (775) 827-6901 or contact me using this link. Even if you can’t come into the office, you can go through this process by phone and email.
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.
The Healthexcel.com, online information library of Metabolic TypingÃ‚Â®.