You need supplements because you’re probably not as healthy as you believe you are.
0:00 You need supplements because you’re probably not as healthy as you think
0:50 It’s very difficult to get food containing sufficient vitamins and minerals
1:45 Your history has a lot to do with your current health
2:20 When you’re transitioning to keto, you need to beef up B vitamins and trace minerals
3:20 Most people don’t realize how much food you have to consume to get basic nutrients
6:30 The purpose of supplements sometimes is to support weak health links instead of provide nutrients
I’m going to answer the question, do I need to take supplements if I’m already healthy? Great question. First, I’ll ask, what does healthy mean? You may think if you’re not on any medications nor grossly overweight that you’re healthy. But the definition of health is someone who has amazing energy, sleeps well, has no inflammation in their body, and good digestion and adrenal function. Your body functions are all optimal.
I haven’t found anyone like that! We all have body issues. If your health is perfect, you may not need supplements. But even so, it’s very difficult to find food that contains all the nutrients you need because in America the soils are depleted. They’re empty, unlike other parts of the world like Africa, where the soil is abundant with nutrients.
If you were raised on food grown on incredibly fertile soil, that’s an entirely different conversation. But in the US the soil is empty; so, our food is empty. And you can only get so many nutrients from food grown in depleted soil.
Your history has a lot to do with your current health, in terms of your diet, stress, and exercise. Which is another reason you need supplements: to support weak links in your health caused by your history. Usually these problems show up in your digestion, adrenals, inflammatory conditions, and sleep issues.
As well, when you first start keto, you’re in what’s called keto adaptation. Your body is switching over to running on fat instead of sugar. It’s important to beef up your B vitamins and trace minerals, especially if you want to avoid symptoms including keto rash, keto flu, and keto fatigue. Then there are all the chemicals you’re constantly exposed to in your environment, which will impair your endocrine system and liver and prevent you from absorbing nutrients.
To detoxify, you need substantial amounts of vegetables, especially cruciferous vegetables. And most people don’t realize how much food you have to consume to get your basic required daily amounts of nutrients. For example, your body needs 4,700 mg of potassium daily. Rarely does anyone consume the seven to ten cups of high-quality vegetables every day to reach this amount of potassium. I’ve created a number of supplements to help add nutrients, but also provide support in the health areas that can be your weakest link.
The purpose of supplements isn’t only to ensure you get sufficient nutrients, but to help repair weak health links in your body as well as absorb the nutrients in the food you eat.
Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.
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You’re likely not as healthy as you think you are, so you need supplements.