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Supplements or Substitute

“We have not seen that you can dietary supplement your way to good health” – Craig Hopp, Deputy Director at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Each morning I wake up around 4:15am, whether I am working out in those early hours or not. The earth is quiet, the coffee is particularly good, and my mind is a bit clearer. I can focus.

This morning, I stumbled across an article that caught my attention. This article specifically debated the dietary supplement industry – an industry worth over $14 billion dollars. Different scientists, dietitians, and doctors weighed in with their opinions regarding dietary supplements which I found appealing. I appreciate perspective.

To hear that an estimated 50% of Americans take one or more dietary supplements daily or on occasion hit hard. But it only hit hard because I have my own perspective having sat on both sides of the fence. I have seen the results that both sides offered me.

The supplement industry is an incredible marketing machine. Full of before & after photos, perfectly chiseled models, and carefully crafted messages pulling at the heartstrings of each viewer.

Want to look like you did when you were 18 years old in only 18 days? Take this.

Want to have the stamina of a cheetah, strength of a gorilla, and have more agility than your average running back in the National Football League? It’s easy, Take this.

Want to be happier than you have ever been? Simple, drink just one shake a day and you’re there.

I get it – it is all compelling. Whether you are taking supplements for physical performance / appearance benefit or you are taking that daily dose of vitamin C in hopes to ward off the Coronavirus with a few gummies – we all have our “why” behind the consumption. The reality, though, if you are popping a pill to simply up your intake of [insert supple here] then health professionals would agree that this is not a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet.

Key word: substitute.

The core of our nutrition program is centered on the fact that something as simple as nutrition should not be difficult. Whole foods, proper balance of macro nutrients, a coach to help you navigate, and a strong community helps set our members up for success.

We see our clients being able to ditch certain supplements, get off medication, and improve their overall wellness through our program. Don’t substitute a healthy, balanced diet for the latest and greatest pill / shake / cleanse… you’re doing yourself a disservice.

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