There is a lot of talk about supplement floating around and I want to address this.
Supplementation is great, however there are factors to consider when choosing and weighing the reasons in which you are taking something.
First and foremost, it is vital to begin to build a foundation of nutrient dense food and supportive lifestyle habits like proper sleep, appropriate movement as well as addressing the hours of screen time you are consuming.
I am going to get some back lash here – but a fully plant-based diet is not nourishing your body on a deep level. Consuming large amounts of greens, nuts and seeds and milk alternatives is promoting an overload of iron in your tissues and perpetuation inflammation.
There are many things to consider before jumping on the “take vit d, zinc and C etc” train.
Supplementing vitamins and minerals in isolation can lead to imbalances and deficiencies. That is why it is important to get a large portion of your nutrition from whole nutrient dense foods.
Social media is promoting certain vitamins – people are regurgitating it – but have you looked further into it? Shelves are stocked with C, D, Zinc supplements to combat particular diseases.
There are times when targeted, temporary supplementation can be effective but long-term supplementation is going to lead to harm than good.
Supplementing vitamin D in isolation can throw off your vitamins A ,K, magnesium, potassium and copper – and from my experience most people are deficient in these areas to begin with – Stress and a diet that is void of major food categories will have already set you up for further depletion.
Ascorbic Acid – will deplete your copper. Vitamin C does not occur in nature in isolation, its always found in a perfectly created blend of nutrients that are essential for its proper use.
Those who are taking vitamin D – it’s a really good idea to also be taking magnesium and vitamin K2. If you are taking vitamin C and/or zinc, it could be useful for you to have some copper in your diet. (Liver, muscle meats, broths etc)
Zinc can disrupt copper absorption and affect iron metabolism. But don’t supplement these things – get them from the best sources of food that are in your budget and available to you.
Iron is essential for the synthesis of both ATP and DNA, but it will not work properly without copper and zinc ( eat your liver kids)
Copper forms the cytochrome c oxidase, which is needed for the production of ATP in the mitochondria via oxidative phosphorylation. Magnesium is required to make ATP biologically active. However supplementing magnesium without enough sodium and potassium can cause issues as well.
The best way to stay healthy is to have your cells functioning properly.
All these nutrients are working together divinely designed way and must be kept in balance. Thankfully our Creator has it all figured out and whole foods will have these nutrients in their proper forms along with all perfectly balanced components.
Liver, oysters, eggs, real dairy, root vegetables and butter – all go along way.
A good quality Shilajit can also be useful to start to build up mineral deficient stores.