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The JERF Supplement Controversy

Posted Jan 20 2013 6:45pm

JERF   is my answer to the most common question that I get from clients, friends and family.  What diet should I go on??  Just Eat Real Food is the uncomplicated nutrition plan that I recommend.  It’s simple, easy to remember and best of all you don’t have to count calories worry about carb, protein or fat ratios or any of that crazy business.  All you have to do is eat plenty of Veggies, Fruits, Good Quality (grass fed if possible) proteins and good for you Fats and without really even trying, your body will begin:

  • healing from the inside out,
  • your systemic inflammation will begin to decrease
  • your pants will start to sag before you know it.

If you’re observant you noticed that processed foods, grains of any kind (especially wheat) and legumes (beans etc.) aren’t included in the mix because they are believed to promote inflammation.

The second most popular question I’m asked is.  What supplements should I take?   For those of you who have heard me rant about supplements, you know that I’m not big on them and I prefer to get as many of my nutrients as possible from real food. However, most of us also know that our food just isn’t what it used to be.  It’s not only morphed, genetically messed with and contaminated with pesticides and chemicals, but it also doesn’t contain the vital nutrients that we need to be healthy.

So… the only supplements that I take and suggest friends, family and clients to take on a regular basis is:

1.) A good quality multi-vitamin.  Preferably made from real foods something like Pro-grade VGF 25 for Women or Men  .

2.) Vitamin D3 .  Very important for many things. Immune system, bone health calcium absorption etc.  So how much and what kind is good?  There are tons of resources out there to choose from and it can be confusing re: how much D3 to take.  I consulted with my Doc as you should and  take 500 IU because my levels are great and I get plenty of sun living in the mountains, but Mayo Clinic says basically age 1-70 yrs. 600 IU’s is safe and over 70 yrs. 800 IU’s is recommended.  You can find their easy to read guidelines you can refer to by clicking HERE .

3.) Krill Oil.   Fish oil supplementation used to be very popular.  Now docs (mine in particular) feel it’s not as critical unless you don’t feel you eat enough wild cold water fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel or herring which provides good levels of Omega 3 fatty acids and many other nutrients and anti-inflammatory compounds.  If you don’t like or eat wild fish Krill oil supplementation might be a good idea and the best part about it is you don’t get that fishy burpee back talk.

Again, just like with fitness, the whole food / supplement controversy doesn’t have to be complicated.  JERF it and use a little back up with a multi-vite , vitamin D3 and maybe a little Krill oil .  What’s your take on supplements?  Please share in the comment section below.


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