As a nation, we eat poor-quality foods that have been stripped of nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of us get our whole grains from instant rice, refined wheat breads, pastas, and cereal. We eat a tremendous amount of prepackaged, pre-made meals. One-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. Americans are overfed and undernourished.
Plants do not produce micro or macro minerals. They absorb them from the soil. Chemical-based farming techniques have depleted the soils of most nutrients. So even if you try to eat well, very often you are eating empty calories with minimal nutritional value.
The good news is, given proper nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. To do so, we need to eat a healthier diet, exercise, and take high-quality supplements made from whole foods. Whole food supplements supply our bodies with nutrients we are not getting from our diet, all the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients that foods possess in a way that nature intended, in a whole food form.
Concentrating foods for use in supplements makes whole food supplementation possible. When processed correctly, they supply a multitude of the plant’s components. Foods provide nutrients that work synergistically. They work together to provide you with optimal nutrition for good health. While ideally we can get our whole food nutrition from the food we eat, most Americans are so deficient it is impossible for them to eat enough high-quality, whole food to make up the gap.
There are many different kinds of supplements on the market, and it can be very confusing to determine the true value of a supplement. Understanding the label will help you know if you are taking a quality supplement. Quality is far more important than quantity. A small amount of a vitamin in whole food form is far more effective in the human body than a large dose of an isolated vitamin that is just a fraction of the whole.
At The Chi Farm we use a variety of techniques to assess your nutritional needs and develop a custom supplement regime for our patients.