Why I Don’t Recommend Supplements

A few years back when I was visiting some friends in the States, one of them told me she had bought, “tons of supplements to take back to Germany.”

I was confused. Why would anyone do this? First of all, you can buy supplements in Germany too; secondly, why did she think she needed supplements in the first place?

When my patients ask for supplement recommendations, I always start with diet and green juice. Why would you take a vitamin produced in a lab instead of eating or drinking the real thing? Their usual response is: “There is so much more of the vitamin in pills than I could ever eat.”

This is true. But, have you ever checked to see how much of this artificially produced stuff is actually used in your cells?

Enough research has been done to suggest that our bodies don’t assimilate all the goodness we swallow in pill form. Why? There are many minuscule amounts of secondary plant enzymes that aren’t detected yet in the natural form, and therefore, don’t make it into the pill.

On the other hand, if you eat or drink the real stuff your body can digest and assimilate vitamins and enzymes the way it is meant to.

I know there are many people who don’t like this idea. Most people want to feel they’re in control, and they feel threatened when there is nothing they can hang onto.

Can you really be a healthy self-regulating organism if you take supplements on a regular basis?

It’s as if you don’t trust your body to do the job it was designed to do. As if you are saying, “Here, let me help you. You can’t do it on your own.”

Is that truly the best way to honor your body?

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  • Bruce

    This is a good lesson this morning and other than that I don’t think I can add anything helpful.

    But I do have a question about your coffee example. Suppose you were of the one or the other mind regarding a morning coffee. What instruction might you take from each feeling? Is “liking” coffee an indication to move “into” it? Or feeling the need for a pick me up a reason not to use? Or the opposite? And, should we always trust our instincts when there are such things as addiction which might pervert them?

    • Dr. Tiny Jaentsch

      Good question Bruce. I guess what I’m saying is, when you need to be picked up by your coffee – I would stay away from it for a time and see if it changes. Addiction is a perversion of the senses. You can’t trust them anymore. It is the same with the standard american diet. If you eat that way without a period of detoxing you will not feel what you need. It’s like your senses are plastered with junk.

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