Lithe Instructor and trained chef, Danielle Ingerman is debunking common food and nutrition myths by giving you facts about sugar, fat—even comfort food—and more, so you can feel good about diggin' the foods that you love. Danielle is studying to be a Registered Dietitian at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Her favorite class is Micronutrient Metabolism, and she's currently interning at CHOP and at a private practice in Trenton, NJ. I'm thrilled that she's shedding some fresh and passionate "Eating Lithe" insight here on Fit.Hip.Healthy! Today we're talking suppliments:
Is it really working or is it simply magic? No I’m not talking about exercise (Lithe is really working), I’m talking about supplements. I sat and watched my mother pour out about 100 different pills in nondescript bottles and finally I asked her what they were for. Surprise, they were for everything. Biotin, ginseng, calcium - the vitamin industry is booming and there have never been more pills to take, ever. After all the outrage surrounding Dr. Oz and his claims around his "magic beans," a lot of focus has shifted to the validity behind what these all natural vitamins really do. Longer life? Hair growth? Weight loss? How much of it is reality and how much is fantasy? It's a very loaded topic.
Although, I'm far from a medical doctor, I do know this about the nutrients in the body: unless you are blood deficient, your body will naturally replenish itself. A wise doctor I work for gently calls it "pissing in the ocean." Your body will only use a predetermined amount and the rest you will usually excrete through urine. Actually, about 90 percent of the nutrients we may lack can be found not on the shelves but … dun dun dun: IN YOUR DIET.
But … don’t some people feel better when taking vitamins? Even if they aren't lacking them as per outline on their labs? Some doctors and dietitians say that it’s a matter of the mind. When we set aside time to actually take these supplements it means we're already making health a priority which may come with many other things. Simply taking supplements may reduce stress and anxiety levels surrounding the issue which may result in let's say a reduction in a hair loss issue. Taking your vitamin C may mean that you're also cleaning up your diet and exercising a bit more, so that you feel better. Most likely it's not the vitamin C, it’s the lifestyle change that's causing the shift. Every body is different and responds differently - I can have an espresso at 9PM and fall asleep by 10PM, yet my mother could travel cross-country in a Flintstones car and still have energy to hit the gym (yes, we spend too much time together). I’m curious … how do my Lithers feel about this? Anyone else warming up the ocean?
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