Wellness Coach Deborah Kesten explains if women need to take supplements.
The key concept is this: you are going to get health and healing through the food you eat. It’s what’s in fruits and veggies and whole grains and beans and peas and nuts and seeds and to a lesser extent, animal-based foods, dairy, fish, meat and, poultry that’s going to help heal you. It’s what’s in those foods that’s going to heal you.
Staying away from added fat in food, added fat, lots of added butter, lots of added oil, is what’s going to help keep different health problems from progressing, such as cancer and heart disease. So the point is you get your health and healing from food.
Supplements, a huge meta analysis it’s called was done, with antioxidant supplements, vitamin C, for example, and zinc is a mineral. It’s another example; vitamin E is another example. And, when you take supplements and you continue to eat a poor diet, meaning not fresh whole foods, not fruits and veggies and whole grains, but rather Twinkies and white flour and pizza and the typical American diet that most of us have no problem understanding, it’s called the standard American diet, SAD, where most of us are eating that way, when you take supplements, they don’t do anything beneficial. Health comes from food. Supplements bring health insurance.
And the other key concept with supplements is to ask yourself, as with the optimal way for you to eat personally, do you want to eat or take supplements to prevent, manage, or reverse an existing health problem, and that is your guideline to make decisions about what’s optimal eating for you personally, and also what supplements or botanicals, herbs for example, might be beneficial for you.
About Deborah Kesten, M.P.H.:
Deborah Kesten, M.P.H., is an international nutrition and lifestyle researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and Director of Nutrition on similar research at cardiovascular clinics in Europe. More recently, she has created the pioneering Enlightened Diet, a “whole person” optimal eating and weight loss program, the results of which were published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than 200 published health articles, she is the award-winning author of The Enlightened Diet, Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul and The Healing Secrets of Food, a comprehensive, evidence-based nutrition program about the power of food to heal physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.