Supplementing your health!
This is the final week of my series looking at the quality of what we take into our bodies. We have reviewed different foods we eat and products we use on our bodies. This week we take a dive into the quality of supplements. There are 1000’s of supplements out there in all types of stores. Sadly, the majority are junk made with poor quality ingredients and manufactured without quality control or testing of raw materials. A recent article cited that Centrum, a popular over-the-counter multivitamin, contains toxic chemicals and artificial colors (http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/choosing-multivitamin.html). Since millions of us take some type of supplement daily, it’s important to know where they come from. Do your research and choose companies that specialize in good quality supplements? Be wary of third party sellers on the internet who sharply discount products as they may not be the real thing or can be expired products. Some over-the-counter brands that have good reports include: Nordic Naturals, New Chapter, Host Defense and Rainbow light.
Simply Easy Tip:
The adage that,” you get what you pay for” is very true with regards to supplements. If you find a huge bottle of something like fish oil and it costs $10, it’s likely not a quality product. Better to have a smaller quantity of a good quality product than more of a bad one.
Simply Supportive: Wellness Essentials
All the supplements we use at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy are nutraceutical quality, which means they are put through multiple quality control tests and are only available to health practitioners. We have done the research for you and offer you a good variety of options including protein powder and body care products. If you are looking to get started with some basics, Wellness Essentials is a great all-in-one wellness supplement pack. It includes a multivitamin, omega 3 fat and vitamin D.
Still have more questions? Schedule a 15-min free consult with our nutritionist, Holly Niles, to learn more about the best choices for you.
Simply Delicious: Hearty Broccoli Soup
1-2 tbs olive oil
1 small onion
2 -3 garlic cloves, smashed
5 cups broccoli, cut into pieces
1-2 large potatoes, scrubbed, unpeeled, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
4 cups chicken broth, organic if possible
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
1⁄2 teaspoon salt and 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
Add onion and garlic and sauté until softened.
Stir in broccoli and potatoes and sauté 1 minute.
Add broth and salt/pepper/nutmeg and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Use a hand blender, food processor or traditional blender to puree the soup, in batches if necessary, until it is smooth.
Return to the pan and heat through.
Variation: Substitute cauliflower, celeriac, squash or a combination of these veggies.