Eating a Healthy Diet. Is that Enough?
Many patients ask me, “Will I benefit from supplementation even though I eat a healthy diet?” A couple points on that. One is, to some people, a healthy diet is having some coleslaw with their fried chicken. Even if you do eat a truly healthy diet, it’s very difficult to maintain a consistent level of all the nutrients your body needs. What I consider to be a healthy diet is a good supply of complex carbohydrates, plenty of lean protein, good sources of fats, and numerous sources of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. But this is hard to do. If you are skipping a meal, or if you are at a restaurant, or somebody’s house, it’s easy to get off track from your good, healthy diet.
In addition, if there are any challenges your body is facing, you need actually increased and therapeutic levels of nutrients. If you’re under stress, be it psychological stress or physiologic stress, if you have an injury, if you’re training hard, if you’re fighting off a cold, if you have a disease, if you’re in chronic pain, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you need a consistent level and a therapeutic level of nutrients to provide the building blocks your body needs to be able to face these challenges. For my patients, I advocate for using high-quality supplementation. This ensures that they have a therapeutic level of all the nutrients and chemicals their body may need to adequately heal itself and recover.