Alternative Health Supplements:
A Basic Primer
At times, alternative health supplements can complement natural health and nutrition and even the best whole food nutrition diet. However, supplements in general, no matter how natural, should not be relied upon for one's natural health.
"Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." --Hippocrates, father of medicine (460-377 B.C.)
Concentrate first on improving your diet with whole food nutrition. What you eat, more than almost anything else, will determine your overall health.
Natural health nutritional supplements should simply complement a well-balanced diet. If you eat processed foods and white sugar as staples in your diet, you can't expect a few pills to provide you with excellent health.
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With that caveat, there are some whole food supplements that can increase vitality and make up for deficiencies. Here are some of the best:
Cod Liver Oil, of the high-vitamin variety with the natural amounts of vitamins A and D intact, is an incredibly beneficial oil for young and old. My children take it daily and enjoy excellent health.
"X Factor" Butter Oil, discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS, is extremely high in essential fatty acids, Activator X (recently identified as Vitamin K-2) and trace vitamins and minerals. Butter oil is especially good for those facing chronic illness.
Liver Capsules made of freeze-dried beef livers from grass-fed cows are exceptional at providing iron and essential nutrients. Fresh grass fed liver is a less expensive way to get the same benefits.
Probiotics aid in digestion and intestinal health. These alternative health supplements give a boost of live enzymes to improve overall vitality. Raw milk yogurt delivers high-quality bacteria as well.
Herbal Tinctures & Teas have the ability to impart powerful healing properties; however, herbs can also cause harm. Herbs are best taken after appropriate research or under the direction of experienced, credible herbalists.
Natural-Source Vitamins in the form of whole food supplements can be beneficial. Most vitamin pills do not allow the body to properly absorb the vitamins, even if they are natural and not synthetic, so proper research is important. Vitamins are best absorbed as part of the food they come in, such as vitamin C in rose hips or Vitamin A in carrots.
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Sources and Resources for Alternative Health Supplements:
- Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine by Dr. Ron Schmid
- Foods that Heal by Dr. Bernard Jensen
- The People's Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies by Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon, PhD
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