3 Supplements That Help Your Body Extract Maximum Nutrition From The Food And Supplements You Already Consume.
Have you ever went fishing before?
Well, I learned the most valuable health lesson of my life the first time I went.
I was probably 7 or 8 at the time. And after getting the basic “how to” of how a fishing pole worked from a friend’s father, I casted a hook out for the first time. My friend’s dad chuckled and then said to me, “Jesse, that’s a great cast, but you’re not going to catch any fish without bait on the hook!”
When I reeled the line back in he sat down next to me and explained - in any activity in life - there are steps you must follow for optimum results. In this case, before you cast a line out, you must first bait the hook.
The lesson was simple - Doing things in order MATTERS A LOT. You can do step 2, step 3, step 4, and so on and so forth perfectly... but, if you don’t get step 1 right, you won’t get the results you seek.
Nowhere else is this more true than your health! In my experience I've found the people who get and stay sick, and live their lives suffering in pain simply refuse to follow the "first step" of health... whereas the people who stay healthy and - on the rare occasions they do get sick, get over it quick - make this a #1 priority.
So, what is step one?
Well, to answer that question let me ask you one. In order of importance, what does your body need the most on a minute-to-minute, hour-to-hour, and day-to-day basis?
The answer is air, water, and food.
I'm assuming your lungs work just fine, so that means next on the list is optimizing your digestive health... making sure your body extracts maximum nurtrition from the food and supplements you consume. Here are the three best supplements to do that:
Probiotics are beneficial bacterica that help maintain the natural balance of microflora in your intestines. They've been growing in popularity in recent years, as research has shown that probiotics can support your immune system health, enhance your digestion, help you make essential vitamins and absorb nurtients from your food, soothe inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract... and the benefits go on and on.
Probiotics have actually been revered for centuries in cultures around the world, where they have traditionally been consumed in fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut and lassi (an Indian yogurt drink). In the modern day, however, most of us do not eat enough fermented foods to ensure a regular supply of these healthy "bugs." That, and environmental onslaughts like antibiotics, chlorinated water and an excess of sugar in our diets further degrades the healthy microflora that would otherwise be in our guts.
A few years ago, one of my neighbors kids got an infection, went on antibiotics, and ended up being constantly sick for about 6 months. When I found out about this I recommended the parents give him probiotic supplement and at least one serving of yogurt (it's high in probiotics) every day.
Within two weeks, the kid was back to normal.
A probiotic supplment, ideally one with multiple bacterial straings that are also acid- and bile-resistent, is invaluable if you don't regularly consume fermented foods.
Eating enough fiber is essential for blood sugar control, heart health, digestive health, stroke prevention and more. It can even help with weight loss and improve the health of your skin. Yet, more than 90 percent of U.S. adults and children fail to meet the recommended 30 grams a day. [iii]
The Council for Responible Nutrition Foundation (CRNF) even released a report showing adults 55 and over with heart diseas could reduce their heart-disease-related medical events by 11.5 percent just by supplementing with psyllium, an excellent source of fiber - daily. And it would cost just .30 cents a day to do so... [iv]
My life-long friend Steve Hefferon (and also long-time business partner, he co-founded The Healthy Back Institute® with me) stopped years of bloating and digestive pain simply adding Metamucil - a fiber supplement you mix with water - to his diet 3 times a day.
Eating more vegetables and fruits is one of the easiest ways to increase your fiber intake, but even with the 'perfect' diet it can be difficult to get enough every day. And if you're not eating right, forget it. A fiber supplement, like psyllium, is highly recommended.
8. Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes play the MOST IMPORTANT ROLE in digestion. They break down the large food molecules you eat into small molecules that your body can actually use. Nothing else can do that, which is why they are so vital.
They break down fats into fatty acids and proteins into amino acids, for instance, Other enzymes, such as maltase and lactase, help to convert certain sugars into glucose while an enzyme known as renin helps you to digest proteins specifically found in milk.
Without them, it would be impossible to extract vitamins, minerals, calories, and other nutrients from the food you eat... you could literally eat all day and die from malnutrition.
Don't gloss over this point. A lack of just one enzyme can wreak havoc on your digestive system. And in other parts of your body too. You see, other enzymes break down and remove from your body inflammation, excess scar tissue, waste toxins, foreign matter, and other small irritants that lead to pain, sickness, and disease.
Without them, you are doomed. I'll circle back to that in a moment...
Digestive enzymes are very useful, especially if you suffer from regular gas, bloating, abdominal pain, heartburn, leaky gut or other signs of trouble with digestion. Taking them orally with a meal may also help you from becoming deficient and straining your digestive system.
Look for a digestive enzyme high in enzymes that digest fats - lipase - as this will help you avoid the "post-lunch coma." The enzymes will break down the fats you eat into fatty acids you can use for instant energy. You also want a broad-spectrum formula that will contain a variety of enzymes (as each serves a different, useful purpose).
Taking these three supplements - probiotics, fiber, and digestive enzymes - will ensure your digestive system is in tip top shape to absorb the maximum amount of nutrients from the food and supplements you consume.
But that begs the question... what ARE the most important nutrients for the rest of your body?