Let’s talk about supplements!
- B12 -
B12 is not made by animals or plants, but bacteria found on the earth’s surface in the dirt & water. Today’s society is so sanitized the water is chlorinated to kill off bacteria, which of course kills off harmful entities, but also reduces/eliminates B12. Plus, we no longer have as immediate a connection to where our food comes from, so even produce like veggies & fruit are washed. This is why most people are deficient in B12. A regular source of B12 is important for everyone to prioritize. Simply take at least one 2,500 mcg supplement each week or a dose of 250-500 mcg daily. This can come in a pill form or a spray like I use. Our bodies store B12 for a long time, so deficiencies can take a while to show. When they do, though, B12 deficiency can potentially lead to paralysis, psychosis, blindness, & even death! It can also come fortified in certain food items such as various plant milks. One cup can include as high as 50% daily value. Also, I use a lot of nutritional yeast in my foods, which is packed with B12. With some effort, it’s really not that difficult!
- OMEGA 3 & OMEGA 6 -
There are good fats and bad fats. The good fats are Omega 3 (ALA) & Omega 6 (LA). Bad fats include Saturated fats & trans fats. Omega 3 & 6 are the only essential fatty acids, so they need to be consumed through food. Foods high in Omega 3: walnuts, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, kale, & chia seeds. Foods high in Omega 6: vegetable oils, tofu, sesame, avocado, & peanuts. Fish oils are commonly pushed in the supplement industry, but fish don’t generate omegas plus can be filled with pollutants. Fish consume them from marine algae! I’m trying an algae-based EPA & DHA Omega-3 supplement for brain, eye, & heart health. Overall, if you’re getting your essential fatty acids, your good cholesterol will vastly improve.
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