From the Les Ismore school of thought we get today’s missive and again it’s about nutrition. I’m of the firm opinion that anything that goes in your gut should serve a positive purpose. I also strongly believe in the advice of “The Mango Man,” Dr. Wayne Pickering, when he says that, “You can’t supplement a poor diet.” I’d go a little further and add, “and expect good results.” While it’s true that dietary supplements can provide some of the nutrients that are missing from a poor diet, you’re still going to come up with a net loss as far as you health is concerned.
I doubt there are any of us, who at some time in our lives, hasn’t had to live on a very tight budget. For many of us that are retired and on a “fixed” income, or suffering from the current economy slump, or both, a tight budget might be your current condition. If so, please keep in mind that nutrition is NOT the area to make cuts. If you have to give up a few meals out, you’ll probably be ahead of the game anyway. Unless you happen to dine at a good organic and/or vegetarian restaurant, the money you save and put into buying locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, and other products is money well spent. For boomers and above, there has never been a time in your life when your nutrition was more important, with the exception of your first few years, and it’s a tad late to worry about what you ate back then. Considering what our parents knew (or didn’t know) about nutrition at the time, it might be a very good thing that our memory doesn’t go back that far.
I’m not urging you to single-handedly rejuvenate the economy, but please make an effort to choose quality over quantity. One complaint I’ve heard is that organic fruits and vegetables often don’t ‘look as good’ as the non-oganic. There’s a reason for that. For years the agricultural industry has been doctoring, altering, modifiying, and genetically ‘improving’ their products to be bigger, shinier, more colorful, etc. Along the way, they’ve become almost devoid of nutrition. In addition, they’re often grown in depleted soil that has been heavily fertilized with fertilizers that contain ‘acceptable’ amounts of heavy metals, and sprayed with pesticides containing fluorides and other ingrediants that you don’t want to think about.
As a result, when you see the produce on the grocers shelves, it all looks like the very best. It’s an agricultural example of beauty being skin deep. Personally, I’d much rather buy most of my produce at one of the farmer’s markets from a farmer that has grown that produce himself. Yes, it’s more expensive, but you’re dealing directly with the grower and he’s not selling in quantity so he has to make up for it with quality. That doesn’t mean it looks prettier than what you’ll find at the grocery store. In this case the quality is in the nutrition you provide for yourself and your family.
Only then should you consider supplements; and of course I recommend the superior quality of Shaklee products.