Forget the vitamin supplements, give your diet a natural boost. Tips from Sherman Mills chiropractor Dr. Ron Merriel in this month’s “Health Matters Q&A”
I want to start taking vitamin supplements, but there are so many choices, I don’t know which ones to buy. Can you make any recommendations?
– Maggie S.
In my opinion, vitamin supplements can be a big waste of money and for the most part, if you are eating the right foods, you don’t need to take any pills.
I believe that the best way to get the necessary nutrients that a body needs is through whole, organic foods.
There are a lot of enzymes and micronutrients included in whole foods that you just can’t get with a supplement, even one that has been derived from an actual food source such as a “green powder”.
If you want to supplement your diet, I think it’s best to start with juicing.
Don’t drink the juices that you find on the store shelf. Most have too much sugar and all of them are lacking in nutrients.
You really need to drink a juice as soon as you can after making it since the nutrients start to deplete as soon as they are exposed to air.
A juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is best, since it will be absorbed into your bloodstream within about 15 minutes.
Another good habit to get into is drinking lemon water on a regular basis. Lemon has a multitude of benefits such as aiding digestion and boosting your immune system.
Well Maggie, I hope this helps you. Changing your dietary habits takes discipline, but it is well worth the effort and gets easier the longer you do it.
Yours in health,
Ron Merriel, D.C.
Morning juice recipe (Blend well in blender with water)
2-3 stalks of celery
a large leaf of kale
a small piece of ginger (about the size of half your thumb)
Smoothie recipe (great on a hot summer day)
Cup of yogurt (plain, full fat and organic if you can get it)
Cup of frozen berries
2 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
You may need to add a bit of water to allow the ingredients to mix well. You can also play around with the measurements and maybe even add some apple, carrot, banana or a green such as kale.
Coming Next Month: Ron on the River
Follow Ron at East Falls Local this summer as he takes to the river to learn kayaking. See the Falls from a new perspective and learn about the benefits of paddling our neighborhood river. Stay tuned.
Dr. Ron Merriel
Blue Skies Chiropractic
3502 Scotts Ln #13, Philadelphia, PA 19129