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Tip #2: Do Your Supplementation with Food

This is definitely one of those “Duh, I should have known that!” items. And, if I’d actually taken the time to think about it for three seconds, the logical  part of my brain might have very well come up with this one all on its own. However, it didn’t. And, when my instructor happened to mention it last week in class? Facepalm.

Simply put? Your body expects to get its vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, when you eat. That’s the way it was designed to work, and really? We need to stop tinkering with the natural order of things. Harmony, people. Harmony and homeostasis. Watchwords to live by.

Make sure you take nutritional supplements with a
full meal, and after a few bites of food.


That said, there are occasionally supplements or formulations that need to be taken in isolation, but your treating naturopath or nutritionist will go over all that good stuff with you when they make their recommendations. There are also times when you may need to take certain herbal remedies on a different schedule, away from your minerals. This is done to make sure they don’t interfere or compete with each other in the body. For example, I was recently taking Organic Oil of Wild Oregano to help me out with the latest version of plague going around at work (a.k.a. worst cold I’ve had in two years). It very clearly stated on the label under CAUTIONS AND WARNINGS  to consume the oil of oregano a few hours before or after taking supplements that contain iron, zinc, calcium or copper.

Always ask a lot of questions and research all known adverse reactions and contraindications before consuming anything medicinal… natural source or not.

Just sayin’.


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