Whole Foods and Pharmaceutical-Grade Supplements

 Want to Live a Healthier and Happier Life?

      2019-10-1010/10/19   
Nutrition  Supplements  

Take control of your health by eating more clean, whole foods and taking high-quality supplements. Learn more about how to effectively use supplements to complement your diet.

Food Quality Not What It Use to Be

farmer holding organic carrots in field
farmer holding organic carrots in field

Now first things first. In no way can supplements (pills, powders, drinks, etc) EVER replace the role of a whole-foods based diet in our lives! They are NOT magic pills. Vegetables, fruits, grains, meats, and dairy all have micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fats) that give our body what it needs to function daily. Whether that is building muscle, giving the brain clarity to be alert, or helping the body to have clean energy throughout the day, FOOD is our first and main source of energy for our body.

With that being said, in today's society food has been tainted, sprayed with heavy pesticides, and altered from its original state, making it very difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need through a whole-foods based diet alone. Sometimes it is just outright dangerous to eat some of the junk that is out there. Don't get me wrong, I know many people who eat clean, whole-foods and are able to get their daily intake of nutrients safely. But these people are very detailed in what and how much they eat everyday, and it can get a bit tedious making sure you are getting the exact amount of raspberries or broccoli you need or else you're short in your vitamin A or C for the day!

Easier Way to Get the Nutrition We Need?

So the question is this. Is there a simpler and safer way to get the nutrients we need without necessarily getting it from a whole-foods diet alone? The answer is yes! This is where supplements come in very handy in helping live healthier, happier, and better lives! Now that we have a basic understanding of how the body works in the terms of food, lets talk about supplements— are they worth the money, and how do I know that the ones I'm taking are actually working.

If you're one of those people who is looking for a faster and healthier way to get the nutrients you need but you have a hard time scarfing down broccoli, carrots, and spinach ALL day, then you need to find a way to NOT totally replace those foods, but to help aid in getting the nutrients those foods offer. The word supplement literally means "something that completes or enhances something else when added to it." However, I am not saying to completely cut out the fruits and vegetables and replace them totally with just vitamins, pills, and powders. But rather I am saying add these components to what you are already eating to "enhance" the lifestyle you are trying to live. For example, if you are trying to lose weight but have a problem with hunger control, there are supplements out there that will actually help curb your appetite so that you don't get those "hunger pains" for that craving that gets you every time and slows down or inhibits your progress towards your goal. Supplements are very useful when used correctly and understood properly in terms of how and when to use them.

Are Supplements Actually Worth the Money?

pills and money
pills and money

In all actuality the answer to this question is "it depends". Just like any commodity or product you have excellent, mediocre, and of course terrible or low-grade. The decision for you is are you going to get your money's worth for what you are buying! Top notch supplements are NOT cheap because they will actually help your body get closer to the results that you are heading towards. The old saying is, "what you put in your body, is what you're going to get out of it." You have one body, and one life.

It's interesting that people will spend a little over a $1,000 for a new phone, $300 for a new watch, $200 for a pair of sunglasses, or even $50 for a pair of pants. But yet when it comes to their health they want to pay $10 for a multivitamin, $20 for protein powder, and they won't pay for a gym membership, or buy healthy food because it's "expensive", which is a complete myth by the way. These are all excuses and prove that the priority of that person is not really their health! And then what's really going to be expensive is the outrageously priced medication, surgeries and hospitals bills they will eventually need because they didn't take their health seriously. Health above all!

What is Pharmaceutical-Grade?

So if you're going to buy supplements, buy the best, and in my opinion, pharmaceutical-grade! What does that mean? "Due to the addition of various other substances, no product is 100% pure. Pharmaceutical-grade products MUST exceed 99% purity (natural sources) and contain no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substances. Fewer than 3% of the products on the market are pharmaceutical-grade." Did you read that correctly? Yes! Less than 3% of products on the entire market are pharmaceutical-grade. That means that MANY and sadly most of these companies give you products that are mediocre or average at best!

If you NEED supplements make sure you get the best you can find because you're putting those products into your body and you want to make sure that you take great care of this body because you only have one! Will it be a bit pricey or expensive compared to other products? Yes, but it will most definitely be worth your health over the next several years, and more than that.

Are Your Supplements Actually Working?

adults discussing bodybuilding supplements
adults discussing bodybuilding supplements

So how do you know if the supplements you are taking are helping you? Very simply, I believe this can be explained in two ways.

The first is, over a decent period of time (2-4 weeks), you will notice your body responding to the product you're taking. For instance, there are studies that claim magnesium helps with muscle recovery and relaxing the muscles. If you're taking a magnesium supplement that has this claim, and if you notice your body recovering from workouts, or not being as sore as long while doing the same routine, then it can almost definitely be attributed to that product you are taking, especially if you are on the same routine or training/eating plan and it's the only supplement you recently introduced into your regimen. Which leads to my second point.

Don't introduce multiple supplements into your body at the same time that are in the same category. For example: protein powder, BCAA's, and creatine ALL state that they will help build muscle and boost muscle recovery. Now if you've started taking all three of these supplements at the same time, and after a reasonable amount of time you notice your body recovering better and muscle is building, how can you tell which of those supplements are actually working? Is it the protein powder, the creatine, or the BCAA's? You wouldn't be able to tell, right? No! So the best way to see if you need any of those is to introduce one supplement at a time, and again give approximately 2-4 weeks to see if it is actually achieving the claims it's making!

Make sure that YOU are taking control of your health by eating clean, whole-foods, and taking high-quality supplements. These two things will greatly assist you in having a healthier and happier life! I hope this article helps you have a better understanding of supplements and the role they play in helping us achieve our goals!


Ben Piña fitness instructor Baton Rouge, LA
Ben Piña

Ben is a personal trainer in the Baton Rouge area and contributes health and wellness lifestyle articles to SupplementRelief.com sharing what he has learned from his own pursuit of a wellness lifestyle and experience and lessons learned from his clients. Ben offers the complete line of over 150 NuMedica professional-grade-supplements to his clients. Learn more about Ben and how you can get NuMedica as part of your healthy lifestyle!

  Related Wellness Resources

We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.


Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook displaying wooden cooking utensils and recipe notepad.

Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook

Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!


drawing of retro woman with a grocery list

Affordable Healthy Grocery Shopping in 30 Minutes

Ever wonder what a healthy grocery list would look like? One of the things many people tell us is that it seems too hard to change shopping habits. They feel eating healthy is harder or costlier. I can tell you shopping for whole, natural foods is less expensive, easier and much faster in the grocery store than dealing with a bunch of processed foods.


Shake Up Your Lifestyle

Delicious NuMedica Shake Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

Looking for convenient, refreshing and healthy beverage options to quench your thirst and provide your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal performance?

Look no further. NuMedica introduces new shake recipes that use whole natural foods in combination with their most popular professional wellness formulas.


modern grocery store with gluten free and dairy free foods on the outer isles

Healthy GLUTEN-FREE and DAIRY-FREE Grocery Shopping List

Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy gluten-free and dairy-free foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


Healthy Grocery Shopping List

Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy nutritious foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


mother cooking healthy food with young son and daughter

Lifestyle Choices, Nutrition & NuMedica Supplements

Think back to the time of your great-grandparents. What types of food did people eat back then? For the most part they ate what they could grow on their land or what they got locally from a Farmer's market or some other community-based food supply. So what happened to our food? Why are so many of us sick, overweight and tired?


quality level dial from low to high

The Importance of Investing in Professional-Grade Supplements Like NuMedica

Many consumers believe that supplements and vitamins fall into a single category of efficiency. After all, if you go to the local store and look at two bottles of the same supplement they probably have the same ingredients listed on them. What more could be involved?


webinar

Webinar: Four Letter Word for F.O.O.D.

Facilitator Libby Wright discusses the unhealthy types of food typically consumed in the S.A.D (Sad American Diet) with participants of the Your Best Weight program. She provides alternative food choices and recipes that are nutritious and taste great along with supplement recommendations including meal replacement protein shakes.

You can learn more about the NuMedica supplements discussed: Total Vegan Protein, Absolute Protein, SlimFit Protein, Foundation Essentials and Power Greens.

Please enjoy the webinar. You may also wish to view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.


green apple with cartoon face looking perplexed

When Did Food Become Our Enemy?

It could be that the primary key to health and wellbeing lay within our gastrointestinal tract. With obesity and childhood behavioral disorders at seemingly epidemic levels and our "healthcare" system lacking answers, where do we turn?


young boy in suit holding money

You Can Eat Healthy Without Spending More!

One of the big myths we like to dispel is to talk about the real cost of foods. Most people believe that eating healthy is a lot more expensive than eating processed. The truth is, they cost about the same. Try this experiment and see for yourself!

  Supplement Recommendations

Learn more about these NuMedica Supplements on our website.


NuMedica Appe-Curb - 120c professional-grade supplement

NuMedica Appe-Curb

A powerful blend of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids to assist with minimizing unhealthy cravings.


NuMedica hc3 Trim Active Complex - 2 fl oz professional-grade supplement

NuMedica hc3 Trim Active Complex

Provides a synergistic proprietary blend of unique ingredients to support healthy body composition.


NuMedica PrenuPhase 90 Capsule professional-grade supplement

NuMedica PrenuPhase

Powerful carb and blood sugar controller that provides comprehensive glycemic and metabolic management support.


NuMedica Reset PATH Support Formula - 2 fl oz professional-grade supplement

NuMedica Reset PATH Support Formula

Assists the body in resetting your metabolism to a healthier state.

  • Blog Post

    Food Quality Not What It Use to Be

    farmer holding organic carrots in field
    farmer holding organic carrots in field

    Now first things first. In no way can supplements (pills, powders, drinks, etc) EVER replace the role of a whole-foods based diet in our lives! They are NOT magic pills. Vegetables, fruits, grains, meats, and dairy all have micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fats) that give our body what it needs to function daily. Whether that is building muscle, giving the brain clarity to be alert, or helping the body to have clean energy throughout the day, FOOD is our first and main source of energy for our body.

    With that being said, in today's society food has been tainted, sprayed with heavy pesticides, and altered from its original state, making it very difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need through a whole-foods based diet alone. Sometimes it is just outright dangerous to eat some of the junk that is out there. Don't get me wrong, I know many people who eat clean, whole-foods and are able to get their daily intake of nutrients safely. But these people are very detailed in what and how much they eat everyday, and it can get a bit tedious making sure you are getting the exact amount of raspberries or broccoli you need or else you're short in your vitamin A or C for the day!

    Easier Way to Get the Nutrition We Need?

    So the question is this. Is there a simpler and safer way to get the nutrients we need without necessarily getting it from a whole-foods diet alone? The answer is yes! This is where supplements come in very handy in helping live healthier, happier, and better lives! Now that we have a basic understanding of how the body works in the terms of food, lets talk about supplements— are they worth the money, and how do I know that the ones I'm taking are actually working.

    If you're one of those people who is looking for a faster and healthier way to get the nutrients you need but you have a hard time scarfing down broccoli, carrots, and spinach ALL day, then you need to find a way to NOT totally replace those foods, but to help aid in getting the nutrients those foods offer. The word supplement literally means "something that completes or enhances something else when added to it." However, I am not saying to completely cut out the fruits and vegetables and replace them totally with just vitamins, pills, and powders. But rather I am saying add these components to what you are already eating to "enhance" the lifestyle you are trying to live. For example, if you are trying to lose weight but have a problem with hunger control, there are supplements out there that will actually help curb your appetite so that you don't get those "hunger pains" for that craving that gets you every time and slows down or inhibits your progress towards your goal. Supplements are very useful when used correctly and understood properly in terms of how and when to use them.

    Are Supplements Actually Worth the Money?

    pills and money
    pills and money

    In all actuality the answer to this question is "it depends". Just like any commodity or product you have excellent, mediocre, and of course terrible or low-grade. The decision for you is are you going to get your money's worth for what you are buying! Top notch supplements are NOT cheap because they will actually help your body get closer to the results that you are heading towards. The old saying is, "what you put in your body, is what you're going to get out of it." You have one body, and one life.

    It's interesting that people will spend a little over a $1,000 for a new phone, $300 for a new watch, $200 for a pair of sunglasses, or even $50 for a pair of pants. But yet when it comes to their health they want to pay $10 for a multivitamin, $20 for protein powder, and they won't pay for a gym membership, or buy healthy food because it's "expensive", which is a complete myth by the way. These are all excuses and prove that the priority of that person is not really their health! And then what's really going to be expensive is the outrageously priced medication, surgeries and hospitals bills they will eventually need because they didn't take their health seriously. Health above all!

    What is Pharmaceutical-Grade?

    So if you're going to buy supplements, buy the best, and in my opinion, pharmaceutical-grade! What does that mean? "Due to the addition of various other substances, no product is 100% pure. Pharmaceutical-grade products MUST exceed 99% purity (natural sources) and contain no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substances. Fewer than 3% of the products on the market are pharmaceutical-grade." Did you read that correctly? Yes! Less than 3% of products on the entire market are pharmaceutical-grade. That means that MANY and sadly most of these companies give you products that are mediocre or average at best!

    If you NEED supplements make sure you get the best you can find because you're putting those products into your body and you want to make sure that you take great care of this body because you only have one! Will it be a bit pricey or expensive compared to other products? Yes, but it will most definitely be worth your health over the next several years, and more than that.

    Are Your Supplements Actually Working?

    adults discussing bodybuilding supplements
    adults discussing bodybuilding supplements

    So how do you know if the supplements you are taking are helping you? Very simply, I believe this can be explained in two ways.

    The first is, over a decent period of time (2-4 weeks), you will notice your body responding to the product you're taking. For instance, there are studies that claim magnesium helps with muscle recovery and relaxing the muscles. If you're taking a magnesium supplement that has this claim, and if you notice your body recovering from workouts, or not being as sore as long while doing the same routine, then it can almost definitely be attributed to that product you are taking, especially if you are on the same routine or training/eating plan and it's the only supplement you recently introduced into your regimen. Which leads to my second point.

    Don't introduce multiple supplements into your body at the same time that are in the same category. For example: protein powder, BCAA's, and creatine ALL state that they will help build muscle and boost muscle recovery. Now if you've started taking all three of these supplements at the same time, and after a reasonable amount of time you notice your body recovering better and muscle is building, how can you tell which of those supplements are actually working? Is it the protein powder, the creatine, or the BCAA's? You wouldn't be able to tell, right? No! So the best way to see if you need any of those is to introduce one supplement at a time, and again give approximately 2-4 weeks to see if it is actually achieving the claims it's making!

    Make sure that YOU are taking control of your health by eating clean, whole-foods, and taking high-quality supplements. These two things will greatly assist you in having a healthier and happier life! I hope this article helps you have a better understanding of supplements and the role they play in helping us achieve our goals!


    Ben Piña fitness instructor Baton Rouge, LA
    Ben Piña

    Ben is a personal trainer in the Baton Rouge area and contributes health and wellness lifestyle articles to SupplementRelief.com sharing what he has learned from his own pursuit of a wellness lifestyle and experience and lessons learned from his clients. Ben offers the complete line of over 150 NuMedica professional-grade-supplements to his clients. Learn more about Ben and how you can get NuMedica as part of your healthy lifestyle!

  • Articles

      Related Wellness Resources

    We encourage you to take advantage of these FREE Wellness Resources on our website.


    Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook displaying wooden cooking utensils and recipe notepad.

    Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook

    Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!


    drawing of retro woman with a grocery list

    Affordable Healthy Grocery Shopping in 30 Minutes

    Ever wonder what a healthy grocery list would look like? One of the things many people tell us is that it seems too hard to change shopping habits. They feel eating healthy is harder or costlier. I can tell you shopping for whole, natural foods is less expensive, easier and much faster in the grocery store than dealing with a bunch of processed foods.


    Shake Up Your Lifestyle

    Delicious NuMedica Shake Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

    Looking for convenient, refreshing and healthy beverage options to quench your thirst and provide your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal performance?

    Look no further. NuMedica introduces new shake recipes that use whole natural foods in combination with their most popular professional wellness formulas.


    modern grocery store with gluten free and dairy free foods on the outer isles

    Healthy GLUTEN-FREE and DAIRY-FREE Grocery Shopping List

    Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy gluten-free and dairy-free foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


    Healthy Grocery Shopping List

    Stock your pantry and refrigerator with these fresh and healthy nutritious foods. This is a great grocery list to start from if you want to eat healthy, but you should always be sure they fit your specific health needs. You also want to be sure that they are eaten fresh, organic, and unprocessed if possible.


    mother cooking healthy food with young son and daughter

    Lifestyle Choices, Nutrition & NuMedica Supplements

    Think back to the time of your great-grandparents. What types of food did people eat back then? For the most part they ate what they could grow on their land or what they got locally from a Farmer's market or some other community-based food supply. So what happened to our food? Why are so many of us sick, overweight and tired?


    quality level dial from low to high

    The Importance of Investing in Professional-Grade Supplements Like NuMedica

    Many consumers believe that supplements and vitamins fall into a single category of efficiency. After all, if you go to the local store and look at two bottles of the same supplement they probably have the same ingredients listed on them. What more could be involved?


    webinar

    Webinar: Four Letter Word for F.O.O.D.

    Facilitator Libby Wright discusses the unhealthy types of food typically consumed in the S.A.D (Sad American Diet) with participants of the Your Best Weight program. She provides alternative food choices and recipes that are nutritious and taste great along with supplement recommendations including meal replacement protein shakes.

    You can learn more about the NuMedica supplements discussed: Total Vegan Protein, Absolute Protein, SlimFit Protein, Foundation Essentials and Power Greens.

    Please enjoy the webinar. You may also wish to view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.


    green apple with cartoon face looking perplexed

    When Did Food Become Our Enemy?

    It could be that the primary key to health and wellbeing lay within our gastrointestinal tract. With obesity and childhood behavioral disorders at seemingly epidemic levels and our "healthcare" system lacking answers, where do we turn?


    young boy in suit holding money

    You Can Eat Healthy Without Spending More!

    One of the big myths we like to dispel is to talk about the real cost of foods. Most people believe that eating healthy is a lot more expensive than eating processed. The truth is, they cost about the same. Try this experiment and see for yourself!

  • Supplements

      Supplement Recommendations

    Learn more about these NuMedica Supplements on our website.


    NuMedica Appe-Curb - 120c professional-grade supplement

    NuMedica Appe-Curb

    A powerful blend of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids to assist with minimizing unhealthy cravings.


    NuMedica hc3 Trim Active Complex - 2 fl oz professional-grade supplement

    NuMedica hc3 Trim Active Complex

    Provides a synergistic proprietary blend of unique ingredients to support healthy body composition.


    NuMedica PrenuPhase 90 Capsule professional-grade supplement

    NuMedica PrenuPhase

    Powerful carb and blood sugar controller that provides comprehensive glycemic and metabolic management support.


    NuMedica Reset PATH Support Formula - 2 fl oz professional-grade supplement

    NuMedica Reset PATH Support Formula

    Assists the body in resetting your metabolism to a healthier state.


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