Improving Health through Nutrition: No Quick Fix
By Michael Wagner, BA, LMT, CFT
You must have realistic expectations about how long it takes to reverse the effects of poor health habits because healing the body takes time. When recommending dietary supplements to persons with health deficiencies, one of the most common questions we’ll hear is, “How fast will this stuff work?” If we can help steer people away from the “quick fix” mentality and, instead, adapt realistic expectations for realizing improved health through nutrition, I believe we’ve performed a great service. That’s because the restoration of genuine optimal health takes time and patience the quick fix mind set will never allow.
True, there are exceptional cases, especially with exceptional whole food nutritional supplements or unique circumstances. Some people begin a dietary supplement regime and realize amazing results. But they are exceptions. And although certain symptoms may have subsided, the body very often has a lot more healing to accomplish over the long term.
To assist consumers of dietary supplements to “stay the course” and not quit their program prematurely because they “weren’t seeing anything” we need to educate them; not only about the supplements in their regime, but about their own body and how nutrition supports the body to effect improvements in overall health. To this end, I’ve found seven principles worth remembering and passing on to those people we wish to see benefit from nutritional supplements and programs.
1) With nutrition, we are not suppressing or manipulating symptoms as with pharmaceuticals. We are not treating conditions as with herbology. We are simply giving the body what it needs to heal itself and rebuild itself anew and this takes time.
When correcting nutritional deficiencies, while we won’t see instant improvements in most cases, we will be promoting true and lasting healing. Pharmaceuticals may sometimes “work” instantly, yet never address underlying causes and possess unwanted side effects. Contrary to popular thinking, drugs don’t heal anything. Only the body can do that—when it gets what it needs.
In Optimum Sports Nutrition, Dr. Michael Colgan explains why patience is the key:
A principle of nutrition you need to know is physiological dynamics. Unlike drugs, nutrients do not have rapid effects. No quick fix. The business of nutrition is to build a better body. That has to wait on Nature to turn over body cells. A blood cell lasts 60-120 days. In 3-4 months your whole blood supply is completely replaced. In 6 months almost all the proteins in your body die and are replaced, even the DNA of your genes. In a year all your bones and even the enamel of your teeth are replaced, constructed entirely out of the nutrients you eat. Bottom line is that there can be cell regeneration with natural methods.
This time course is well illustrated by the course of deficiency diseases. If I remove all the vitamin C from your diet, within 4 weeks blood vitamin C will drop to zero. But, you will see no symptoms of disease at 4 weeks. You will have to wait until enough of the healthy cells have been replaced with unhealthy cells. It is another 12 weeks before the symptoms of scurvy start to ravage your body.
So when you implement an optimum nutrition program, don’t expect to see rapid results. In one of our studies at the Colgan Institute, runners were supplemented to try to improve their hemoglobin, hematrocit, and red blood cell count. But after one month of supplementation, there was no improvement at all. After 6 months, however, all three indices were significantly increased.
Think of it this way: If you take a neglected houseplant and start feeding and watering it, the leaves may perk up a bit from the improved nutrition. But you have to wait for the old leaves to die off and new leaves to grow before you get a really healthy plant. It is the same with a human body. When you start feeding it better, you have to wait on physiological dynamics of the body to grow new, improved cells in the improved medium. After 18 years in sports nutrition, the shortest program we will give any athlete is six months. With patience, nature can do its work and produce its miracles.
2) We are all unique. Individual biochemistry’s are affected by diet, lifestyle, drug usage, stress, fitness level, genetics, toxins, etc. It’s inevitable; therefore, that some persons will respond more rapidly than others to improved nutrition. If you’re not experiencing results as fast as you’d like, it could be a factor of any number of things. It might be that the body has priorities other than the one upon which you’re focusing. For example, you may want to lose body fat while your body may want to lose a tumor you don’t even know you have. Give your body permission to have its own priorities and timetable.
3) Positive health changes can be occurring without you “feeling something”. Research studies utilizing blood tests, bone density and body fat measurements, etc. confirm this. Improved health begins on the molecular and cellular levels. Latter, this may translate into the alleviation or disappearance of specific symptoms and conditions.
The already healthy or symptom-free person, especially persons with abundant energy, might take note: Your health benefits from optimal nutrition tend to come in the form of your body’s correcting sub-clinical problems—depletions, imbalances and toxic build-ups that haven’t yet become clinical conditions or “felt” diseases. In other words, in optimizing and maintaining health, remember “feeling healthy” really only means “feeling symptom free”. Actor Michael Landon was “feeling great” on National TV: three months later he died of cancer. Virtually everyone can benefit from improved nutrition since, simply by living, toxins accumulate within our bodies, the body wears out and chronic degeneration slowly settles in. Giving the body what it needs to stay healthy can minimize the ravages of modern living and optimize health.
4) The greatest health benefits of improved nutrition may well come in the latter years of life. Regardless of the rate your current health challenge is improving, continued optimum nutrition just makes good sense, since the greatest benefits may be experienced in your senior years. While others are painfully shuffling around nursing homes and tending to medicine schedules, you might be enjoying your summers on the Colorado River and winters in Hawaii. Is this the benefit you want? Learn what dietary supplements can do for you. Then make an educated choice.
5) If you experience a “correcting crisis” while on an optimal nutritional program, stay the course—its working! When your body begins cleaning out toxins, metabolic wastes, parasites, Candida die-off and the like, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms. Because you may feel worse before you feel better, it’s important to read the articles and books which address this phenomenon so you can better understand this process. The correcting crisis, when understood, is a clear indication that your improved nutrition program is truly working and leading you to improved health.
6) Licensed health care practitioners still make educated guesses as to how long it might take to see a specific health improvement using nutrition. Admittedly an imprecise science, but as a starting point, a holistic medical doctor uses the following formula: For a specific health improvements, figure three months, then add one additional month for each year the chronic condition has existed. For example, a chronic condition of 5 years might be expected to see a good improvement within 8 months, provided the body, mind and spirit of the patient gets everything it needs. Experience with nutraceuticals largely indicates the longer the consumption, the greater the benefit.
7) As one very prestigious medical doctor has well stated, dietary supplements ought to carry the warning: “Not to be taken on an empty spirit.” The human mind and spirit are powerful beyond measure. They can easily override any optimal health plan. They must therefore be in alignment with the healing process. Sometimes the individual dealing with it poorly understands the non-physical causes of ill health. If long term attempts to achieve better health bring minimal or no results, there may be a deeper reasons that need exploration. Caroline Myss’ works, including Why People Don’t Heal, or the works of Bernie Siegel, M.D. might be a good starting point. Tend to your thinking; nurture your spirit.
Staying mindful of these seven principles of nutrition and healing will hopefully keep all of us out of the trap of quick fix thinking and help allow us to create the time and patience to achieve true healing and enjoy lasting optimal health.
Best Whole Food Nutritional Supplements for Optimal Health
There are a lot of “Nutritional Supplements” that claim to be the “best” on the market, but do not stand up to the test of time. While 80% of these products are made in a lab (just like pharmaceuticals), Life Force products are made from what God put on this earth. Life Force products are Whole Food Supplements and contain exactly what the body needs in order to become naturally healthy.
Now, you may be thinking, “Why not just eat enough fruits and vegetables to obtain the nutrition that my body needs”. Well, there in an inherent problem with this because of the amount of nutrients available in our foods today! But, there is a solution; Body Balance by Life Force International.
Overwhelming Evidence of the Need for Nutritional Supplementation
US Senate Document #264 documents severe mineral depletion going back to the 1930’s. The United Nations 1992 Earth Summit Report notes an average of 85% mineral depletion over the past 100 years for North American farm and range soils. Our fruits and vegetables, as well as the grasses and vegetation that farm animals eat, are deficient in minerals and vitamins. Refining foods further reduces nutrients (such as white bread, sugar and corn syrup).
Fruits and Vegetables are Cultivated Using Chemical Fertilizers, Pesticides and Waste Contaminants
Harvested prematurely and artificially ripened, produce is then sprayed, processed, radiated and coated with toxic chemicals to improve appearance and prolong shelf life—all of which significantly reduces nutritional values.
Frightening Livestock Production Practices
Beef, poultry and pork are loaded with antibiotics, hormones, steroids, drugs and toxic chemicals to reduce the risk of disease in overcrowded pens and to increase yield. These substances accumulate in our bodies, interfere with normal cell functions, trigger abnormal immune responses, stimulate premature puberty, and are often known carcinogens. As well, the transfer of antibiotics from animals to humans is resulting in bacteria and viruses that have adapted to antibiotics, thus reducing the effectiveness of antibiotics taken by humans.
Alarming Increase in Immune System Disorders
Over the past 5 years, the incidence of immune system disorders has increased more than 200%. Auto-immune disorders are rapidly increasing with more than 8 million cases confirmed and 30 million additional cases suspected in the US (The Autoimmune Diseases, Third Edition, Rose and Mackay, 1998).
Fatigue and Lack of Energy
Doctors report that a primary health complaint is extreme fatigue and lack of energy.
Pressure-filled jobs and commutes, financial struggles, information overload, eating on the run, depression, anxiety, coping with health issues—all rob us of vital energy and essential nutrients. According to studies by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics, lifestyle-related diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the US.
Fast food diets laden with salt, sugar, corn syrup, refined flours, bad oils and toxic additives exacerbate health problems. A Call to Action by the US Surgeon General (2001) noted that 61% of adults in the US are overweight and that the incidence of overweight among adolescents has tripled in the past 20 years.
The air we breathe and the water we drink are contaminated with a wide variety of pollutants.
Stagnating waste and chronic constipation can poison the entire body.
Alcohol, tobacco and drugs (including many prescription drugs) all have significant side effects and long-term health implications.
What to Look for in a Dietary Supplement
The body recognizes whole foods and can readily assimilate and utilize them. Synthetic nutrients formulated in a lab lack the full spectrum of naturally occurring phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, bio-flavonoids and other micronutrients. The lack of these co-factors limits absorption, increases the risk of toxicity and can even cause secondary nutrient deficiencies.
When a whole food dietary supplement is in a liquid, ionic solution, up to 98% of the nutrients are available for absorption and utilization by the body. Vitamins and minerals in pill form may be only 10% to 20% absorbable (1996 Physicians Desk Ref., pg 1542).
Natural and Complete
Sea vegetables are the most mineral-rich plants on earth. They contain more vitamins and minerals than any form of land vegetation. Sea water contains mineral ratios that are remarkably similar to blood plasma. Sea plants pre-digest and concentrate this balanced source of minerals into a highly bio-available ionic state.
Whole Food Dietary Supplements are Safe
They supplement the vegetables and fruits in your diet—a vital part of healthy eating and a good food budget. Whole food products are excellent prenatal supplements. Supplements in liquid whole food form may also increase the efficiency of diets, medicines and herbs, while reducing the time required to achieve the desired results.
Minerals exist in two forms, organic and inorganic. Organic minerals are far easier for the body to use. Inorganic minerals can be used, but must be converted to organic form through chelation. Chelation attaches an organic carrier so that minerals can be transported through cell walls. Excellent chelating agents include organic acids such as amino acids and orotic acid.
With the passage of untold millennia, vast amounts of life-sustaining minerals have washed into the sea. In the process of converting sunlight to energy, sea vegetables reabsorb these nutrients and organically bind them in an ionic state. In contrast, modern farming practices have depleted our soils of essential nutrients —thus sea vegetables are far superior nutritionally to land vegetables. Additionally, minerals that are toxic in their natural state, such as iodine, arsenic and aluminum, are neutralized by the sea vegetables—this makes them harmless and even beneficial. For example, iodine in its pure form is poisonous—however, in its ionic form it is an essential nutrient for health.
Sea Vegetable Harvesting
Sea vegetables should be harvested only when fully ripened and from pristine waters. These arctic regeneration zones are biologically active areas that are free from herbicides, pesticides and heavy metal contamination. Tides and intense sunlight provide a constant state of nutrient-enriched plants and a rich feeding ground for many species. Harvesting the tender new growth of these plants increases their rate of growth.
Blending with Aloe Vera
Blending sea vegetables with Aloe Vera juice adds to the nutritional value of the dietary supplement. Aloe varies widely in quality. Look for whole-leaf, cold processed juice that is certified by the International Aloe Science Council.
Aloe Vera has been one of the most popular remedies throughout human history. A vast body of research confirms that Aloe Vera has powerful healing and soothing properties. In addition, it contains large-chain sugar molecules that are ideal transporters of nutrients. Although there are over 200 species of aloe, one of the best is Aloe Barbadensis, which contains over 75 nutritional compounds including vitamins, minerals and 18 amino acids. It has long been used for ailments ranging from cuts, burns and bruises to digestive and intestinal irregularities.
Black cherry and honey
Black cherry has been shown to reduce uric acid levels in the body, while bee honey is an excellent source of B complex vitamins, royal jelly, propolis and pollen.
Benefits of Sea Plants Blended with Aloe Vera:
Contains every essential nutrient in perfect balance
-Essential fatty acids
Cleanses the colon and normalizes pH levels
Supports the circulatory and lymphatic systems
Supports the immune system
-Fortifies the body with essential nutrients needed to fight disease
Supports the nervous system
-Fights the effects of stress
-Promotes a feeling of well-being
Supports metabolic processes
-Nourishes the glandular system
Increases oxygen at the cellular level
Excellent source of antioxidants
-Contains free radical scavengers known to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and strokes
-Helps relieve inflammatory diseases
-Helps reduce inflammation in arthritis
-Helps reduce inflammation in sports injuries
Combats side effects of harmful substances
Where Can I Get Body Balance?
Life Force International has been making Body Balance, an Aloe Vera and Sea Weed Whole Food Supplement, for 25 years. Our main goal is to have this product in every refrigerator on the planet because we know what it can do for people. We are also confident enough in the product because if you don’t like your purchase decision, or what it does for you, then you get your money back. You have 45 days to try it risk free no questions asked. Life Force has also been in the highest standing with the Bureau since inception and is a member of the Direct Selling Association.
If you would like a list of total nutrients in the product, click on the Body Balance Data Sheet and check out the 2nd page of the document and find out why we consider Body Balance to be the best Whole Food Liquid Supplement around today.
If you would like to order this product, simply CLICK HERE. We suggest starting on 4 ounces per day which equates to 4 quarts per month. You can also view how to get your products for FREE on this page.
Health Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The statements and products are not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any diseases.