I am not a big advocate for supplements. However, I think there are times in our lives when supplementing nutrition is important. I am nursing, and this is one time I think women should use supplements. So, when I ran out of the fish oil I have been taking since before I was pregnant, I decided this time around to purchase something different.
I was at a large chain store and saw flax oil supplements on sale – for less than half the cost of the fish oil I had purchased previously. So, I decided to give it a whirl. After all, these are tough economic times…
A few days in, I noticed some serious problems with my stool. I won’t go into detail here – it’s GROSS! – but after a days of this same thing, I realized that I needed to go to the doctor because something serious was going on inside.
However, before I called the doc, I wanted to go off the cheap-o supplements and back on my fish oil from the health food store to see if the problem cleared up. Twenty-four hours later, I was back to normal.
The lesson I learned? Quality matters.
It’s not the same to pick up any ol’ supplement off the shelf. I had done a lot of research about the fish oil I was taking, and I felt confident in my decision – and my body confirmed it was doing good things. But when I tried the cheap version of an omega supplement, it had disasterous affects on my system. If I’m going to take supplements, they’re going to be good ones.
Quality matters in supplements, but it also matters in our food. I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me as I was checking out with the gigantic bottle of flax thinking, “Gosh this is cheap!” I would never fill my cart full of food at the grocery store just because it’s cheap. In fact, quality matters so much in my food, that I am willing to pay a bit more for the good stuff…all the time.
The incident with the flax supplement is a concentrated study in what happens to our bodies when we continue to pump them full of low-quality nutrients. And let me tell you, what was coming out the other end wasn’t pretty.
Remember the saying “You are what you eat”? There is a deeper truth than the cliche implies. What we eat becomes our cells, our skin, our hands, our feet, even our thoughts. Our cells regenerate themselves all the time, and so we truly become the sum of what we consume.
So I ask: Is what you are consuming the kind of high quality that you want to produce? Do you really want to become what you are putting in your mouth?