- Studies show that the best way to get the right essential nutrients, in the right balance, and at the right amount is from healthy foods. This is the most physiological way. When calories enter the body, the entire digestive enzyme system responds naturally by releasing compounds to break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Those same compounds stimulate the release of agents to allow the essential nutrients to become bio-active. Just popping a pill won’t catalyze this cascade; no enzymes are released and the substances in the pill won’t fully be absorbed.
But, perhaps even worse, taking multivitamin and multi-mineral supplements won’t provide all that you need. You will never find a supplement that contains all of the essential nutrients, and contains them in the right balance. Just look at any label. Some are included at 1,000% DV and others at only 2% DV. The body prefers to operate in uniformity and get all essential nutrients at the same percentages of daily needs. Basically, taking a multivitamin gives a false sense of security. Children using vitamin pills to meet nutrients is particularly problematic. Essential nutrient needs are not met for many nutrients and others are given at near toxic levels.
Getting essential nutrients has to be done via food. There are no reports of foods casing overdoses or hospital admissions. In contrast, each year, 23,000 adults visit an emergency room from a dietary supplement issue like over-dosing, heart palpitations, and having the pill get lodged in the throat.
The Nutrient Shake makes it easy to get exactly what you need for all essential nutrients. The Shake is a nutritious, healthy food – not a pill.
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