Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living
Restoring America's Health

To Supplement or Not to Supplement

  That is the Question!


The dietary supplement industry is second only to the pharmaceutical industry when it comes to pushing pills. Your doctor will often prescribe a pill for this, a drug for that and seldom focus on the detrimental and potential deadly side effects of the medication (you have to watch a TV commercial for that!). Your druggist will always provide a written description of the drug and often will offer to explain potential side effects. Seldom if ever will they discuss potential drug interactions with either prescribed medications or over the counter drugs you may be taking. That can often present a Deadly Problem, so be cautious!


Then there are the vitamins and other 'food' supplements. The industry is massive. Just walk down the grocery/pharmacy isle. Go to a local vitamin shop, or drug store. There are hundreds, no Thousands of supplements, vitamins and all sorts of stuff marketed to help make you healthy.


So do you need the drugs? Do you need the supplements? What about the Vitamins?


Prescription Drugs


Like I have said previously, we are NOT medical or pharmacological practitioners. (have to say that!). That being said, there are often good reasons to take some of these things. If you do have a medial condition, by all means take the prescription drugs that you doctor prescribes. You can still question the efficacy, interaction and effectiveness of the prescribed medications!


Many people who stick to a Whole Food Plant Based diet and lifestyle, begin to regain their natural health and rebuild their immune systems such that they no longer need many of the mediation previously prescribed. That includes insulin for diabetes two patients, those suffering from arthritis and high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. Always check with your doctor to see if you can reduce or eliminate your current drug regime.




Supplements come in such a wide variety and purpose, it is difficult to even count how many and whether they are effective, actually good for you or even needed at all. You can ask your doctor, but they will probably not know what you are talking about as it is impossible for anyone to understand all the stuff that is out there. In general, if you are eating a whole food plant based diet and living a corresponding lifestyle, you probably do NOT need supplements.


We do take several supplements, more as an 'insurance policy' rather than a need.  But better save than sorry.  Then again, we do a lot of hiking and get some strains and pulls when exercising.  Supplements can help overcome these minor aches and pains.  Then there are those who are battling deadly diseases like cancer.  For those (and I speak from experience) supplements can provide that extra healing boost that will help fight disease and heal your body faster.


Below are some of the products that we use and/or have confidence that they are the 'Best of Breed' when it comes to nutritional supplementation.

Night-time Sleep Aid - ibuActinPM


LivFit - Superfood ~ Omega-3


Multi-Vitamins ~ B12 ~ Vitamin D3 ~ Vitamin K2


Vitamin C ~ Melatonin ~ Magnesium ~ ProBiotics ~ Thyroid Energy


Montmorillonite Clay


Sometimes the Best Supplements Are Simply Whole Organic Plants

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  ibuActin PM - Nighttime Sleep Aid Healthy Boost Overnight

ibuActin PM

Nighttime, All-Body Comfort

Made with Hops extract, Bomelain, Melatonin, Passionflower, Lemon balm, Organic Eleuthero, White Willow, L-theanine, Papain, Turmeric, Ginger and Gaba

Provides Extra-strength Pain Relief for night time use

Melatonin promotes healthy sleep cycles and enhances sleep quality.

We discovered this great sleep aid at Natural Grocers in Moab, Utah after hiking Upheaval Dome.  A bit sore and avoiding OTC meds, this helped relieve inflammation and gave us a great relaxing night's sleep; to be ready for the next day of strenuous hiking.


  Nutritional Supplement

Some of the powdered supplements are sold as sources of protein. You can get all the protein your body needs (even for extreme athletes) from natural plant protein without resorting to powdered protein that is often full of whey (a discard from cheese making they had to do something with it!).  There are many good sources of Plant Protein, Vitamins and Minerals if you like to supplement your diet. Added to smoothest or juices (fresh) they can add essential nutrients for those on the go, fighting illness or as meal replacements for those 'on the go'.  The one we currently suggest and use, almost daily is:



LIVfit Superfood Protein Blend 1080 Grams, 90 Day Supply Bundle

Organic, Gluten Free, Vegan, GMO Free.

No artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners, or Sugar.

5G of Vegan Protein Per Serving.

Organic LIVfit Superfood Blend with Protein is the ultimate superfood! It is an incredible combination of fruits, vegetables, vegan proteins, prebiotics, B vitamins and fiber that has been shown to enhance muscle mass, increase energy, improve cognitive function, encourage digestive health, boost the immune system and fight off aging oxidation of cells in your body. LIVfit Superfood Blend will enhance all of your favorite foods with super nutrition. Simply add to your morning shake, smoothie, juice, yogurt or cereal for a quick nutritional boost.



In addition, many people just don't get enough of healthy fats in their diets.  Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that can be beneficial to your health. Often adding a supplement can help offset a dietary deficiency; but NEVER use fish oils; way too contaminated.  There are healthy plant based Omega-3 supplements you can try. Below are a couple of recommended supplemental foods we use frequently:




Vegan Omega 3 DHA EPA is rich in EPA and DHA, two essential Fatty Acids. EPA and DHA are recognized for their benefits in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels, and increasing good cholesterol (HDL). EPA and DHA support cardiovascular health, blood pressure levels, improve circulation, brain function, decrease dry eye and boost the immune system.


Essential Fatty Acids are just that: essential! Amala Vegan has found a way to naturally give your body what it needs without infringing upon your lifestyle with our DHA and EPA Omega 3 Supplement! It’s a 100% natural, vegetarian supplement in convenient time-released and easy to swallow capsules!


  Vitamin and Supplements


Now to vitamins. We ALL need vitamins but mostly they come from the FOOD you consume; if you are eating a healthy diet! Getting your vitamins, amino acids and minerals and the rest is ALWAYS best to receive them naturally with the high fiber a plant based diet provides.


That being said, much of our land has been depleted from over-farming and extremely poor practices of mono-farming (where the same crop is grown in the same ground year after year). The massive use of non-organic chemical fertilizers make the plants look good but cannot in any way provide the same nutrient complex of a good healthy soil. Pesticides, used in massive amounts with GMO farming just make matters worse.


So, to insure that you DO get the best available mix of vitamins, minerals and such, it is a good idea to take a supplemental vitamin complex. Vitamin B12 is a necessary vitamin missing in strictly plant based diets; except for supplemental enrichment of many plant-based foods. In fact, most animal foods, that used to contain this essential vitamin no longer do; because of the nature of factory farming techniques that feed animals an unnatural feed devoid of the dirt and bacteria they would otherwise consume in a natural habitat (B12 is created by organisms in the soil, NOT by the animal).


There are so many vitamin supplements on the market it is difficult to figure out which one to take. Your doctor will probably tell you just to take a 'multivitamin' and be done with it. But not all vitamins are the same. Some are chemically derived, others extracted from natural sources.  We have long been a fan of NOW Pharmaceutical brand of vitamins and supplements.  Try Adam for men and Eve for Women:




  NOW Methyl B-12 1,000 mcg,100 Lozenges


Vitamin B-12 is a water soluble vitamin necessary for the maintenance of a healthy nervous system and for the metabolic utilization of fats and proteins. Vitamin B-12 is also essential for the synthesis of DNA during cell division and therefore is especially important for rapidly multiplying cells, such as blood cells. In addition, adequate intake of Vitamin B-12, along with Folic Acid and Vitamin B-6, encourages healthy serum homocysteine levels, thereby supporting cardiovascular health. Because Vitamin B-12 is found predominantly in animal products, strict vegetarians are at risk of developing Vitamin B-12 deficiency and may benefit from supplementation.



  NOW Thyroid Energy


Now has combined iodine and tyrosine, the two integral constituents necessary for the synthesis of thyroid secretions.


The minerals selenium, zinc and copper have also been added as cofactors needed for normal thyroid function

Thyroid energy contains the ayurvedic herbal extracts from guggul and ashwagandha to complement its nutritional support components







  NOW Supplements Vitamin D-3 5,000 IU Softgel

120 Softgels, 240 Softgels


NOW Vitamin D-3 softgels supply this key vitamin in a highly-absorbable liquid softgel form. Vitamin D is normally obtained from the diet or produced by the skin from the ultraviolet energy of the sun. However, it is not abundant in food. As more people avoid sun exposure, Vitamin D supplementation becomes even more necessary to ensure that your body receives an adequate supply.


  MK-7 ~ Vitamin K2


The health benefits of vitamin K2 go far beyond blood clotting, which is done by vitamin K1, and vitamin K2 also works synergistically with a number of other nutrients, including calcium and vitamin D. Its biological role is to help move calcium into the proper areas in your body, such as your bones and teeth.


NOW Foods' MK-7 vitamin K2 contains a highly biologically active form of vitamin k2 derived from non-GMO natto

Vitamin K2 and its dependent proteins have been discovered to be of vital importance for bone and vascular health

These vitamin k2-dependent proteins are now known to play pivotal roles in the physiology of bone mineralization



  Now Foods, Melatonin, 5 mg, 180 Veg Capsules


Melatonin, also known as N-acetyl-5-methoxy tryptamine, is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness. Melatonin is also produced in plants where it functions as a first line of defense against oxidative stress.


Melatonin is a strong antioxidant (often it is called scavenger of free radicals), which protects the body from the effects of noxious compounds. Therefore it was hypothesized that the reduction of melatonin levels with age contributes to the aging process.


High Potency - Premium Quality

Helps Regulate Sleep Cycle*

Vegetarian Formula


  C-1000 with Rose Hips 250 tabs by NOW Foods


Rose hips contain the seeds of the rose plant. Dried rose hips and the seeds are used together to make medicine. Fresh rose hips contain a lot of vitamin C, so they share many uses with vitamin C including preventing and treating colds, flu, and vitamin C deficiencies.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and helps neutralize free radicals in the body.


Vitamin C is helpful to maintain the health of blood vessels, bones, teeth, skin and cartilage, according to the National Institutes of Health. It also helps to protect the body's cells from damage and is known for its antioxidant properties. Rose hips are also useful in boosting and maintaining the body's immune system, due to their high vitamin C content.


NOW Foods Sodium Ascorbate Crystals, 8-Ounce


100% Pure Buffered Pharmaceutical Grade Vitamin C Powder

Vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient well known for its vital role in the immune system.* Vitamin C is necessary for the production of collagen (a structural protein in connective tissue) and is therefore important for skin, bone, and joint health.* Vitamin C is needed for amino acid metabolism and the utilization of many nutrients such as folic acid and iron.* It is also a highly effective antioxidant that can protect the body's cells and molecules from damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species generated during normal metabolism and exposure to environmental stressors.* From the FDA's website: "Some scientific evidence suggests that consumption of anti-oxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.


  Now Foods, Magnesium Malate


Magnesium malate has the ability to bind to toxic metals, like aluminum, and render them ineffective.

Magnesium malate is good for your skin, it helps exfoliate and give skin a youthful appearance.

Because of the malic acid, magnesium malate plays a vital role in supporting overall muscle performance.

Magnesium malate promotes the production of saliva, which helps control oral bacteria.

The malic acid in magnesium malate plays a central role in the energy production cycle and is particularly important for healthy energy levels.


Each tablet contains 115 mg of elemental Magnesium from 1000 mg of Magnesium Malate


Vegetarian / Vegan



  California Gold Nutrition, LactoBif Probiotics

5 Billion CFU, 60 Veggie Caps

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

  • boosting immune system.
  • preventing and treating urinary tract infections.
  • improving digestive function.
  • healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS (4)
  • managing and preventing eczema in children.
  • fighting food-borne illnesses.

Probiotics - No Dairy, Gluten, GMOs or Soy

5 Billion CFU per Veggie Capsule


Rainbow Light - ProBio Active

Food-Based Probiotic Supplement Supports Gastrointestinal Health, Digestive and Immune Health; Shelf-stable, Vegan, Gluten-Free - 90 vCaps


PROBIOTIC: Contains Bio-Active Probiotic Defense, a unique multifunction strain of 1 billion Lactobacillus Sporogenes that are 100% viable with a unique outer layer that protects delivery through the stomach and into the intestines where they are broken down to support optimal digestion, absorption of nutrients, and removal of toxins and wastes.

PROMOTES CALM: Calming botanicals of ginger, fennel, peppermint and turmeric

NON-REFRIGERATED: No refrigeration required

VEGAN: This product is vegan. Contains NO: gluten, wheat, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, eggs, fish or shellfish.


  Terramin Mega-Mineral Supplement

& Internal Detoxifier/Cleanser (1lb)


Ion Charged Terramin Mega-Mineral Supplement & Internal Detoxifier/Cleanser, 1-Pound Powder


Add this living clay daily to detox and regenerate every cell with new found nutrition and ionic mineral power

Repair, replace, remineralize all tissue cells. Renew weak digestive systems and relieve heartburn, constipation

To Regenerate or slow aging process requires micro trace minerals but rare in supplements or foods and in Terramin


NSF/ANSI 305 certified organic established specifically for personal care products.

Avalon Organics Intense Defense Renewal Cream

2 Ounce (Pack of 2)


Deeply moisturizes & encourages skin renewal to help smooth lines & wrinkles.  Formulated with Vitamin C to combat environmental stress & damage

Contains organic ingredients

No GMOs, vegan & biodegradable

No parabens, harsh sulfates or preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates or animal testing

Antioxidant-intensive cream helps smooth lines and wrinkles and provides photo-aging defense.  Fights visible signs of aging by stimulating collagen and elastin growth, smoothing skin as wrinkles fade.


Vitamin C Renewal uses powerful ascorbic acid that neutralizes free radicals and boosts collagen and elastin production