We are a group of family doctors and trained professionals, lead by Doctor Patrick. Since we began to have contact with real patients, we have dedicated ourselves to reading, updating and sharing our knowledge. From there we starting getting out schematics, summaries, drawings, guides, presentations .... that make it easier for both ourselves and our patients. With this blog, our aim is to share all we have learned and developed over the years. We are sharing plans, advice, supplement reviews, case studies and more. Ours is an open and empathic nature. The combination of therapy and well-being allows a relief on a physical and mental level and allows the patient a relaxed return to everyday life. As therapists, professional and personal development is very important, which is why we are running this blog for your benefit.
Do you need food supplements? Which dietary supplements are important? Which are the best? These are frequently asked questions in the field of nutrition. If you take a close look at your food, you will learn a lot about the power of the nutrients it contains and possibly consider whether you are doing enough for your health. One or the other also likes questions like “Do you need supplements?” or “Do you need supplements? – is the same, but the latter is borrowed from English. Why are there food supplements? What was there first? The demand for supplements or their supply?
It is unlikely that this question can be answered unequivocally. It is quite possible and would fit into the established pattern if manufacturers had created an offer immediately after discovering the first vitamins in the early 20th century and thus developed the market. Snake oil has a long tradition. Buyers of these products can be found in all areas of life.
Mothers worried about their children, overworked managers, committed bodybuilders or gossip-reading pensioners: Many people believe the industry that dietary supplements are necessary for a happy, healthy life. What dietary supplements are there? The days when you could only buy simple vitamin or multivitamin tablets in the supermarket are long gone. There is practically nothing in this area that doesn’t exist. Almost every identified nutrient or active ingredient is available in isolated form. Vitamins, minerals, plant substances and also various amino acids and proteins are available.
Nutritional supplements such as isolated vitamins, minerals or amino acids bring some basic problems with them: Lack of context The supplements are isolated, i.e. torn from their natural context. The vitamins in an apple may be healthy and important, but how do they work in isolation without the other nutrients, fructose, fibre, water, taste? There are countless examples of dietary supplements that are not effective because they have been removed from their context or because they cause harm because they do not contain an essential active ingredient. Just think of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E & K, which cannot be processed by the body without fat. For some dietary supplements the necessary context seems to be known, but not for all. It does not always arrive what one throws in Only because I eat a substance, this does not mean that it arrives in the intestine or is absorbed by the body at all. This even applies to whole, genuine foods such as eggs: the protein from raw eggs is only around 50% digestible, only in cooked form can humans use around 90% of the protein at all. Man is not a simple machine. We cannot simply calculate what we have to throw in to achieve a certain result.
Drinking demonstratively raw eggs, as some athletes do, may look “totally hardcore” and demonstrate commitment, but it’s not very helpful when it comes to protein supply (I’ll put on record that I have nothing against raw eggs and regularly consume them myself – but not with the aim of providing me with optimal protein). Who knows what a nutrient deficiency or surplus is? A deficiency is often diagnosed on the basis of figures alone. Someone has his blood examined, looks at the values and clashes his hands over his head because they do not agree with the guideline values. But what are the guidelines? Nothing other than sometimes more and sometimes less adjusted mean values, average values.
Who does not correspond to them, is not mediocre. But is that so bad? People are different, needs vary not only due to genetic differences but also depending on lifestyle and environment. A different blood value may give clues, but some people are simply different. Only concrete symptoms can really prove a real deficiency or excess. This also applies, for example, to protein requirements. The immortal question “How much protein do I as a bodybuilder have to eat in order to get fat arms? For some, the usual 1.2g/kg/day is enough, for others it must be twice as much.
Whoever confronts his body with isolated nutrients in large quantities runs the risk of disrupting a very complex, well-rehearsed system and upsetting its equilibrium. Humans and their ancestors have developed over many millions of years in the context of their environment and nutrition.
No matter how well and urgently you advertise a dietary supplement, it cannot be vital in general. This shows a history of millions of years. Rather, such isolated preparations carry the risk of upsetting a well-established system. There are daily examples of this, too, for the complexity of natural systems which is unmanageable for humans. By definition, a balanced, varied diet provides healthy people with all the necessary nutrients. Food supplements are crutches.
There is no question that a very well thought-out, careful supplementation with specifically selected nutrients can bring advantages, for example in terms of physical performance. Existing illnesses can also be treated in this way. However for no healthy and healthy living humans food auxiliary means are necessary or generally helpful. And if so? Which supplement should I take? A food is more than the sum of its parts. Anyone who wants to get an optimal supply of nutrients should choose real food – that is my attitude, also for the sake of eating culture. But sometimes there is no other way.
Travellers or athletes at competitions often simply lack the opportunity to eat what they want, sometimes in the long term. A dietary supplement can then be useful to provide oneself with nutrients – even if I wish this would never be necessary.