You may have noticed we don’t talk much about supplements, weight loss shakes, fat burners, vitamins, proteins, and the countless other types of products out there.
In large part that’s because our nutrition philosophy is:
- Start with real, whole, minimally processed food.
- A poor diet plus supplements is still a poor diet.
- There is simply no supplement that can do what eating real food does.
Allow supplementation to fill our nutritional gaps not attempt to replace them.
Our hope is that you learn the skills of planning, preparing, cooking and eating real food. I believe this has become a dying art in many homes in our country. The value nutritionally, mentally, relationally, and physically of planning, shopping, preparing, and enjoying a meal with your family has endless benefits. To take the time to ask your family, “how was your day?”. It’s simple, yet profound.
With the importance of real food and real community where do supplements fall into place?
- Nutrient Density. We can’t overlook the fact that our food is not as nutrient dense as it once was.
- Processed Foods. As a culture we eat more processed foods (the more a food is processed the more nutrient loss occurs).
- Produce Consumption. Also the amount of vegetables we consume is well below the recommended amount. With folks I sit down with their average is 2 total fruits and vegetables, compared with the recommended 7 servings per day.
- Limited Variety. There are endless nutrients in the plants, herbs, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and roots. To attempt to consume them all whole and reap their rewards would be unachievable.
Simply put if we want our bodies to function optimally and work for us. Real food should be your foundation, and allow supplements to enhance and optimize.
So to not talk about supplements and how the right ones are of value would be a disservice to you.
There are countless types of supplements as well as companies who create them, so let me help you navigate this world! There are foundational supplements that provide a broad spectrum of benefits nearly everyone could benefit from There are also more specific supplements that can target specific needs, and conditions. The latter in large part may be beyond our scope.
Before I get into that, let me tell you that the supplement industry is pretty messy. It’s like the wild wild west of products. From a random vitamin pack at a gas station to a specialty store with knowledgeable staff and top notch products. You can get synthetic vitamins made in a lab or supplements with nutrients from fruits and vegetables grown by a local farmer. In fact, I recently learned that the majority of supplement companies don’t even manufacture their own products, rather send a ‘recipe’ to a general lab and have it mixed and made for them. At the end of the day marketing becomes king.
So finding the best line of supplements for my family, and ultimately you, our FS Family has been a thorn in our side for a while. After all we will not recommend something we can’t personally stand behind and use ourselves. Katie and I have tried several different products, have been pitched by countless MLM companies, and none until now have sat well physically and/or morally. On top of that, to find a company that had a line of products was impossible, more on that later.
Without further ado, I’ll start with the what/why, and then finish with the who.
Here are our top foundational supplement recommendations:
A quality gender and age specific multi-vitamin. This fills in the gaps where our real food may be lacking due to an unbalanced diet, foods not being as nutrient dense as in the past, and more. A quality multi will be rejuvenating, support hormone balance and a healthy response to stress, as well as support your immune system.
There are obviously different needs for males and females, but to also have a vitamin that targets your stage of life is important. There are different developmental, restorative needs for kids, teens, adults, 40’s, and older.
Ideally the multi (or any supplement) is plant based and not synthetic. Our body tolerates and absorbs real nutrients much more effectively and efficiently than a synthetic vitamin or even a random recipe of different vitamins.
Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid. Research has shown Omega-3’s to promote cardiovascular health, and mental clarity, and maintain our body’s normal inflammatory response, depression, brain development, and studies have even shown increased fat loss.
Vitamin D3. Promotes healthy regulation and absorption of calcium and phosphorous, and facilitating normal immune system function. It is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. It also help support a healthy insulin response and aid diabetes management.
Probiotic. Supports optimal gut and intestinal health. A healthy gut has been linked to countless benefits including immune health (70% of your immune system is in your gut!), allergies, mood, improve skin, fat loss, brain function, reduction in bad, LDL, cholesterol and more!
Now it would be awesome to be able to recommend one company to get all of these from, but we couldn’t find just one. We we’re able to nail it down to two.
Our brand of choice is MegaFood. If they had everything we thought would benefit us and you then there would only be one company. Katie, Sadie and I use and prefer MegaFood for our multi’s, D3, probiotics, and more. Pretty much everything but Omega-3’s, Protein Powders, and Performance supplements. Why not those? Simply because they don’t offer them…
Read More: Why MegaFood?
Read More: Why EXOS Fuel?
My no pressure, shameless sales pitch…
Because we know, like, and trust these two companies we have become retailers/affiliates with them.
If you’ve made it this far then we assume you know, like, and trust us. Please let us know if you have any questions about these companies and their products or would like to purchase something.
MegaFood we will order directly from and have the products shipped here to FS for you. We will be placing bulk orders on a monthly basis. We will also extend a 20% discount off of all products on your first order. Email me to place your order.
EXOS Fuel you can purchase directly from them with our affiliate link, or we can place an order for you, whatever works best for you. Order online here: https://www.exosfuel.com/products/foundation/dp/omega-3?affid
What happen to Pro/Grade (our former supplement product line)?
Nothing really, we still have an affiliate connection to them. We still have clients who love them. Other than feeling it’s a lesser quality product the main focus was a quality company that was more like us in regards to values and quality. If you remember the prograde website it was very sales pitch oriented, that’s just not us.
If you’re set on prograde, heck you can still order it here: http://fitsoldiers.getprograde.com/
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Committed to Your Results,
Dave and Your FS Family!
Fit Soldiers LLC.
2100 East 112th Avenue #2
Northglenn, CO 80233