Sep 3rd, 2012
Author: CrossFit CDR
Category: CrossFit CDR
Why should I supplement if I’m eating Paleo?
A common misperception about eating paleo is the belief that supplementing is no longer necessary. If I am eating so healthy, why do I have to take extra vitamins? I’ve never eaten healthier, what could I possibly be missing? You mean all of these dark leafy greens aren’t enough?
Unfortunately, most of our foods come from less than ideal sources. Much of our produce is grown on over-farmed land and exposed to fertilizers and insecticides. The animals that supply our protein are over-crowded, stressed, and fed unnatural diets including grains and waste products. We can improve our vitamin and mineral intake by choosing local, seasonal, organic produce and meats that are grass-fed, free-range, and humanely sourced. However, many of us would still lack essential nutrition that comes from foods like organ meat (heart, kidney, liver) or marine vegetables (like kelp), since for most of us, those foods aren’t a part of the food traditions we’re accustomed to. Additionally, we’re exposed to environmental toxins and stressors that impact our brain and metabolic functioning.
A commonly deficient mineral, even for those eating clean, paleo diets, is magnesium.
Magnesium is one of the more overlooked and among the most depleted minerals in the modern diet…. Its deficiency can lead to high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, extreme and chronic muscle tension, impaired liver and brain function, cancer and heart disease….. As it stands, most individuals can likely benefit from some magnesium supplementation. Just remember that no nutrient functions in isolation in the body and be sure to eat foods that provide adequate minerals (including calcium) from other sources. (Source: Primal Body, Primal Mind; Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life by Nora T. Gedgaudas)
A short list of disorders or conditions associated with magnesium deficiency:
- ADD/ ADHD
- anxiety disorders
- arthritis – rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- autoimmune disorders
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- gut disorders
- high blood pressure
- impaired athletic performance
- kidney stones
- migraines – including cluster types
- muscle cramps
- muscle fatigue and weakness
- thyroid disorders
(Source: Primal Body, Primal Mind; Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life by Nora T. Gedgaudas)
As always, I will do my best to get my nutrition from the foods I choose. Until I can boast about a totally clean, organic, free-range, diet that includes things like liver (blech!) and kelp, I will make use of high quality supplements to be sure I’m getting the vitamins and minerals I need. Pure Pharma’s M3 is now a staple in my personal supplement routine.
Pure Pharma M3 is available for purchase at CrossFit CDR Redlands.
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Clean and Jerk, 1 rep every minute on the minute, build up to heaviest possible.