The alarm goes off, you jump in the shower—maybe after a few more minutes of snoozing—and then hastily throw on some clothes and pour a cup of coffee on your way out the door. If there’s time, you’ll grab a quick bite to eat—whatever’s within your reach and can easily be inhaled in the car on your way to work. If not, there’s always lunch … if it fits into your schedule.
Does this scenario sound familiar? For many of us, the incredibly fast pace of our lives leaves little time for fussing over the nutritional quality of our food—we’re lucky to find time to eat at all!
According to a study published by the American Medical Association (AMA), the typical American diet puts a large portion of the population at risk for insufficient vitamin intake, an apparent cause of chronic diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.
This is where dietary supplements come in. But with so many products lining our pharmacy shelves, beckoning us with promises just as elaborate as their packaging, it can be difficult—if not impossible—to choose the right ones for our individual needs. On top of that, the conflicting messages sent out by the media leave many of us feeling even more frustrated and uninformed, wondering if we need supplements at all.
"The answer depends on your eating and lifestyle habits, and some factors beyond your control, such as your age," said the staff at the Mayo Clinic, an award-winning pioneer and innovator in medicine.
According to the Clinic, dietary supplements may be especially advantageous for a variety of lifestyles and people, including vegetarians (Yes, even vegetarians, who may not consume enough calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins B-12 and D!), those who have a medical condition, dieters who consume less than 1,200 calories a day, postmenopausal women, women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and smokers.
Dietary Supplements are also beneficial for those who don't eat well, which likely constitutes a majority of the population. In fact, the AMA claims that only 20 to 30 percent of the population eats the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, the main dietary source of many essential vitamins.
For this reason, Tony Robbins joined forces with former Harvard nutritionist Dr. Stacey Bell to recreate his own Inner Balance line of supplements and health products to help people fill in the nutritional gaps created by today's typical diet. The new Inner Balance line features a collection of revolutionary health products that have been designed personally by Tony and Dr. Bell to cleanse the body’s systems, increase energy, propel weight loss, and restore and rejuvenate the body for optimal health.
Not only are most Inner Balance products dairy, yeast, hormone, peanut, and gluten-free, they're also completely free of artificial colors and flavors, mostly suitable for vegetarians, and made with 100% organic ingredients from pure food sources to help you achieve extraordinary health the natural way.
As Dr. Bell asserts, supplements like those found in the Inner Balance line are becoming increasingly necessary to combat the adverse effects of a modern diet that includes more flesh proteins from animals and fish. This type of diet makes the blood more acidic.
"We're eating many fewer fruits and vegetables than we did before, so we get a double whammy here on our blood to keep it at the right ph," said Dr. Bell. The alarming consequences of excess acidity in the body can include lowered immune function, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, digestive problems, weight gain, and additional stress placed on the kidneys, pancreas, and gall bladder.
"There is no question that dietarysupplements can compensate for some of the damage that we do to ourselves," said Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of The Total Health Program.
Dietary Supplements can increase energy, help to prevent colds and the flu, boost the immune system, aid in dieting and increase chances of longevity. However, Mercola states that in the end, there is no substitute for healthy food choices eaten appropriately.
As the experts assert, the case is strong for dietary supplements—especially for the "I'll grab a quick bite to eat on the way to work" crowd. Proper nutrition is not only vital to physical health, but also for overall mental and emotional well-being, providing the base for a life of vitality, success, and fulfillment. Dietary Supplements are becoming an increasingly beneficial option to balance a hectic lifestyle.
About the Author
For the past three decades, Anthony Robbins has served as an advisor to leaders around the world. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, he has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors.
His nonprofit Anthony Robbins Foundation provides assistance to inner-city youth, senior citizens, and the homeless, and feeds more than two million people in 56 countries every year through its international holiday "Basket Brigade." Robbins has directly impacted the lives of more than 50 million people from over 100 countries with his best-selling books, multimedia and health products, public speaking engagements, and live events.
Robbins has been selected as Vice Chairman of Health, Education, and Science for the United Nations Research Center for the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC) NGO. Working with the Organization of American States, the Center, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Anthony Robbins helped negotiate an electoral solution for peace to the strife and conflict that have devastated the Venezuelan people and their economy.
Robbins has collaborated with political and business leaders in diverse world communities such as South Africa, England, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, and the United States. Robbins is also a national spokesperson for the Wellness Community, a nonprofit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones.