The optimization of the personal supply of vital substances and nutrients is an important point in every holistic therapy concept. Here we explain how to proceed specifically to provide yourself with sufficient vital substances and nutrients.
In this way, you provide yourself with sufficient vital substances
Every holistic and naturopathic prevention or therapy concept also includes optimizing the supply of vital substances. However, if the concept description only says: to optimize your supply of vital substances, you still don’t know what that means and how you should proceed. Therefore, we explain below how you can provide yourself with sufficient vital substances and nutrients. First, however, we want to explain what the terms vital substances and nutrients are all about.
Vital substances and nutrients – the difference
The terms nutrients and vital substances are often misused or used as if they were one and the same thing. However, the term “nutrients” is an umbrella term, it includes both macronutrients and micronutrients.
Macronutrients are proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. In this area, there are almost never any defects in our latitudes. Therefore, the macronutrients are not relevant here either. Only in the area of fats should one think of a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids or a balanced omega-3-omega-6 ratio.
However, micronutrients are extraordinarily important when it comes to the prevention and treatment of diseases. The micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and secondary plant substances. They are also referred to as vital substances in their entirety.
Examples of secondary plant substances are e.g. B. carotenoids, flavonoids, anthocyanins, mustard oil glycosides, etc., which can support the body very well with very different properties (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, detoxifying).
The consequences of a lack of vital substances
If there is a persistent lack of supply of one or more vital substances, such a state of deficiency can contribute to the development of numerous diseases or prevent their healing. Conversely, optimizing the supply of vital substances can protect against diseases or promote the healing process or make it possible in the first place.
A lack of vital substances is widespread
It is often claimed that there is no lack of vital substances in industrialized countries, which is why appropriate food supplements – it is often said – are superfluous and a pure waste of money. In our article about the lack of vital substances, which is also widespread in industrialized nations, we explain why it is not worth continuing to believe that there is no lack of vital substances.
Too many studies and field reports clearly indicate that, although there are no longer any extreme deficiency diseases such as scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), latent deficiencies (deficiencies that do not cause any acute symptoms) are widespread and ensure that the affected organism can no longer protect itself against diseases as well as it would if it were well supplied with all vital substances.
It is completely irrelevant which vital substance it is. Even a lack of just one substance can throw the body’s healthy balance out of balance in the long term and contribute to a wide variety of complaints, regardless of whether it is rheumatism, sleep disorders, chronic headaches, loss of performance, thyroid problems, hormonal disorders, osteoporosis, Cancer, cardiovascular disease or whatever.
For the prevention and therapy of any disease, we, therefore, recommend always considering the optimization of the supply of vital substances. It is an important point of any holistic therapy concept.
Take vital substances individually
We are often asked which vital substances one should definitely take as a dietary supplement. But there is no general answer to this. Because dietary supplements should of course only be taken according to personal needs.
In most cases, the questioners then explain how they eat, e.g. B. low carb or vegan and expect that we now have a list with the right vital substances ready. But even that is not possible. Because whether low carb or vegan or completely different – every diet can be implemented in very different ways.
It is therefore the task of each individual to find out for themselves which substances are missing and in what dosage they should be used. Of course, a doctor or non-medical practitioner can help, and also a nutritionist who looks at your menu over a period of one to two weeks and can give you initial information about which nutrient might be missing. In addition, you can have a blood check done by a doctor or naturopath to determine your current status. We have explained how to do this in our articles on diagnosing vitamin deficiencies and diagnosing mineral deficiencies.
In this way, you can optimize your supply of vital substances
Depending on the result, a decision is then made as to whether (in the case of less serious deficiencies) a change in diet alone can help or whether (in the case of clear deficiencies) the appropriate vital substances should also be taken in the form of food supplements.
If the latter is the case, the dose is also determined completely individually depending on the personal values of the respective person.
If you are overwhelmed with it yourself, a holistically oriented doctor or alternative practitioner should be able to help you with this procedure.
The supply of secondary plant substances can be assessed based on current eating habits. The more fruit, vegetables, and salads are consumed, the better the status here. Anyone who has only had a few of these foods on their menu so far should consider changing their diet accordingly.
But these vital substances can also be taken with dietary supplements, e.g. B. with powdered herbs, fruits, or vegetables, such as nettle powder, beetroot powder, dandelion powder, broccoli powder, spinach powder, or whatever you like or can find on the market.
Pay attention to high-quality preparations
If vitamin or mineral supplements are required to optimize your supply of vital substances, look out for high-quality products. Tablets are less recommended because they usually contain numerous superfluous additives (tablet additives, coating agents, colorings, etc.).
Capsules, on the other hand, are usually only filled with the respective vital substance and may also contain a harmless filler (e.g. cellulose, starch, rice flour, or – in the case of fat-soluble substances – an oil).
Fillers are necessary in some cases because only very small amounts of many vital substances are required, which could not fill a capsule at all. They also often increase durability.
Pay attention to the vital substance content in the preparation
Of course, when choosing the right preparation, make sure that it provides the daily dose you need. Many inexpensive products are often underdosed, i.e. contain far too little of the respective vital substance, so that they cannot help to remedy the deficiency, let alone achieve therapeutic effects.
Especially with products that contain a large number of different vital substances or many different plant substances, there is a great risk that the quantities of the individual substances are too small.
If you are advised against dietary supplements, you will find important information here on the usual arguments that are often used against dietary supplements, but which are mostly unfounded.