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Even More About Supplements + Weight Loss


How Not to Diet (2019) / About Health Apps / What is Chlorella? / What's pre-biotic fiber? / K2 - the new kid on the block. / What about Omega's? / Timing is Everything

"How Not to Diet" (2019)

Dr Greger, founder of Nutrition Facts, wrote a comprehensive evidence-based resource for weight loss. Check out Dr Greger in his element: a focused audience, curious humans, and people who want to prevent or reverse obesity, backed by solid clinical research. His conclusions are put to the test!

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What is Chlorella?
(curiosity + education = safety)

Chlorella has gotten more attention in the plant-based and athletic arenas because it has B12, omegas, and a bunch of other goodies. Check out two sources about chlorella - one from Nutrition Facts and one through Medical News Today. Curiosity + Education = Safety.

What's pre-biotic fiber?

In the past five years, there have been approximately 50,000 research papers published on inflammation and the gut microbiome. Now, discoveries around pre-biotics are helping people connect the dots between inflammation-causing foods and our gut. I've discovered that ample pre-biotics are in the FOODS we eat like Jerusalem artichokes, so supplements may be superfluous for some people on a WPF diet. Check out a list of pre-biotic foods as well as Dr Klaper's take on this ever-evolving subject. 

K2 - the new kid on the block.

Vitamin K2 is the new kid on the block in supplementation debates among plant-powered advocates, especially athletes due to its healing coagulation properties. Evidence based studies are clear about what is and what isn't necessary, IF people follow a predominantly WPF diet. For example: green leafies and cruciferous veggies like broccoli have tons of vitamin K. Check out what vitamin K does, and whether or not taking a tablet is recommended.

What about Omega's?

Omega three fatty acids are ALA, found in plants such as flax, chia, and raw walnuts, as well as EPA and DHA which are found in fish oils. Thus, some plant-based advocates (especially athletes) have joined the supplement conversation by recommending a vegan version of EPA and DHA. This topic is by far the most controversial, most misreported, and relatively newest discovery. Thus, while doing research, I found little consensus. Because of this, I've included four links that can offer a more well-rounded view, so that people can make an informed decision about omega's. The debate continues...

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Timing is Everything

(supplements love to party with food)

Sometimes, taking a supplement such as vitamin B12 is recommended for plant-eaters (and those over 50). When needed, others such as magnesium, amla powder (from Indian gooseberries), or D3 can support overall health. Because the world of mostly unregulated supplements is a fiercely debated topic, doing your own deep-dive research is highly recommended. If you're taking supplements, check out WHEN it's ideal to do so. Also, keep in mind that there may be some exceptions.

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