Walk into a drug store, and you will be overwhelmed by the choice of supplements on the rack. Today’s fitness world has overshadowed the goodness of food with dietary supplements.
As the name suggests, “Dietary Supplements” are meant to fill in the gaps that are absent or deficient in one’s nutritional palette in real food. Let’s explain this with an example of a glass jar and ball bearings.
Imagine your body’s dietary requirement is the empty glass jar, and the ball bearings are the nutrition received through food. Fill the entire jar with the ball bearings and now observe the gap between the bearings. These gaps are what we call nutritional deficiency’s in food and it is practically impossible to fill these gaps due to many reasons like personal food choices, availability, cooking technique, and quality. If you try to stuff more food (ball bearings), the bottle does not have any more space due to volume issues, hence we fill the voids with smaller tiny balls, which are the dietary supplements and complete the body’s nutritional requirement.
Food is the primary source of energy and nutrition to the body, it is a natural source and inherently suitable for the body’s inner culture of absorption and digestion. Food in its true sense, if cooked the right way and consumed in the right quantity, will be more bioavailable with the least wastage from our digestive system. Supplements, on the other hand, are a good support and help us fill in the voids and deficiencies, however they have their limitations and in no capacity can they replace the nutrition derived from eating real food.
Supplements are generally derived from food or are artificially synthesised and preserved for maximum shelf life. If they are consumed in excess there could be an overdose of those nutrients which may cause short or long-term damage. In comparison, our body has a lot of tolerance for food and its quantity of consumption, which is safer and smarter.
So remember to eat your food right and wisely supplement what’s missing in your palette.