As a practicing Chiropractor, one of the most common questions I am asked about is supplementation. I’m inherently skeptical, and as such I vet any product I recommend substantially. I want to know that the product is well sourced, that it’s clean and that its efficacy claims are based in science.
This ultimately leads to me not carrying or recommending many products. Because most are crap. Most are not well absorbed, poorly sourced and inadequately studied. If you listen to headlines, supplementation is a big waste of money. And if you’re using cheap, over the counter products, I totally agree.
However, there is a problem. Our modern diet, depleted soil, and stressful lives create micronutrient deficiency. I don’t care how well you eat, you’re missing something.
In this “Supplementation Series,” I’ll be exploring and reviewing a few products I love and recommend. I’m starting with a line from my friends Dr. Jason & Mira Calton of Calton Nutrition. I had the good fortune of spending a lot of time with them while on the Low Carb Cruise this year.
They are the best selling authors of Naked Calories and Rich Food, Poor Food. In the healthy food community, they’re best known for being micronutrient experts. If you want to learn more about micronutrient sufficiency I’d highly recommend starting with their Naked Calories book. If you’re more interested in learning how to shop better, check out Rich Food, Poor Food which acts as a aisle by aisle grocery guide toward better food choices.
But beyond writing, they’ve been hard at work creating some of the best supplemental products I’ve come across. Their first offering was Nutreince - a ground breaking micronutrient supplement.
What sets Nutreince apart? In my opinion, it’s 3 fold.
1. Absorption – a powdered form that you mix with water for maximum absorption. Did you know that the majority of capsules and tablets pass right through our digestive system without being adequately absorbed?
2. Anti-Competition – there is no other product that I know of that separates micronutrients to remove competition. Most people don’t realize that vitamins and minerals often compete for binding sites, and thus when brands lump all of them together, they are not as well absorbed. Nutreince is separated into AM / PM doses.
3. Source – The Caltons have painstakingly sought out 100% organic real food sources for their supplement.
Nutreince comes in a couple different versions. They have multiple flavors and some sweetened with stevia as well as a natural, unsweetened version. I personally don’t care for stevia. I can tolerate the natural in a quick drink with no problem. One of the things Diane and I have tried successfully is mixing one natural AM packet with one flavored/sweetened AM packet. It cuts the sweetness down for me, but masks the vitamin taste many people find off putting.
(If you’re wondering how your product stacks up – check out this comparison chart!)
The Caltons next addressed the vast potential and health benefits of MCT oil with their Skinny Fat products. There is a MCT/Coconut oil blend and a MCT/Olive oil blend. They’re great for adding in some clean fat calories, making salad dressings, adding to shakes, cooking, etc. They come in beautiful 750 ml blue bottles to protect the integrity of the oil for about $20 / bottle.
Lastly, their newest offering is their 100% grass fed, organic, non-GMO whey protein called In.Power. I freaking love this stuff. It’s SUPER clean, which you probably know is really hard to find in protein powder land. At about $30 / lbs., you can’t get any better.
Right now, my favorite way to take all of these at once is:
Triple Threat Breakfast Recipe
-1 scoop In.Power
-1 TSP Skinny Fat (coconut)
-1 Nutreince (chocolate flavored)
-Splash of Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee
-Crushed ice and water
Directions: Mix them all in a blender or magic bullet and go crush life!
What I love about the Caltons is that they are so passionate and obsessive about quality. To ensure their In Power is 100% organic, non-GMO and grass-fed, they secured sourcing from a local farm supplier. Same goes for components of the Nutreince.
For me personally, as an athlete with active job and lifestyle, I’ve found that adding these products to my routine has improved my energy, mood, skin, hair and nail health and most importantly – quality of sleep! I wake up feeling amazing instead of groggy.
I’m not a huge supplement pusher. But when I find something I like that is this high in quality, backed in science, and priced right – I get on board!
How about you?
Yours in Health,
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