There aren’t many supplements stocked in my kitchen cabinets these days. I have a few that I feel are necessary due to my high activity level, but that’s it! I would much rather sink my teeth into a traditional, wholesome meal to give my body nourishment than pop pills that may or may not benefit me. I’m pretty sure my temple feels the same way too!
That being said, there are definitely nutritional products out there that can be great additions to any dietary regimen. The select few I speak of are not your typical supplement. They contain ingredients that are harvested to meet strict standards and combined to work synergistically within your body, like real food. They will enhance your current state of health and are created by companies that want you to thrive! The options out there continue to grow, so I know that walking through the wellness section at a local co-op to find something that meets these criteria can be a difficult task. Let’s put an end to the confusion! Enter: Healthforce Nutritionals!!
The company was co- founded in 1990 by Jameth Sheridan, a doctor of holistic medicine and Kim Sheridan, a naturopath. You’d be hard pressed to find a better combo in the nutritional world and it’s this background and experience that keeps me believing in their products. I first came across Healthforce about 6 years ago when I was searching for an alternative to whey protein. Their “Warrior Food,” a hemp and brown rice protein blend, immediately caught my attention. I’m glad it did!! They have since evolved to provide the best in raw, vegan, therapeutic superfood formulations that will transform your body, mind and spirit! What truly impresses me is their standards! Healthforce products contain no fillers, binders, flow agents, isolates, synthetics, or animal products. They are 100% vegan. They use only food-based ingredients, superfoods, herbs, clays, and are 100% gluten-free. Dr. Sheridan also created the Truganic standard which goes above and beyond the sometimes lenient USDA organic standards. All TruGanic products must pass tests showing zero detectable levels of pesticides, herbicides, GMOS and radiation. This is definitely a company you can trust! If you’re interested, I suggest trying their foundational products- Vitamineral Green and Vitamineral Earth. I use both of these on a regular basis and would recommend them for anyone looking to support excellent health, energy and balance!
What Is It: This is Healthforce’s therapeutic green superfood powder. It contains a vast array of leafy vegetables, algae, sea vegetables, enzymes and probiotics from land and sea! They provide the body with non-toxic vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fibers and phytonutrients. Yup, all the good stuff! Chlorella, spirulina, kelp, alfalfa grass, barley grass and dandelion leaf are some of the key factors.
Why Take It: 1.) For healthy energy, detoxification, immunity and healing. These processes require specific nutrition, which Vitamineral provides, keeping your body looking and feeling young! 2.) Even if you’re a healthy eater it’s likely that you don’t have access to many of its ingredients. Or maybe you get stuck in a routine eating the same ol vegetables? Our bodies crave variety, especially with regards to nutrition. 3.) Unlike most other greens formulations, which are stored in outgassing plastic containers that degrade nutrients, Vitamineral uses dark amber glass which is non-toxic and doesn’t outgas.
How To: This is the easy part! I typically mix a tablespoon with about 8oz of water or coconut milk in the afternoon 2 times per week. For absorption purposes I like to chew each sip. Sounds weird since it’s a liquid but getting the nutrients to mix with our saliva will benefit digestion. It’s not a race so drink slow and with positive intention. Some people aren’t crazy about the grassy taste so as an alternative you can add a spoonful to smoothies. Also, if you’re new to greens drinks you may notice symptoms of detoxification (a good thing and a sign something was off), so start with a teaspoon and see how you feel after a week or two before increasing to a tablespoon. Click here for more info!
What Is It: I like to call it super-tea! It’s a mix of powerful roots, barks, spices and botanicals that have the ability to heal the body on a very deep level! According to Dr. Sheridan, virtually all native tribes made teas and broths out of certain healing herbs with hot water, as their intuition and experience told them this was best. Astragalus root, ginger root, sprouted flax seed, sprouted chia seed, red miso and white oak bark are some of the key elements.
Why Take It: 1.) In Chinese medicine, roots and barks have a very long history in providing nutritional support for a healthy body. They are effective immunity enhancers and are known to be deeply cleansing to the blood and the liver. 2.) It’s a yang/alkaline formulation to help balance yin energy. 3.) Our bodies are magnetic and energetic! Physically grounding ourselves to the earth helps maintain this magnetic energy and so too can grounding nutritionally!
How To: According to Dr. Sheridan, Vitamineral Earth is best taken as a broth or tea. In the morning I heat 8oz of water with a tablespoon of Earth in a saucepan. Once it reaches a light boil I turn off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes before pouring into a coffee mug. I like to keep a spoon in the mug and stir before each sip. This is a great replacement for your morning coffee!! Click here for more info and other Earth recipes!
*I was not compensated nor do I have an affiliation with this company and its products.