can you thrive without supplements?

Can you THRIVE without supplements?

Many may be hearing about a popular new lifestyle regimen called THRIVE by Le-Vel. This is a 3-step system taken daily for 8-weeks that claims to support mental clarity, increase energy levels, support digestion, and aid in weight loss through a combination of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and plant extracts. The 3-step system includes a daily vitamin/probiotic supplementation, a protein shake, and a patch worn on the arm. Though improving your lifestyle in three simple steps sounds promising, there is no sufficient research to support that major physiologically affects occurs individually or in combination of the ingredients found in THRIVE products.

Makers of Thrive claim “We can’t give the body everything it needs from a nutritional standpoint…. that’s why THRIVE was created to supplement your diet and lifestyle.”

Actually…can you give your body what it needs from a nutritional standpoint without supplements? Yes! Research shows that eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and heart-healthy fats can provide the body with the energy and nutrient levels it needs to support itself. A balanced diet combined with adequate sleep, self-care, and physical activity are shown to support mental clarity, increase energy levels, support digestion and help maintain a healthy weight…sound familiar? 

Supplementation has it’s place and can be beneficial/crucial in some instances such as the ones listed below. Supplementation should not be used in place of the nutrients we receive from food and should always be discussed with your family physician regarding safety and risk:

When should I consider supplements?

  • Pregnant/Breastfeeding
  • Repletion of specific vitamins/minerals
  • Vegan/vegetarian diets
  • Delayed growth due to inadequate diet
  • Altered gastrointestinal function in which nutrition absorption is affected  
  • Conditions such as anemia, osteoporosis/poor bone density

Bottom line: Improving and maintaining a well-balanced and holistic lifestyle does require more than a 3-step supplementation system. However, taking steps towards a more balanced lifestyle will have you THRIVING on life.