Is there a “perfect diet” for everyone?
“One Size Fits All.” It’s a term that we hear all too often today.
While we know it’s not true for some things, we often try to apply the one size fits all methodology to other areas of our life. The biggest culprits? Workouts, food choices, and clothing.
It’s no surprise that we’re all unique. It’s something to celebrate and something to acknowledge.
Someone who has acknowledged this and is unique himself is Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist and 2X New York Times/WSJ Best Selling author.
Recently Wolf sat down with Athletic Greens to discuss topics ranging from evolution, economics and thermodynamics, to living a life that matters and how your gut can influence your overall happiness on the Athletic Greens “Inspiring Lives” podcast.
Before we move forward though, let’s call out the obvious: Athletic Greens is a “supplement.”
One in particular that claims to be the “Ultimate Daily All-in-One.”
However, it should be recognized that the brand doesn’t claim to be a one size fits all solution. Rather, we are a comprehensive nutritional support system for wherever your body and diet fall short.
We made sure that Wolf and the Athletic Greens team tackled this in the podcast.
Robb Wolf on Specificity of Supplements
Along with Wolf debunking the one size fits all myth, he also addresses the importance of gut health and how it can impact your overall mood and energy levels. This is something the podcast sponsor, Athletic Greens, claims they can help you with – they include 2 strains of probiotics and digestive enzymes as part of the formula.
Skeptical of supplements, I did some further research on Athletic Greens and found the following:
Why do I need a “supplement”?
We’re all individuals with individual needs.
When eating along strict guidelines, often you have to make a lot of changes from your current diet.
When you switch it up, there’s a chance you may fall short on some nutrients. This is an even bigger risk in cases when you’re having a hard time planning meals and end up eating a narrow variety of foods as a result.
In this scenario, a supplement can provide you with“nutritional insurance” to help you cover your bases while you’re eating a more limited range of foods.
What should I look for in a supplement?
Multiple supplements have demonstrable health benefits that have had a positive impact to people’s overall health and wellness.
Gut health is an area that Wolf discusses in the podcast and sometimes can be addressed with Probiotics and Prebiotics.
To clarify, Probiotics provide an infusion of extra gut flora and Prebiotics help feed them so they grow and flourish. We need a good balance of both to improve overall gut health.
Magnesium is also a supplement that may be helpful for muscle cramps, stress, or for people who suffer from constipation (it’s a mild laxative because it draws water into the small intestine).
These are just two suggestions that people often feel the benefits of when following a Paleo diet. At the end of the day, it’s about choosing what’s right for you.
Who should I trust?
I suggest you ask around. Consult with your physician, ask your friends, your community, or maybe trust someone like Robb Wolf.
Wolf uses Athletic Greens and claims that “One of the most pressing problems in nutrition is the need for micronutrients. I’m hard pressed to think of a better option than Athletic Greens.”
In the end, find what’s right for you and your nutritional needs and don’t forget to take care of your whole self.
According to Wolf “we can do a lot with nutrition, lifestyle and community, and all these things make our guts healthier, and our bodies healthier, and we’ll be mentally healthier as a consequence.”
Learn More about Robb Wolf here