Americans are known for having the world's most expensive urine due to the many supplements we take on a regular basis. Since going paleo, I have drastically cut down on my vitamin and mineral supplements due to not needing them with such an improved diet.
Just curious on here, what about other people. So the question is what supplements are you taking? how much do they cost per day? and why are you taking them? Please try to answer all questions.
So I take glucosomine and chondroitin for some hip issues I have had for 20 yrs. It seems to help, in that whenever in the past I have stopped for a while, it bothered me more. Cost $.10 per day
I also take 2g of EPA and DHA Fish oil per day. $.40 per day
As an average for the year I take 5000 IU of D3 every other day. I get lots of sunshine and take more D3 in the winter, less in the summer. Cost $.06
Total cost of supplements $.56 per day.
It isn't hard to get all the nutrients you need with zero supplementation:
That's the breakdown of what I ate yesterday. Notice that I accomplished that with only 1300 calories! All whole foods, no nuts, or dairy, no organ meats. Didn't need to be grass-fed or organic. An average person eating double that many calories should have zero trouble meeting requirements, even if they need to have an excess of one or more nutrient(s) to address previous deficiencies.
Oh and it costs me less than $10 dollars a day to eat this way.
The closest thing I do to "supplement" is a daily epsom salt bath for magnesium.
EDIT: Here is the list of foods. http://i46.tinypic.com/zuib9y.png
There can be a lot of variety here too. I'll use duck eggs some days, mustard, collard, turnip or kale greens instead of spinach. Different cuts of meat, always some seafood (every single day), etc etc. The nutrient breakdown always remains within 10% of what you see above.
I take 5000 IU vitamin D and sometime magnesium citrate (Natural Calm) at night. Everything else comes from what I eat.
I could cut both out by spending more time in the sun and upping my greens. Need to do so. Maybe a warm epsom salt bath at night if I'm feeling tense.
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