Is Supplementation Really Necessary For Good Health? You May Be Surprised What You Read …

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Let’s cut straight to the chase. If you want to look hot and feel fantastic then I believe that some form of supplementation is necessary for you. Given the fact that I have links to Poliquin supplements in my sidebar, I realise that this is not much of a revelation, but perhaps what I have to say next will be. Which is this – I absolutely do NOT believe supplementation should be necessary if you eat well. For example. You’ve probably heard it argued that we don’t need to take supplements because we should be able to get all of our nutrients from food. Very true. But there’s just one teeny problem. It’s not going to happen. Let me explain.

If you were living a couple of hundred years ago, then maybe this would be possible. Assuming, of course, that you were wealthy enough to access good food, knew what it was anyway, and enjoyed only a healthy amount of stress in your life. You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? The thing is, a few years back I poo-poohed the idea of supplements (even protein powder) to all and sundry. “It’s a scam”, I said. “Companies just want to make money from you, and there’s really no benefit. As long as you eat well (organic of course), you’ll be fine”.

I take it back. And here’s why.

eating well is a good start – not a health cure

I believe that even the most optimal nutrition choices fall short of meeting our required vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and enzyme needs. These days I actually find it quite shocking that some health practitioners still that a healthy diet alone can be even adequate for nutritional fulfillment, let alone ideal. There are two main reasons for this: nutrient depletion due to a stressful life, and quality of food. I’ll expand.

Is Your World Perfect? Mine Sure Isn’t!

It’s true that nature has given us everything we need, and in a perfect world we wouldn’t need to take supplements. But this ain’t no perfect world, is it? And therein lies the rub. Anyone who tells you that you can get not only all the nutrition your body needs from your food, but also enough to replace nutrition lost through stress, poor food choices, lack of sleep and so on, has no idea about being healthy in the modern world.

You face stress every day of your life. For sure, your body is designed to cope with stress and in fact overcoming challenge is a very positive thing, but how about all of this:

  • lack of sleep or poor quality sleep
  • processed foods
  • unwittingly eating foods that you may be intolerant to
  • exposure to plastics
  • exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides
  • relationship anxieties
  • everyday worries about life, money, safety, happiness, peace and so on
  • living outside of your innate value system
  • medication stress
  • spiritual or emotional stress
  • work stress
  • information stress: knowing how to cut through the info overload that is our healthy system today and figure out what’s right for you!

So how is all this relevant? Well, stress depletes nutrients. It’s that simple. Any overt and ongoing form of stress (whether it’s a little stress about a lot of things, or a lot of stress about one or two things) requires extra energy. Energy comes from nutrition. And the nutrition you get from food – even from a great diet – is not enough to combat that which is robbed from you when your life is unnaturally high in stress. And the thing is, even if you absolutely love and feel secure in your life, there are elements of modern-world stress that you simply cannot avoid.

stress and nutrient depletion

Here are just a few things you may be lacking due to stress, and a little on how that could be affecting you.

  • Hydrochloric acid (HCL). HCL is what your stomach should produce every time you eat. It helps you digest and assimilate your food. Stress of any kind, and in particular unhealthy food choices, robs your body of HCL. This means that although you may be shelling out for quality organic food, you may not be digesting it fully.
  • Magnesium. Charles Poliquin has recently written a brilliant blog on magnesium and fat loss for women. It’s equally relevant to men. You should check it out here. Magnesium has a lot to do with quality of sleep and your ability to rest and recover effectively.
  • Methylators (B6, B9, which is folate, B12). Methylators are depleted when you suffer emotional stress, when you take The Pill or indeed any medication, and you may even be genetically poor at methylation (around 65% of people are). Poor methylation makes it hard to detoxify, which means hard to lose fat. It is also correlated with a higher risk of Alzheimer’s and every type of cancer, and plays a large part in emotional stability and mental acuity.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s are crucial to every element of your health, and help to combat every possible type of ailment you can think of. An excess of Omega 6 in your diet (which is common amongst Westerner’s) can mean that you are automatically low in Omega 3. Most people don’t eat enough of these essential fats anyway, which is why they must be taken in supplement for for as long as you’d like to be healthy. You can read more about Omega 3 and it’s effect on fat metabolism here.

There are literally scores and scores of other nutrients that you lose through stress. Some of the key ones include vitamin c, vitamin e, and zinc. A lack of these – or indeed any – vital nutrients is a sure-fire recipe for health disaster and disorder.

But seriously – can’t I get all of these from healthy foods?

The short answer is yes, of course. You can get all of those nutrients (except HCL which your body produces itself) from eating good foods. But first things first. Let’s be honest about how many meals a week are actually bang-on. By that I mean they’re completely unprocessed, 100% organic or bio-dynamic, and actually have the right macro-nutrient breakdown (proteins, fats, carbs) for your body’s needs. Even if most of your meals do fit that category (and well done to you!), do you eat enough? Too much? Do you eat too fast? Are you drinking too much water with your meal and affecting your digestion? Are you dehydrated? Do you use too many stimulants? You see what I’m saying, don’t you?

but, but, but …

There are still so many health practitioners teaching that you don’t need any form of supplementation, and there are some very convincing arguments out there. Here are a few of the ones I’ve heard regularly, and my take.

  • Supplements are prescribed like drugs and are created by the same drug companies. Well, yes, that’s true in some cases, and is one reason I personally only use practitioner lines from companies that specialise in supplements not drugs. But whilst I’m not one to be pro-drug-companies, my first response would be – and? Does that make them inherently bad or unnecessary? Yes, someone somewhere is going to make money when you buy supplements. And food. And, of course, when you pay for medical treatment. Let’s all accept that and get over it.
  • There is no such thing as wonder cure all or super food that is better than other foods. E.g. cancer is not a superfood deficiency. To me this argument, which I read recently on a naturopathic website, just makes no sense. Of course there are foods that are better than others. I agree that the blanket term ‘superfood’ can be confusing, and indeed many foods are super and not necessarily labeled as such, but does that mean all foods are equal? The only way I could begin to accept that idea is if we completely eliminated all foods from our diets that are, in fact, not food (packaged, processed, stripped of natural fat etc).
  • Even if organic supplements they are processed food products in a pill. True. Life isn’t perfect. Get over it. And really; is an organic food supplement (I do recommend organic supplements) any more processed than making your own organic almond and cacao cake? Or gravy? Or soup? We all use processing to an extent; it’s how we use it that is important. The reality of being healthy in a modern world is that we have to admit failure in some instances. I’m not saying your own failure, but rather the failure of the world we live in to keep up with your innate nutritional requirements.
  • Supplements are sold on the belief that our soil is too depleted of nutrients. So who are we going to support the farmer that takes care of our soil or the supplement company? Why not both?
  • Synthetic supplements (often used to fortify flour for bread, for example) are not how we are supposed to get our nutrition. This is an important point about supplements. Synthetic vitamins and minerals, in my opinion, have no place in a healthy pantry. The most common offender are cereals and other grain products. Eat real food instead, and add your healthy organic supplements to that base, rather than to a base of junk food posing as healthy food.
  • Vitamins and minerals or single nutrients do not exist on their own in nature. They require cofactors for absorption. There is no such a thing as a vitamin C fruit or B3 plant. This is also true, and is a great argument for using only quality practitioner supplements that have been blended based on your body’s actual requirements, are reputable enough to use only the active ingredient form of a particular nutrient rather than the typically cheaper versions you find on the shelf, and are able to be fully digested and assimilated by your body.

a word on quality

If you’ve been buying your supplements off the shelf then I’d suggest you switch to a practitioner brand such as Poliquin, Metagenics, or Usana (although I find it quite pricey comparatively). If it comes down to off the shelf or nothing, I’d choose nothing.

London personal trainer and BioSignature Coach Nick Mitchell has a great article on his site which further sums up how to recognise and choose quality supplements. You can view it here.

Personally I’ve heard too many instances in which companies have marketed a cheap concoction of shadow nutrients on the actions of far superior and active ingredients used in scientific research. Shopping with a brand you trust eliminates this problem. When you buy off the shelf you face issues of chemical toxicity, of synthetic ingredients such as petroleum coal tar for B vitamins rather than food-based, of GM (genetically modified) binders and additives, and of natural ingredients being so highly processed and refined that they can no longer be considered healthy.

where should you start?

If you haven’t used supplements before, or have used them but aren’t really sure if they worked or which ones you should take anyway, then it can be an overwhelming world to consider. I wouldn’t suggest rushing out and buying one of everything! The best way to introduce supplements, or any food and lifestyle change, is one or two steps at a time. That way you can experience the change they make and allow your body to adjust.

Here is what I’d suggest to start you off:

  1. A good multi-vitamin for all round nutrition. With iron for women, and iron-free for men.
  2. Omega 3 fatty acids – your body can’t make them and they’re essential to healthy and metabolism.
  3. A B-complex such as Poliquin Methylator. This will ensure proper detoxification.
  4. Magnesium in the evenings for recovery and quality sleep.
  5. Zinc – a foundation mineral, meaning that every other nutrient does its job more effectively when zinc is present. Zinc also has a lot to do with hormone production and metabolism.

My recommendation would be to introduce them one at a time, waiting 4-7 days before adding the next, and observing changes.If you’d like to know more about which supplements are right for your body and how to more comprehensively try them out then you may like to consider a BioSignature assessment.

Whew! A lengthy post today, but it’s one that I’ve been wanting to cover for some time now. I do find these research based posts take me a lot longer to write than my typical posts,and I hope I haven’t lost my usual flow. I’d be interested to hear your feedback – please comment below. Have you tried supplements? What has or hasn’t worked for you? And do you have any questions or points that I missed?

Thanks for reading!





A One-Time Live Online Workshop with Katrina Ruth, on How to Make Money Anywhere, Anytime, With ZERO Dependance on Any One Platform, Program or Tool … Aka JUST BECAUSE THAT’S WHO YOU ARE … AND – With the Greatest of Ease

Okay. Imma gonna get straight up on your ass about what needs to be said here, because obviously SOMEBODY needs to hit the damn truth button on this shit!!

Straight up from the gate up, you do NOT make money because of Facebook.

Because of Instagram.

Because of email.

Because of ANY of this shit.

You make money because of who you are and what you decide and make NON-NEGOTIABLE, period, The End!

As you may be aware, in the last day or so Facebook and Instagram went down down down OH so far down.

After a few obligatory ‘stop the world!’ messages to my team and friends (which resulted in a serious convo with one of my soul sisters as to whether we’d now have to become porn stars instead), I got back to business.

The business of posting and selling shit on Facebook, which is admittedly a big part of what I do each day???

Nah … the business of being ME, because THAT is what I actually do each day, and also?

It’s what gets me paid.

Funnily enough, as is often the way with these things, just yesterday somebody was making smart-ass comments to me about how all the coaches would survive if there was no Facebook or Instagram.

“How would they survive?”, I asked myself.

“Well, I have no idea how THEY would survive but I sure as shit know how I would survive:

Very fucking well indeed, thank you very much, because that is who I AM”

Word to the wise:

A) I was making serious money long before I used Facebook for it.

Allow me to say it again for those in the back: YOU MAKE MONEY BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE AND THE LEVEL YOU VIBRATE AT.


It’s an energy thang baby, a frequency shiz niz, it’s just who you ARE and how life works for you.

Handy hint —> the level of wealth you enjoy or moan over now is already just a direct reflection of your frequency, and expectations. It ain’t got jack shit to do with what you do, and it certainly is not a product of which tools are available to you.

It is a product of YOU.

When the socials went down today it was FASCINATING to me to observe the response that came through in the in-between-y bits when people managed to post something.

People worrying about how it would impact their business, or feeling in some way handcuffed.

This is crazy! It’s fear-mongering at its worst and it’s an absolute SHITTY mentality as far as belief systems around where results come from.

Do you know what I felt, when I realised we couldn’t use Facebook as normal for our biz stuff?


It took a minute to click in, but I found myself getting all wriggly and lit up with excitement.

I love a damn challenge 🙂

And since I also choose to believe that everything is happening FOR me, I also took personal responsibility for this occurrence.

Obviously FB and Insta had gone down in order to force me to finally pull my finger out and learn how to go live on YouTube.

But mainly – hell YEAH to the opportunity to get creative!

Probably taking the whole thing a little bit too far, as I worked my way through some sprints on the rower post HIIT weights session, I started to imagine what would happen if Facebook was TRULY GONE AND NO LONGER OF THIS WORLD.

I got MORE excited with each second that passed (which makes me remember how damn BORED I get as soon as I know how to easily do something aka make money all day err day on Facebook), and I also found myself AUTOMATICALLY GOING INTO ZAG MODE.


You know, like ‘When They Zig you Zag’. A classic, if ever there was one!! Thank you Dad, for always having all the BEST books on your bookshelf for me to start reading from 10 or 11 years of age!

See, I have a belief system which works rather well for me and I guess is just part of who I am –

I believe that things ALWAYS work out perfectly for me, and are always done FOR me …

I believe I am always on path …

I believe I always make the right decision, so therefore I never have to beat myself up, I just wait for the lesson –



I believe that my outcomes are predicated only by my choices, and that there is nothing I EVER need in order to get or maintain or ONLY improve on an existing outcome.

It’s this mindset that causes me to wonder what TF it has to do with anything when people say things like they can’t be in shape ’cause they have kids or just had a kids … or ’cause they can’t get to the gym (for example)

And it’s also this mindset that causes me to KNOW that the money I make and the impact my soul work has in the world has NOTHING to do with what tools or platforms are available to me or working.

I programmed myself a long time ago to IMMEDIATELY swerve if something was no longer serving me or working for me. It’s this part of my mind which therefore right away started coming up with creative and imaginative solutions for how business would OF COURSE carry on (and improve!) with or without social media.

And it’s also this part of my mind which of course right away finds a way to monetize the damn thing and turn it into epic and highly helpful content for you, aka this workshop!

It’s just how I think, and who I am. I am simply unavailable for NOT moving forward, and nothing will ever ever EVER make me believe that I have to depend on anything outside of me for my results.

So why a whole damn workshop on the concept?

Well, it’s more than that, isn’t it?

It’s a mindset of believing that you always get what you want.

It’s a mindset of believing that everything always works out for you.

It’s a mindset of believing that NOTHING can stop you.

That everything is working in your favour.


That you can monetize ANYTHING, any time you choose, and with no ‘requirements’ in order to do so!

I don’t have to tell you that obvs the outcomes you get directly follow and reflect your mindset and your beliefs!!

Here is what else, as well:

This is not just about making money any time, from any thing, and knowing that even with challenge or things going wrong you only THRIVE and EXPAND!!

For me this goes hand in hand with duh – I get to do all of that on my terms.

By having FUN, and being in FLOW, and with ease.

In fact, the more money the more ease!! #justhowitis

That I can literally click my fingers and money shows up for me, meanwhile I’m just over here doing ma thang.

Speaking of which –

I think it’s about time I shared exactly what I currently DO all day, yeah? And how I do it / fit it all in / honour ALL the areas, PLUS manage to spend so much time sitting on my ass doing sweet FA!

In other words … !

Let’s hang out together this weekend!!




A One-Time Live Online Workshop with Katrina Ruth, on How to Make Money Anywhere, Anytime, With ZERO Dependance on Any One Platform, Program or Tool … Aka JUST BECAUSE THAT’S WHO YOU ARE … AND – With the Greatest of Ease

> It’s happening Thursday March 21 at 11.30am Brisbane time (Wednesday 9.30pm NYC / 1.30am London, UK)

> All fully recorded if you can’t attend live

> ALL your questions answered (either live during the workshop, or afterwards in the group if you can’t attend live)

> KILLER bonus content on Top 11 Most Effective & Proven ‘When They Zig You Zag’ Sales Secrets

> Live support from meeeeee in the group afterwards for anything extra you want and need to know!

> Free Bonus Entire COURSE for Everyone! My $197 Alignment & Asskickery Toolkit, a 14-Day Smackdown to Bring You Back to YOU, and Into Massive Aligned and Result Based Action! Yes, that’s an entire $197 course and you’re paying less than half of that for this entire workshop!

> All content yours to keep for life!!


What We Will Be Covering!

1) How to Monetize ANY Situation, Including But Not Limited To:

* When social media or any typically depended upon platform goes down (including examples of how I have down this several times, to the tune of tens of thousands)

* Hater situations (including examples, again multiple times, again tens of thousands of dollars)

* When you make a fool of yourself / something embarrassing happens or you screw up (also examples! also lots and lots of lovely moolah)

* When people ‘screw you over’ (ahem, we will talk about this) or desert you (also examples! more money!)

* Basically how to turn any and all life situations, moods, changes of the moon, emotional ups and downs, real life SHIT, to money!

2) Why the ‘When Shit Happens’ times are often the BEST times to make money, aka this is where I teach you what it really means to understand human psychology in terms of SALES, and the mindset of being an actual IN THE FLOW entrepreneur, who ALWAYS sees opportunity and jumps straight on it

3) When NOT to Monetize (okay that one you can have for free – never!!)

4) Understanding Where Money Really Comes From – and aligning yourself TO the frequency of wealth, such that you can literally NOT.BE.IMPACTED by anything that 99.99% of people think will cost them business

5) Money Vibration Principles Revealed (… my own personal philosophies and things that I live by / instil into my being around this, including my own daily practices)

6) Coding For Success

* How to ALWAYS have an endless stream of ideas

* AUTOMATIC continual unleashment of creativity and imagination, especially in so-called times of struggle

* Seeing past problems and accessing higher self in order to always know the answer, and how to move forward

7) Programming to Upgrade – the beliefs, energetic states and emotional patterns you require in order to be this person, have all this work for you, ALWAYS see and have the ability to act on the shit that will most pay off

The ‘Do What You Want All Day’ Bit:

* Exactly how my typical day flows and how I operate for maximum efficiency of time, energy, mental acuity, soul connectedness, etc

* Getting it all done as a busy entrepreneur (and single Mum, in my case) who also refuses to operate at anything less than EXCELLENT in terms of self-care, fitness, fun, playtime, etc

* Exactly what I do all day, broken down to the detail, to helm this becoming-8-figure-empire

* Exactly what I do NOT do all day, either it just gets ignored (hint: a LOT that most online marketers think matters!), or I let other people do it for me

* Calling in soulmate support, even long before you are ready to afford it

* Optimizing energy, focus, personal power, happiness, general flow. Aka mindset and also brain / nutrition hacks and so on


AND, while we’re at it, we will also be talking INSTANT MANIFESTATION. The exact process I use to bring the future into the NOW, by clearing all blocks existing between its reality in the quantum and its physical manifestation in the now!!



I’ll be doing this ‘Rapid-Fire’ Session at the end!!

1) What it really means to be magnetic online – hint: it’s not about having a pretty and polished website or online presence!

2) Bringing the ‘in private / behind the scenes’ version of you to the public

3) Unapologetic messaging and soul baring to call in your true #soultribe

4) Audience quality vs quality, and active elimination of those who don’t ‘HELL yes’ on your content

5) People don’t buy your products, they buy you. No – people don’t buy you, they buy your energy!! What that means and how to let it out

6) Being real about where you need to take care of YOU in order to be able to show up and shine fully

7) Keeping a laser-focus and tunnel-vision on your own path, and having the courage to pave the way that feels right for you even if it’s not been done before

8) Discernment to walk the line between being polarising and positively outrageous as opposed to just a hot mess 🙂 Scaling and magnetizing FROM the chaos of creativity and following the true artists way!

9) Knowing which ideas to work, what will sell, and how best to sell it so that the entire launch and selling experience is fun AND rewarding for both your audience and you

10) Creating hell yes offers that make them scream yes!

I know!

This workshop is off the HOOK already, and we haven’t even accounted for all the random shiz which will be coming out of me!!


Don’t forget the bonuses >>>> !!!

> KILLER bonus content on Top 11 Most Effective & Proven ‘When They Zig You Zag’ Sales Secrets

> Live support from meeeeee in the group afterwards for anything extra you want and need to know!

> Free Bonus Entire COURSE for Everyone! My $197 Alignment & Asskickery Toolkit, a 14-Day Smackdown to Bring You Back to YOU, and Into Massive Aligned and Result Based Action! Yes, that’s an entire $197 course and you’re paying less than half of that for this entire workshop!

> All content yours to keep for life!

What are you waiting for? You KNOW that if you apply even ONE tip of the approximately gajillion I’m sharing here you’re going to 100x your investment back! Which is why I am even EXTRA excited to be able to give this to you at such a low price, as per the commandment of my soul!! Plus it’s fun 🙂

Okay then! See you IN there baby!


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  1. Faye Masterson says:

    I completely agree with your sentiments here. While sometimes it can be difficult to note the positive changes that supplementing can bring you I was reminded how much good they are doing me two weeks ago when I was away and I ran out of my poliquin supplements for a while!

    1. Kat says:

      That’s one plus of having time off from supplements!

  2. Dave says:

    Just a thought for you. You are spot on with your recommendation for supplements. You can always tell a well informed person or doctor for that matter if they recommend supplements.
    Supplements have been around since the early 1900’s because even back then they recognized that processing grains was deteriorating health. Those supplements were made from whole foods. The next level of health jumps when people take supplements in a whole food form, the same as the way you want your food. I took a quick look at Poliquin’s multi and it isn’t a whole food, so I’d consider it similar to Metagenics. Metagenics suffers from the same problem. I’m from Minnesota and have massive exposure to Metagenics. They are better than supplements off the shelf, but they are still fractionated and to some extent dangerous to your body. It will just take you longer to see the effects.
    If you look at Poliquins multi you’ll see it listed as 850mg pure ascorbic acid for the vitamin C. To those of us in the know, we’d never take something so unnatural. There isn’t a plant in the world that naturally has that much ascorbic acid. As a bit of trivia for you, the discoverer of ascorbic acid Szent-Györgyi was appalled that supplement makers only used ascorbic acid when to his dying day tried to get people to realize that Vitamin C is an entire complex.
    Whole food supplements are the only way to go. There are more suppliers than ever before, but if you want something that started the whole food supplement industry a long time ago, look at Standard Process Supplements.
    Since you are from Australia they partnered with Mediherb from Australia so if you find a Mediherb distributor you should be able to learn more.
    It is nice to see more people promoting natural health, keep it up.

    1. Kat says:

      @ Dave thanks for the lengthy comment; good food for thought although I do disagree. In theory wholefoods are sufficient for health, but when combating the toxicity we all face simply from living in the modern world greater measures (as in, higher amounts of nutrients than what nature would provide) must be taken. Charles has actually written an interesting article on Vitamin C –
      I have heard good things of Mediherb in terms of quality!

    2. Scott says:

      Is the Usana brand considered a whole food supplement?

  3. Nora says:

    Hey Kat,

    What about Whole Foods 365 brand supplements? I have recently been taking those.

    Also, I read somewhere that canola oil is a very unhealthy oil, and I was wondering what your opinion of canola (a.k.a. rapeseed) oil is?

    1. Kat says:

      Hi Nora. Sorry, but I don’t know anything about that brand. If it’s not a practitioner brand I’d be wary, and even then there’s no guarantee. As for canola oil, I’m definitely anti. I’ve recently learned a lot more about this from a reader comment, which you can view under this post:

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