By Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND
People often ask if they should continue to take supplements during a Reboot. This is an excellent and an important question.
The answer in short: We recommend stopping all non-prescription supplements during a Reboot. If your doctor or health care professional has prescribed a supplement due to a diagnosed deficiency then we recommend that you continue taking this during your Reboot.
We suggest this as you are likely to be receiving more nutrients than ever before and you may ingest too much of some specific vitamins and/or minerals. While Rebooting and following the guidelines, meal and juice plans you will be receiving an abundance of antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and phytonutrients.
While completing a Reboot you may consume less specific macro and micronutrients such as protein, fats, fiber, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc, selenium and vitamin E, although this all depends on what your normal diet consists of. If you consumed a highly processed diet then you will be receiving more nutrients altogether as a processed diet offers very little nutrition. If you are completing a Reboot that lasts longer than 15 days, we recommend adding a plant-based protein source to your juices. The Reboot with Joe protein powder is an excellent choice to add to your juices, or you can select chia seeds, hemp seeds, or spirulina.
These nutrients that are listed above are all stored in the tissues and you are NOT likely to end up with a nutrient deficiency in the suggested period of time of a Reboot.
Some supplements such as vitamin D and vitamin B12 may be required due to a diagnosed deficiency by a health care practitioner.
Here is more on specific nutrients during your Reboot and what you can do to increase your consumption. You will be pleasantly surprised with how much Rebooting can offer nutrient wise:
The links included will take you to previous articles where we have addressed specific nutrients during a Reboot:
Calcium: The amount of calcium in juice will be less than consuming the entire vegetable raw, since some is lost with the pulp, but this nutrient is found in many fruits and vegetables and especially dark green leafy vegetables. To really get the most calcium out of your juice, save the pulp for after your juice only Reboot, and add it to your smoothies, soups or in baking. Here is more on why you don’t need milk for Calcium.
Vitamin B12: While completing a Reboot, it is not necessary to take a B12 supplement unless you have been prescribed this by a healthcare professional, you are vegan or vegetarian and you don’t often eat many B12 rich foods. Find out everything you need to know about B12 and your Reboot.
Vitamin D: One of the best ways to soak up the sun’s energy is by consuming more plants! Eating and drinking a variety of colorful plant foods can help us boost our energy and benefit from the sunshine that feeds Earth’s plants which in turn provide us with life sustaining nutrients. Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Find out!
Fats: During a shorter Reboot (up to 15 days) fatty acid deficiency is not likely to be an issue in this period of time for most people. This is partly because our bodies store fat soluble vitamins and fatty acids easily in the body. With weight loss and exercise, we also release stored fats into the bloodstream making these building blocks available to the body for important use, which is why staying active during your Reboot is important. Are you getting enough on your Reboot?
Fiber: Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits while the soluble fiber remains in the juice. While fiber is an important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific phytonutrients in liquid form, which provides an easy nutrient delivery system to our bodies and cells. Learn more about juicing and fiber.
Protein – Clinically speaking, it is highly unlikely a healthy person will develop a protein deficiency in the time frame of the posted Reboot programs (3 -15 days). Green juices in particular are rather rich in protein, making them a cornerstone of any Reboot program. The amount of vegetables eaten during the Reboot for those who are eating + juicing, helps bump up the amount of protein an individual will consume in a day during their program. If you are embarking on a Reboot longer than 15 days, find out why adding protein to your juices is a good idea.
An important note before starting a Reboot:
It is very important to remember this is a period of rest and regeneration for improved wellbeing and health. Studies continue to show the importance of juicing for periods of time and the enormous health benefits that are seen. Only juicing offers rest while supplying an enormous amount of nutrition and phytonutrients that assist and support the cleansing process. In truth it is the best of both worlds!
If you intend to Reboot for longer than 15 days we recommend discussing this with your doctor so they can make any suggestions where needed and to monitor your progress. If you have a health condition such as diabetes, heart condition, high blood pressure or any other diagnosed health concern or you are taking prescribed medication then it is recommended to let your doctor know if you intend to do any sort of Reboot plan. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, under the age of 18 or you have a severe medical condition then we do not suggest a Reboot. Check with your doctor if you are unsure.
It is important to remember why we recommend a Reboot and what it has to offer! ENJOY!