Ep 21: Gummies for lifestyle gaps
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[00:08] Specific lifestyle needs like getting a good night's rest, supporting a healthy inflammation response, and boosting the immune system are all cause to consider supplementation.
[00:18] Today, Abigail and Killeen discuss how these lifestyle gaps can be addressed in an unexpected and rather enjoyable way.
Killeen: [00:25] Hey, Abigail. How have you been?
Abigail: [00:28] Hey, Killeen. I'm great. How are you doing?
Killeen: [00:32] I'm good. Thank you. Listen. Quite a ways back, we had a super in‑depth discussion about the gummy vitamin craze. What seemed like overnight, suddenly we went from having maybe a gummy vitamin option or two to hundreds.
[00:53] I thought we could discuss that today, talking about some of the ways that gummies have shifted to not only address the problem of nutrient gaps but to go beyond that.
Abigail: [01:07] I really like that idea. When you say beyond nutrient gaps, what are some of the things you're thinking of?
Killeen: [01:13] Here's what I'm thinking. When I first encountered the idea of a gummy vitamin, we talked before about how we associated them with kids' vitamins. We needed to create something palatable for a kid to be willing and able to ingest every day.
[01:33] Gummies were born out of that need to make something both tasty and easily able to be consumed by a child. Then, of course, as adults who might once in a while be caught sneaking our kids' vitamins, because they are so good, people woke up and realized, "Hey, there is a market here for adult gummies."
Abigail: [01:56] Adults enjoy treats, too.
Killeen: [01:58] That's for sure. MegaFood jumped on the gummy train, and we made a better gummy. We made a gummy that had less than two grams of sugar per serving, which was a big bonus for people that are avoiding them because of sugar.
[02:16] We made them with real ingredients and real food flavor. It didn't have anything artificial in there. Really, for people who like taking MegaFood, this gummy really held up to the MegaFood name.
[02:31] To answer your question, what we did was we created vitamins to fill nutrient gaps. Things that you might think about not having enough of in your diet, like vitamin C, or vitamin D, or vitamin B12.
[02:46] We talk a lot about filling those gaps that food alone just might not be able to deliver into this modern world. That made a lot of sense to have a gummy, a slightly sweet treat each day to fill in those gaps as needed.
[03:06] Gummies are now going way beyond that. It's really interesting to me that as we, in this age of options, move along with more and more supplements available to us, what we are looking at now is the ability to supplement lifestyle gaps.
[03:26] What do I mean by that? For instance, in our lifestyle, maybe sleep is hard to come by for some. That's a gap right there, but there's a supplement that can, perhaps, help.
[03:39] We don't always have to turn to pharmaceuticals or, for instance, sleep aids to get that good night's sleep. There are other ways to maybe supplement our diet to help us get a better night's sleep.
Abigail: [03:52] It's a great way of looking at those two categories as well, nutrient gaps and then lifestyle gaps. It's a great way to think about it. Sleep is one of the biggest ones that we're all up against.
[04:04] It informs so much. If you don't get a good night's sleep, it can affect your mood. It can affect your productivity. Not to mention all other aspects of your health, immune function.
[04:14] Getting a good night's rest is incredibly important. To your point, it's not a nutrient gap, but it's still something that we need to make sure we're filling.
Killeen: [04:23] Since you're so good with statistics, can you pull out of your hat that stat about how many Americans have insomnia or sleep‑related issues?
Abigail: [04:33] Actually, Killeen, as a matter of fact, I do. This is one that ‑‑ I don't know ‑‑ really bums me out, because there's so many of us that can struggle with sleep. One in five Americans reports dealing with insomnia. Insomnia looks different for all of us, whether that's trouble falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep.
Killeen: [04:51] It's no wonder then that our most popular topic on this show is energy. If we're having that much trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, of course, our energy levels are affected by that.
Abigail: [05:04] I want to get back to this topic of filling in lifestyle gaps. When it comes to supplementation and sleep, at least for me, it's something that I didn't put together in my early years.
[05:16] When we think of sleep support, usually it's pharmaceuticals that, at least to me, have been a little scary in the past. A lot of us and even medical doctors in Western medicine is getting hip to the fact that melatonin is a supplement that we can get.
[05:31] It helps support sleep in a natural way with no side effects of addictiveness and those concerns associated with pharmaceuticals.
Killeen: [05:40] I feel like I've, just over the last few years, started hearing about melatonin as an avenue to explore when it came to that struggle.
[05:51] The fact that you can now get melatonin in something as accessible as a gummy to take before bed does feel like not only are you addressing the lifestyle gap, you're actually looking at one's lifestyle and saying, "Here's something that isn't gonna be daunting to take before bedtime."
[06:09] In fact, again, we've talked about this before. You remember because that little gummy is tasty, so you want it before bed. [laughs]
Abigail: [06:18] I never forget my melatonin, because it's my little treat. I take my gummies, brush my teeth, climb into bed. That's my routine.
Killeen: [06:25] [laughs]
Abigail: [06:25] It works well to support that sleep, because I'm sure we all have different levels of familiarity with melatonin.
[06:32] It's this hormone that our body naturally produces in response to the sunlight diminishing. It's our signaling to the body. It's time to go to bed, time to rest, time to tuck ourselves in. We interrupt those light patterns a lot nowadays.
Killeen: [06:47] That we do.
Abigail: [06:48] With all those blue lights, all those blue screens. It's not just the cell phone and the laptop but even the television. Sometimes, those harsh overhead lights were disrupting that messaging in our body that's telling us it's time to tuck ourselves in and rest for the night.
[07:04] There's things that we can definitely do, speaking of lifestyle gaps, to help support our natural melatonin production like simple things ‑‑ putting your cell phone on night mode. Turning that blue screen into a nice red pink tint is going to help that harshness and help our body produce melatonin in the right way.
[07:21] There's lifestyle things that we can do, but then we can definitely reach for supplemental melatonin, which we produce that naturally in response to diminishing sunlight. It's a very natural compound for us to supplement with.
Killeen: [07:33] When we need it. For some of us ‑‑ I'd be speaking about myself ‑‑ I don't always have trouble falling asleep. Maybe, when I have something big happening the next day ‑‑ naturally, it's like when you're a kid and you're waiting for Christmas or something ‑‑ our brains get busy.
[07:51] I have tried melatonin just a handful of times, and I feel that it does a great job of relaxing me. Then also, I wake the next day remembering my dreams, which is a true indicator that I may be getting that more restful sleep, because I'm entering the REM state and I'm dreaming. I'm in my deeper sleep pattern.
Abigail: [08:15] You make an important distinction for those that are listening. Is melatonin, if you're struggling with sleep occasionally, is it something you got to take every single day? Absolutely not.
[08:24] There's individuals just like you, Killeen, who occasionally might have a couple nights in a row where you didn't sleep well, so you want to rest that third night or a big event the next day.
[08:34] Melatonin, as we mentioned earlier, it's non‑addictive. It's something you can take as you need it. Or if chronic sleep concerns are a problem for you, you can safely take it daily as well.
Killeen: [08:46] To shift gears a little bit, here's another lifestyle gap that I think, perhaps, we have. When it comes to activity ‑‑ now, this might be physical activity that's intensive like if you're a runner, or a yogi, or you like to hike mountains, or you just have that active lifestyle.
[09:09] Or additionally, if you are somebody who maybe sits in one position a lot and asks a lot of your body just by way of what your lifestyle or your career asks of your body. We often deal with inflammation.
[09:25] I'm sure you can guess by now where I'm going with this, is that for healthy inflammation support, it's important sometimes to look at what's available to us to supplement our diet with or in the form of a traditional supplement to help ensure that that response stays healthy as it should be.
[09:45] I'm talking about not just reaching for the painkillers after a workout, or after a taxing day on the body, but maybe proactively supporting that response with the right ingredients and the right nutrients.
Abigail: [10:01] I agree. What you're alluding to, Killeen, is acute inflammation. Those aches and pains that we can feel, our joints, and all of those places that are a result of the demands that we put on our body.
[10:13] That's something that for our own comfort and well‑being, that we absolutely want to support and address naturally whenever we can. Something else that I always like to talk about when it comes to the topic of inflammation is the inflammation we can't see and that cellular inflammation.
[10:29] We want to make sure that we're addressing that as well. Why do we have cellular inflammation? We're encountering a lot of things in our day‑to‑day life, a lot of pollutants, a lot of toxins, a lot of things that irritate ourselves.
[10:42] Our body does a great job of purifying itself. Our liver works hard in other areas of our body, but we're still encountering this big load of environmental pollutants that irritate us, so we can get this deep down inflammation.
[10:56] We also have diets that are heavy in fat and sugar, which also can cause this deep down inflammation. That's something we want to pay attention to, because over time that can increase our risk for things like heart concerns as we age.
[11:10] Absolutely, we want to address acute inflammation when we feel it. If you're a weekend warrior or...It's autumn right now. In New England, we're raking a lot of leaves. [laughs] I'm sure we've got a lot of us with some shoulder pains. We want to support that, but we also don't want to forget about that every day inflammation.
Killeen: [11:28] It's no surprise that turmeric is a hot ingredient when it comes to addressing this concern. We've been talking about turmeric for a very long time. Long before you and I were alive.
[11:43] It's proved to be super effective, but it's a pungent thing. As much as I love the curries and would probably actually eat curry every day if it was practical to do so, the reality is that eating and consuming turmeric on that daily basis is not always going to fit into our lifestyle.
Abigail: [12:09] Turmeric in a gummy format is so intriguing to me, because it's known for that, as you mentioned, pungent spice, that beautiful golden spice. It is a spice that has a kick to it. In a gummy format, it's really intriguing to me and really delicious. Have you tried it, Killeen? [laughs]
Killeen: [12:28] This is one I haven't tried yet. I can't wait to get my hands on it because I do like the flavor. I think that that little bit of spiciness is right up my alley.
Abigail: [12:40] A little bit of sweet, a little bit of spice. It's the perfect adult gummy treat.
Killeen: [12:42] For being somebody that tries to run a couple times a week ‑‑ sometimes, I'll push myself a little more than usual. I love the proactivity approach to a workout.
Abigail: [13:07] I also just love the convenience that these gummies can offer to times like that. If you're running regularly, Killeen ‑‑ I know you enjoy your smoothies ‑‑ daily turmeric powders are great ways to get that in every single day.
[13:21] Maybe, it works in your schedule when you feel those extra little aches and pains, or you pushed it really hard. Gummies are a great option to give you that extra boost.
Killeen: [13:30] Back when we spoke in episode 14 and debated the whole tableted supplements versus gummies, I had my thumbs down a little bit because I didn't want that additional sugar in my diet.
[13:44] I have also questioned like, "How effective is a gummy?" I felt like I just couldn't take them seriously. Honestly, I've learned since then much, thanks to you, that a gummy form, it's just a delivery method.
[14:01] It doesn't diminish the quality of what you're getting. As long as you're finding a quality brand that you can trust, then you can count on that gummy to deliver what it says.
Abigail: [14:12] To your point of tablets versus gummies and when we talked about that in episode 14 and the last time we chatted, we talked about a new MegaFood product to support immune function. That was our Acute Defense tablets.
[14:25] It just so happens that we want to make sure, again, tablets aren't for everybody, but we want everyone to get immune support. That's definitely another lifestyle gap that we see.
[14:34] We launched elderberry gummies, which I'm so excited about. Elderberry is a powerful immune supportive botanical and also really, really tasty. Having that in a gummy format is a great way that you can take it every single day, get a little bit on a daily basis to support immune function.
[14:50] Then you've got those Acute Defense tablets for when you're battling something a bit more acute perhaps as the name implies.
Killeen: [14:58] For sure. You talked about the convenience when we're talking about turmeric that you can't always just make an elaborate smoothie but you can grab the gummies and keep them at the ready.
[15:11] I like that idea for immune support. How many times have you been somewhere where suddenly you get the heebie‑jeebies because you're just around a lot of germs right now. [laughs]
[15:20] It's the perfect way to maybe feel a little bit more reassured. Wash your hands first, of course, but then go have your elderberry gummy. To me, it calms me down a little bit. [laughs]
Abigail: [15:39] A little elderberry armor. I like that.
Killeen: [15:41] Arm yourself with elderberry. The particular elderberry gummies we're talking about also have wild blueberry and ginger, phytonutrient sources, and also added deliciousness coupled with that elderberry. They taste pretty good.
Abigail: [15:57] I love our B12 ginger gummies, but the elderberry may be my husband and I's favorite.
Killeen: [16:02] Really?
Abigail: [16:03] They may have stolen the spotlight for us.
Killeen: [16:05] That's great to hear, because I know you've always taken elderberry seriously. That must mean that these hit the mark.
Abigail: [16:13] They sure do.
Killeen: [16:13] [laughs] Between immunity, inflammation response, and sleep, we've talked about three lifestyle gaps. If it isn't obvious by now, MegaFood has three new gummies to support those gaps in addition to the nutrient gaps we can cover through our original three gummies ‑‑ the B12, the C, and the D3.
Abigail: [16:37] You said it all, Killeen. You wrapped it up in a nice bow for everybody. Although the one thing I would add because we've been talking so much in "That Supplement Show" and MegaFood as a company about glyphosate and being glyphosate residue free.
[16:51] I want to add that these gummies, of course, are no exception to that. They're all certified glyphosate residue free by The Detox Project.
Killeen: [16:58] I'm glad you mentioned that, Abby. MegaFood has been working super hard to get the word out that it's time to ban glyphosate. It's not something that we want in our food. It's certainly not something that we want in our supplements.
[17:13] Rest assured, no glyphosate here along with the other 125 other herbicides and pesticides that we rigorously test for to make sure that you're not getting any of it.
Abigail: [17:26] That was perfect, Killeen. If anybody wants to learn more about our better gummies or about glyphosate residue free, they can visit the show notes for episode 21 on thatsupplementshow.com. Till next time, Killeen.
Killeen: [17:38] Talk to you soon, Abby. Thank you.
Abigail: [17:40] Bye‑bye.
Killeen: [17:40] Bye.
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