Supplements: Everything You Need to Know

I bet you have loads of questions about supplements! Here are some things people have been asking me about them:


How do you pick supplements?


Supplements can bring unique substances that come from around the globe. You are unlikely to be grazing on eight-hundred herbs from the grocery store or the garden. Supplements can bring a plethora of herbs that are medicinal by nature. Herbs can affect our body’s output and communicate with our cells. Partnering the herbs with nutrients will influence the body’s cellular nature even more. You want to use a supplement that has components to it that you are not eating in your daily life. What’s your goal? Find supplements that will do a beautiful job at accomplishing your goals.  


How do you know if the company is ethical? 


You are going to have to create a relationship with that company. Ask questions to that company and see how they respond. Ask if the company has a great relationship with their supplier. Plus, the company should be testing their products and their raw materials. How are they testing for heavy metals? Knowing that they test for heavy metals isn’t enough. Ask about how many heavy metals the company accepts in their products. What is the standard that they are using? It could be a game changer for the safety of their products. 


How do you know if your supplements are dangerous?


There is some worry around vagueness like “natural flavors” and “natural colors.” It doesn’t mean it is bad, sometimes companies will just run out of room. However, it can also mean that company doesn’t want to tell people what is in it. Whenever you read an ingredient that is so complicated then it’s worth researching. Sometimes it’s natural and beautiful compounds. However, there are other long words that are just chemicals. Lastly, plastics in products should worry you. 


How do you know if they are working?


Supplements should be built to have an effect as soon as possible. Nutrition combined with herbs will target a particular cause. That way, it works so much more effectively. Instead of getting a stand-alone pill, use a supplement that has a full recipe. Vitamin D is everywhere! Instead of taking vitamin D alone, look at a supplement that has a blend. When you put it together with herbs then you maximize the ability of the supplement to go into your body rather than aimlessly taking a megadose of supplements.


Should you take supplements while fasting? 


Some vitamins are not easily absorbed while others have a complex mechanism. If your food is high in high-binding substances like plant or protein then you may slow down absorption. Using food or not food is a way to control absorption levels. Try the supplement on an empty stomach, with a light meal, or with a full meal. That way you can see what works best for you. For those of us who do fasting, you might be able to train your body to take supplements in the fasted state. 


Watch the YouTube Video: E 7 | Everything You Need to Know About Supplements – Interview with Dr. Shayne and Mike

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Dear Family Life Wellness Community,

It’s with incredible sadness that I bring you the news that as of Friday September 16, 2022 our clinic will officially close. As you can imagine, this decision was not an easy one to make. There has been a tremendous amount of soul searching and thoughtful processing that has gone into this moment. Taking in the considerations of everyone has been a top priority for me as I have navigated this tough decision.

Here’s the first thing I want you to know-you are loved. For the past twenty-six years so many of you have brought your families to our clinic weekly for health, inspiration and community. Please know that I have taken that responsibility as an incredible honor. My team and I have been so blessed to watch your kids grow up, celebrate your wins with you, and cry with you as you’ve moved through turbulent times in your lives. One of the hardest parts of this moment is that we won’t be connected with you in that same way. Know that although our clinic will not operate as it has for the past two decades, our hearts are still connected to you and your families.

As new career opportunities have emerged for me, I want you to know that my passion for chiropractic has never died. I feel so strongly that every human on this planet needs chiropractic care. I personally continue to get weekly adjustments, and hope that you will do the same. To make this transition as smooth as possible we have a list of amazing chiropractors that I have personally reached out to and will welcome you with loving arms. I can tell you with certainty you will get amazing care at any of these clinics. Please lean into them. As far as the biohacking center goes, for now that part of our clinic will be closed as well. New solutions for our space are being explored, but until we have something concrete there will be no biohacking . Lastly, I want to give my deepest gratitude to Dana. She has been the heart of our community for the past decade. I could not have run this practice without her. Yet, I am so excited for her as she has an incredible career opportunity that has presented itself.  As my heart is heavy in making this decision, what fills me with joy is the beautiful life she will be stepping into. A life she greatly deserves.

My practice has never been just a business. It’s been a family. Thank you for entrusting us with your health. It truly will go down as the greatest honor of my life. As far as what’s next, of course there needs to be a celebration. One in which we can gather one last time as a community. Please stay tuned to the exact date of that celebration.

From Dana, myself, and Dr. Tri please know that we believe in you. We know what a miraculous body you are living in and that extraordinary health is a choice you get to step into everyday. We will always be in your front row cheering you on.
With gratitude, love , and a huge hug,
Dr. Mindy
Great chiropractors to connect to:
Dr. T.J. Osborne, D.C.
Discover Chiropractic
1305 N. Bascom Ave #C
San Jose, CA 95128
amazing adjustor (he’s my chiro)
huge heart
great family practice & close to our clinic
Dr. Samantha Jennings, D.C
1314 Lincoln Ave#1F
San Jose, CA 95125
used to be an associate in our clinic
does lots of muscle testing & applied kinesiology
great with muscles & sports injuries
Dr. Darla Parr, D.C
718 University Ave Ste 110
Los Gatos, CA 95032
I went to chiro school with her.
great with brain balancing & neurological symptoms
beautiful heart, warm upbeat personality, and a wonderful integrative clinic
Dr. Nicole & David Congragen, D.C.

Community Chiropractic
16375 Monterey St.Ste B
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
I also went to school with them
warm loving family practice
focus is on upper cervical care (call to ask more questions)