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  • Life Hacks: Upgrade the Way You Eat with Functional Food

  • Feel like you’re rattling from the number of supplements you take? Sick of counting up pill bottles? Introducing functional food aka fortified foods designed for optimal health and to help reduce the risk of disease. If you’re looking to find all your vitamins and minerals in one place, a Buddy Shot fortified with the nutrients you need in one go in one simple shot.

    First of all, what exactly are functional foods?

    According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no official definition for functional foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics define functional foods as “whole foods along with fortified, enriched or enhanced foods that have a potentially beneficial effect on health when consumed as part of a varied diet on regular basis at effective levels based on significant standards of evidence.” Basically, a functional food is a food that has specific nutrients added to it, like vitamins or minerals, fiber, or probiotics or prebiotics. Fortified foods are considered functional, as they have vitamins and minerals added to them for disease protection.

    Isn’t every food functional?

    In a way yes, all conventional foods have certain functions and some nutritional value, but functional foods have more specific and targeted nutritional value for than others, which may reduce the risk of chronic disease or otherwise optimize health.

    Why you should try functional foods?

    No more deficiencies

    Studies reveal that over 90 percent of people are deficient in at least one or more nutrients, with the most common nutritional deficiencies being vitamins D and B12, iron, calcium, vitamins C, E, and A, fiber, and potassium. Plus, it’s easier for our bodies to absorb liquid vitamins than pills, meaning a Buddy Shot gives you even more physiological benefits.

    Easy as one two three

    Sick of taking countless pills, a probiotic, a prebiotic and more? Save yourself time and effort with a Buddy Shot aka all of your vitamins and nutrients in one simple personalized wellness drink.

    Nutrient plus

    About 75% of the US population does not consume the recommended intake of fruit, and more than 80% do not consume the recommended intake of vegetables, so adding functional foods to your diet is a way of upping your nutrient intake when consumed as part of a healthy diet (no, you can’t forget to eat your greens).

    Poor soil quality

    Modern farming practices, such as over-cropping and overgrazing, have depleted the soil of vitamins and minerals, leading to a lower nutrient content in the foods grown. One study found “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin B2 and vitamin C in vegetables and fruits grown in depleted soil, so fortified foods can stop you developing the deficiencies outlined above, however good your basic nutrition is.

    Why should I try a Buddy shot?

    To save you time, effort and energy we’ve created personalized wellness shots to replace your daily vitamins with your own unique mix of vitamins and minerals for your bespoke needs. So if you’re gut needs an extra dose of probiotics, you need help dealing with stress or an extra energy boost, we have you covered. Simply fill out a few questions we’ll choose all the right botanicals, boosts and vitamins your body is craving without you having to take a ton of pills.

    Up your nutrient intake and create your own personalized Buddy Shot today.