Supplements 101: Understanding How to Give Your Body the Nutrients It Needs

In an ideal world, we would get all of the nutrients we need from food. But there are many reasons why, even with a clean vegetable-packed diet, you may not be receiving all the nutrients your body needs:

  • Modern conventional agricultural methods have reduced amounts of vitamins and minerals from the soil in which food grows. For example, spinach in our era doesn’t contain as much folate and vitamins A, C, and K as in earlier generations.

  • The Standard American Diet is not only low in nutrients - with its dependence on refined and processed foods - but it is also damaging to the gut. Refined flours, antibiotics in meat, and added sugars have decreased the diversity of bacteria in our microbiome, the community of bacteria living inside our gut, scientifically proven to affect our weight, mood, energy levels, skin and overall wellbeing.

  • High-stress modern lifestyle, especially in New York City, prevents your body from properly processing and absorbing nutrients.

  • Environmental toxins like heavy metals, endocrine disruptors (like BPA and phthalates), and pesticides that interfere with the body’s own natural detoxification systems.

To address these issues, we should all make our best effort to eat a diverse array of clean, organically grown foods from local farms, and add in fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut to add beneficial bacteria into our digestive tract and reduce sugar cravings. We can also feed the good bacteria already in our gut by eating fiber, complex carbohydrates and resistant starches, such as onions, garlic, artichokes, sunchokes, asparagus, sweet potatoes, and whole grains. One of the reasons Provenance was created was to make eating clean, organic, nutrient-dense foods to nourish your body as delicious and convenient as possible.

Even if you’re doing all of the above, chances are you will benefit from targeted supplementation. Dietary supplements cover a broad category of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and more that can be consumed to support overall health:

  • Vitamins and minerals (i.e. magnesium, iron, or zinc)

  • Proteins and amino acids (i.e. collagen or protein powders from pea or hemp)

  • Essential fatty acids (i.e. fish oil, omega-3s, DHA)

  • Plant extracts (i.e. curcumin, CBD, or prebiotics)

  • Herbs (i.e. ginseng, ashwaghanda, holy basil)

  • Probiotic bacteria

Some supplements you may take daily, like a multivitamin, to fill in gaps in your diet. Others may be more targeted - for example taking a doctor-prescribed dose of vitamin D for a certain period of time if a blood test shows you to be deficient.

In addition to the rich nutrients in the Provenance Detox’s plant-based shakes and meals, we include targeted supplements to supercharge your detox.


More and more studies are showing the importance of a diverse microbiome to everything from digestion to mental health. A healthy gut will also help ensure that your body is actually absorbing the nutrients in your meals. Flourish is specifically designed to help support body weight regulation by delivering targeted probiotic support as Bifidobacterium lactis B-420TM which has been shown to help control body fat and weight loss in clinical trials, with losses of 2-5 pounds in the first week as the gut tightens.


Daily packets of Metagenics Clear Change Daily Essentials are included to support your body’s natural detoxification process. Each packet contains: 2 AdvaClear capsules (light brown), 1 GlutaClear tablet (white), and 1 Renagen DTX capsule (brown).

  • AdvaClear® promotes vitality and health by supporting balanced activity of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification pathways. This formula provides methylated vitamin B12 and folate along with nutrients designed to enhance the activities of several liver detoxification enzymes.

  • GlutaClear® features a blend of key ingredients, including antioxidant vitamins, designed to help boost the body’s production of glutathione. Glutathione plays an important role in protecting the body against oxidative stress and protecting cellular health.

  • RenagenTM DTX is a specific blend of nutrients and traditional herbs like vitamin B6, B12, and cordyceps, that are designed to support healthy kidney function.

Supplements should never take the place of a well-balanced, clean diet, but they can assist with targeting certain nutritional deficiencies or an unbalanced microbiome. If you’re experiencing low energy, fatigue, digestion problems, or skin issues, it’s worth talking to a wellness practitioner about dietary supplements. Combined with clean eats, quality sleep, and an exercise routine, supplements can fill in possible nutritional gaps and help you meet your wellness goals.