Fundamental Daily Supplements

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Multivitamins, fish oil, B12, vitamin C, probiotics…What are these and are they necessary?  And if supplements really are needed, where the heck do I start?  These are such common questions, yet the answers aren’t so easy to find.  Most of my patients, family and friends already have cabinets full of vitamins, but like them, a majority of people’s choices come from watching a health segment TV, reading articles, or getting recommendations from non-health care providers.  While most of these supplements are purchased from Amazon, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Wholefoods, GNC and other well-marketed stores that are visited often, many off the shelf supplements are produced with low quality and don’t have enough of the beneficial active ingredients. So what should we do?

Here is some information that will make this easy!  Stop wasting money on subpar supplements and invest in your health with these three (yes, just three!) fundamental supplements: Multivitamin, Probiotic and Krill Oil.  You can find them with other health professionals or even easier, pick up these high-quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements in our office on your next visit or at our online store.

 

MULTIVITAMIN

Ideally, at each meal, the majority of your plate should be filled with a rainbow of vegetable colors: leafy greens, broccoli, beets, carrots, squash, zucchini, cucumber and so on. Also important, an organic, grass-fed, free-range protein on your plate.  Although I do recommend getting the majority of your vitamins and minerals from organic whole foods, most of us don’t have the time or variety in our diet to get the nutrients that we need.  Here is where a good multivitamin plays a vital role in complementing your daily nutrition.

 

PROBIOTIC

Did you know that 80% of your immune system starts in your gut? Our gut plays a huge role in our overall health.  There are many research papers supporting how dysfunction in the gut can lead to so many different health disorders (cardiovascular disease, depression, autoimmune disorders, obesity, autism, etc). Most of our bacteria lies within our gastrointestinal system. Probiotics are a variety of good bacteria strains that help maintain the healthy balance we need even if you don’t experience digestive issues. Your daily dose of probiotics come from eating foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso or kombucha.  Eat what?  Can’t I just get this from yogurt?  Though yogurt can be good, unfortunately so many of them come from poor quality dairy and are packed with sugar. To avoid a lot of research, an increased cost for yogurt, or the boredom of eating it every day, taking a probiotic definitely allows for more variety and is an easier way to go.
*A helpful hint: if you’re taking an antibiotic take your probiotic a few hours later.

 

KRILL OIL

Most of us are familiar with fish oil but krill oil has many more benefits: It is not as susceptible to spoilage or contamination and it contains antioxidants and omega 3 fats in the form of phospholipids. This means it has a better delivery system of omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. Your daily portion of omega 3 fatty acids can be filled by eating wild caught fish such sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring, and cod liver oil.  Don’t eat fish or don’t want to every day? XanthOmega Krill Oil is a great option that will support your cardiovascular system, brain and neurological system, joints, decrease inflammation and maintain good blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Taking supplements is a great daily habit that will benefit your short and long term health.  Even though you may not see or feel any noticeable difference, your body will thank you for providing the necessary nutrients for optimal function.   It’s easy to do and easy to forget – but if we place them somewhere memorable, like next to our morning coffee (cuz who forgets that?), our bodies will thank us for it.

If you are interested in exploring more, these supplements are just the fundamentals. There are many other supplements that support various health conditions and aid in preventative health care. For a personalized supplement recommendation please contact me to schedule an appointment.

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