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General Thoughts on Nutritional Supplements

Do you take nutritional supplements? Depending on your diet and lifestyle, you might want to consider this. I’ve been in the health industry for over 25 years now and I’ve seen a lot of fad diets, tools, therapies and methodologies come and go. A few things are always there right under the surface like eating a balanced diet of a variety of whole nutritious foods. Exercise, at whatever level possible for you at the moment is also very important.

Are you doing that? All the time? NO? Well that’s why there are certain nutrition supplements that I believe in for everyone 100%. We can’t always control our environment. There is always stress, even if you feel calm. Stress comes from physical activity levels, mental and emotional issues, injury and illness. Your body needs certain things to stay healthy, and functioning at optimum levels.

In addition to doing your very best to eat a variety of whole nutritious foods and get some kind of exercise every day, my recommendation for nutrition supplements are the following:

Multi-vitamins are probably the most important nutritional supplements for everyone. Multi-vitamins fill those gaps that are always there no matter how good your diet is. Vitamins and minerals are important for general health but are often missed when we start limiting the foods we eat because we are following a particular “diet.” Many companies are now adding antioxidants in their multi-vitamin formulas, especially in those targeted for over 40. these are essential in regenerating damaged cells and keeping our body functioning optimally. Choose a product that is sourced from organic whole foods. Whole food multi-vitamins are basically recognized by the body as food, and therefore absorbed more completely.

Our needs change when our activity changes. Clients who have visited a doctor recently are finding that they are deficient in vitamin D, or particular minerals which turns out to be the root of the ailment that brought them to the doctor in the first place. Blood sugar imbalances, improper metabolism, lowered immune function, disturbed sleep patterns, inability to handle stress, muscle spasms or pain are just a few things that can show up when your body is lacking in basic vitamins and minerals. These missing parts can be supplemented with a quality multi-vitamin.

Most people don’t have an understanding of the levels of these vitamins and minerals for optimal health.¬† I say “optimal health” and not just “survival,” like the outdated FDA recommendations for these nutrients put out in the 1940’s, because we all want to feel in peak optimal health. The world is a different place, we have different stressors, depleted soils, additives and synthetics in our foods. Those outdated¬† percentages just can’t cover what a average person needs today. In general, if you take only one supplement, make it a high quality multi-vitamin.

Beyond a multi-vitamin, these supplements are proving to be highly important in combating disease, lowering pain and helping maintain lean strong muscles, clear skin, and healthy circulation:

  • Pro-biotics: to keep the gut in optimal health with an abundance of helpful micro organisms that work to keep our immune system strong and nutrition absorption high. Many doctors are saying that most disease begins in the gut, so why not keep it functioning at it’s best?
  • Protein: to fuel, repair and grow lean muscle tissue. If the body doesn’t get the proper fuel and replenishment for our daily activity levels or workouts it will pull from our muscle tissue what it needs, therefore breaking down muscles and defeating our efforts to build lean muscle or maintain certain activity levels. [For those trying to shed extra weight, remember muscle burns calories faster than fat, the more muscle gains you have, the faster your body will burn calories.]
  • Omegas: to keep joints, skin, heart, and brain fed and in top shape. The more active you are and how you move your body will make this very obvious. Omega 3 has two active parts that you should be familiar with; EPA and DHA. EPA is the anti-inflamitory, heart healthy, cholesterol controlling part and DHA is the focus, concentration, memory and brain healthy part. Taking into consideration hereditary elements this can be a first step in controlling disease and deterioration.

That being said there are many additional supplements I would recommend for various reasons which I’ll discuss in another post. I’m not a doctor but I believe all doctors would agree with these top 4 things for most if not all of their patients.

Many people have never even considered taking any nutritional supplements, but I do know that once they have and either run out or forget, boy do they notice a big difference! I guess before they started taking them they never really had any idea how much better they could feel and function. We get so used to the way our body feels from day to day that unless it’s a big deal, like injury, illness or pain, we don’t think there’s anything wrong.

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