Should You Bother With Supplements?



In a perfect world, our soil would have plenty of vital nutrients, and the produce at your grocery store would be packed with all the minerals and vitamins you need. But that’s just not our reality anymore – our soil is depleted, and even when we eat lots of fresh, whole foods, we’re still lacking certain nutrients. Supplements, as the name indicates, add what’s missing. They fill the gaps, even for those who are making the best possible food choices. These are the Supplements you should be taking every day:


Multivitamin

Choose a multi meant to be taken twice a day ( one-a-day types generally can’t fit in enough of what you need). Buy them in capsule, not a tablet, form – they’re easier for you body to break down. Get a natural version, without sugar, lactose, or artificial colors. If you see magnesium oxide ( a cheap and less nutritious form of magnesium) on the label, it’s probably not a good- quality vitamin. Quality is a big issue when it comes to all supplements.


Vitamin D

Even if you get plenty of sunshine, there’s a good chance you could you more Vitamin D. This vitamin is often not discussed at your doctors visit and the one vitamin that is most needed. Deficiencies are associated with cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Make sure your supplement contains D3 (not D2), and check with your doctor on the right dosage for your levels.


Omega – 3 Fish Oil

High-quality fish oil is kind of a magic potion, lowering your risk of heart disease and lessening inflammation, which protects you from Type 2 diabetes and arthritis. It also helps with depression, anxiety, and exhaustion. Check to make sure the fish oil you buy has been tested for mercury.


Probiotics

We are now hearing all about the benefits of Probiotics and doctors have finally caught on that antibiotics are depleting our bodies of essential bacteria and now recommend taking probiotics to balance the gut when they prescribe antibiotics. To maintain the level of good bacteria we really need to take probiotics every day, not just when we’re on antibiotics. The probiotics you should buy are usually kept in the fridge ( not on the shelf) and should contain at least 20 billion variable bacteria per serving. Some people think if they eat a lot of yogurt, they’re getting the probiotics they need. But commercial yogurts are not a good source of probiotics; pasteurisation kills most of the good bacteria. Kefir beverages are a great probiotic you can take and are now available by Amare Probiotics in Starlite Drugs or you can check Tracy Lee Son who makes coconut kefir and specializes in gut clean outs. Taken from Dr. Frank Lipman’s book ” The New Health Rules”

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