Supplements are essential health-boosters that can help fill in any nutritional gaps and protect your body against the occasional diet slip-up. While they won’t make up for a bad diet, think of supplements as your nutritional army, standing ready to make those quick adjustments, tweaks and fixes to your internal engines to get you back out on the road, raring to go.
With so much of our food grown in soil that’s depleted of nutrients, it’s tough to get the necessary nutrition from food alone. Furthermore, if your meal features foods that have been genetically modified, sprayed with pesticides, processed, packaged and trucked long distances, most of the nutritional value has been lost by the time it hits your plate. So our bodies wind up being overfed with empty calories – and starved of nutrients.
While I recommend everyone should eat whole, preferably organic foods or from farmers’ markets, I also believe that supplements are important as well. So where to start? Here’s my list of supplements that just about everyone can benefit from. They are:
The Everyday Fab Four— the cornerstone of good health.
At minimum, I recommend taking these 4 supplements every day: a multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin D and probiotics. Why? Because the Fab Four covers a lot of health bases. Together, they can help keep your gut and insulin levels on an even keel, keep energy levels high and even help reduce chronic disease process. However, please check your vitamin D levels to make sure you actually need it. Also, if a person’s gallbladder is an issue, vitamin D alone might not be effective. As with any supplementation, get tested at our office to make sure you are getting what your body needs for optimum health.
We have a huge need for protective, health-supporting nutrients to help us combat the daily assault of living in a polluted and stressful world. It’s also why I put a good multivitamin at the top of the list. Think of a multivitamin as a little insurance policy to help protect your body against the vitamin and mineral shortfalls that can occur even in diets that are rich in healthy foods. By gifting your body with a multi, you’ll also be optimizing cellular function, which helps make all your systems work consistently at their peak, instead of sputtering through the day.
- Always take your multi with food to assist with absorption and prevent the queasiness that can sometimes occur on an empty stomach.
- Always take vitamins at least 30 minutes before or after prescription medications to avoid ineffective use of either.
- If you’re on medications, review your multi’s contents with your doctor to make sure there aren’t any contraindications.
- Center for Holistic Health & Nutrition uses only the highest quality, toxic free, allergen free, organic, live source, bioavailable, and researched products.
- Vitamin D3
Vitamin D, actually a pre-hormone and not a vitamin, is like the office busy body – it’s involved in playing an essential role in the making of hundreds of disease-preventing proteins and enzymes, and affecting more than 2,000 genes in the body. It enhances muscle strength, builds bone, normalizes minerals, has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects and bolsters the immune system. A chronic deficiency could leave your body vulnerable to ill health problems like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. It’s virtually impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food, so you have to get it from supplements and sun exposure. Our Premier D3 serum is from pastured sheep’s wool. We also carry emulsified form of D3 for easier assimilation.
Be Well Tip:
- Generally 2,000 – 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 is a typical maintenance dose, but if your levels are low, you may need more – Again, don’t DIY it or guess your appropriate dose. Have your levels checked by your doc at your annual physical to determine your needs and get checked at our office to determine the correct dosage. Vitamin D alone may not be enough to support your health. You may need other minerals to bring your levels up.
- Ideally, 50 to 80 ng/ml is the optimal range for blood testing.
- Fish Oils
Fish oils are rich in the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are vital to good health. They support your body’s ability to prevent chronic diseases and help protect it against inflammation. They also promote a stronger immune system; cardiovascular, joint and vision health; strengthen skin, hair, and nails; and enhance nutrient absorption, metabolic function as well as attention, mood and memory and other brain functions. In short, omega -3 fatty acids are important, but as with Vitamin D, you can’t make your own omega-3 fatty acids, so you’ve got to get it from outside sources. Fatty fish and fish oil supplements are your best sources.
Be Well Tip:
- I recommend a dosage of 2 to 4 of our Premier DHA daily, guaranteed purity and free of heavy metals, pesticides, PCB’s and other contaminants.
Probiotics are the naturally occurring “good” bacteria that live in your gut and play a significant role in your total wellness. When you’re healthy, your intestinal tract hosts a battalion of more than 100 trillion friendly bacteria, who spend their days aiding digestion, boosting your immune system and consuming bad bacteria. They manufacture key nutrients and limit the growth of yeast and unhealthy bacteria – and in their spare time, they also help inhibit bouts of lactose intolerance, poor digestion and diarrhea. But as strong as your belly battalion might be, poor diet, stress, pollution and antibiotic use can wipe out the good guys – so it’s up to you to fortify and repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria – which is where probiotics come in. A daily dose of probiotics is a fantastic way to swiftly and significantly improve digestion and strengthen immunity.
Be Well Tip:
- We carry the two most common and effective beneficial bacteria, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. Again, get tested. You may do well with consuming fermented foods. But if you have SIBO, you cannot eat fermented foods or beverages and your body will require specific probiotics to address this bacteria.
What vintner would compromise even one bottle of wine knowing that he doesn’t have the best grapes? The Center for Holistic Health & Nutrition takes great care to ensure that all products sold are free of toxins, free of gluten, free of corn, chemicals, pesticides, preservatives or other excipients such as fillers that would compromise the purity of the product. Maltodextrin, Magnesium Stearate, talc, etc. have no place in supplements for a healthy body.
Here at Center For Holistic Health & Nutrition we offer valuable information for our clients regarding the proper usage of our products and supplements. We thoroughly test each person to check which supplements sync with their unique body’s requirement. We only use products that are sold to health care professionals. To learn more about the supplements we provide, please visit Our Store or call our office.