Cultivate Vibrant Health With These 4 Must-Have Supplements
When you think about living in a healthier way, you may think, with a groan, about a long list of things you ought to be doing. However, I’ve found that when my clients have seen and understand the connection between their actions and how they’re feeling, they are able to make changes that last.
Consider this: Your body contains trillions of cells. Billions of new cells are created every day. Each cell is like a high-performance engine. It needs high-quality raw materials (nutrients) to function properly. We know that micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc.) are built into our cell structure. Why? Because the cell cannot function successfully without them. The presence or absence of micronutrients means the difference between a strong, vital healthy cell structure and one that is weakened and susceptible to disease.
Most doctors realize that any disease a vitamin will cure, it will also prevent. Why, then, should anyone wait until after a disease has developed before they starts taking vitamins? It doesn't make sense, does it? But don't expect your doctor to do your thinking for you - unless their training and expertise is in nutrition - in which case they would probably be a nutritionist… *head scratcher*. The point is, prevention is in your hands.
When I became a nutritionist, I vowed to help my clients get their best nutrition from food first, because no amount of supplements will ever replace a healthy diet. But we now know that our food isn’t as nutritious as it once was.
While we will all get older, how we age - and feel - is very much dependent on our cellular health. There are clear findings from the cross-sectional studies that show a healthy whole food diet and optimal levels of essential nutrients may help protect DNA and support our hormones so that our bodies can work FOR us rather than against us.
Here are my 4 must-have supplements that can help your cells thrive…
1) MULTIVITAMIN / MINERAL
A quality formula provides nutritional assurance by filling in nutritional gaps and shortfalls. Clinical evidence shows that daily use provides a basic nutritional foundation and supports long-term colon, heart, and eye health, promotes strong bones, a healthy immune system, and provides protection against free radical damage. Leading nutrition experts from multiple organizations —including the American Medical Association and Harvard School of Public Health—acknowledge the importance of a daily multivitamin-multimineral supplement.
2) OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS (FISH OIL)
Studies show omega-3’s promote cardiovascular health and help retain normal blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Most Americans eat fish only three times per month or less, but the American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids each week to reduce the risk of heart disease.
*To ensure purity and potency, make sure to use a fish oil that undergoes a multistep molecular distillation process that removes lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, dioxins, and PCBs, and other contaminants. If you’re on the prowl for one, here’s a great one.
A healthy body contains trillions of “friendly” bacteria. Their most important role is helping to maintain a healthy balance with other less desirable bacteria. There's an ever-growing amount of research on the health benefits of probiotics, spanning from stronger immunity, to reduced menopausal symptoms, to better moods, and reduced anxiety. Research has shown that healthy populations of these beneficial bacteria also play a crucial role in detoxification of chemicals in the colon. You can learn more in my blog about the Gut-Brain Axis.
The health of your cells strongly influences your overall health and our cells are continuously damaged by environmental exposure - be it the polluted air, the stress at your job, the char on your grilled food, or the toxic chemicals in your laundry detergent or body lotion. Free radicals can damage cell components like DNA and trigger normal inflammatory reactions which are thought to contribute to cellular aging. Antioxidants can keep your cells vital and strong to help neutralize free radicals, repair DNA, and slow aging at the cellular level.
The bottom line: you deserve a body that simply works — like a smooth operator. And these essential nutrients can assist.
I take all four of these nutrients with breakfast every morning when I pull out a little packet which contains my favorite multivitamin, omega 3s, antioxidants, b-vitamins, and probiotics. This convenient strip has been my go-to for over 7 years to help me squeeze in all of these important nutrients into my day-to-day life. The third-party research behind this formula was what initially captured my interest, but the improved energy, sleep, digestion, metabolism and skin that I’ve seen as a result (all thanks my hormones being in balance) is what has made it a non-negotiable part of my daily routine. If you want to learn more about what I use, you can check out Vitalizer here.
Here’s to feeling as amazing as nature intended you to, my friend!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Do not use the information provided in this document for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.