Multivitamin: With the increase in toxin exposure, poor digestive health and stress from modern lifestyles, our bodies need more support than ever. 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. Think of a multivitamin as an 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. The overworked nutrient poor soils can cause even the cleanest organic produce to fall short of the nutrient density they once claimed. Our favorites: Phytomulti by Metagenics, O.N.E. By Pure Encapsulations.
Fish oil: Fish oil is 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 skills. Fatty fish
and fish oil supplements are your best sources, but make sure they are free of toxins! Wild caught salmon is an excellent source. Make sure your supplement comes from reputable companies with third party testing to keep it free of toxins. Our favorites include Omegagenics by Metagenics, Ultra Pure Fish Oil by Vital Nutrients and Monopure by Xymogen.
Vitamin D3 plus K2: Vitamin D plays 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, has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects and boosts the immune system. A long term deficiency could leave your body vulnerable to modern disease like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Here’s the tricky part: it’s virtually impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food, so you have to get it from supplements and sun exposure. Remember, if you are supplementing with a pill, it is important to take vitamin D with K2 to enhance absorption of calcium and to prevent calcium deposits in the arteries. Read this blog post to learn more (Why it’s CRITICAL to take vitamin K2 with vitamin D). We have found that most people need between 2,000-5,000IU/day and/or 15-30 minutes of sun exposure on sunscreen free skin, but be sure to have your levels checked before supplementing to determine exact dosing. Our favorites include Vitamin D Supreme and Vitamin D Synergy by Designs for Health as they contain both D3 and K2 in one convenient pill.
Probiotic: When you’re healthy, your intestinal tract hosts more than 100 trillion friendly bacteria who aid in digestion, consume bad bacteria, manufacture key nutrients and limit the growth of yeast and unhealthy bacteria. They also play a major role in your immune system. In fact, 80% of your immune system lies in your gut. 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. Probiotics can significantly improve digestion and strengthen immunity. We recommend taking at least 10 billion live/active units per day in capsule or powder form. You can also get much probiotic benefit from fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, etc.