5 Daily Supplements Everyone Needs
5 Supplements Everyone Needs
If I could, I wouldn’t take any daily supplements at all. But with modern farming practices and the prevalence of toxins in the environment, it’s just not avoidable.
Here’s my top 5 list of daily supplements that I believe everyone can benefit from.
One of the most common mineral insufficiencies in the US of A is magnesium. We should be getting enough of this mineral from our consumption of leafy vegetables, but that’s not happening.
There are 2 major reasons for this.
1 Our fields are over-worked, and the topsoil is depleted of minerals. If there are not sufficient minerals in the soil, there cannot be sufficient minerals in the vegetables that grow from the soil. Simple.
2 We don’t eat enough veggies in this country! Optimally, more than half our plate should be filled with veggies at every meal, including breakfast.
That’s why I love my morning green smoothie! Such a great way to get veggies into my body in the morning!
You can also achieve morning veggie nirvana by putting spinach, broccoli, peppers or another beautiful vegetable in your breakfast omelette.
Vitamin D3 is important for the junctions between micro-villi in the small intestines, working against leaky gut.
The opposite is also true. With insufficient vitamin D3, we increase the risk of intestinal permeability (leaky gut) which can lead to an overreactive immune system, food sensitivities, chronic inflammation, and autoimmune conditions.
We are capable of producing vitamin D3 in our bodies, however we need sufficient sun exposure to do that. Sunscreen blocks our bodies ability to complete this task.
Besides that, for those of us who live in the northern hemisphere, most months out of the year, the sun is at the wrong angle to provide sufficient exposure to trigger vitamin D production. Hence, if we want optimal levels, we must supplement.
However, vitamin D3 is a fat-soluble vitamin, and as such, it is possible to have too much of it. If you choose to supplement with vitamin D3, have your levels checked regularly. An optimal level for most people is at least 50 ng/ml, and most women do well at around 70 ng/ml.
Vitamin D helps us to absorb calcium. Without vitamin K2, that calcium can run rogue in the body and cause calcium deposits where we don’t want them, for example in the kidneys (kidney stones).
We want the calcium that vitamin D helps us to absorb to go to the bones, where it belongs, and vitamin K2 is necessary to make that happen.
With the daily toxic burden in the world today and the drop in quality of our food supply, a good multivitamin/mineral supplement can help us to maintain optimal health.
My favorite brands are Metagenics PhytoMulti, Thorne Basic Nutrients, and Garden of Life Vitamin Code.
Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
Omega-3s are very useful to support anti-inflammatory processes in the body.
Fish oil supplements usually consist of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). Both can be beneficial, with those high in EPA likely being the best choice for systemic arthritis and those high in DHA likely being the best choice for neurological concerns like dementia or depression/anxiety.
Beware of cheap fish oils. They can be dangerous. Many are highly oxidized in the bottle. You probably want to make sure that you are buying a high-quality, molecularly distilled fish oil that is packaged with antioxidants.
You also want to have a diet high in antioxidants as these oils become vulnerable to oxidation after consumption.
We also want to avoid mercury and PCBs in our fish oil.
Trusted brands include Nordic Naturals, Carlsons, Metagenics EFA Combination, Thorne, and Pure Encapsulations.
Try this delicious, magnesium-rich, high-fiber seed loaf to increase your mineral levels!