My Supplement routine, what and why?
Before i got my designation as an holistic nutritionist, as a health junkie i would buy the new "hot" supplement every time i visited whole foods. I would read articles and google the desired outcome im looking for (better skin, healthier nails, energy booster etc) just to find gazillion ads, promotions and articles online. The health food store aisles didn't help either as there are new products on the shelf everyday claiming to turn you into a superman. I would buy the product use it for a bit and then stock it in the cupboard along with the rest of them.
Once i got educated about the body, what it needs to function optimally and how different supplements contribute to our health, it became much easier to navigate myself around it all. lets just say my cupboards are pretty clean these days.
As a professional in the nutrition field i am all about the food but i do believe that today we need that extra support from supplements just because these days our food is lacking the proper levels of nutrients it used to have and our food choices are not always ideal.
Here is my A team:
1. Liquid Cod Liver Oil By Carlson
It is one of the most reliable and concentrated food sources of four nutrients that are essential to human health: DHA, EPA, vitamin A, and vitamin D. These four nutrients are needed for:
Strong bones and teeth
A healthy cardiovascular system
A healthy nervous system and prevention of depression and other mood disorders
A healthy digestive tract
DHA is a fatty acid that is essential to the health of your nervous system and eyes.It is vital to preventing depression. If you're pregnant or you plan on getting pregnant, it's best that you eat foods with DHA on a regular basis and supplement if necessary in order to support proper development of your baby’s nervous system and prevent depression during pregnancy and after your baby arrives. From personal experience with my first pregnancy i was on and off the cod liver oil just because i was always skeptical about these supplements and didn't know if i was doing any harm so once i gave birth to my first son, Jake, i experienced about 4-6 weeks of baby blues which were very frustrating. once i started school and gained the knowledge,i religiously started taking cod liver oil and provided my body with substantial amounts of these nutrients before my second pregnancy. After i gave birth to my second son, Benjamin, i did not experience even one day of baby blues (and trust me it was very easy for me to fall into it as in my first week out of the hospital i got mastitis, went on antibiotics IV and both my kids got sick..what a welcoming home party huh?).
EPA is a fatty acid that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and decreases inflammation throughout your body. EPA is also closely linked with your emotional health, with many studies showing that it plays a strong role in preventing depression.
Vitamin A is necessary for proper vision, healthy skin, and strong mucosal linings, including the lining of your digestive tract. Many skin and digestive disorders cannot fully heal without adequate vitamin A intake.
Vitamin D is needed to reduce risk of virtually every type of cancer. Vitamin D is essential to maintaining strong bones and teeth. It enhances the strength and efficiency of your immune system, and decreases your risk of developing autoimmune conditions. Vitamin D helps your body regulate its blood sugar levels, playing an important role in preventing type 2 diabetes. Finally, vitamin D is one of several nutrients that are necessary for preventing high blood pressure.
I specifically recommend the Carlson brand as it has the best ratio of Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Can be found at any health store or on Amazon.
Lifestyle stresses, a poor diet, pollution, lack of exercise – all can reduce the quantity of good bacteria in our intestine, where 70% of the body’s immune response originates. Much of the beneficial bacteria we would normally obtain through fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk products are removed in modern food preparation processes. Antibiotics, which eliminate both good and bad bacteria from the body, can leave us vulnerable to bacterial infections and susceptible to gastro-intestinal afflictions and thats where the probiotics come in to place. Probiotics support a healthy balance in the intestinal flora to fight illnesses, infections, allergies, keep proper digestive function and maintain a strong immune system.
I rotate this supplement for about a month or so and then take a break for a couple of months. I make sure to consume probiotic rich foods such as Kefir, Sauerkraut, kimchi, kambucha and other fermented foods to keep supporting the intestinal system during probiotic intake and when im off of it.
3. High Quality Multi-Vitamin
At the moment i still take my pre-natal vitamins (Baby & Me by Mega Food) as i was planning to breastfeed and it is recommended to keep taking them along with a balanced diet to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals to aid lactation and support mom's and baby's health. but once i am done with this bottle i will go back to my women's daily vitamins by mega food (i am a big fan of this company as its vitamins and minerals are derived exclusively from real food sources and are not created in the lab. You can find them at any health food store, whole foods.). Although i try to obtain all my nutrients from real food sometimes my diet takes a little detour and these vitamins are my insurance :)
4. Digestive Enzymes
I was surprised to learn how the majority of people today have an impaired digestive system. Digestive enzymes are the key substances of the digestive process, working to break down our food for proper absorption and help fight to keep your gut healthy.
We eat food, but our digestive system doesn’t absorb food, it absorbs nutrients. Food has to be broken down into nutrient pieces: amino acids (from proteins), fatty acids and cholesterol (from fats), and simple sugars (from carbohydrates), as well as vitamins, minerals, and a variety of other plant and animal compounds. Digestive enzymes break down our food into nutrients so that our bodies can absorb them.
If we don’t have enough digestive enzymes, we can’t break down our food—which means even though we’re eating well, we aren’t absorbing all that good nutrition.
There are quite a bit of causes that prevent our digestive enzymes to work properly some include: aging, allergies, celiac and stress.
The best thing to do first is to attend to these causes by making dietary and lifestyle changes but when extra support needed digestive enzymes are a great supplement to reach for. I always have a bottle in my house and i usually use it when i know i am going to have a heavy meal or if after a meal i feel my digestion needs some support (for me its usually signs of bloating).
Theres different brands of digestive enzymes on the market, i use NOW super enzymes (found in health food stores).
*You should always follow the directions on the bottle for dosage.
So these are my Top supplements. Do you have any specific ones that are part of your daily diet? Please Share!