We all do our best to eat well. But between our busy work and social schedules, it’s not always easy to find (and prepare!) the foods that have the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to thrive. That’s why taking the right supplements is such an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Thanks to our in-house nutritionist Dr. Jason Deyo, we’ve got the top 5 supplements you your body needs:
When we’re stressed, our bodies churn through vitamins and minerals more quickly. Taking a daily multivitamin is a surefire way to make sure you’re replenishing your body’s supply. Make sure to pick a high-quality multivitamin that has enzymes, which allow the vitamins to get absorbed into your body. Without the enzymes, you’re wasting your money.
2. Essential Fatty Acids
Alternate on a monthly basis between Omega 3, Fish Oil, Flaxseed, and Borage Oil. Taking a fatty acid supplement has tremendous cardiovascular benefits, reducing the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. This tip isn’t just for adults: tests show that kids who take Omega 3 get higher test scores.
When we take antibiotics, or when we experience “unfriendly” bacteria (yeast, fungus) our bodies get thrown out of whack. Many of us struggle with resulting gastrointestinal problems that lead to bloating, diarrhea and yeast infections. Think of a probiotic supplement as “friendly” bacteria, that works on your behalf to maintain the health of your GI tract and overall system. For best results, make sure to get a broad spectrum probiotic, rather than a single strain.
An increasingly alarming problem our society faces is insulin resistance, which leads to the development of Type 2 Diabetes. Luckily, a high-fiber diet helps prevent insulin resistance by slowing digestion and preventing rapid rises in blood sugar. Taking a fiber supplement is the easiest way to ensure that you’re getting the amount of fiber your body needs. Additional perks? A high fiber diet aids in weight loss, lowers cholesterol and regulates your bowel movements. Worried about bloating? Guar gum is a non-bloating fiber source that also detoxifies the intestine.
5. General Digestive Enzymes
The more pressure we are under, the harder it is for our bodies to digest food, both in terms of its ability to break it down and eliminate it properly. Also, as we age, the natural level of hydrochloric acid (HCl) and digestive enzymes in our bodies decrease. Although raw foods contain enzymes, when it is cooked at over 118 degrees, these natural enzymes are killed (making it harder for your body to digest food and absorb vitamins/minerals). To give your digestive system a boost, try a Protease or HCl supplement.
Have more specific questions? Schedule an appointment to see Dr. Deyo at the studio!