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What supplements should I take?

While there is more than a little disagreement on the subject of dietary supplements, the majority of information is that we should all be taking a few important supplements every day. This is true for everyone, from the chronically ill to the healthiest person, and from the fast food junky to the most health conscious.  Our lifestyle choices, the diminishing quality of our soil and food supply and the ongoing pollution of our environment, make it nearly impossible to get everything we need to be optimally healthy.

To build a solid nutritional foundation choose the following three supplements.

First, the most important part of your daily regimen should be a high-potency, high quality multi-vitamin.  No, that one-a-day you get at the grocery store isn’t going to cut it. It is simply impossible to fit everything you need into one pill.  This multi must contain sufficient vitamin D, B-vitamins, calcium and magnesium.

Second, a toxin-free source of Omega-3 fatty acids – fish oil as it is commonly called. This can be in the form of purified oil from salmon, sardines, anchovies or krill.

Finally, include a solid antioxidant supplement. Antioxidants have been in the news a lot in last few years. You have probably heard about acai, resveratrol, astaxanthin, curcumin or the natural antioxidant properties of fresh fruit and vegetables.

As I mentioned before these three supplements form the foundation of good nutrition. “Foundation” is truly the key word here. If you have health issues of any kind you may well need additional amounts of a specific nutrient(s).  For instance, many women and those who are gluten intolerant may need additional iron and/or B-vitamins.  Also, some people are getting too much of a given nutrient.  Men, for instance, infrequently need iron supplementation and can be harmed by products containing a lot of this essential mineral.

I recommend consulting your physician or other primary healthcare professional for help choosing the supplements that are best for your personal needs.

In future posts I will share with you my product choices for each of these three important supplements or if you would like my help with this process I am currently available at my Bradenton (LWR) and St. Petersburg offices.

To schedule a free 30 minute consultation click here.

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