Taking supplements has become a very popular way of treating illness naturally by giving our bodies the nutrients they need to function properly. But with so many supplements on the market today, it can be hard to know what they all treat and which ones are really worth taking.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the top six supplements that almost everyone can take to improve their health. However, it’s still a good idea to check with a health care professional before taking any supplements to make sure you’re taking the right supplements at the right dosage.
In theory, we should be able to get all of our nutrients from our diet. But in today’s society, where most of our food is either processed or washed and cleaned, we are missing many essential nutrients we used to get from the soil, so even the healthiest eaters might not be getting all of the nutrients they need. That’s why taking a good multivitamin every day is so important. Look for one that contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12 – all of which can help boost your immune system and give you more energy during the day.
- Fish Oil
Having a healthy heart is important, and taking a daily dose of fish oil is one of the easiest things you can do to protect it. Studies have shown that fish oil can lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting, and decrease your chance of having a fatal heart attack. Plus, fish oil is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which serve to decrease inflammation, boost your immune system, and can even have a positive effect on depression and mood.
Did you know that about 80 percent of adults suffer from a magnesium deficiency? Magnesium plays a critical role in many functions in the body, including nerve transmission, muscle contraction, energy production, bone and cell production and more. Taking a daily magnesium supplement can help with a variety of conditions including asthma, migraine headaches, muscle cramping, osteoporosis, heart disease, and can even help to calm your nerves and reduce anxiety.
- Vitamin D3
Don’t want to catch a cold? Taking a daily dose of vitamin D3 can help. In a perfect world, we would get enough vitamin D by exposure to sunlight, but since we now spend most of our time indoors (with clothes on), it’s crucial that we get vitamin D from other sources. Vitamin D not only helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus into our blood stream, and a vitamin D deficiency can reduce your ability to heal from infections and can be a risk factor in developing an autoimmune disease.
You may think that bacteria is bad, but in your gut, bacteria is actually good. With all the antimicrobial soaps and cleaners and antibiotics we are exposed to, our digestive tract is often not getting the right kind of bacteria to keep it in balance. Probiotics are living microorganisms that promote good gut health, which can strengthen your immune system, improve digestion, reduce your chances of getting colds or the flu, and help cure irritable bowel disease. Try to get more probiotics in your diet by eating probiotic yogurt or kefir, or by adding a probiotic supplement.
When it comes to fighting inflammation, almost nothing does it better than turmeric. This common yellow spice contains curcumin, a phyto-chemical capable of inhibiting inflammation – which can lead to diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, headaches and chronic fatigue — and fighting cancer. It’s an especially great supplement to take if you suffer from any joint pain or arthritis.
Interested in learning more about which other supplements can help you for your specific issues? Come to our Brown Bag Supplements Workshop on July 17 at noon, where you can spend 10-15 minutes with one of our practitioners and get specific feedback on the supplements that are right for you. $15 per person or free if you bring a friend. Lunch is on us!