If you’re a regular to the blog, you should know by know that I advocate consuming as many vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients as possible. Ideally you would obtain these from a whole organic plant-based diet. However, if you don’t manage to eat 100% healthy all the time (which let’s face it is most of us), it’s a good idea to supplement.
The only problem with supplementation is that people simply don’t know what they should be taking. I always recommend the person see a naturopath or holistic health coach who can advise what supplements are best suited for their client and work with the whole body rather that treating the illness with just any pill. I believe in functional medicine which involves taking into consideration the whole body as an entity and looking at the diet and lifestyle it is leading to look for causes of illness and treating it as holistically and nutritionally as possible.
So let’s look at what I call the “Basics” (products that boost your nutritional intake and augment your health by taking everyday) that everyone should be taking
Vitamin D - A general guideline is 1000-2000 IU’s per day. If your Vitamin D levels are low or if you have cancer, you may need to take slightly more (under the supervision of an integrative/functional doctor or naturopath). It’s also important to make sure that the brand is high-quality by checking the label for the word “gamma” (not just alpha). Try Viridian.
Omega 3′s – Buy a high quality fish oil or flax oil. Life’s DHA is a good vegan brand and I also like to use Udo’s Choice.
Probiotics – Your friendly gut bacteria needs topping up when you make poor food choices or are forced to take antibiotics or other drugs, so load up on probiotics to restore balance in your intestines. An overgrowth of bad bacteria and a poor diet can lead to conditions such as candida which is systemic and can be hard to get rid of. Up to 70% of your immune system lives in your gut, so a healthy happy gut, is a healthy happy immune system. Buy a probiotic that offers around 20-25billion of CFUs (colony forming units). I use Archturus. Also consider adding some fermented foods to your diet (it actually tastes nice!)
B12 – B12 is a vitamin used to support the nervous system and ensures tissues, nerves, DNA etc form correctly. B12 is an important vitamin for vegans to supplement as it isn’t easily obtained on a vegan diet.
CHILDREN – the 3 Supplements Children should be taking
- Fish oil - try flavoured options from BioCare
- Probiotics - try flavoured powdered probiotic from Biocare
- Multivitamin -Viridian
Aim for 2 multivitamin a day and 1 teaspoon each of the others.
I take the above supplements as well as Vit E, Potassium, Magnesium, CoQ10, Free Aminos formula and Selenium all from Archturus.
I’m not saying these are the ONLY supplements to take. I’m saying these are the 4 basic supplements to start with. If you have health issues, please see your doctor, health coach or naturopath who can point you in the right direction and ensure all your needs are met.
Now I want to hear from you. Tell me your tips for optimum health and how you take your supplements. Your comments help other readers so I encourage you to share below!
P.S. I’ve had so much great feedback about my interview with Dr Axe where we talk about everything from supplements to inflammation to the best exercise to burn fat! I highly recommend you watch it if you haven’t already. Check it out.