5 Supplements (Most) Adults Should Be Taking, Pt. 2

5 Supplements (Most) Adults Should Be Taking Pt. 2
  1. VITAMIN D

Vitamin D deficiency is becoming an ever growing problem as most people have begun to fear the sun. The sun remains our #1 source of vitamin D but for those who cannot get adequate exposure or cannot eat the foods that serve as good sources of vitamin D, supplementation is recommended.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Infants should receive 400IU/day and those age 1-70 should receive between 600IU-800IU per day. (remember, supplementation recommendations must be individualized...these are only recommendations). Vitamin D toxicity is possible and caution should be used.

Vitamin D is essential to absorb calcium and promote healthy bone growth. It also helps regulate immune and neuromuscular function . Deficiency of this vitamin has been linked to certain cancers, heart disease, and depression.

standard process: Cataplex D

  1. PROBIOTICS

Gut health- gut health- gut health...Before considering supplementation, gut health MUST be assessed. It is often observed that although individuals are eating very well or supplementing properly, they are still seeing nutritional deficiencies in their testing. This may be due to inadequate gut health and to heal the gut, we recommend taking probiotics. Probiotics are good gut bacteria. They line the digestive tract and support our body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. But, with an increase consumption of foods that are high in sugar, genetically modified, or are over processed, we are seeing a decline in this healthy bacteria resulting in the body’s inability to absorb nutrients properly. As a result, we are seeing a decrease in antibiotic resistance, brain fog, depression, inflamed bodies, and decreased immune systems.

The foods most rich in probiotics include...kefir, live cultured organic yogurts, kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi to name a few. These foods are often too bitter, tart, or vinegary for some and therefore not consumed regularly...this is where supplementation comes in.

Like all supplements, we must be picky when shopping around for probiotics being sure we are supplementing with active cultures.

standard process: Prosynbiotic (prebiotic and probiotic)

5. OMEGA 3

Why do we need Omega 3 and why are we deficient? Like the other supplements mentioned above, Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for the mind, heart, bones, and joints. They help fight disease and reduce inflammation. They also have been shown to lower high triglycerides and regulate cholesterol.

The best sources for omega 3’s lie in oily fish such as mackerel, herring, and salmon and can be supplemented using fish oil or cod liver oil.

Standard Process: tuna omega

                           cod liver oil

Author
Lisa Bochynski Basler

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