We have talked in the past about the problems with getting good nutrients in you body. Some of these issues include: high fructose corn syrup, gluten, pesticides in vegetables, hydrogenated oils, loss of vitamins in our vegetables due to planting over and over again in depleted soils and the list could go on. This article is about what are the basic nutrient supplementation we recommend in our office if you are basically healthy and have no symptoms yet.
These are the FOUR basic things people should take every day:
1) A good multiple vitamin that contains vitamins and minerals to support the basic cell function in the body. This needs to be natural and not synthetic.
2) Adrenal support - research is clear - over 80% of Americans suffer from chronic stress which leads to adrenal stress. Adrenal fatigue causes an increase in cortisol ( which helps keep us a little chubby), a decrease in DHEA (DHEA helps keep us young), an increase in insulin resistance which leads to diabetes and other sugar handling disorders, a breakdown in muscle and general loss of energy.
3) Omega - 3 oils. Yes, fish oil. Our diet is over saturated with pro-inflammatory oils such as corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil to name a few. Inflammation is the number one cause of all chronic diseases so we recommend you reduce you intake of hydrogenated oils and increase Omega-3 oils including fish, flax and olive oils. Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to also improve heart function and brain function as well. In England it is almost considered malpractice if a doctor does not recommend Omega-3 oils to heart patients.
4) Vitamin D - most of have heard about vitamin D recently. It has been in the news as research has found out how important it is to all the functions in our body. Especially in the northwest where the sun is in such limited supply (And especially this year).
There are of course other things most of us should take as well but this is a basic start to good health.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 378-5660 or go to our website at sanjuanholistichealthcare.com.
Yours in Health,
Mark W. Earnhart, D.C.