If you are trying to turn in your prescription drugs for a more natural way to find health, there is a lot of confusion out there as to what types of supplements you should take. Many times what ends up happening is you go to a health food store, get a ton of supplements you don’t need, and end up with a cupboard that looks like a “natural” pharmacy. When getting down to the nitty gritty, there are really three main supplements you need on a daily basis. These include a good multi-vitamin, pro-biotic, and omega-3 supplement.
Taking a good multi-vitamin daily is important because much of the food we eat today is lacking the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals needed. This is due to the poor preservation of soil that crops are grown in and the multitude of herbicides and pesticides used on them. When looking for a good multi-vitamin, bio-availability is a key factor. Bio-availability has to do with the ability of our body to utilize all the components of a supplement. When we get cheap multi vitamins that are synthetically made, what ends up happening is they turn into expensive urine, because we end up just excreting it out when we go to the bathroom. A whole food multi-vitamin is the best option.
A good pro-biotic is vital to making sure we have to proper amount of good bacteria in our intestines. This aids in proper absorption of nutrients in the food we eat. Because we overuse and abuse anti-biotics for so many things, they kill our healthy gut bacteria in addition to whatever harmful bacteria that the drugs are targeting. This can leave a very unhealthy intestinal environment and an inability to get proper amount of daily nutrients from food we eat.
Omega-3’s are essential fatty acids that our body can’t naturally make. They are found in many types of fish, particularly salmon and tuna. If you don’t eat a lot of fish, then supplementation is key. Omega-3’s are very important in combating inflammation. This includes systemic inflammation in our entire body, especially our heart and blood vessels. With our standard American diet, we over eat high glycemic carbs in the form of breads, pastas, chips, etc. All these are very high in omega-6 fatty acids, which produce a tremendous amount of inflammation when over consumed. Ideally we should have a 1:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. However, the standard American diet typically includes a ratio of 40:1 omega-6 to omega-3. This creates a tremendous amount of harmful systemic inflammation that is responsible for a wide variety of lifestyle diseases.
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