What Supplements Do I Really Need?

Posted on by Margo Gladding

multivitamins_smallCustomers often ask me to recommend a basic supplement plan for them. Of course, everyone is unique and has different needs, but there are four supplements that I do often recommend as a solid foundational base. From there, we can branch out to cover other areas of support based on age, gender, health risks, and health concerns. I also like to utilize some great lab testing that can help assess one’s micronutrient levels and nutrient needs. This information can be very helpful in personalizing and maximizing a nutrition program. Many of the most prevalent health conditions are directly linked to improper nutrition and poor lifestyle habits. Even small nutritional deficiencies can compromise immunity, vitality, and damage health. Nourishing the roots of your health by taking care of your core nutritional needs creates a strong foundation for your body and establishes a bank of resources to build and repair your body, and to fuel your daily activities. Eating a nutrient-dense diet that includes natural, wholesome, and nourishing foods is critical to one’s health. But, even the best diet cannot guarantee optimal nutrient levels due to high-volume farming methods as well as cooking and food preparation techniques. Therefore, I believe that it is necessary to add some key nutritional supplements. 1. Multivitamin A high-potency multivitamin and mineral supplement is necessary to fill in nutrient gaps. A top quality multivitamin formula, such as Pathway Multi Two, provides a comprehensive selection of nutrients in highly usable forms and in optimal potencies. Correcting nutrient deficiencies is the first and most important step in preventative healthcare. I wrote more extensively about multivitamins last week, since people often have extra questions about them. 2. Essential Fatty Acids Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are vital to health and are not manufactured by the body. The Standard American Diet is largely devoid of these important oils. EFAs benefit many different areas of the body, such as skin and hair, bones and joints, eyes, as well as the cardiovascular and nervous systems. A deficiency or imbalance of essential fatty acids can lead to depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, various skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and inflammation of various tissues. Taking a molecularly distilled and potent omega-3 supplement, such as Pathway Super Omega 3, will help provide your body with optimal levels of these important oils. I also recommend eating foods rich in omega-3s, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. 3. Probiotics Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that inhabit the entire digestive, urinary and reproductive tracts. Healthy bacteria aid in the absorption of nutrients, discourage bad bacterial growth, enhance digestion, and act as part of the immune system. Eating fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, tempeh, pickles and miso provides the body with important beneficial bacteria, but sometimes extra support is needed. Microflora imbalances can occur from taking various medications (steroids, antibiotics and birth control pills), traveling, stress, and poor diet. Talking a high-quality, multi-strain probiotic supplement, such as Pathway 35 Billion Probiotic, is recommended for daily support. 4. Vitamin D3 The majority of Americans, including children and the elderly, are deficient in vitamin D3. This important vitamin is essential to bone health as it stimulates the absorption and utilization of both calcium and phosphorus. Beyond its bone-building benefits, vitamin D3 also helps protect against muscle weakness, autoimmune diseases, various types of cancer, and enhances immunity. Because it is not always practical to get your vitamin D from the sun, and it is difficult to get adequate amounts from your diet, a vitamin D3 supplement, such as Pathway Vitamin D3 (2000 IU), is the best way to ensure adequate levels.