As you all know, I am not a huge advocate of supplements. However, there are a few additions to a healthy diet that are becoming increasingly important. Here are the 5 powerhouses I know we could all use in our diets:
1. Multivitamin – This is a must now! I have read plenty of reports that are saying that we cannot possibly get enough vitamins and minerals from the soil, no matter how much kale or spinach we eat a day. The soil has been too depleted to give us everything we need. When you look for a vitamin, choose a brand that is made from whole foods. The ingredient list should not just be the vitamin names. It should say that they are taken from real sources or include parentheses afterward, such as Thiamin (as thiamin mononitrate). This tells you that it is not just a synthetic vitamin. My pick is Alive! It is full of whole foods and it is quite reasonably priced. It comes in tablets or a liquid. By the way, even if you take the vitamin every other day, you will still benefit from the extra vitamins and minerals! And remember to take it with food!
2. Calcium/Magnesium – Even with a multivitamin, many of us are not getting the amount of calcium and magnesium that we need. Your body needs both minerals for strong bones and teeth. Calcium is very important to an active body to stave off fractures, especially as we age. Magnesium is important to help with calcium absorption and it helps to regulate blood sugars, as well. Calcium and magnesium work to calm the body, so take it before bed! My pick is Rainbow Light Food-based Calcium.
3. Omega 3 Fish Oil – The benefits of fish oil are many. This is a great supplement to take to help keep your heart healthy. It gives you protection from diabetes and heart disease. It also helps to reduce inflammation. My pick is Nordic Naturals. If you already use one, check this list to see if it is free of metals: http://apps.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=16536&s_src=ggad_fishoil&gclid=CMGV677n4q8CFYYHRQodVUhDAw
4. Vitamin D3 – The best way for us to get Vitamin D is from the sun. When it is here (the sun, that is!) we should strive to get 15-20 minutes every day, preferably without sunscreen, as sunscreen stops the absorption of the vitamin. When it is gray and rainy, a vitamin D3 supplement for us is necessary. It is vitally important, as it aids in immune function and proper calcium absorption. Please make sure the supplement is not D2, as that is not easily absorbed by the body. My pick is Natural Factors soft gels.
5. Green super food drink! – This one is extra insurance, but it gives you quite a boost. I’ve tried more than a few and I have to say that I like Amazing Grass the best. Natural energy and high mineral content are just a few benefits. We could all use a little more green in our diets, so for those salad-less days, this sure comes in handy! And what better to add to your smoothies?!