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5 Supplements You May Want to Consider Taking

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With so many natural health products, vitamins and superfoods on the shelves, it can be hard to know just what you should be taking.  Since you can't take them all, it's best to focus on what you feel you need the most. Whether it be improved gut health, reduced inflammation, or less wrinkles, knowing what your body needs is the first step.  Visiting a naturopath is a great way to help you determine what you may need, as needs vary from person to person, and even season to season.

When choosing brands we recommend heading to your locally owned health food store and speaking to one of their qualified staff members.

Here's a little peak into my daily supplement routine. Perhaps you'll discover a supplement that would round out your wellness routine. :)

1. Daily Multi-Vitamin

I feel like multi-vitamins have a rep for being a kind of boring supplement . . . no flashy claims for radiant beauty or magical healing powers with this one.  Irregardless, they are always a good idea.   Be sure and choose a high quality, high dose multivitamin.  It is pretty challenging to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need every day, and a multi-vitamin will help fill in the gaps.

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2.  Probiotics

The importance of gut health and taking a daily probiotic is pretty mainstream these days.  It would be hard to find a nutritionist, doctor or naturopath who doesn't recommend them daily. The research is in, and it's revealed just how important the health of the gut is to the overall health of the body, especially the immune system. A healthy colony of good bacteria in the gut lowers the risk of infection, aids in digestion (enhancing nutrient absorption), manages and prevents eczema in children, prevents urinary tract infections, and keeps with an overall feeling of wellness. To ensure that healthy colony of good bacteria we need to take probiotics and eat fermented foods.  The good bacteria from probiotics colonize in the digestive tract, keeping a balance between good and bad bacteria in the complex ecosystem of the gut.

Along with the above benefits, having a healthy gut means you can really listen to your gut and learning how to understand your body's cues  - a big key in reaching optimal health and vitality. If you have an unhealthy gut, the message is not going to come through loud and clear - it'll be like you've got your ear muffs on.  In order for you to be able to hear the messages your gut is trying to convey, you've got to clean it out and back it up. Probiotics are crucial in helping you get the message. Your gut will crave the foods to help you heal and thrive and steer you away from foods that don't.

 

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3. Collagen

I LOVE TAKING COLLAGEN!! My skin has not looked this good in years!  Collagen gives elasticity to skin, keeps your hair and nails strong, and keeps your joints and bones healthy too. Its no wonder why it is considered a beauty supplement! Since your body's natural production of collagen can be affected by a number of factors (age, stress, diet, gut health) taking it as a supplement will help ensure you're getting enough and reduce some fine lines in the process. Besides taking the capsules, none broth is another great source of collagen.

[su_spacer size="30"][su_spacer][/su_spacer] 4. Omega 3 Fish Oil

Unless you are eating fish multiple times per week, you're likely not getting enough of the essential fatty acids known as Omega 3's. These fats are essential for healthy brain development and function. They also help keep inflammation down in the body so are great for people dealing with arthritus or muscle/joint pain.  They help keep the heart healthy and decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. Research has also shown that cultures that eat a lot of Omega 3's tend to have lower levels of depression.

Though you can find lots of Omega 3 in the form of ALA from plant foods such as flax, chia and hemp, your body is not very efficient at converting ALA to DHA and EPA (all 3 forms are essential, hence the name!) If you want to keep it plant-based, you can find omega 3 supplements made from certain algae extracts that do contain all 3 of the Omega 3's.

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5. Magnesium

The miracle of magnesium! This vitamin has too many benefits to name them all. It is most commonly known for its calming effect, increasing "happy hormones" like serotonin. This also allows it to be a great sleep aid, relaxing both your mind and body.  Yet, at the same time, magnesium is also able to help increase energy by activating ATP, the body's energy molecule.  It will keep you happy, calm and provide energy, not a bad combo!

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Bonus! Oil of Oregano (Seasonal)

Oil of Oregano is a powerful anti-microbial known for its ability to fight off infections, reduce inflammation and to support the immune system. It helps to relieve respiratory and sinus issues and may even help with seasonal allergies. Taking Oil of Oregano during cold and flu season or whenever I feel something coming on it helps me get on top it before it turns into a full-blown illness.