We get it, there are people everywhere taking handfuls of pills each morning in hopes that it’ll somehow rejuvenate their health. Some of the vitamins may be helpful, but there are a ton of them that are, for lack of a better term, garbage. On the other hand, there are four supplements we suggest you take every day to make your health a priority. Why are these specific supplements so critical for your well-being? Let’s look at the science and find out so that you can be proactive about your health.
We know the supplement industry isn’t regulated, so many people think that means they don’t work. That’s not the case, but you should always be careful where you buy your vitamins. Many vitamins are synthetic, meaning they were made in a lab and not found in nature. Also, some vitamin brands are owned by pharmaceutical companies and food corporations. If that weren't enough, most of them don’t include clinically relevant dosing. Do you want to trust your health with the same companies that produce junk food and dangerous prescription drugs? (1)
When you search for supplements, you want to look for whole-food vitamins that are backed by scientific research. In addition, you should look for products with advanced lab testing. That’s how to get the highest quality supplements that are free of toxins, GMO’s or other fillers. Now, let’s look at the supplements that can make a real difference in your health.
When we refer to taking a multivitamin, we aren’t talking about the popular brands you find on the grocery store shelves. Those are loaded with all kinds of additives and chemicals you don’t want in your body. They also won’t have enough helpful nutrients to make a difference.
You need a vitamin with high bioavailability so that your body will absorb it. Otherwise, it gets flushed right through your system, and you feel no difference. Multivitamins contain micronutrients that are essential for proper physiological function. (2) Additionally, you want a multi that has clinical doses of the nutrients you need, not only enough to survive, which is what you’ll find with the FDA-recommended allowances. If you’re already thinking that remembering to take four different supplements each day might be a challenge, you can get them all in a daily dose packet.
Vitamin D3 is required by every cell in the body. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you’ll get sick. Many people are deficient in this crucial vitamin, and you could be one of them. Even if you think you get plenty of the “sunshine vitamin,” you probably don’t.
One reason you need vitamin D is because it reduces inflammation in your body. (3) It’s also vital for proper immune function. It is associated with things like neurological disorders, autism, respiratory problems, and a host of other illnesses. Due to this, the pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars off of people who are vitamin D deficient. Why is this such a problem today? We don’t get the time outside that our ancestors did, and we don’t eat the same foods. It’s also difficult to get enough of this vitamin through food today because of farming methods, so a quality supplement is the easiest way to get the levels you need.
Omega-3 fatty acids regulate inflammation and are crucial for optimal health. You need adequate levels of omega-3 for proper respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, and musculoskeletal health. Studies have shown that taking omega-3 lowers your blood pressure and helps you maintain a healthy weight. (4) They even promote joint and muscle health.
If you suffer from low mood or depression, taking a quality omega-3 supplement may have tons of benefits. (5) It’s one of the promising natural treatments for different mood disorders on the horizon.
Probiotics play a massive role in your overall health. You have a microbiome where trillions of organisms take up residence. Most of those microbes are good for you and perform essential functions like digesting food, assisting metabolism, repairing your gut, and improving your immune system.
Probiotics are live bacteria that help eliminate unhealthy bacteria in your microbiome. When you have healthy probiotics in your microbiome, your immune system can better fight off harmful pathogens. (6)
Once again, don’t fall for the pretty packaging in your local grocery store. Many of these probiotics are not shelf-stable, meaning the bacteria strains are no longer alive and won’t work to improve your health in any way. When you want to get a quality probiotic, you want strains that are resistant to stomach acid so that they reach the intestinal environment.
If you’re like most of us, then making something simple and easy to implement will be the surest way to make it a daily habit. Because of this, we’ve created a Daily Essentials Power Pack which includes these Top 4 Daily Supplements in convenient daily packets.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention NAC in this discussion. N-acetyl cysteine is the building block of glutathione, the most powerful antioxidant in the body. It has been scientifically proven to act as a scavenger of free radicals. (7) Another fascinating property of NAC is that it helps with thinning mucus, which is why many people with respiratory issues benefit from taking it.
NAC also contributes to improving brain health and shows benefits to people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This supplement fuels numerous processes inside your body, including the ones related to your lungs and liver. Many emergency rooms have used intravenous NAC for people who have liver damage from taking too much acetaminophen. In short, most people could benefit from taking a NAC supplement.
Of all the things in life, one of the best gifts you can give yourself is good health. Often we get so busy with everything else in life that our wellness takes a backseat. You can’t be good at anything or for anyone if your health is suffering.
The supplements mentioned in this article can help you obtain better health. It’s a good idea to talk to your functional medicine doctor about what supplements are best for your needs. We know this subject can get a little overwhelming with all the misinformation on the internet. We are here to help you on your wellness journey. Contact us today to learn more about what we do and how we can help you get better naturally.