One of the most common questions I get asked by my patients is “what do you take on a daily basis?” As a naturopathic doctor, I am always trying new protocols to support my health in different ways. I believe that if I wouldn’t or couldn’t do a therapy or take a supplement, then I shouldn’t expect my patients to either. Plus, being someone who is very sensitive and reactive to most things, whether it be pharmaceutical or natural, I want to know what kinds of reactions I could possibly get so that I may counsel my patients better.
I try my best to maintain a healthy diet by drinking at least 70 ounces of water a day, have at least 5 servings of organic vegetables, 1 serving of organic fruit, 3 servings of protein, 2 servings of healthy fats, and 1 serving of grains a day. However, I do feel as if my body needs extra support from supplements. Here are the supplements that I take daily to maintain wellness:
- Spore based probiotic – The gastrointestinal system has many roles other than digesting and absorbing nutrients. Approximately 70-80% of the body’s immune cells are made in the gut. There are also hundreds of millions of neurons in the gut which are in charge of creating neurotransmitters. I believe that the gut is the most important system in the body and it is connected to all other organ systems, so without proper gut health, the body wouldn’t be able to function at its optimal level. The reason why I prefer a spore based probiotic is because it reconditions the gut rather than reseeds the gut. They are very durable and can withstand the acidity of the stomach and antibiotics that the person might be taking.
- Vitamin D – I always try to maintain my vitamin D levels at 60-80ng/ml. Vitamin D has many roles in the body, including immune regulation, bone formation and mineralization, hormone regulation, skin health, and health of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It is important to take vitamin D in conjunction with vitamin A and K, since these vitamins help with the absorption and utilization of vitamin D.
- Concentrated fruit and vegetable extracts – Although I try my best to eat a very healthy diet with tons of organic fruits and vegetables, it is not always possible. Rather than take a multivitamin where the nutrients are made in a lab, I prefer to take concentrated fruit and vegetable extracts so that I know my body will be able to absorb them. One of the main reasons why I started taking them is because there are multiple studies on the benefits of this whole food concentrates. With all the environmental toxins in the air, it is important to have adequate levels of antioxidants to protect our bodies.
- Plant-based omega fatty acids – It is extremely important to incorporate omega fatty acids in the body. Plant-based omegas are sustainably sourced from fruits, algae, and seeds and contain omega 3, 5, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids. These fatty acids support all the organs in the body, especially the brain, heart, skin, lungs, and eyes. Fatty acids are also excellent at decreasing inflammation, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Although maintaining a healthy diet, drinking adequate amounts of water, exercising often, and getting at least 8 hours of sleep is the best way to maintain health and wellness, our bodies often need extra support. The above supplements are excellent nutrients to create a healthy foundation, but I find that oftentimes, even healthy individuals who don’t seem to have any health issues can use extra-adrenal, gut, or immune support to enhance their quality of life. Please see your naturopathic doctor to create an individualized plan that fits your medical concerns and lifestyle.
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