Top 5 Supplements You Need for Optimal Health
My patients will tell you that I don’t spend much time talking to them about nutrition because I don’t want to confuse people about what a Chiropractor is, and what we do. My focus is to detect and correct Subluxation in order to remove nerve interference.
However, in my experience, and research supports the following claim, proper nutrition is more important than exercise. But benefits of both are limited without a healthy nervous system, which is why taking supplements to boost your immune function and nervous system is critical.
Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of declining health among Americans. Our food supply is over processed and riddled with harmful chemicals and GMOs. Even those fortunate enough to eat an organic-based diet may not get proper amounts of essential nutrients for their body.
After several years of my own research, I came up with a list of the five most important supplements that everyone should take in order to build a healthy nervous system. Remember, supplements should always be organic and come from trusted sources.
1. Vitamin D
Recent studies show that 85% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Chances are, you are one of them. Since this one vitamin is responsible for the regulation of over 2000 genes, I consider it to be the most important on the list.
Deficiencies in this vital nutrient play a central role in almost ALL auto-immune diseases. We all know Vitamin D is good for the bones, but it’s also crucial for proper immune function. It’s also been shown to help with hypertension and weight loss. This is especially helpful in the colder months due to the lack of sun exposure on our skin.
If nothing else, go get your Vitamin D level checked. It could be one of the most important things you do for your physical health.
Our bodies require 90 essential minerals in order to function optimally. Due to factory farming, soil depletion and many other factors, the mineral content of our food is lower than it was for our parents and grandparents.
For those people who are not getting many fresh organic fruits and vegetables, supplementing with a daily multivitamin is a must. I would recommend finding a brand that has at least 1000 mg of Vitamin C.
3. Fish Oil/Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are essential fatty acids, meaning we can’t produce them naturally in our body – we have to get them through diet. You can find them in eggs and fish, but you would have to eat quite a bit to keep up with the body’s demands.
Think of them as superfood for your brain due to their ability to improve function. They help lower triglycerides, which makes them crucial for a strong heart and healthy mind. Another important advantage of Omega 3 is it’s amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
Probiotics are certain bacteria that are necessary for digestion and a healthy immune system. Yes, there is GOOD bacteria! As a matter of fact, your gut has more bacteria than your body does cells, and most of it is good. They fight off the bad bacteria by eating up all the food and taking up the receptor sites.
Since 80% of your immune system is in the gut, keeping it in balance is crucial for your overall health.
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a remarkable enzyme that is produced in the liver and provides around 95% of our body’s energy. It is a powerful antioxidant that feeds and repairs the mitochondria in each of our cells. Mitochondria generate and distribute energy throughout our bodies.
After the age of 30, our natural production of this important enzyme begins to decrease. For those with a less than healthy lifestyle, the blood levels could be undetectable. Supplementing CoQ10 with a reduced brand of Ubiquinol will not only benefit your energy level, but it will decrease cell death and help with anti-aging. More specifically, it promotes a stronger heart and a sharper mind.
Remember, eating unprocessed, fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, wild fish, and local meat where available, should be the cornerstone to every diet. Supplementing will merely pick up the slack.
Dr. Peterson is a leading intown Atlanta Chiropractor, specializing in Upper Cervical Chiropractic. With over 14 years of experience providing quality Chiropractic care to patients of all ages, Dr. Peterson is a compassionate and understanding practitioner who recognizes the unique needs of every patient and wholeheartedly believes that the Upper Cervical Chiropractic approach can help achieve optimal healing and restore patients’ health.