Supplementation, it’s a touchy subject. Many people believe strongly in supplementing their diet with a host of vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies, oils and so on. I’ve seen people with entire cabinets full of supplements that they’re actually taking. Their supplement routine requires a lengthy ordeal several times a day as they mix, blend, swallow, and otherwise ingest their nutrients.
Personally, I feel like if you/I/we eat a nutritious diet, that supplements really aren’t necessary. They are expensive, very few of them have any peer reviewed studies that indicate taking the supplement improves your health beyond what eating healthier might accomplish.
That being said….
I do take two, okay three, supplements. Let me explain:
Vitamin D – My Vitamin D levels are low. I Get out and into the sunshine as often as possible but it’s not enough. And Vitamin D is critically important to your immune system and so much more. Vitamin D:
- It’s good for your bones as you age. Regulates the levels of calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream, and it promotes the mineralization and growth of bones, working together with calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin K2.
- There’s a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and most cancers, including breast, colorectal, and several more.
- It reduces systemic, chronic inflammation.
Bottom line, D is a big deal and I don’t get enough, even in sunny Colorado, so I supplement. I use Primal Sun. You can find Vitamin D supplements at your local health food store as well.
Omega 3 Fish Oil – We get a lot of Omega 6 fats in the things that we eat. And that’s not a bad thing. The problem is that there’s an ideal balance we should be near. To tip the scales back in balance, most people take Omega 3 or fish oil. It reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation is the root cause of chronic diseases. Omega 3 is great for better brain health, workout recovery, stress management, and your immune system. If you don’t eat cold water fatty fish, like salmon or mackerel, on a regular basis, then consider supplementing with fish oil/Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
I have taken and recommend:
MultiVitamin, of Sorts. Finally, I do take Primal Damage Control to help with recovery from stress from CrossFit workouts and to help keep my immune system strong. I think of it as “insurance.” I eat well but the last thing I want to do is get sick (I’m a nurse and around sick patients all the time) or have to miss a workout or two because I’m unable to recover in a timely manner.
Supplementation is a personal decision that you have to make. If you do want to supplement, look to the areas where you may have a weakness or missing nutrients that impact your health history and genetics. Most people are low on omega 3 and Vitamin D so those are a good place to start. In addition, you may want to look at a multivitamin to make sure you’re covering your bases.
When shopping for supplements, quality matters. Do pay attention to quality standards, reviews, and buy from companies that you trust. That’s why I buy from Primal Blueprint. I trust their ingredients and their process. I have faith in their integrity.
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