We continue today with our Top 10 Health Tips for Everyone. Today's tip, #9: Take a multivitamin, omega 3 fish oil pills*, and a probiotic daily.
The vitamin and mineral content of US produce has dramatically decreased in the last 5 decades. The sad truth is that it is very hard to get all of the vitamins your body needs to function properly from your diet. Therefore, supplementing with a daily multivitamin can go a long way to ensuring that your body is getting the nutrients it needs to grow and maintain a state of health. Be sure to purchase a high-quality multivitamin from a reputable company – it is worth the extra dough.
Omega 3 fish oil pills are another necessity, again due to lack of a balanced diet (even if you try to eat super healthfully!) Our bodies need both omega-3’s and omega-6’s in order to function properly, and our bodies don’t produce either one. It is easy to intake omega-6’s from the food we eat, but Americans don’t eat enough fish to intake the amount of omega-3’s needed to balance the omega-6’s. High quality omega-3 fish oil pills (I like Nordic Naturals) provide your body with this essential fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to lower triglyceride levels, promote cardiovascular health and decrease risk of heart disease, improve mood and prevent depression, decrease inflammation and increase the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications, promote healthy neurological development in utero, protect the brain and prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s.
*If you are taking bloodthinners, you should consult your doctor before adding omega 3 pills to your daily routine, as they also have been shown to thin the blood.
I pretty much recommend probiotics across the board to all patients. Because most of us have been on courses of antibiotics many times in our lives, because we don’t all eat a perfect diet all the time, and because we have been exposed to many pesticides and poisons just by virtue of living in a modern world, many of the good, healthy bacteria that are supposed to live in our gut have diminished in number and strength. The good bacteria do a lot to promote health in our body – they help to clear toxins from the body’s tissues, they take up space on the surface of our organs so that bad bacteria can’t grow there, they assist our immune system in fighting off pathogens that can make us sick, and they help the body maintain the correct environment for all our internal processes to work the way they should. Anyone experiencing any digestive issues
(which is, sadly, probably 80% of our patients), any problems with inflammation, any problems with energy, or any problems with sleep or mood should take a probiotic if they aren’t already. My favorite is Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra.
Yet another super easy thing that you can do to improve your overall health!