Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Five Supplements I always keep in my Health Cabinet

Confession: There was a time when I was uninsured (gasp!).
In my twenties, I didn't feel like it was a big priority so I fore-went the insurance. I was fortunate enough to work at Clovers Natural Market, a health food store that promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages all of their employees to learn about supplements and complimentary medicine. The people working at Clovers don't just work there, they practice what they recommend to their clients. Since then I've become insured, but I'm still surprised at how easy it is to get prescription medicine for (virtually) free! It costs money to take care of yourself. But if you can, isn't it worth it to strengthen your body before you end up at the doctor's office? Over the years I've tried many things, but these five are always in my health cabinet.  

Vitamin C
Omega-3 (everyday)
Multi w/ Folic Acid (everyday)

Zinc: A great immune booster. I take it when I start to feel sick, or if I'm entering a situation where I know there are sick people around.

Vitamin C: Another immune booster. I'm always giving it to my son to help him stave off illnesses at his daycare. Taken daily, it's a good way to manage seasonal allergies.

Probiotic: I feel good about drinking a komboucha once or twice a week to help balance the flora in my gut. I kick it up with a daily probiotic if I have to take an antibiotic. Antibiotics kill all the bad stuff lurking around, but they also kill all the good stuff meant to defend your body against infection and viruses.  

Omega-3:  I take Omega-3 every day to control inflammation in my joints, it can also help with allergies. In addition to controlling inflammation, it's also good for cardiovascular function. Cardiovascular disease runs in my family and I figured its not a bad idea. 

Multi-Vitamin w/ Folic Acid:  Folic acid is a member of the B vitamin family. It helps to manage stress, maintain efficient brain function, and help to prevent certain types of cancer. Some medications actually lower the amount of folic acid in the body; so when I'm looking for a multi, it only makes sense to find one that contains folic acid. To find out more about Folic Acid, check out this link: Food Nutrition/Folic Acid

So, that's why I keep these supplements in my health cabinet.
Find what resonates with you, and take care!