Cheers to Staying Healthy in 2014

I read about this amazing wellness doctor-Dr. Frank Lipman, who treats Donna Karan & Gwyneth Paltrow. His article is interesting and it was rewarding to read that his suggestions are the same as what we have been telling our customers for years.

Dr. Frank Lipman is an internationally recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine. Focused on sustainable wellness – instead of quick fixes – he offers patients a customized blend of Western medicine with acupuncture, nutritional counseling, vitamins and herbs, relaxation techniques, physical therapy and bodywork.

With so much out there, what vitamins to take and when to take them, we have broken down the five most important supplements each of us should be taking to stay healthy.
Live well, eat clean and take your supplements.

1. PROBIOTICS 
Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that live in your gut and play a huge role in your general wellness. When you’re healthy, your intestinal tract houses over 100 trillion “good” bacteria, which aide in digestion, boosting your immune system and consuming bad bacteria. They create key nutrients & restrict the growth of yeast & unhealthy bacteria. They also limit bouts of lactose intolerance, diarrhea and bad digestion. But, as strong as your natural probiotics might be, bad diet, stress, pollution and over use of antibiotics can wipe out the good bacteria. A daily dose of probiotics is a great way to improve digestion as well as boost your immune system.

2. FISH OILS 
Fish oil supplements are rich in the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are fundamental to being healthy. EFAs (essential fatty acids) are very useful in helping all inflammatory conditions like Crohn’s Disease and Colitis, IBS, Leaky Gut, Diverticulitis and arthritis, strengthening the immune system and decreasing allergy responses.

They boost your immune system; support your cardiovascular, joint and vision health; strengthen skin, hair, and nails; and enhance nutrient absorption, metabolic function as well as attention, mood and memory skills. Everyone should be taking fish oil supplements!

3. MULTIVITAMIN 
Health-supporting nutrients, like those found in multivitamins, help us fight against the daily damage our bodies get from living in a polluted & stressful environment.

Garden of Life Family Multivitamin provide select nutrients to support the immune system with added vitamins C, A, selenium and zinc as well as mental and physical energy with vitamin B complex, chromium and iron.

4. VITAMIN D3 
Vitamin D enriches muscle strength, builds bone, has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, and strengthens the immune system. It’s almost impossible to get the right amount of vitamin D from food, so you have to get it from supplements or sun exposure. There are 2 products that I have taken and recommend.  Nordic Naturals ProOmega & D3 and Garden of Life Raw Vitamin D3.

5. MAGNESIUM 
Magnesium helps control hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. It helps to regulate blood pressure, strengthen bones & muscles, keep the immune system strong, and support cardiac & brain function.

Research has indicated that as many as 80% of us are magnesium deficient, so supplementing it is an excellent way to support good health. Even if you maintain a good, clean diet, stress, alcohol use, and certain drugs can lead to magnesium depletion despite your best efforts, which is why magnesium supplementation (300-600mg magnesium glycinate at bedtime) is recommended.

So now you have the scoop on what supplements you should be taking stay healthy this year. 
Cheers to staying healthy in 2014!!! You can do it!

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