Supplements 101: 4 essentials you should consider taking daily
Erin Stokes, Naturopathic Doctor, MegaFood Medical Director | June 2019
When it comes to healthy living, many can agree that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Eating clean, exercising often and practicing self-care are just a few essential tactics necessary to achieve optimal wellness. But when it comes to food, the nourishment we get from our daily diet is simply not enough to cover all of our nutritional needs. Luckily, vitamins and supplements offer a simple and effective way to fill the inevitable gaps in our journey toward optimal health and wellness.
Rather than feeling overwhelmed by which supplements you should or should not take each day, we've asked Erin Stokes, N.D., our Medical Director here at MegaFood, to give us the scoop on four essential supplements that may be of benefit to one's pursuit of health:
Recent studies show that after decades of intensive farming, our soil is depleted; in fact, fertile soil is being lost at an alarming pace. Furthermore, there is evidence that demonstrates a decline in the amounts of certain nutrients found in fruits and vegetables over the last 50 to 100 years. This is why a comprehensive daily multivitamin packed with a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals is vital for filling nutritional gaps. Look for gender- and age-specific formulations to help meet your individual needs. And consider a multivitamin crafted with real whole foods, which are gentler on the body even when taken on an empty stomach. If you are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding, try one of our prenatal and postnatal multivitamins.
Be pro, probiotics
Believe it or not, gut health is tied to a stronger immune system, balanced mood and preventing long-term disease.* We like to say gut health = good health! Probiotics are a key foundational supplement to support a healthy functioning digestive system, leaving you feeling happy and healthy.* Whether you’re looking for a broad-spectrum probiotic to keep your digestive tract in balance, or have a specific health concern and are looking for targeted support, go with your gut and implement a restorative supplement into your diet to help maintain a healthy microbiome. And just like with our multis, we also offer MegaFlora® for Baby & Me to support your prenatal and postnatal needs.
An ancient spice celebrated in both food and medicine, turmeric has experienced a recent resurgence by way of trendy lattes, seasonings and even face masks. Curcumin, the main researched active ingredient in turmeric, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and has been a key player in health and wellness for thousands of years. Turmeric is available in tablet form, but if you find yourself suffering from "pill fatigue," you can still maximize the replenishing and rejuvenating properties of this superfood with MegaFood® Daily Turmeric Nutrient Booster Powder™ to help maintain a healthy whole-body inflammation response.* It'll leave you glowing gold from the inside out.
Between work, school and binge-watching the latest TV series, people spend 90 percent of their time indoors. By spending less time outdoors, chances are you may be one of the millions of Americans that aren't getting enough vitamin D, which is essential for a strong immune system and healthy bones.* Adding a vitamin D supplement to your routine can help you reap the benefits of the essential nutrient without damaging your skin. Talk about a win-win.
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