Natural News Blog.15-“Wellnessman” Endorses These “Big 5” Vitamins/Supplements
No matter how healthy your diet is, “Wellnessman” believes that there are still some vitamins and supplements that are essential to your overall health and wellness. Let’s look at his “Big Cinco”(Big Five):
1.Probiotics- “Probiotics” is a general term referring to the “healthy bacteria” that line your gut. They make up the majority of your immune system. They help to break food down properly so it can be absorbed through your intestinal walls. When taking an antibiotic, your healthy bacteria get killed off too, resulting in the common side effect of diarrhea. One way to reduce that chance (if you must take an antibiotic), is to start supplementing daily with a good probiotic. The main things to look for are that it must be “enteric-coated” to allow it to pass through the stomach and get to the small and large intestines, where they reside. You want to have a few strains of both “bifido” and “lacto” bacteria and you want at least 20 to 50 billion cfu’s daily. They are usually refrigerated but there are now non-refrigerated ones also available. Don’t think that one yogurt that has “lactobacillus” in it per day is enough.
- “Parent Essential Oils”- “Wellnessman” favors “Parent Essential Oils” over “Fish Oils” for a few reasons. Firstly, being that it is an essential oil, your body cannot manufacture it. Therefore it must be taken from an outside source. There is a potential for toxins when taking fish oil due to the heavy Mercury contamination of fish. There is also the rancidity factor of fish that indicates oxidation is going on (evident in the foul smell when fish is left out at room temperature). You want to have an antioxidant effect instead to allow your body to get rid of “free radicals”. Parent Essential Oils come from plants and seeds and are less likely to be contaminated with toxins. Your body will take the parent oil and convert what it needs into the fish oils (like “EPA” and “DHA”). “Wellnessman” recommends Flaxseed Oil capsules or “Clary Sage Seed Oil”, which has a higher conversion rate to EPA and DHA. Be aware that there are drug interactions with this product and people taking “blood-thinners” should use it only under a doctor’s supervision.
- “Vitamin D3”- Getting about 20 to 30 minutes of sun can activate your body’s vitamin D skin receptors to make vitamin D3 in the liver. However, the majority of the world has a vitamin D deficiency. Considering that vitamin D3 plays a role in so many bodily functions (including helping to counteract diabetes and osteoporosis), “Wellnessman” thinks it is a good idea to take this as a supplement also. A starting dose of 4000 to 5000 IU’s per day is appropriate. This is much higher than the “recommended daily allowance” so you need to get periodic blood tests to make sure it stays within a safe range.
- “CoQ10”- This supplement is the gasoline that powers the engine in every cell in your body. Its receptors are particularly abundant in your heart, brain and nerve tissue. CoQ10 levels in your body decrease as you get older therefore it is wise to take it as a daily supplement. It is especially important to take it if you are on a “statin” drug that lowers cholesterol. The problem is that “statins” also lower CoQ10, which can lead to heart weakness, muscle pain and neuropathy. Make sure you take the bioavailable “ubiquinol” form of CoQ10 for better absorption. CoQ10 also has drug interactions with blood thinning medications, so use this only under a doctor’s supervision.
- “Wheatgrass Juice”/Natural multivitamin- “Wellnessman” has recently added wheatgrass juice to his “Big 5” because he considers it a superfood. It contains many vitamins and minerals and it can take the place of a multivitamin. As an added bonus, it also detoxes the liver and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells. The trick is to have your juice fresh, although it is labor intensive. You can also freeze it to preserve its nutritional punch. Be aware that in powder form, the potency is much less. You can always go to a local juice bar and let them make a “shot” for you. If you opt for a multivitamin, make sure it is natural from a food source and not synthetic! (look at the label to determine that).
In conclusion, “Wellnessman” thinks that it is very important to add the above “Big 5” vitamins and supplements to your nutritional regimen to optimize your health, even if your diet is healthy. “Wellnessman” invites you to climb aboard the “Wellness Wagon” by taking his “Big 5”.
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1 “Benefits of Wheatgrass.” Hippocrates Health Institute Blog. Hippocrates Health Institute, n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.
2.”Featuring Parent Essential Oils.” Parent Essential Oils. HealthyLiving.Org, 2008. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.
3.”What Are the Results of Deficiency in CoQ10?” What Is CoQ10? What Are the Benefits of CoQ10 Vitamin Supplements? Preventative Health Guide, n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.