MY TOP 5 SUPPLEMENTS FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH

  Everyone’s talking about “two scoops of pre-workout” prior to training. Well...if that’s your main focus, you’re missing the real scoop on supplements. Taking pre workout stimulants without a solid base of nutrition is like putting a turbo charging nitro kit on a $300 1979 Honda Civic, with no muffler, bald tires and oil that hasn’t been changed in 15years. (Side note...I do miss that old car)


  Here are, WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE, the top 5 most important supplements we need for optimal health. Without optimal health, we can not achieve optimal performance.


  There ARE other great supplements out there as well, but I believe these to be the top 5, if you had to choose 5 first.

  These supplements are crucial for the health of the immune system, brain, tissues, bones, hormones, organs, and mental well being.




GREENS


  “Greens” is a term that is used for what was once a product brand name, but now a commonly used name for all similar products. It’s kind of how the word “Kleenex” is a brand of tissue, but many people refer to tissues as “Kleenex”.


  “Greens” are a powdered supplement that is a highly concentrated combination of several different plant based ingredients. These plants are often not easy to come by locally, and are in a combination that creates a powerful synergy that can supercharge our health.

 Spirulina is one of the key main ingredients and is important for the maintenance of our pH levels in the body. It helps us become more alkaline.

As we take on stress, both physical and mental, we put our body in a  more acidic state. Oddly enough, this “Stress” also includes the physical stress from exercise.  This may seem confusing, since exercise is good for us. But there is such a thing as too much exercise, which is really too bad for those who are enthusiastic enough about exercise that they want to push themselves beyond their ability to recover.

  Also, many foods we eat are “acid forming”. Eating an abundance of alkaline promoting foods is so important for so many reasons. When we become more acidic (pH number lower than neutral 7) we are more susceptible to disease, sickness, and other health related problems.


  So for overall health, greens are great. For recovery from training they are crucial for creating an environment that can efficiently absorb, and utilize, the other nutrients we ingest.




FISH OILS(OMEGA 3)


  Fish oils are an important fat source for many reasons. They are the Omega 3s in the popular “Omega 3-6-9” supplements. The 6 and 9 are also important for us, but the typical North American diet doesn’t often include as much fish as the body would like. Like many foods we need to import, there is a drop in the quality of that food source.


  Omega 3s are important for our hearts, brain, skin, eyes, metabolism, and recovery from inflammation, potentially aid with depression, asthma, allergies, bones, and mental focus.

  I always advise trying to eat the food items that can provide us with adequate quantities of what we need, but in my own opinion, I think it’s worth supplementing, just to make sure I’m topped up.




VITAMIN D(in addition to multivitamin)


  Vitamin D is key for our ability to absorb calcium. As a result, we are able to strengthen our bones and boost our immune systems. It assists in hormone regulation, making for healthy skin, and assists in body fat management.


  In North America we get too much sun in the summer and not enough in the winter, due to the tilted axis of the earth. That makes it difficult to maintain healthy stabilized Vitamin D levels. The sun is the strongest source of vitamin D producing benefits in the body. But since we can’t keep that consistent, and with risks of skin cancer due to inconsistent fluctuations in quantities of sun exposure, it is important to supplement our vitamin D with capsules or pills or liquid concentrates.


  Vitamin D is not toxic taken in larger amounts either. Consult a professional before consuming more than the recommended dosage on the labels, but you will find out that we can benefit from taking much more than the “RDA”.(recommended daily allowance)



Antioxidants

  Physical stress, mental stress, and environmental stress(toxins/pollutants) make our bodies vulnerable to diseases, like cancer, with the buildup of “free radicals”. Free radicals in our body reek havoc on our organs and tissues. This is what causes cancer. Similar to rust on metal, the oxidation of the material can be permanently damaging if not kept in check.


  In order to prevent that, antioxidants help combat the free radicals and keep our various organs and tissues strong and capable of doing what they need to do.

The kind of damage free radicals cause can spread to other areas...hence the horrible progression of cancers if left unchecked. Keeping these up in the body will increase the odds of long term optimal health.

Foods rich in antioxidants are:

  • red berries

  • blueberries

  • sweet potato

  • dark greens

  • walnuts

  • pomegranate

…and just to be sure to keep those levels up, I think it’s a good idea to supplement with Vitamin C, E, and carotenoids. Most health stores will carry some kind of supplement that will be a combination of those things. It’s defineilty worth the investment.




Probiotics

  Probiotics are bacteria that live in our digestive tract, and are responsible for our gastrointestinal health. They help protect our bodies from toxins, and they keep our digestive system working properly. They improve nutrient absorption, cellular repair, and growth.


  Since so many foods we eat don’t have adequate amounts of probiotics in them, it makes supplementation of them more important. We can’t benefit from any nutrients if we can’t digest them properly.

  Saying we are what we eat should be restated as, “we are what we efficiently digest.” If we can’t digest the foods we eat properly, they don’t benefit us the way they are meant to.



HEALTHY FOUNDATION BEFORE RAZZLE DAZZLE


  There are other great products out there as well, and room for debate on other opinions on “top 5”, but this list is sure to get you on a track to phenomenal health.

  So, before looking at pre workout drinks, or hyped up products promising “the big gains”, these supplements are a must.

  Without these, we can not achieve the benefits from all the hard work in the gym, and conscious efforts we put in to our nutrition.


  Finding food sources that provide us with these 5 things is always the best option, but in North America it isn’t always easy to do.


  Supplements to bridge the gap between our deficient nutrition is one way to ensure that we keep our body’s ecosystem running optimally.


  It’s all about how we feel, digest, sleep, and perform. That starts with a “health first” approach to supplementation. And for those who choose to explore the ever-expanding market of “performance enhancing supplements”, you will get more out of those products WHEN YOU HAVE A SOLID FOUNDATION OF HEALTH.


  


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These supplements are crucial for the health of the immune system, brain, tissues, bones, hormones, organs, and mental well being.



Greens
“Greens” is a term that is used for what was once a product, but now a commonly used name for all similar products. Like “Kleenex” is a brand of tissue, but many people refer to tissues as “Kleenexes”. “Greens” are a powdered supplement that is a highly concentrated combination of several different plant based ingredients. These plants are often not easy to come by locally, and are in a combination that creates a powerful synergy that can supercharge our health.

Spirulina is one of the key main ingredients and is important for the maintenance of our pH levels in the body. As we take on stress, both physical and mental, we put our body in a  more acidic state. Oddly enough, this “Stress” also includes the physical stress from exercise. This may seem odd since exercise is good for us. But there is such a thing as too much exercise. And it is the stress we endure, while exercising, that promotes the improvement of our physical strength. The key is not to overtrain, and to assist the recovery from exercise stress, greens are on the top of my list.
As well, many foods we eat are acid forming. When we become more acidic (pH number lower than neutral 7) we are more susceptible to disease, sickness, and other health related problems. So for overall health, greens are great. For recovery from training they are crucial for creating an environment that can efficiently absorb and utilize the other nutrients we ingest.


Fish oils
Fish oils are an important fat source for many reasons. They are the Omega 3s in the popular “Omega 3-6-9” supplements. The 6 and 9 are also important for us, but in general the North American diet doesn’t consume as much fish as the body would like. Omega 3s are important for our hearts, brain, skin, eyes, metabolism, and recovery from inflammation, potentially aid with depression, asthma, allergies, bones, and mental focus.



Vitamin/mineral combo and extra Vitamin D
Vitamin D is key for our ability to absorb calcium. As a result, we are able to strengthen our bones and boosts our immune systems. It assists in hormone regulation, healthy skin, and body fat management as well. In North America we get too much sun in the summer and not enough in the winter, due to the tilted axis of the earth. That makes it difficult to maintain healthy stabilized Vitamin D levels. The sun is the strongest source of vitamin D producing benefits in the body. But since we can’t keep that consistent, and with risks of skin cancer due to inconsistent fluctuations in quantities of sun exposure, it is important to supplement our vitamin D with capsules or pills or liquid concentrates. Vitamin D is not toxic taken in larger amounts either. Consult a professional before consuming more than the recommended dosage on the labels, but you will find out that we can benefit from taking much more than the “RDA”.




Antioxidants
Physical and mental stress, as well as environmental stresses like toxins, make our bodies vulnerable to diseases and cancer with the build up of “free radicals”. Free radicals in our body reek havoc on our organs and cause the oxidization of our organs and tissues. This is what causes cancer. Similar to rust on metal, the oxidization of the material is life threatening. In order to prevent that, antioxidants help combat the free radicals and keep our bodies various organs and tissues primed up and running their best Being a system of many organs and tissues working together, this is vital to our health. This kind of damaged tissue in one area can spread to other areas...hence the horrible progression of cancers if left unchecked. Keeping these up in the body will provide long term optimal health.

To keep antioxidant levels up, supplementing with Vitamin C, E, and Carotenoids can is a great idea

Some foods rich in antioxidants are:

  • Sweet potato 

  • dsrk greens

  • red berries

  • blueberries

  • dark grapes

  • walnuts

  • pomegranate



Probiotics
Probiotics are bacteria that live in our digestive tract, and are responsible our gastrointestinal health. They help protect our bodies from toxins, and they keep our digestive system working properly. They improve nutrient absorption, cellular repair, and growth. Since so many foods we eat don’t have adequate amounts of probiotics in them, it makes supplementation of them more important. We can’t benefit from any nutrients if we can’t digest them properly.



There are other great products out there as well, and room for debate on other opinions on “top 5”, but this list is sure to get you on a track to phenomenal health.
So, before looking at pre workout drinks, or hyped up products promising “the big gains”, these supplements are a must.
Without these, we can not achieve the benefits from all the hard work in the gym, and conscious efforts we put in to our nutrition.
Finding food sources that provide us with these 5 things is always the best option, but in North America it isn’t always easy to do. Supplementing with them is one way to ensure that we keep our body’s ecosystem running optimally. It’s all about how we feel, digest, sleep, and perform. That starts with a “health first” approach to supplementation.