6 Essential Nutritional Supplements That Should Make Everyone’s Daily Routine
News flash…nutritional supplements are NOT meant to replace your daily diet or whole food consumption. Nope, not even close!
In fact, nutritional supplements are meant to be, and should always be, just that, a supplement to your food intake. They are meant to fill in the nutritional gaps that each one of us has, irrelevant of how well we think we eat.
Supplementing in order to provide nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids or amino acids that may be missing, or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities by diet alone, just makes good sense. Think of them as insurance policies.
These “insurance policies” actually give our bodies the greatest chance to maintain health and fight off damages caused by stress, pollution, viruses and poor food qualities. All of which are realities we face daily.
Since we are asked, almost daily, what the most important daily dietary supplements are, we decided to put this short list together to provide our most common suggestions.
We are not listing these in order of importance by any means, but we would recommend that everyone be sure their daily regiment includes a multi, an omega and a probiotic…at an absolute minimum.
With that said, onward…
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that goes to work every single day within the body. The higher the levels of stress, the greater the need for Vitamin C. Not only can Vitamin C boost immunity, but research also shows it can aid in maintaining blood pressure levels, lowering the risk of heart disease, help prevent gout, as well as, possibly have a proactive impact on healthy aging and memory. This is a water soluble vitamin which means it must be obtained daily from diet or supplementation. We suggest you shoot for a minimum of 500mg per day.
There is no question that Vitamin D has gotten more press lately. Any remote benefit in combating the Coronavirus would simply provide yet another great reason to be sure this is included in your daily supplement plan. While Vitamin D is well-known to enhance the absorption of calcium and aid in the bone building process, it is also linked to possibly preventing some forms of cancer and other autoimmune diseases such as type-I diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Ensuring a minimum of 400IU of Vitamin D daily would be great, but if you are someone who routinely lacks sunlight, you might want to increase that minimum. After all, this is considered the “sunlight” vitamin for good reason.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
While still important, long gone are the days where the multivitamin was the most important daily nutritional supplement one could take. Omegas have taken over the top spot. Research continues to show that omega-3s may reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks while also relieving anxiety and depression and reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Couple these benefits with the reduction of inflammation and improved eye health, one can easily see why omegas are hugely beneficial. Find a quality omega supplement, such as OmegaMode that contains ample amounts of both EPA and DHA and you are on your way to healthier living.
Most people would not know this but magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is absolutely essential to good health. It is involved in over 300 cellular processes, including those responsible for protein synthesis and ATP production. As an electrolyte, magnesium is essential to our muscles and plays a role in our metabolism as well. Since too little magnesium has been linked to a number of major health conditions, we strongly believe this mineral is much-needed in supplement form. 300-400mg per day should be the goal.
One of the easiest ways to ensure that your nutritional gaps are kept to an absolute minimum is to take a daily multivitamin. This might also be the cheapest thing you can do to minimize said gaps as well. In other words, there is no good reason not to include this “foundational” supplement in your health and wellness plan…for life. A well-formulated multivitamin will provide a strong mix of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. And while you could certainly take any of a number of daily multis available on the market, at 3D Labs Nutrition we have chosen to create specific multivitamins for men and women, to more directly deal with the differences the genders face. MultiMode for Men is designed to meet the needs of the male species, while MultiMode for Women is, you guessed it, for the ladies.
Yes, you need the bacteria! More than you likely know in fact. These microorganisms play big roles in proper weight loss/management, digestive health, immune function and more. There is little to no question, a healthy gut sets the stage for the way you look, feel, and perform. And as good as probiotics are for a healthy gut, there is also research that suggests that they aid with allergies, heart health, overall immunity and even cognition. Irrelevant of your childhood memories of “bacteria”, probiotics are a must and we feel strongly that FloraMode will meet your daily needs.
Supplements Will Fill the Gaps
As you can see, there really are more than enough reasons to make these 6 nutrients a priority. This is not meant to discount any other nutritional supplement but instead, merely give you some insight into the 3D Labs Nutrition mindset, as well as, a place to start your journey towards better health and wellness.
The fast is, the latest greatest fat-burner will produce negligible results if the basics are not met and your most important nutritional gaps are not filled. In other words, first things first folks!
Now, prepare for your healthier future and make your nutritional foundation a priority.
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Now, onward! You only have one life to live, one body to live it in...so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of "movement" daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water.
And, don’t forget, always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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