We see one of two things with new clients and vitamins. Either people have a long list of supplements and they don’t have any idea why they’re taking some of them. They just keep adding and adding, based on articles or doctors or recommendations. Or people have no vitamin game whatsoever, they forget to take them or they don’t feel they’re really important. We believe in getting what you can from food, but it’s a myth that you can get all the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet.
We’re not big fans of multivitamins unless you’re pregnant. This is because it’s hard to physically fit all the really good stuff in one pill and there’s not usually enough of all the vitamins that you need. If you are looking for an all in one, there are a couple of products that stand out as better than the rest.
For specific problems, we recommend a tailored vitamin regimen, but there are just certain things that most people can benefit from and most people need, and these are Vitamin D, magnesium, a probiotic, and an omega 3.
You have to be taking Vitamin D if you’re a client of ours, especially in latitudes like New York in the winter months when we’re not getting a lot of sunlight. You really can’t get enough Vitamin D from food unless you’re a sardine addict and we see a lot of people with low levels of Vitamin D.
Gut health is so important to your overall health. I think most people associate probiotics with their immune system or with their digestion, which is completely legit, but most of your serotonin is produced in your gut so probiotics are also integral for your mood.
Our favorite mineral is magnesium. About 75% of Americans are low in magnesium and when your magnesium is low, your metabolism takes a hit. Being low in magnesium also affects our insulin levels, sleep quality and is associated with migraines, PMS and osteoporosis.
Even if we you’re a good fish eater, an omega 3 supplement will give you a little bit of a boost in terms of brain health, heart health, fat loss, mood and recovering from and preventing injuries and inflammation.
To learn about the supplement brands we take and recommend plus our exact vitamin regimes, listen to the podcast.
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