Feeling better and being healthy is something we all want and work on. There are natural ways to help everyone.
One of the priorities to address nutritional deficiencies. Everyone is deficient in something. Most people are low on basic minerals and vitamins as it is impossible to get all the nutrients you need from food - even if you are eating a balanced diet - which most of us aren’t.
I find that most people need supplemental B vitamins for calm energy and for stress reduction. There are different ratios for different needs. I like one called Bio 3BG for those whose mind races, who tend to be anxious and who wake up at night and can’t go back to sleep.
One of the most common deficiencies I see in people over 40 is B12 - this supplement has to be dissolved in your mouth as those over 40 cannot absorb it from food or from oral supplements. B12 is remarkable in all that it does - it is for energy, memory, and for tingling and numbness in hands and feet and more. B12 is also a nerve tonic (as are all of the B vitamins) - so it is an important supplement for anything neurological. Note that stiffness in neck and shoulders can be a sign of B12 deficiency.
Omega 3 oils are also notoriously absent in the typical American diet. For more on this, go to last week’s article.
Minerals are another category that most people have some level of deficiency in. I like really good multi-vitamins that contain necessary trace minerals in good quantities. There are multi-vitamins for almost everyone - men, women, children, people with high blood sugar, people with low blood sugar, people with stress, people with no energy, etc.
Note that all multi-vitamins are not created equal. Quality is a huge issue when it comes to any supplement. My best test for whether a multi-vitamin is worth taking or not is to look at the label. Several things warrant trashing the product - these include having calcium carbonate as the first ingredient, having the vitamin E as the “dl” form, and having dyes and other chemicals that are unnecessary.
In the mineral category remember not just the trace minerals, but the macro minerals as well - such as calcium and magnesium. I find that I recommend magnesium more than calcium as it is harder to get from an average diet and many are deficient in it. Magnesium is very helpful for many processes in the body - it is best known for reducing stress and for hydrating the colon - thereby, helping with regularity. It helps with sleep, stress, migraine headaches, constipation, hormone imbalances, and blood sugar.
Other supplements to help keep you healthy depend on your priorities. The most popular supplements are for healthy joints, vision, memory, energy, cholesterol, blood sugar, sleep, and weight loss.
The better supplements in these categories supply nutrients that help your body function better. Again, for the supplements to work, they need to contain ingredients that strengthen and nourish the body so it can function better.
To get healthy, or just healthier, think about underlying causes - not just symptoms and see what you can do to help your body get back in balance.
Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas. www.naturalcowgirl.wordpress.com