We live in a knee-jerk society, where we often react to things that happen. But I believe in taking action, and avoiding the situations that cause the knee-jerk reactions. With all that’s been happening, hopefully many of us have learned that our health is the number one thing that matters in our lives. Without our heath, we have nothing, not a job to go to, not a family waiting for us. This pandemic has shown us what it really means to be alone, and I want to help people take action in the form of prevention, instead of waiting for a reaction.
Why we take vitamins!
Simply put, we take vitamins because the food we eat and the soil its grown in no longer contain what we need. Over the years the practice of modern farming has contributed in the depletion of the nutrients we need. In addition as soon as a fruit or vegetable is separated from its source it immediately starts to degrade in terms of nutrition. Since most of us do not live on a farm with access to fresh cut fruits and vegetables, our best chance is buying all flash frozen products or taking vitamins to fuel our body and it’s needs.
Not all vitamins are created equal
When it comes to our daily vitamin recommendation, the way in which we get these vitamins into our system, matters! There is much more on this topic here. However to make it easy the absolute best way to take any vitamin is in a liquid form, so essentially a powder dissolved in liquid. The thing to be careful of here is that some vitamins include sugars to make them taste good. “High fructose corn syrup contributes to deficiencies in chromium, magnesium, zinc, and copper, while sugar blocks the absorption of vitamin C, calcium and magnesium.” I take almost all my vitamins in liquid form (powder), chewable, or dropper (washed down with water, because not the best tasting). But I’m also careful to take note of the ingredients in order to make sure that they don’t include ingredients such as sugar, corn syrup, binders, fillers, excipients, artificial colors and preservatives. There is definitely a fair amount of homework involved when deciding what I choose to put in my body.
Lately I’ve found myself taking a lot of pictures of my vitamins and sending them to friends and family. So I’m going to list the type of vitamin here along with its benefits, but you will have to do some of your own homework.
Glutathione (Clinical) – I personally take a slow melt tablet. Glutathione has many known benefits. Some of them are: making DNA, supporting immune function, forming sperm cells, breaking down free radicals, helping certain enzyme functions, regenerating vitamins C & E, transporting mercury out of the brain, helping the liver and gallbladder deal with fats, assisting regular cell death.
Vitamin B-Complex (preferably with co-enzyme Q10) – B-complex helps prevent infections and it helps to support and promote cell health, growth of red blood cells, energy levels, good eyesight, healthy brain function, good digestion, healthy appetite, and proper nerve function. Co-enzyme Q10 improves heart health and blood sugar regulation, assists in the prevention and treatment of cancer, and reduces the frequency of migraines. In addition it also reduces the oxidative damage that leads to muscle fatigue, skin damage and brain and lung disease.
Vitamin D3 – Especially with the lack of sunlight in our lives we need vitamin D. Some benefits are promoting healthy bones and teeth, supporting immune, brain, and nervous system health, regulating insulin levels and supporting diabetes management, supporting lung function and cardiovascular health, and influencing the expression of genes involved in cancer developement
Elderberry with Zinc and Echinacea – Elderberry carries many benefits and is often recommended to prevent and lessen the symptoms of the cold and flu. They are high in antioxidants which may boost the immune system. They help tame inflammation, lessen stress and protect your heart. Echinacea is known to help in fighting the flu, controlling blood sugar, aiding in healthy cell growth, manages anxiety, lowers blood pressure, reduces inflammation, and may help reduce risk of breast cancer.
Zinc – I take this as a plant derived version in a dropper. There are countless benefits to zinc, such as regulating immune function, treating diarrhea, learning and memory support, treating common cold, wound healing, decreased risk of age related chronic illness, preventing age-related macular degeneration, increased sperm count, acne, ADHD and osteoporosis.
Iodine – Iodine also in a dropper form. Iodine offers many benefits when it comes to the thyroid, which is well-known, but iodine also helps to regulate the immune system as it fights infections. It can help by removing both chemical toxins and biological toxins which pose danger to the immune system, and additionally it helps to suppress autoimmunity which keeps immunity in check.
Vitamin C – So easy to mix this in a smoothie or drink alone (powder and water). Vitamin C may reduce your risk of chronic disease, helps to manage high blood pressure, lowers your risk of heart disease, can help prevent gout attacks, helps to prevent iron deficiency, boosts immunity and helps to prevent your memory and thinking as you age.
Fish Oil – Especially for me since I don’t eat fish for the most part, the benefits are preventing and managing heart disease, in addition to lowering blood pressure.
Additional Herbs and Spices
In addition, I add a bunch of fun stuff to my smoothies, which I’ll list here as well.
Maca Powder – Known to improve stamina and energy, improve learning and memory, may improve mood, reduce symptoms of menopause, increase fertility in men and it is highly nutritious containing many vitamins.
Sumac Spice – One of most anti-inflammatory spices you can get your hands on. It’s packedwith antioxidants and has the ability to neutralize free radicals that can cause cancer, heart disease, and signs of aging.
Camu Camu Powder – Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants
Phresh Greens – packed with a density of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients, which are often lacking from processed foods.
Cacao Powder – Contains fiber, potassium, protein and magnesium, along with antioxidants and compounds known to elevate mood and reduce anxiety.
Black Seed – Very helpful in treating digestive tract conditions, respiratory conditions, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, treating cancer and boosting immune system.
Collagen Powder – Helps to improve skin, relieves joint pain, could prevent bone loss and boost muscle mass, promotes heart health, brain health, gut health, hair, nails and weight loss.
He Shou Wu – Promotes general good health, used to treat diabetes, hair loss, heart disease, constipation and cancer.
Adaptogenic Tonic – Adaptogens may help restore communication between the brain and adrenal glands, which are responsible for producing and regulating a variety of other hormones. Mushrooms are magic!
I hope my daily vitamin recommendation has been helpful. I know it’s quite a lot to take in, so start small. Grab one or two and after a few weeks add another. Soon you will be able to recall them all just like I do, from memory. If you have any questions, comments, or even suggestions of other recommendations I’d love to hear about them!
Thanks for reading!