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The 3 Supplements I Can’t Live Without

20170624_133620 I’m a firm believer in getting every nutrient you can from food first. The reality is due to allergies, intolerances, food preferences, and sometimes just time, we can’t get everything we need! Here are the 3 supplements I choose to include in my daily life:

Vitamin D. This is the one non-negotiable. Every single person in Canada could (likely) benefit from a Vitamin D supplement. Once known mainly for its effect on our bone health, research now links adequate Vitamin D levels to much more, including heart disease and diabetes prevention. Our main source of Vitamin D is the sun, and in most cases we just don’t see enough through the year. Foods that commonly provide Vitamin D include milk, fortified juices and even a little in mushrooms! Any Vitamin D supplement works well. Aim for 1000 IU a day and choose pills or drops.

Probiotics. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard a ton about probiotics. Drinks with probiotics, bars with probiotics, fermented foods with a probiotic effect. This is because of the overarching theme of gut health. With almost 80% of our immune system being triggered in the gut, the focus of keeping this area healthy is so important to combat illnesses. As a healthy individual, it’s not a bad idea to include a probiotic supplement in your daily routine. For me personally, this has made a huge difference in how I feel. To find which probiotic works best for you, talk to your dietitian or pharmacist.

Omega 3. I’ve recently added these into my repertoire of supplements. Reason being, I just don’t cook/eat enough fish. I love sushi (Salmon sashimi, anyone?) but just don’t feel like I get enough. Although I do try to include more flax seed into my diet, I’ve made a personal choice to include Omega 3 supplements into my routine. Why are Omega 3’s great? Research supports their role in the prevention of heart disease, stroke, some cancers, skin conditions and arthritis.

Food For Thought: Like anything, you know yourself and your body best. Before deciding to take a supplement seek advice from your dietitian, pharmacist or doctor.

In Good Health,

Raman

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