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There are a minimum number of supplements you can take daily that will help your body to function well. The following eight supplements are important. However, I do believe in the body’s capacity to heal and that each individual is different.  Check out the list below and speak to a health practitioner about your needs and what would work best for you.

  • Quality multivitamin/mineral supplement without copper
    • Our food is losing its quality in regards to vitamin/mineral content. Food quality is linked to the quality of our soil that it is grown in. Our soil is depleted in important minerals, as compared to decades ago, and our crops are being exposed to large amounts of chemicals. These chemicals bind to minerals and make them unavailable for human nutritional requirements. This is called nutritional inflation. A quality multivitamin/mineral is now important and possibly necessary for the majority of people to obtain proper nutrition. Please note that the supplement should not contain copper, as supplemental copper has been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • EPA+DHA omega-3’s from fish oil
    • The theory of everything states that the majority of chronic degenerative diseases are linked to inflammation. The most critical driver of inflammation is the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fats in the body. Most people consume too many inflammatory omega 6’s, and far too few anti-inflammatory omega 3’s. It is suggested to take 3000mg/day of omega 3 fatty acids. I would also suggest getting testing to see where your body’s ratio of inflammation is at.
  • Vitamin D3
    • Vitamin D is crucial for many processes in the body, not just building healthy bones or for brain physiology. Most people are low in vitamin D levels. Depending on where you live, especially in more Northern climates, it is critical to supplement with vitamin D as there is less sunlight available.  It is suggested to take 5000 IU/day of vitamin D. However, depending on your body’s physiology and where you live, it may be a little more or a little less than the average 5000IUD.
  • Magnesium
    • Magnesium! One of my favorite minerals to talk about. It is a cofactor for the activity of 700-800 human enzymes. Magnesium is the most important mineral for accessing human energy. It is also important for protecting the heart, blood vessels and brain. Research in Canada has shown that as much as 50% of Canadians are low in magnesium.  It is suggested to take 300-500mg/day.  
    • One way to find if you need magnesium is to do the magnesium loading test. A dose of magnesium is given to you and then the amount of magnesium in your urine is collected over 24hours.
  • Vitamin K2-4 and K2-7
    • Without vitamin K2-4 and K2-7, calcium is deposited into arteries, joints and kidneys. So, most people who take vitamin D, should also take vitamin K. People with blood clotting disorders or those on statin medication, please talk to your physician before starting vitamin K.
  • CoQ-10
    • CoQ10 is required for mitochondrial energy production in the body. Mitochondria is the biological epicenter of aging and it is often said, ‘one is only as young as their mitochondria’. CoQ10 drops off with age and it is suggested that those over 40-50 years old supplement with CoQ10.
  • Iodine
    • The most sensitive and possibly susceptible human tissue to toxins is the thyroid gland. Iodine is required for thyroid health. Iodine levels are pressured by halogenated industrial chemicals, such as fluorine, chlorine, and bromine. Unfortunately, these chemicals are all over the place. I would suggest getting iodine levels tested and see if you require supplementing with iodine.  
  • Probiotics/Prebiotics
    • Your microbiome is incredible! It cannot be overstated how important it is for your health. It is a symbiosis in the human body and must be in balance. The microbiome is under assault for many reasons: stress, medication, chemicals in the environment…etc. It is important to supplement with probiotics, however, consumption of probiotics with prebiotics in not necessary.