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Supplement Essentials

In an ideal world, we all get the proper nutrients that the body needs and we just don’t have any concerns or issues with food and digestion.

Unfortunately, we are running into a problem with food quality, and we’ve got to take steps to try and increase our ability to eat the right foods and make sure that we have the right nutrients in our body.

I personally take a lot of supplementation.  I think that it’s a good investment, and with the goal of being as strong and healthy as I can be, for as long as possible, it fits into my values around health.

Today I’m going to give you the top 2 considerations for supplementation that are very basic, but can be very helpful if you are looking to increase your effort in making sure that you have a couple of the basics taken care of.

1- Omega 3 Fatty Acids

These are important.  The ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids in your body will have a major consequence on your global body inflammation.  Typically, we will be way out of ratio with far too many Omega 6’s and far too few Omega 3’s.

Omega 3’s are hard to come by naturally in your diet (unless you are SUPER conscious of it), and on the other hand, the typical diet consists of PLENTY of Omega 6’s, putting the natural ratio way out of balance.

I would always consider limiting the consumption of Omega 6’s (for most people this would be the elimination of processed foods and primarily breads, grains and starchy foods), but adding in Omega 3’s is a very good idea.

I use the Univera brand of Omega 3’s but consulting at your local Vitamin Store is a perfect way to find the right one that is of high quality and fits your budget.

2- Vitamin D3

Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D3 and they say that if you expose a decent amount of skin to the sun’s rays on a daily basis, you will have plenty of Vitamin D3 in your body.

In Victoria, with the clouds and being so far north of the equator we don’t have the availability of intense sunlight year round.  At a minimum, during the cloudy months and when the sun is low on the horizon, use Vitamin D3 supplementation.  The only months in Victoria that you can be certain there is enough Sun is June – Aug (maybe September).

A good rule of thumb for assessing the sun’s intensity?  If at high noon, the sun’s rays cast a shadow of your body that is longer than your height, there’s not enough sunshine for your needs.  Also, if you work inside and find yourself outside infrequently during the hours of 10am and 2pm even during the summer months, this needs to be a consideration.

Vitamin D3 is inexpensive and something that you can take daily.  I use Natural Factors, which can be purchased for as little as $8 at the Vitamin Shop.  Worth every penny.

Helpful?  Questions?

drkittleson@uclife.ca

 

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