We often talk with our patients and guests about the importance of a healthy diet. Food is fuel and medicine for our bodies.
Most of us can admit we fall short on our nutritional goals. But wellness is about more than just eating a healthy diet. It really is about optimizing your life and feeling your best 365 days a year.
As you begin the new year, we encourage you to begin a regimen of nutritional supplements that will fuel your body with vitamins and nutrients that your diet probably lacks.
There are countless supplement companies and products on the market today. The shelves of every supermarket and drug store are lined with nutritional supplements from various companies.
It can be challenging to navigate what nutritional supplements you should be taking and more importantly, understanding WHY.
As a functional medicine practice, and after assessing thousands of patients over the years, we’ve identified the Foundational Five nutritional supplements that you need to start with. These five have proven to have the biggest impact on our patients’ health.
MitoCORE supplies key mitochondrial micronutrients and a smart combination of alpha lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine, and acetyl L-carnitine to boost cellular energy production.
MitoCORE provides an optimized backbone of vitamins and minerals necessary for increasing energy output and meeting daily nutritional needs.
Directions: Take 4 capsules per day with food.
OrthoMega provides 820 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) per soft gel as natural triglycerides, the preferred form with superior absorption. Vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols) and rosemary extract are used to ensure maximum purity and freshness.
Omega-3 fatty acids are required for a number of body functions, from proper blood flow to brain development. These long-chain fatty acids are integral components of tissues and organ systems throughout the body, including the heart, skin, joints, eyes and immune system.
Directions: Take 2 gel capsules per day with food.
Vitamin K2 w/ D3
Supplementing vitamin D3 and K2 can help promote bone health and maintain healthy cardiometabolic function.
While vitamin D has long been known to assist calcium absorption, it is vitamin K, through its carboxylation of osteocalcin, which guides this calcium to bones and prevents their absorption into organs, joint spaces and arteries.
Directions: Take 1 capsule per day.
Ortho Biotic includes a carefully assembled cast of probiotic organisms to support microflora balance and maintain a healthy environment for vitamin uptake and optimal immune function.
Probiotics provide broad GI and immune benefits, including:
- Increasing the population of healthy bacteria following microflora imbalance.
- Supporting healthy bowel function.
- Increasing the production of short-chain fatty acids, which provide energy to the cells of the intestinal lining.
- Strengthening the gut-immune barrier by promoting a healthy gut mucosa.
- Aiding in the digestion of difficult to breakdown compounds like lactose and casein.
- Enhancing detoxification of harmful compounds.
Directions: Take 1 capsule per day.
Reacted Magnesium provides three unique forms of highly-absorbed magnesium to ensure maximum absorption of this important macromineral. Most magnesium supplements use only a single-source of magnesium, which can easily overwhelm a single pathway of absorption, and limit uptake of high-dose magnesium regimens.
Adequate daily intake of magnesium is critical for proper hydration, stress response, muscle relaxation, promoting healthy blood pressure, optimal bone mineral density, and blood sugar regulation.
Directions: Take 2-4 capsules per day at bedtime
We work with our established patients to create a nutritional supplement plan that fits their individual needs. By beginning with a foundation of health, we can better identify areas to provide targeted direction.
Every person’s needs are different, so we encourage you to talk with our providers to create a personalized plan.
Every person can improve their health. This is a great place to start.
You can find these supplements and over 250 other products in our office. You can also check out our Kare FullScript online store for any of your supplement needs.