Mandy Christink, May 4 2018

Back to Basics

In March we like to take the time to bring awareness to the community and celebrate Nutrition month! Nutrition month was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dieticians. As an active facility, improving lives each day by providing nutrition advice, we take this month as an opportunity to further help and promote the awareness that food & supplements have the potential to fuel, prevent, and heal our bodies! 

Nutrition month is widely celebrated with events hosted all across Canada to encourage the power of food to enhance lives and improve health. While food is a vital aspect to improving health, often times our bodies do not get the needed nutrients from food alone. Natural supplements are an optimal way to ensure you are meeting your recommended dose of vitamins & minerals. So in honour of Nutrition month I am going to bring it back to the basics to remind you why the following “Top 5 Supplements” should be a part of your daily routine! 

Multi Vitamin - Everyone can benefit from taking a multivitamin. In order for our bodies to function efficiently, we need to make sure we are feeding it with a wide variety of vital nutrients. The daily accumulation of pollution, processed food, and stress deplete our bodies of nutrients. In order to ensure you are replacing these nutrients effectively, supplementing with a multivitamin can help fill in those gaps. 

EPA/DHA - Taking your fish oils everyday can benefit your health tremendously. Research shows that by supplementing with fish oil you can improve your cardiovascular function, nervous system function, brain development and immune health. 

Vitamin D - Vitamin D has a huge list of benefits, making it even more enticing to add it to your daily regimen. One vital benefit is its role in helping calcium build strong bones. Another important role is its ability to extend and protect the life cycle of human cells. On top of that it helps to regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. Living where we do, getting enough vitamin D without a supplement is hard to accomplish, so adding one is worthwhile. 

Magnesium - This mineral is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heart beat steady and helps bones remain strong. If you have poor sleep patterns, drink coffee, or have stress in your life it’s likely your magnesium levels are low. 

Probiotics - Probiotics are crucially important to your gut health. There are more than 170 diseases which can be helped or treated by taking the proper probiotic - your immune function starts in the gut! Some of the common diseases treated with the help of beneficial bacteria are irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, colds/ weakened immune systems, yeast and bladder infections, and so much more! 

While it is best to get as much of your nutrients through a varied and unprocessed diet as possible, often deficiencies remain. This is why we suggest our Top 5 Supplements: multivitamins, fish oils, vitamin D, magnesium, and a probiotic. 

Celebrate Nutrition Month by implementing the Top 5 into your daily routine and help fill the gaps your diet might be leaving. 

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Mandy Christink

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