"What supplements should I take?" is one of the most common
questions we get on our website. Most people know that the foods
we eat no longer provide all the nutrition we need to stay
healthy, but have no idea what supplements they should take to
boost their diet.
In actuality, the question that people should be asking is, "What
supplements should I take FIRST?" Obviously, the supplements that
you choose should be tailored to your unique health and lifestyle
requirements. For instance, if you have a particular health goal,
such as to develop your stamina or flexibility, you would choose
one group of supplements. If, on the other hand, your goal is to
boost your immune system so that you don't catch every cold and
flu this winter, then your supplement choices would look
But, and this is a big but, no matter which supplements you
choose to take, you need to look at choosing some foundational
supplements first. These foundational supplements will help you
maximize the benefits from the other supplements you choose
specifically for your health goals.
What Supplements Should I Take First?
This is the real question to ask yourself before hunting for
goal-specific supplements at your health food store. So, what
supplements should you take first? The answer is simple. You
should take supplements that improve your digestion and
assimilation of nutrients. These supplements are mostly
probiotics and enzymes.
Let's take a look at probiotics first. You may have heard this
term on recent commercials for yogurt or digestive supplements.
Simply stated, probiotics is the term used to describe organisms
such as "friendly bacteria" that inhabit a healthy intestinal
tract. Literally the term means "for life"!
There are two forms of probiotics that are important for helping
your body get the most out of the food you eat and the
supplements you take: acidophilus and bifidus.
Acidophilus plays a key role in supporting the health of the
small intestine. Specifically, the strain of acidophilus we
recommend the most (the Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 strain)
is uniquely designed to help the body process food efficiently
and eliminate waste from the small intestine. So acidophilushelps enhance the body's ability to absorb nutrients. In
addition, this strain of acidophilus produces B-vitamins and
acidophilin for immune system support--what you could call
Nature's form of antibiotics (only they are PRObiotics!) That's a
lot of bang for your buck!
Then there is bifidus, which supports the health and balance of
the large intestine. The large intestine performs a number of
important digestive functions, including the absorption of water
from food that is consumed and the passage from the body of
remaining waste products. Bifidus promotes the growth of good
intestinal flora in the large intestine, which not only promotes
efficient digestion and assimilation of nutrients, but also helps
inhibit gas and bloating. Now that will really help a lot of
people rest easier after a big meal! Finally, bifidus lowers the
pH of the intestine, manufactures specific B-vitamins, and
promotes immune function and overall health.
In addition to probiotics, the third foundational supplement that
helps you get the most out of your food and other supplements is
enzymes. We recommend this enzyme supplement, which contains
natural food enzymes to help the body break down fats,
carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, and to help enhance the
digestive process. When you take enzymes, your body is able to
get more nourishment from foods and supplements.
In addition, the formulation of enzymes contains MycoPepsin, the
first enzyme on the market that works in a low pH environment. As
food digests, the stomach becomes more acidic. The addition of
MycoPepsin makes this product even more effective because, unlike
other enzymes, MycoPepsin remains active in a highly acidic
So when it comes to answering the question, "What supplements
should I take first?" you should be good to go. Just follow this
simple three-ingredient recipe--acidophilus, bifidus, and
enzymes--and you'll be good to go. Then you can go about building
a supplement regimen that will specifically support any health
goals you may have.
Confused? Still not sure what to take? Don't worry. If you need a
little nutritional guidance, just request a product consult. One
of our nutritional coaches will be happy to provide some
suggestions. Check out the product consult.