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Basic Supplements For Health

by jenny sansouci on January 11, 2013

I’ve been working for Dr. Frank Lipman for a week now. The experience has been, to say the least — awesome. I am learning so much! Dr. Lipman focuses a lot on nutrition and lifestyle as it relates to all kinds of health conditions, and learning from him is truly an incredible experience.

One thing I’ve really become aware of over the past week is the basic supplements that most people are missing from their diets that can make a big difference. People ask me about supplements all the time, but up until now I really had no opinion about them – and I didn’t take any regularly. I’ve gone in and out of phases of taking different supplements, but nothing really on a regular basis.

It’s funny, the supplement thing, because a lot of people will argue that we can get everything we need from food and that there’s no need for supplementation if you eat a super healthy diet full of variety. I do think that’s true, however, it’s also true that most people aren’t doing that. Myself included. And I eat pretty darn well most of the time. For that reason, for a long time I really resisted the idea of supplements. Dr. Lipman really encourages his patients to try and get as much of their nutrition from food as possible, and then target the remaining imbalances with the supplements that are necessary.

I’m sure I flood my system with nutrients on a daily basis, and believe me, I am a serious believer in food as medicine. But do I feel totally vital and on top of my game every day? No. No matter how many kale salads or green smoothies I drink, sometimes I feel fatigued for no reason, or like there’s something missing in my diet that I don’t realize, or that my digestion is off — basically that I could definitely amp things up to feel more resilient and optimal. Yeah, I want to feel as amazing as I possibly can…what’s wrong with that? 🙂

So in my case, that’s where it can be helpful to add supplements as an experiment.

Here are the baseline supplements that Dr. Lipman recommends for optimal health and vitality, which are all part of his “Daily Dose,” which I’m now taking daily:

Vitamin D3: fights inflammation, enhances muscle strength, supports healthy insulin function, strengthens the immune system, promotes cancer-fighting activity in the body, can be helpful for depression

Fish Oil: supports the immune system, cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation, contributes to healthier joints, improved vision, boosts metabolism, can improve skin, hair, and nails, as well as cognitive functions like thinking power, attention, mood and memory

Multivitamin: supports overall cellular function with essential nutrients, ensures that your most important nutritional needs are being met

Probiotics: promotes healthy gastrointestinal and digestive function, leading to increased immunity

So, obviously I highly recommend Dr. Lipman’s products because he’s such a great doctor and I get to see how many people he’s helping every day. You can check out his Daily Dose if you’re interested in learning more.

I have only been taking the Daily Dose for 3 days and I already feel more energized and vibrant. I’m sure I’ll be blogging more about supplements in the coming months as I learn more.

Do you take supplements? Have they changed the way you feel? I would LOVE to hear in the comments!

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Rachel January 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

I love this post…keepin’ in real! Just made me take my D3. Can I come work there too?! Holey awesomeness! Wish we could have chatted/connected more at Gabby’s signing the other night. Maybe in the future 🙂

Jessica House January 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I have been taking Standard Process supplements as suggested by my Chiropractor for roughly the last 3 months. I feel much more energetic, healthy, balanced. Starting yoga next week too!

jenny sansouci January 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

That’s great!!

Ansley January 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Jenny, have you heard of Juice Plus? What do you think of those supplements? Do you think you’d need those in addition to what you recommended here?

jenny sansouci June 6, 2013 at 1:15 am

Hi Ansley, sorry for the very delayed reply! I’ve never heard of Juice Plus but I’ll check it out.

Khadia January 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Good to know! I only take a couple multivitamins right now…when I remember.

Khadia January 25, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Good to know! I only take a couple multivitamins right now…when I remember.

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