Thinking of building strong foundational health?

As cold winter months come to an end, focus typically shifts from overall health. But good health is something we have to build and maintain.

As a Nutritionist myself, I love and propose a food-first approach! But more so realize that there are going to be nutrient gaps even in the diet of a nutritionist. And so wanted to share what I do to fill my nutrient gaps.

Jana Bennett, a friend, pharmacist, and owner of The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Sherman, TX is passionate about helping people understand that there isn’t a pill for every ill. But this is what she says and recommends, “I know that almost none of us eat a healthy enough diet to get all of the nutrients we need.  And even if we are super diligent about what we put into our mouths, our food supply just isn’t what it was when our grandparents were children.  Our soils are being depleted at a rapid rate and highly processed foods are in our face at every turn.  So, yes, I do think that we need to supplement our diet with the nutrients that our bodies need to function properly.” So valuable!

Here are some basic foundational products for optimal wellness that Jana Bennett recommends and I second them:

1.    A high-quality Multivitamin-mineral (MVM) supplement doesn’t replace a healthy diet, but can help enhance it, and ensure that necessary nutrients are available to support normal physiological function. Quality is important and as a general rule, you get what you pay for. Phytomulti (Metagenics) and Alphabase (Orthomolecular) are good contenders
2.    Omega 3s are very important for brain health and it also helps us to maintain a healthy lipid profile. Some recommendations would be Omegagenics EPA DHA 720 (Metagenics) or Algae Omega (Nordic Naturals) for vegetarians.
3.    Vitamin D is critical to our immune health and it isn’t very readily available in our food supply. Our bodies make vitamin D when we are exposed to sunlight but since most of us aren’t outside for long periods of time and when we are, we are (hopefully) wearing sunscreen, our bodies can’t make as much as we need so we need to get this in supplement form 5000 IU daily or 50,000 IU weekly. One I take is Vitamin D3 + K2 (Seeking health).

Investing in and supporting strong foundational health now helps build wellness and protects us from future threats to our health – Back to basics of course. I use Fullscript dispensary to allow my clients access to a variety of high-quality nutraceuticals. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help choosing the best one. 

Cheers to health and wellness,

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Niti Shah

Niti Shah

Niti is a health detective who will treat you and not just your symptoms. Her approach is mirrored in the practice name- Back2Basics- treat the root cause and symptoms will disappear. Her mission is to create health and reverse disease by using both undo and redo buttons of functional medicine. Since we are drowning in information, her goal is to not overload you but rather synthesize and give you practical strategies to attain exceptional outcomes. She will meet you where you are in your health and wellness spectrum and guide you further.

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