This is an overwhelming topic with numerous options and brands claiming to be the best and promising to be the answer all of your heath and energy problems. So how do we know what to buy? This is a great question and one we will attempt to answer in this post. The sad reality is, not all supplements are created equal.
Did you know … only 8-12% of the typical nutritional supplements available today are actually absorbed by your body? That means approximately 90% of typical supplements are flushed down the drain (ref: livelongerlivehealthier.com).
What you want to buy and put into your body are plant-based (or plant-derived) vitamins. In our search for the best supplements, we settled on a company called Youngevity. Their supplements meet all of the requirements for giving our bodies the necessary vitamins, minerals and amino acids it needs for optimal health and function.
Youngevity’s supplements are 90-98% absorb-able! Why is there such a difference? The secret is plant-derived minerals. This dramatically increases bio-availability (absorb-ability).
Along with our daily vitamins and minerals, most of us also need additional supplements. Why? Well, although we should get all we need from the healthy food we eat, in reality, we do not get it with our average daily diet.
So, let’s talk about what we added to our daily regiment and what you might want to introduce into yours.
Dietary Enzymes (DE): They are not just beneficial; they are essential!
We use DE to help break down the foods we eat so our bodies can easily absorb the nutrients they contain. DEs are what helps make that happen. When taken regularly, they take stress off of the body and give us more energy. While there are a number of DE options available, we personally take and recommend Ultimate Enzymes from Youngevity.
Regardless of what brand you select, be sure to follow the prescribed dosage and instructions on the bottle.
Dietary enzymes benefit your body by aiding in the digestion of the foods we eat. We swear by them!
This is yet another supplement your body can greatly benefit from. Probiotics are the bacteria that lines your digestive tract and supports your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. You can find probiotics in supplements and some foods, like yogurt (ref: www.webmd.com).
Your body contains about the same number of gut bacteria as it does cells in the rest of your body. Is it any wonder why gut-health is so important? When taken on a regular basis and in sufficient amounts, they can help restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. As a result, health benefits may follow.
We use two different brands of Probiotics: Flora FX from Youngevity (shelf-stable) and Garden of Life (refrigerated).
While these are the brands we personally use and recommend, we recognize they are not the only options available to you. Taking quality supplements and proper nutrition are vital to your health and we encourage you to find the best products for you.
A link to our Youngevity store can be found below. Feel free to check it out! If you have any questions, contact us!
Youngevity Store (link)