There is so much information in
the news. If you were taking all the
supplements recommended, you
would be taking 50 pills a day. What
should you really take?
First off, we need to settle the big
debate: If I eat right, why do I need
Most of America does not get the
recommended daily intake of fruits,
vegetables, protein and fiber. Even
if we did eat the recommended
quantity and eat a variety of fruits
and vegetables, the quality of our
food is just not what it used to be.
In the older and much wiser days,
we used to rotate crops and provide
our produce with nutrient rich soil
so that the plant was nutrient dense.
These days, our plants are not
rotated and stay in nutrient depleted
ground. They are being sprayed with
chemicals and just not as powerfully
packed with vitamins and minerals
as they once were. Our bodies
need those vitamins and minerals,
which leads us to the answer of yes,
everyone should supplement.
That leads to the second most
asked question: What should I take?
I recommend that all of my patients
start on what I call the essential
A quality multivitamin will cover
many of the things that a body is
lacking. It will give you the basic
building blocks that your body needs
daily. This will cover most of the
basic vitamins including vitamin
A, most of the B vitamins, vitamin
C, vitamin D3, vitamin E, calcium,
magnesium and so on.
Just as your truck needs fuel to
run, your body needs the building
blocks to perform the simplest
functions. Without B vitamins, you
may feel tired. Without antioxidants,
such as vitamins C and E, your
immune system will not function
properly and you may find yourself
The next in my essential daily four
pack is a quality vitamin D3.
Not all vitamin D is created equal.
Vitamin D2 is not as absorbable as
vitamin D3. D3 is normally animal
based, and the body can absorb it
much more readily. Why do we
need it? D3 is essential for bones,
the immune system and the nervous
system. Studies have shown that it
facilitates hormone regulation and is
linked to mood problems, including
depression, anxiety and insomnia. It
helps manage blood sugar and can
help diabetes prevention. D3 also
plays a role in the cardiovascular
system and helps fight heart disease.
It has even been correlated to
protect against some cancers.
Although we do get vitamin
D from the sun the most recent
studies have shown that 90 percent
of Americans with darker skin
are deficient in vitamin D as well
as 70 percent of lighter skinned
Americans. This might be the most
deficient vitamin for Americans.
The best way to find out what your
vitamin D levels are is to ask your
doctor to check your vitamin D
The third supplement in my
essential daily four pack is
Magnesium is a mineral that
is vital for all of us. It helps
regulate calcium, sodium and
potassium. Many of the
drivers out there are
every time they
sweat and over
are some studies
that say up to 80
percent of people are deficient in magnesium (mg).
Magnesium has been found to
be in more than 300 functions in
the body and is vital in digestion,
musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
There are also medications that
decrease the magnesium absorption.
Muscle aches and pains can be a sign
that you are magnesium deficient.
Fibromyalgia and migraines have
been treated with magnesium
supplementation. If you have chronic
constipation this can also be as simple
as adding a magnesium supplement
to maintain regularity. Not only does
magnesium relax you muscles and
your GI (gastrointestinal) tract but it
will relax your mind and can decrease
anxiety and decrease your blood
The last vital supplement in my
essential daily four pack is fish oil.
The omega-3 fatty acids are vital
for anti-inflammatory and health
Most Americans don’t get enough
omega-3 fatty acids and have too
many omega-6 fatty acids. This leads
to inflammatory diseases. Example
of inflammatory diseases are arthritis,
ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease,
hepatitis, heart disease, any of the
autoimmune disorders, such as
systemic lupus and multiple sclerosis.
Diabetes is also an inflammatory
state, so adding fish oil to your daily
routine will help combat bad fats and
Many patients would never know
that although they are overweight that
they are actually malnourished. Until
you feed that body the nutrients it
needs, it won’t matter how many diet
pills and energy pills you take. The
body will not be adequately equipped
to lose weight or feel great. Ask your
doctor before making any change in
your health care, but get on the road
to good health with this essential daily
four pack and give your body the
tools it needs to be healthy.