Discover General Recommended Supplement Program
Rachael recommends a general supplement program for the majority of the population in order to prevent nutritional deficiencies from the average modern diet.
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General Supplement Program
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Rachael recommends an effective General Supplement Program that you can do even without a consultation!
The following combination of supplements I would recommend for the majority* of the population in order to help prevent nutritional deficiencies from dietary intake. It is an "Insurance Policy" for making sure the body receives adequate nutrition on a daily basis.
Total Cost of 1 Month Supplementation per person: Approx $1.70 per day only!
*Based on total cost of all supplements calculated to a monthly cost of 50USD, not including shipping costs to international destinations which will vary.
Why these Supplements in particular?
Advanced One Multiple: This is a general multi-vitamin that contains all the essential B vitamins in excellent quantities. B Vitamins help increase our resistance to stress, help produce energy, stimulate the immune system and hormonal system among other things. In addition, this multivitamin includes several potent anti-oxidants which help to prevent toxicity and cell damage, as well as several different herbs that stimulate liver function, nourish the circulatory system and help to reduce inflammation - all additional benefits which most people could use.
Magnesium: This is the most critical macro-nutrient in the body as it is key for energy production, muscle relaxation, cardiovascular health, proper sleep and a host of other areas in the body including proper hormone production. Today's diets sorely lack in magnesium and coupled with diets high in dairy products, hard water and foods that deplete magnesium (coffee) it is extremely easy to become deficient in this key mineral.
Zinc: Zinc is an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain the immune, reproductive, and digestive systems. It is needed for healthy skin, bones, hair, nails, and eyes, and is essential for making growth hormones and the important male hormone, testosterone. Zinc intake in the diet is often low due to low consumption of animal and diary products as well as eggs.
Vitamin A: Vitamin A is essential to overall good health and individuals that do not get an adequate amount of vitamin A in their diet have been shown to be more vulnerable to infection and infectious diseases, measles, bronchitis, yeast infections, and boils or abscesses. A deficiency in vitamin A could also lead to a variety of skin disorders; such as psoriasis, rashes, rosacea, and warts; and to night blindness or overall decrease in the quality of vision. Other symptoms of vitamin A deficiency include reduced taste or smell, distorted color vision, dry eyes, loss of appetite, and poor balance. (These days unless you are consuming plenty of animal dairy or meat products you will likely not be getting enough)
Vitamin D: Vitamin D was once thought to be only helpful for bone formation and prevention of rickets. However, it has recently been discovered that every cell in the body has vitamin D receptors and Vitamin D plays a critical role in many different functions, namely bone health, hormone production, immune health and others. One of the key observances about Vitamin D status in people is that the main change from Summer to Winter that predisposes people towards seasonal colds and flu is lower Vitamin D intake (From sunlight) therefore, supplementing with additional vitamin D, particularly throughout the winter months helps to prevent seasonal infections that your immune system would normally succumb to due to vitamin D deficiency.
Omega 3's: The omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in keeping the heart, kidneys, and digestive system healthy. The body needs omega-3 fatty acids to make prostaglandins that regulate blood clotting, hormone production, and inflammation, pain, and swelling in the body. There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids; docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are found in fish oil, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is found in plant foods such as nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils (especially flaxseed oil). Most people consume too many Omega 6 fatty acids which are found in vegetable oils, nut and seed oils and therefore require an additional Omega 3 supplement in order to help balance out the intake in the body as the ratio between the two types of essential oils is very important to prevent inflammation and allow the cell membranes to function correctly.
Probiotics: Probiotics are the friendly bacteria normally found in the intestinal tract. They confer many beneficial health actions on the host including the production of several B vitamins, protection of the intestinal lining, and production of substances that stimulate the immune system. Many researchers believe probiotics may improve general health. In a small Swedish study, for instance, a group of employees who were given the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri missed less work due to respiratory or gastrointestinal illness than did employees who were not given the probiotic.Some of the uses of Probiotics are to treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics, prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), reduce bladder cancer recurrence, speed treatment of certain intestinal infections, prevent and treat eczema in children, prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu.
Our intake of probiotics through food has greatly declined in the past 100 years due to the advent of the refrigerator and our consumption of long-shelf life packaged foods that are no longer traditionally fermented in order to last. This reduction in natural intake of probiotics has meant a large deficiency in terms of naturally maintaining a healthy bowel flora population.
Daily Essential Enzymes: The majority of the foods consumed these days are very limited in functional enzymes. Our bodies produce digestive enzymes in order to break down the nutrients into digestible and useable items but when dietary enzymes are severely lacking - as they usually are in the modern diet that does not contain many naturally fermented or high quality raw foods, we begin to exceed our body's ability to produce adequate enzymes for digestion. In addition, nutrient deficiencies, liver function and stomach acid production all impact on adequate enzyme production.
*The majority of the population eats a high carb, low nutrient based diet and would require the general supplements in order to cover any nutrient deficiencies that would be likely to develop as a result of inadequate nutrient intake.
Those who eat high fat and protein diets, would not need to supplement additional Vitamin A as they would obtain adequate amounts from their diet alone.
Everyone is advised to do a 3 day diet journal online through FitDay.com before supplementing in order to determine your general daily intake of nutrients.