Ideally, we should be able to receive all the nutrients we need from what we eat, right? In a perfect world, the answer would be “Yes!”. But due to decreased soil quality in today’s farming methods and our fast-paced lifestyle, the nutrients we do receive from food are depleted. Generally, we don’t have time to ensure our diets are replenishing our vitamin/mineral stores. One way to ensure you are topped up and optimizing your health is by having a tailored supplement regime.
Unfortunately living in the northern hemisphere, many of us are deficient. Vitamin D is important for immune function, strong bones, our mood, and preventing certain cancers and auto-immune diseases. Ideally, your Vitamin D levels should be tested to know where you are at and how much to take. Have your Naturopathic Doctor test your 25, OH-D levels.
Omega 3 essential fats are important for so many reasons including reducing inflammation, brain and heart health, skin, and our mood. It is important to consume high-quality fish oil due to the possibility of environmental contamination such as heavy metals from lower quality versions.
Known as the relaxing mineral, it is used in over 300 enzymatic reactions in our body. This mineral is a powerhouse! Again due to poor soil quality, many North Americans are deficient in this mineral. Magnesium is important for cardiovascular health (ie. can reduce blood pressure), bone health, muscle relaxation, migraines, and can increase sleep quality. There are many different forms of magnesium with each version having specific uses.
Many illnesses start in our gut. By controlling the amount of good bacteria in our intestine we increase the integrity of our gut health. Probiotics enhance our immune system, improve our gut health, and can treat GI tract related issues.
Unfortunately, we are not always receiving enough vegetables and fruits in our daily diets. Again, due to soil quality, many of us are deficient in certain vitamins and/or minerals. Multivitamins are an excellent way to ensure we are covering all of our micronutrient needs.
Choose high-quality supplements as they end up being the most cost effective because the absorption rate will be much higher than a supplement of lesser quality. Lastly, it is important to consult with a Naturopathic Doctor if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, and/or taking any prescriptions drugs to ensure there are not any interactions or contra-indications.
Dr. Flock has an interest in digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, PMS, menopause, pre and postnatal care, anti-aging, energy levels, sleep, anxiety, pain management and sports medicine.
If you are seeking a Naturopathic Doctor or would like more information make an appointment with Dr. Kendra Flock who can be found at the Naturmend clinic and reached at (403) 457-3205.
Or book an appointment online: https://naturmend.janeapp.com/#/staff_member/19/treatment/1