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Ever walk into a health food store or go online and get completely overwhelmed by the thousands of supplements available? Can’t decide which vitamins, minerals, and herbs are right for you? Which brands? What combinations of complexes?
It can get really confusing.
All their labels say “natural” but how can something made in a laboratory out of genetically-modified ingredients be good for us? And what about all those chemical ingredients we can’t pronounce or the ones not even listed on the label?
However, supplementing for your health doesn’t have to be complicated, stressful, or confusing.
I’ve studied nutrition and supplementation for almost two decades. People frequently ask me which brands of supplements I recommend.
I tell them that in all my years working with clients as a naturopath and a nurse, the most important factor, hands down, is that the supplements come entirely from whole foods that are grown in nutrient-rich soils without toxic chemicals.
Why? Plants provide nutrition in perfect combinations. Our body knows what to do with the nutrients found in real, whole foods. (Labs, not so much.)
So what should you look for when supplementing?
Everyone is talking about vitamin D these days. And rightly so! The scientific literature is pretty clear that getting adequate vitamin D can make all the difference in our health and how we feel. It can even impact the length of our life!
But you have to be careful, because high doses of synthetic vitamin D can build up to toxic levels in the body that actually harm us.
Fortunately, recent research from Germany showed that supplementing vitamin D with sun-exposed mushrooms can raise low serum blood levels of vitamin D to healthy levels as effectively as the synthetic vitamin D your doctor might prescribe.
This means you can have a natural, whole food form of vitamin D that gives you the benefits without any of the downside. This is the supplement I recommend.
The thing with vitamin D, though, is that it works most optimally for our health when we also have healthy levels of nutrients such as vitamin A, C, and calcium.
Likewise, adequate vitamin A is crucial to protect against the negative effects of vitamin D toxicity. These nutrients work synergistically and partner together on our behalf.
Getting the right nutrition in the right form can make the difference between surviving and thriving. Of course our primary source of nutrition should come from eating organic, whole foods. These days that’s hard to do. So I use and recommend Touchstone Essentials.
Touchstone Essentials’ products are made only from pure, good food, grown on rich organic soil, and packaged without any fillers or synthetic ingredients. It’s one of the few brands I trust.
Although I love all of the products, my two favorites are Supergreens +D and Super Green Juice. Supergreens +D provides 2,000 IUs of organic plant-based vitamin D, while a scoop of Super Green Juice gives me 6,000 IUs of whole food vitamin A, plus plant-based calcium.
In addition, Supergreens +D and Super Green Juice contain so many other nutrients from nourishing whole foods that our body needs to maintain optimal wellness and manage our stress. Together they have:
With these two green power products my body has exactly what it needs to keep my immune system fighting and my bones strong. And that’s something that I—as a mom, nurse, naturopath, and 21st century woman—can feel good about.
Jennifer Schmid is a nurse, naturopath and intuitive healer on a mission to transform how we heal our body, mind, and spirit. She bridges the two worlds of conventional and alternative medicine, empowering people to take control of their health naturally and joyfully. With a customized and humanized approach to health, Jennifer provides solutions and options that feel good to both patients and practitioners, because healing shouldn’t make anyone suffer. For a free copy of her audio book, 7 Easy Hacks to Optimize Your Health for Extremely Busy People, visit earthbasedmedicine.com.