IVL’s Ultimate Supplement Checklist

Is it possible to eat great food and still receive the nutrition that you need?  Even the best planned and executed diets could still leave you deficient in a range of different ways.  Why?  It might seem unlikely that a carefully constructed diet could still have “gaps,” but it is quite difficult to get all the nutrition that one needs just from food alone.  It can be done, but it takes a good deal of effort, focus and time.  Of course, most people just can’t invest the time, effort and money necessary to meet all of their dietary needs through food alone.  This is why it is necessary to turn to supplementation.  . In fact, without supplementation, it is difficult to achieve the kind of health results you need

Calcium
It can be a challenge to get enough calcium.  Yet, it is very important to one’s health, thanks to its role in building strong bones and teeth.  Supplementing with calcium is a prudent and necessary step.

Probiotics
It is possible to get some level of probiotics from some foods such as yogurt, kefir and kimchi as well as a handful of other fermented foods.  But many health experts feel that the more probiotics the better.  Probiotics play a role in keeping the digestive system healthy and may even boost the immune system. 

Supplement One-Omega's
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your good health.  There are bad fats and then there are good fats.  When it comes to good fats, they don’t get any better than omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, walnuts, flax seed oil and a few other foods.  But few people are going to eat these foods everyday.  Where seafood is concerned, you wouldn’t want to eat that much fish anyway.  So where should you turn for your extra omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are a great way to get the omega-3 that you need, and you can do it with minimal added calories.

Vitamin C
Depending on how many fruits and vegetables you eat, you may very well need vitamin C.  Proper vitamin C levels are key for a strong immune system and overall health.

Vitamin D
Medical science has really been abuzz the last few years about the importance of vitamin D.  Vitamin D may help fight cancer. Plus, it is important for bone and teeth health and may play a role in keeping the brain healthy and boosting the immune system.  Simply stated, vitamin D or the “sunshine vitamin” is amazing, but it can also be difficult to get appropriate amounts.  Just twenty minutes outside in direct sunlight is usually enough for most people to get the vitamin D they need. However, getting that much time outside in direct sunlight can be tough for people with busy schedules or who live in cold climates.  Vitamin D supplementation is thus essential for these reasons and is vital for your health.

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