Eating healthy, exercising, and feeling great? I enjoy the benefits that a healthy dedicated lifestyle bring. I have had several people ask if we supplement our diet with any natural herbs or vitamins. I must admit, that I do. My husband has pretty much quit taking anything except for a protein shake just before his 6 mile run. However, I take a combination of herbs and vitamins on a daily basis.
There are a few supplements that I really recommend to everyone. One of those is the green foods. I love using Swanson’s Vitamins. You really can’t beat the price and the quality usually is just as good as anything you can buy in a retail store.
Green Foods – There are a lot of people who do the green foods shakes every day. I must admit that my palate is not suited to drinking such wonderful fare. BUT, I have found that Swanson’s carries the Veggies4Life and Fruit4Life tablets. These are great, and I personally take these each day.
Probiotics- I typically like to get my probiotics naturally from yogurt or other food such as dark chocolate, pickles/olives, sauerkraut, and miso soup. If you can’t do these foods, taking a probiotic supplement is beneficial. Make sure that whatever probiotic supplement you use has a wide range of bacteria.
Omega-3 – Again this is an area that I like to really get from whole foods. Great sources of this are fish, olive oil, canola oil, and nuts/seeds. But if you need to take a supplement Swanson’s has a great lemon flavored omega-3.
Vitamin C – I have issues with vericose veins, so I take about 2,000 mg a day.
Vitamin D – This is a new one that I am trying. Research shows that this vitamin is great for boosting immunity as well as for colon health.
Vitamin E – I take this for heart health, and it seems to really give my skin a nice warm glow. I also use it topically on my face once or twice a week – it works like a face lift!
Combo Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium- some people may need a Niacin supplement. Be careful when taking Niacin and Zinc… a little goes a LONG way!
Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D – Osteoporosis is common in my family I take one caplet a day.
For other issues such as stomach ulcers or digestive problems I suggest using aloe vera juice. This juice has amazing healing properties for both inside and outside our bodies!