Vitamin D3 – Unfortunately living in the northern hemisphere, many of us are Vitamin D 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.
Fish Oil – 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.
Magnesium – 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.
Probiotic – 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.
Multi-vitamin/mineral – Unfortunately, we are not always receiving enough vegetables and fruits in our daily diets. Again, due to soil quality and/or food selection, 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. Kendra Flock
Dr. Kendra Flock, N.D. is a graduate of Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine and 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, book an appointment online with Dr. Flock at Naturmend or by phone (403) 457-3205.