As a Certified Nutritionist, the most frequent question I hear from clients is, “Which supplements should I take?” It’s no wonder either with the huge variety of multivitamins, herbs, supplements and homeopathic formulas available!
If that’s your question and you’re looking for an easy, yet inexpensive, way to sort through the maze of supplements, read on!
You could find the answer in Dr. Michael A. Smith’s book entitled The Supplement Pyramid: Build Your Personalized Nutritional Regimen.
The book’s title includes the word pyramid because it goes through three different levels. These levels graduate to the top with optimal health being the end result. Who doesn’t want that!
Level 1 is the Foundation:
This foundation is critical because as the book explains in detail, we don’t eat the same food our ancestors ate. We consume too much processed food that lacks any real nutrition. Not to mention that real foods (things that you could grow, pick and eat) today lack the nutrient density that they had even 20 years ago. Think about GMO’s and the fertilizers & chemicals sprayed on our plants and soil. That alone, makes our food makeup so much different than 20 years ago.
So how do you improve your basic nutrition for survival?
These supplement categories are the foundation for health according to Dr. Smith:
- A reputable multivitamin/mineral
- Omega-3 fatty acids – quality is critical here!
- Coenzyme Q10
If you are at a loss or have a limited budget, start with these basics. Without these basics, anything above and beyond will not be utilized as well as Dr. Smith explains.
Level 2 is Personalization:
This is where lab tests, personal and family medical history and quizzes can help you drill down for personalized, specific concerns, conditions and disease prevention.
Quizzes go through similar questions your doctor would ask and offers supplement suggestions. Take one quiz or take them all!
Level 3 is Optimization:
Optimization refers to additional supplement support to help you live a longer, healthier life. Other things to consider for optimization include your age and lifestyle. After all, just because you are disease free doesn’t mean that you are living the exact lifestyle you want. These kinds of supplements might include things to help with anti-aging, beauty, and sports performance.
Every day there’s something new on the market that seems to have so many benefits and address concerns that you might have. How do you sort through them all? Dr. Michael A Smith’s book could help do it for you.