By Ethan A. Huff
In a perfect world, humans would easily get all the nutrition we need from basic foods. But since the world is far from perfect, dietary supplementation is often necessary to overcome the nutritional shortfalls we face as a result of nutrient-depleted soils, environmental toxins, processed foods, and various other negative factors. Here are eight nutritional supplements you should be taking every day to help level the nutritional playing field and boost your health to where it was meant to be:
1) Vitamin D. In general, humans need far more vitamin D than can be obtained from the normal food supply. And since many people who live in developed countries spend most of their daylight hours indoors — sunlight exposure is the most abundant natural source of vitamin D — millions of people are grossly deficient in this important pro-hormone. Because of this, it is crucial to supplement with natural vitamin D3, or use a tanning bed when access to natural sunlight is not an option.
The Vitamin D Council has a wealth of information on the role of vitamin D in vibrant health, including information about how much to take to avoid chronic illness. You can learn more here:
2) Omega-3s. The modern food supply is severely imbalanced when it comes to fatty acid composition. The ideal ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids is roughly 1:2, or even less. But in the U.S., the typical diet hovers around a 1:17 ratio, which has created an epidemic of chronic inflammation and disease.
In order to balance things out, it is important to eat more oily fish like wild salmon, or take fish-based omega-3 supplements such as cod liver or krill oil. Doing so will help diminish or even eliminate chronic inflammation, as well as support brain health and cognition. (http://www.greenmedinfo.com)