Dr. Shel’s Top 5 Vitamins Every Woman Should Take
- Posted on: May 10 2017
As a wife, mom and business owner, I have found that it is nearly impossible to keep up with the demands of a busy lifestyle without proper balance of my hormones, exercise and nutrition. While I exercise daily, supplement with bio-identical hormones, follow a fairly strict eating plan and invest in organic fruits and vegetables, I know that I cannot possibly get all the nutrients I need from food alone, which is why I am adamant about sticking to a high-quality vitamin regimen.
More than just this, being a woman means that I need to take care of my body from the inside out. Daily stress coupled with a toxic environment is a recipe for disaster if you don’t support your body from within. Because our bodies age, both physically and mentally, it is key that you support your entire body with key nutrients to help not only slow the aging process, but stop aging in its tracks and potentially reverse it as well.
The first, and most important, vitamin I take on a daily basis and recommend to all women is actually not just a vitamin, it’s a hormone. This critical hormone I refer to is vitamin D. Being the number one vitamin that most people are deficient in, I cannot express the importance in this key nutrient. In fact, 90% of the population is deficient in vitamin D. Sure, you can absorb some vitamin D from sunlight but not sufficient amounts, and therefore, you need to supplement with a high-quality, medical grade vitamin D-3. Vitamin D is known for overall wellness. It helps to boost your immune system, strengthen your bones, reduce overall inflammation and even greater, it helps fight off infection and cancer. Be sure you are taking vitamin D-3, not vitamin D-2, as D-3 is a much more absorbable form and does not cause stomach discomfort like vitamin D-2 can. For those who are vitamin D deficient, you can take one 50,000 iu capsule once per week to achieve optimal levels and possibly even reduce the chances of becoming deficient.
A close second, when it comes to women’s health, is magnesium. This essential mineral is crucial for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and has been scientifically proven to aid in detoxification, stress-management, blood pressure regulation and heart health; all key aspects of leading a long, healthy life. Even better, magnesium helps your muscles to relax, which can help improve sleep as well. Magnesium, like vitamin D, is also very easily depleted from the body through stress, sweat and simple daily function, so it is crucial that you include a magnesium supplement in your daily vitamin routine. I recommend magnesium glycinate, as it is the purest, most absorbable form of magnesium and I suggest taking at least 200-400mg daily.
The third most important nutrient a woman can take is a probiotic. We see them all over the stores and in commercials but what are probiotics and what can they do for you? Simply put, probiotics are live strains of good bacteria that your gut needs in order to stay healthy and balanced. This ensures that you do not suffer from devastating health consequences, such as candida (or yeast) overgrowth, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, skin rashes, IBS or constipation. Additionally, probiotics are incredible for skin health. They say the gut is the second brain of the body and I could not agree more. When you have a healthy gut, not only is your digestive system in order, but your immune system is stronger, too. If your digestive tract, or gut, is not healthy, you cannot absorb the nutrients you need in order to be healthy.
The basis of any good vitamin and mineral regimen is a high-quality, multivitamin. Think of a multivitamin as the foundation of a house. You wouldn’t go in and start building walls and a roof without laying the foundation first. Just as you need to lay the groundwork of a home, you have to lay the groundwork of a good vitamin routine, and this is done through a medical-grade multivitamin, such as Optimal Wellness. Optimal Wellness offers a host of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and many other nutrients in the most absorbable forms to ensure your vitamin foundation is properly laid out so that you can build upon it. Remember: not all multivitamins are created equal. It is crucial that you take a multivitamin that is nutrient-rich and well-absorbed. Optimal Wellness is a multivitamin that would serve as the foundation to your health routine.
Last but definitely not least, omega-3 fatty acids found in my EPA/DHA Omega 3 are key to supporting a woman’s body’s systems and functions. Studies have proven that an inflamed body puts you at a higher risk of developing disease or worse, cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce overall inflammation throughout the entire body. Additionally, brain health, heart health,immune function, joint health are a few of the other many benefits of supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids. Like multivitamins, omega-3 fatty acids are not created equally. When it comes to choosing an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, ensure the source of omegas come from a pure source, such as salmon, tuna or mackerel, and that it is the most absorbable form of omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in my EPA/DHA Omega 3.
Woman to woman, we know how demanding life can be so it is crucial that at the very least, you care for your body by supplementing with nutrients it is craving on a daily basis. My team and I are here to support you on your path to natural wellness.
If you have any questions, or would like to get started on a high-quality vitamin regimen that offers not only the nutrients your body needs, but in the purest, most absorbable forms, give us a call at 281-313-7435 or shop all women’s health products here.