Herbal supplements often make the news, and the big splash back in November about many supplements not being what they seem was something natural medicine practitioners have been aware of for some time - that manufacturer makes a BIG difference. Herbs and supplements can be of amazing benefit to your health IF you take the right ones, in the right dosages from the right manufacturers. This is one of the number one reasons you should consult with an Acupuncturist, Nutritionist or Naturopath to make sure you are getting the best herbal supplements and that your brand choice is safe and reliable.
I myself don’t let a day go by without taking herbs and supplements. As a busy mom of two, a business owner, and a caregiver for my mom who lives with us, I have to keep my nutrition tip top to be able to care for my family. Being so busy, however, I often eat on the go due to my responsibilities. Ever seen “A Christmas Story” with the scene around dinner where the mom is feeding everyone and can’t get to the table herself for a hot meal? Yeah, that’s me.
Herbs and supplements are my insurance policy so that even when my dietary choices aren’t on par due to time and circumstance, my body is still getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong. When my dietary choices are on par, herbs and supplements are an important piece of my preventative medicine plan.
I take a moderate list of things - multivitamin, fish oil, B complex, vitamin D, probiotics, green food supplement and a Reishi Mushroom complex. I recommend a similar combination for all my patients as part of my All Ways Wellness program, but I know this quantity feels like a lot to some people. That’s why I wanted to share the top 3 herbal supplement I believe can make a significant difference in your health.
The Top 3 Herbs You Should Have Right Now:
These are my top three herbal supplement tips. Vitamin D for immunity, Reishi for health and longevity, Isatis for anti-viral cold and flu prevention. For the best most personalized recommendations, you should always see a provider, but if all you do is adopt these three additions to your regime this year I guarantee you will improve your sleep, energy and immunity towards a happier and healthier 2014.
Until next time,
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.