My Top 5 Recommended Supplements

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Expert Reviewed By

Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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In a perfect world we’d get every single nutrient we need from the food we eat and we might not need extra nutrients that supplements provide prevent marauding free radicals from harming healthy cells. 

Unfortunately, 8 in 10  Americans are eating, but starving, at a cellular level. 

Are You Starving? 

80% of all people do not meet the daily recommended guidelines for vitamins and minerals.

In the NHANES national survey of of 16,444 kids and adults, the top deficiencies include:

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin A
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • B Vitamins
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K
  • Selenium
  • Phosphorus

No wonder about the United States currently ranks dead last as the sickest, unhealthiest nation of all developed countries!

In other words: We are eating, but starving at a cellular level. 

But I Already Eat Healthy…

Although nutrient deficiencies are rampant, 3 in 4 people say they actually “eat healthy.”

And, to combat the obesity, diabetes and cancer epidemic we’ve seen a huge shift in the food market over the past 20 years (Heck, Burger King has a veggie burger for crying out loud!).

Hmm. So why are American still the unhealthiest developed nation in the world?

Are we confused about what constitutes a healthy diet? Do we say one thing, but do another? Or, perhaps it’s something else….

Answer: Most people are not absorbing their nutrients.

My Top 5 Supplement Recommendations

Enter: The power of my top 5 “shining star” supplements–5 recommendations to help your body absorb and digest the nutrients you eat from food.

#1: Quality Probiotic

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Your 40 trillion gut bacteria are your #1 weapon for absorbing and digesting your nutrients, which is why probiotics can help boost your gut bug army. However, 95% of probiotics don’t contain the probiotics they claim. Go with a reputable manufacturer, and if possible, choose a “symbiotic” (a probiotic blended with pre-biotic fiber to help your good gut bugs stick). (Get it HERE)

#2: Digestive Enzymes + Digestive Bitters

Your liver, saliva and pancreas produce natural digestive enzymes to help digest carbs, fats and proteins. However, if you have absorption issues, supplemental digestive enzymes and bitters give your body an extra “umph” to combat bloating, gas, constipation, indigestion and poor nutrient absorption. Take 1 to 2 with meals (Get digestive enzymes HERE and bitters HERE)

#3: Apple Cider Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules 

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Boost stomach acid to enhance digestion at meals. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 2 to 4 oz. of water or take apple cider vinegar in capsule form if you experience bloating regularly with meals. (Get it HERE and HERE)

#4: Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil

Essential fatty acids kick inflammation and aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals in other foods. Many fish oil supplements on the market go rancid, which is why I am picky with my formulas. I also love cod liver oil! Both fish oil and cod liver oil deliver the benefits from omega-3 fatty acids, but cod liver oil has the added vitamins A and D. (Get it HERE)

#5: Grass-fed Liver Capsules

Organ meats are nature’s power packed multivitamin—packed with B vitamins, zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and Vitamin A (“energy!”). Unfortunately, the majority of people do not eat them today. Thankfully, Ancestral Supplements to the rescue (Get it HERE and use code Dr.Lauren for 10% off).

*As with any supplement or nutrient recommendation, consult your personal healthcare provider to determine the best nutrients for you.

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