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5 Natural Supplements for Peace of Mind & Body

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A holiday weekend gives you some time to relax, reflect, and take stock...of the collection of natural supplements sitting on one's shelf.

Following are some products I use and find beneficial. If you are interested, I encourage you to read more online, ask your physician if they are safe for you to take, and try out if it is medically safe and might be helpful. 

Personally I have found that doctors rarely will push you to take supplements, but at the same time if they're not dangerous for you, they will tell you that you can try them and see what they do for you. If you do take supplements, make sure you understand what dose you are taking so that you're not overdoing it (toxicity) or underdoing it (no impact). Also make sure that you're not unintentionally taking too much (for example if you take a multivitamin and then B-complex together). 

And if you can, try to get high-quality supplements made from actual foods - more likely available at places like Whole Foods than the dollar store. (Seem expensive? Compare the cost of a nutritional supplement with the cost of getting sick.)

In general I don't like to take artificial nutrients as a substitute for actual food. I've been told, and I think it's true, that the best way to support your health is by eating whole, natural, unprocessed food. (I love the 12-vegetable soup at Au Bon Pain.) At the same time, you can't always eat enough of the good things to help you get the vitamins you need.

Also, nutritional supplements are just one part of a healthy lifestyle - the rest including (of course) things like exercise, relaxation, laughter, learning, and relationships. Spirituality of some kind helps too.

I don't endorse any specific product or vendor; the links are only provided for your convenience. However, I find that you can get most things from Puritan's Pride or Amazon.com (if you want the convenience of online), CVS or a local health food store or Asian market (they have an unbelievably good selection of medicinal teas). I don't often buy at Whole Foods because it's so expensive, but then again their quality seems to be fairly high. 

1. Omega 3-6-9 - benefits galore, not the least of which is good mood

2. Ubiquinol - promotes heart health

3. Turmeric - reduces inflammation

4. Medicinal teas - such as "detox tea," which is what it sounds like and has a zillion variations. Also decaf green tea (various benefits) with Ginkgo (memory booster) - I know they sell this on Amazon

5. Adora chocolate calcium with D3 and magnesium - gotta get that calcium, and do you really want to drink so much milk (I am not a fan of dairy products) - they sell this at Whole Foods and we gobble it up. 

If you are interested in nutrition generally, I highly recommend signing up for Dr. Joseph Mercola's free online newsletter. You may not agree with everything he says, and he does sell products. However, I've never bought anything from this site and I feel that have learned a tremendous amount of information by reading the daily articles.

Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone, and good luck!

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