Dr. Yeargin, What do you take?
When considering nutrition/supplementation, a question that is frequently heard by myself and other doctors is “what do you take?” and I think this is a great question. Although certain elements will differ on a case-by-case basis, the following is a list of the supplements I take and why I recommend them.
- Multi-vitamin: Choose a low dose, whole food supplement that covers your basic nutritional needs. This should act as a multi-vitamin, and provide your body the vitamins and minerals needed on a daily basis, in case you are missing something in your diet.
- Omega: It is important to get the proper amounts of omega-3/omega-6’s to help with inflammation, and many other health issues.
- Brewers yeast: This is important for the content of B vitamins, minerals, and fiber. If you absolutely can’t find a brewers yeast you can tolerate (it does have a unique taste), look for a trace mineral whole food supplement and be sure you are getting enough fiber in your diet.
- Echinacea and Vitamin C: This is taken in a low dose to help strengthen the immune system. During cold and allergy season, step up the dosage to help your body’s defenses.
For certain cases:
- Histamine Regulator: A whole food supplement that helps regulate histamines. This is needed to help with allergies. Again a low dose can be taken everyday, and you can increase the dosage during allergy season, if it’s windy, or if you are having seasonal allergies.
- Silymarin: This is a plant based extract of milk thistle. It is meant to help with liver function, and blood sugar control.
- Probiotics: This will help with your bowels, and aid in digestion.
Don’t forget diet:
You still need a well balanced diet to meet your nutritional needs. Look into an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Mediterranean diet, as a good place to start. Be sure you are getting a rainbow of vegetables everyday. Stay away from protein that is high in fat (look for lean meat). Eat fish/seafood at least two times a week and no more than five times a week. Stay hydrated with plenty of water. Stay away from sugar, salt, white flour, and any highly processed foods.
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.