We get this question a lot from customers when they come in for the first time. Although we can never prescribe, we can give great information on the highest quality products available, because that’s all we carry!
A standard for everyone who wants lifelong, vibrant health are the “FOUNDATION 4” supplements. They include: Vitamin/minerals, Omega 3 fatty acids, Digestive enzymes and Probiotics. Anyone, from seniors down to toddlers can benefit with those four products. Of course dosages will be different depending on age and health status, but the foundation four products carry over through all generations.
It’s important to remember that many of our foods are depleted of certain nutrients as modern corporate farming methods have resulted in soils that are lacking in many nutrients. Add to this extensive processing, improper storage, etc., and its little wonder that many of the foods that reach our tables cannot meet our nutritional needs. This means for optimum health, it is necessary to get nutrients in the form of supplements.
#1. A High Potency, Whole-Food Based, All-Natural Multivitamin/Mineral
Not all vitamins are created equal! Vitamin supplements can be divided into two groups; synthetic and natural. Synthetic vitamins are produced in labs from chemicals that mirror their counterparts found in nature. Natural vitamins are derived from food sources so your body recognizes them as food and utilizes them more efficiently.
Supplements that are not labeled natural may also include coal tars, artificial coloring, preservatives, sugars, and starch, as well as other additives like aluminum (YES, aluminum!). You should be aware of these harmful elements when you purchase any supplements. Even vitamins that state they are natural, may not be extracted from whole food sources. Read labels carefully and remember that you get what you pay for! Don’t expect to feel more energy when taking a mass produced, low-potency “once daily” that you picked up in the vitamin aisle at the local grocery or dollar store. You may as well take the money you spent and flush it right down the toilet because with the coatings and binders used manufacturing synthetic multis, they aren’t going to break down and absorb anyway.
Look for a vitamin that is extracted from whole food concentrates that does not contain an entire list of “other ingredients” like binders, fillers, artificial colors, coatings and such. Natural vitamins do not contain any of those things. One to try: Pure Essence Lab’s One ’n Only or Life Essence. They are long-time Baum’s Best Sellers!
#2. Essential Fatty Acids from Fish Oil
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are considered “essential fats” because they are required for good health but cannot be produced by our bodies. Research has determined that in order to prevent deficiency and ensure optimal health, EFAs should be taken daily.
Proper cell function is dependent on a balanced intake of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats. The American diet is so overloaded with Omega-6 fats from processed foods, refined vegetable oils and meat that it is nearly impossible to maintain a proper balance. When Omega 6 is out of balance in the body, it causes inflammation. Chronic inflammation causes disease. Omega 3’s are absolutely necessary to keep the Omega 6’s in check, keep inflammation to a minimum and help prevent disease. The list of the benefits of Omega 3 is long. It includes:
- Cardiovascular Health
- Joint Health
- Eye/Vision Health
- Healthy Skin
- Healthy Mood
- Immune System Support
Quality is extremely important when purchasing fish oil. If you open a bottle of fish oil and it stinks or smells “fishy,” throw it out! Good quality fish oil, should never smell bad or give you rancid fish burps. Baums only buys the highest quality fish oils on the market, so YOU can too! One to try: Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega with D3
#3 Digestive Enzymes
One of the major theories behind the inclusion of digestive enzymes as a foundation supplement stems from the work of physician Edward Howell. In the 1930s and 1940s, he did extensive research on enzymes and declared them essential. He noted that the cooking and processing of foods, destroys enzymes that naturally occur in foods. According to Dr. Howell, “our overly cooked and processed diet led to dramatic changes in the ability of modern men and women to digest foods and remain healthy.”
Let’s use beans as an example. You rinse them, drain them and cook them for a long time. Any enzymes contained in the beans were destroyed by this process. Without enzymes, what happens? You eat the beans, you get bloated, gassy and uncomfortable. The beans haven’t digested properly and they ferment instead, causing gas. If you had taken a digestive enzyme supplement prior to eating those beans, they would have been better digested and the chance of gas would have been greatly reduced. You also are able to absorb much more of the nutritional value when enzymes are available to help break down foods.
Beans are just one example. Anything you see in a box, sitting on the shelf of the grocery store, has almost certainly been stripped of its enzymes. Without enzymes, packaged foods can sit on the shelf much longer without spoiling.
Enzyme Experts recommend that you take a digestive enzyme blend prior to meals to ensure proper digestion. A blend will cover all types of food, including protein, carbohydrates, fiber & fats.
What to Try? Baums Veggie Zymes (Adults) or Nature’s Plus Tummy-Zyme (Kids)
#4 Probiotics (good bacteria)
Chances are you’ve heard of probiotics – especially if you’ve seen a yogurt commercial in the last couple of years – but do you have any idea as to what they really are, how they work, or why we really need them?
Probiotics are naturally occurring bacterium that live in our intestinal tract. The most abundant being acidophilus and bifidobacterium. Probiotics help keep balance in our bodies, from fighting-off harmful bacteria we ingest, to fighting off allergies.
Most people don’t know that most of their immune system is located in the gut as a vast network of lymph tissue referred to as GALT (gut associated lymphatic tissue). The probiotics in our gut are constantly interfacing with the GALT and essentially priming the immune system for contact with other bacteria. One way probiotics keep us healthy is by breaking-down other bacteria in the foods we eat. This helps prevent food-born illnesses such as salmonella. They also populate themselves in healthy numbers so that when other bacterium are ingested, the healthy ones crowd them out, preventing illness.
It’s important to remember that when anyone takes an antibiotic that is prescribed by a doctor, it kills ALL bacteria in the body. Both good and bad. Often this causes diarrhea or even constipation. It is vitally important to restore those good bacteria for optimal health and wellness. You can take probiotics and antibiotics at the same time, just take them as far apart from each other as possible.
Baums carries probiotics for everyone, from newborns all the way through the senior years. Come in and pick up more great information on probiotics and the wonderful ways they keep us healthy!
Baums Best Seller: Jarrow Formulas, JarrowDophilus EPS or Baums 35 Billion Probiotic.
Please purchase your supplements from a health food store where the employees are knowledgeable and the quality of supplements is top shelf.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.