Written By: Dr Ayesha Qureshi
Proper supplementation can help with good health. At the Muscle and Joint Clinic, our team of Naturopaths can help keep your body healthy and functioning properly by ensuring you supplementing correctly. Here are a list of supplements a Naturopathic Doctor can help you with:
o Number One: Vitamin D. According to Stats Canada, about thirty-two percent of Canadians had vitamin D inadequacy, and forty percent had vitamin D inadequacy in the winter months. Low vitamin D levels have been linked with poor bone mineralization and skeletal deformities, muscle pain, asthma, low immunity, risk of cardiovascular disease among more. Sources of vitamin D include egg yolk, fish, mushrooms and fortified dairy products. Limited sun exposure and having darker pigmented skin can put you at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor or healthcare provider to see if you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D and if supplementation may be necessary.
o Number Two: Probiotics and immune support. The gut has a strong influence on your immune system. Keeping your gut healthy is an essential step in keeping your whole body healthy! Incorporating probiotics in the diet is one recommendation I often tell my patients to help improve their gut. Probiotics are live bacterial organisms that are beneficial to your overall health. There are many factors that can affect the gut such as poor dietary habits, stress and medications. Antibiotics for example not only kill the bad bacteria but they also destroy the good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics will help restore the microbiota balance. Probiotic foods include pickles, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and tempeh. Probiotic supplementation may also be helpful in many cases such as constipation. Talk to your healthcare provider or Naturopathic Doctor and see which strain and dosage is right for you and your child.
o Number Three: Botanical herbs There are a number of botanical herbs that are immune stimulating and strengthening. These include Astragalus, Sambuscus, Codonopsis and Echinacea. Depending on the immune status, different herbs may be beneficial. Be sure to discuss with your health practitioner if these herbs are right for you.
To learn more about supplementation, book a free consultation with our naturopathic doctors today! Call us at 905-593-1605. Thank you for listening to our podcast, we wish you the best of health!
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