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My Morning Supplements

Emily Akradi - Morning Supplements

Each morning, I take a bunch of supplements. They’re not chose at random… they are chosen based on lab analysis of my blood. I have my blood work done periodically to check my hormone levels and to make sure my body is balanced.

My morning supplements include:

 

I’m going to touch briefly on the ‘why’ behind a few of most important supplements I take. If you have additional questions about these supplements or why I take them, please feel free to reach out! I’m happy to answer your questions. Please note: I’m not a doctor but I do have a passion for health and have spent significant time researching and learning about nutrition and other factors that impact health and wellness.

Why DIM?

Diindolylmethane (DIM, in short) is the principal breakdown product of indole 3-carbinol (I3C), the phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, mustard greens, radishes, watercress, and turnips. DIM, has been shown in scientifi­c studies to reduce the risk of breast, cervical and other estrogen-driven cancers by helping the body to make a better balance of the “good estrogen” (2-hydroxy-estrone) compared to the “bad estrogen” (16-alpha-hydroxy-estrone).

Why a MultiVitamin?

Many studies that have proven the benefits of a daily multivitamin. Simply put, we are not getting the vitamins and minerals needed out of our foods. The most important take away on the multi is to make sure to take a high-quality one that will easily absorb in your body. You should also have a formulation which separates an a.m. and p.m. dose. In the morning you should have support with energy production and a higher dose of B and your evening dose should help promote restful sleep with minerals like magnesium.

Why Fish Oil?

Fish oil or essential fatty acid‘s (EFA’s) are a must in my morning routine. These fatty acids have many important roles in protecting and optimizing the health of your brain and body. Your brain is 60% fat and most of that is from an omega three fatty acid called DHA. DHA promotes new neuron growth through a process called nerogenesis that ideally should continue throughout adulthood. Omega-3 and omega six fatty acids also regulate your metabolism and help prevent inflammation throughout your body.

Why a Probiotic?

Most of us at some point have been exposed to antibiotics and unfortunately those antibiotics wipe out all the good bacteria in our system as well as the bad. A lack of good bacteria in our digestive systems can lead to allergies and other autoimmune issues. Good bacteria will help maintain a healthier, more functional digestive system. Healthy bacteria also improves brain function.

If you’re not taking supplements in the morning, try these out and see how much better you feel.  And as always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

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