You eat right. You exercise. You even get plenty of sleep – most of the time. Yet despite all these healthy habits, you may not be getting the nutrients your body needs to function optimally. Problems with absorption or low nutrient density in foods can limit the body’s ability to get the nutrients necessary for living well day after day.
So, how do you get all the nutrients you need daily? A targeted, high-quality supplement regimen.
The Benefits of Supplements
It goes without saying that the average American diet is rich with processed foods, refined carbs and sugary sweeteners – foods that are the antithesis of nutritional value. On the other hand, fresh, whole foods can provide a variety of nutrients, but it’s not always easy for those nutrients to reach the cells and tissues that need them most. This means that regardless of whether you eat a “perfect” diet or live for drive-thru, your diet needs additional support. There are numerous factors that can impact absorption and limit your nutrient intake, such as stress, age, lack of sleep and activity level. Plus, the nutrient quality of even the freshest whole foods is less than 50 percent of what it was 20 years ago. This is often due to chemical fertilizers and climate changes, environmental toxins and transport preservation. High-quality supplements can ensure absorption is optimized and that nutrient quality is at its peak.
Low levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can diminish your health and quality of life. Without adequate balance of all the right nutrients, your body’s function will suffer. You may be unaware of your own nutritional deficiencies, especially considering some of the symptoms of deficiency can masquerade as effects of stress or aging, such as low energy or joint pain. Nutritional deficiencies can easily be avoided or reversed with a targeted supplement regimen.
And, it has to be said, aging is a major cause of nutritional deficiencies. As you age, the body’s ability to absorb nutrients is impaired. Your body cannot digest and absorb foods as efficiently as you did in your younger years, making complete nutrition limited if don’t get added support from quality supplements.
The “Core Four”
Choosing the right supplements can seem like an overwhelming task, after all there are aisles, websites and whole retailers dedicated to the sale of supplements. How do you know what to choose? It can be helpful to seek advice from an expert—a physician specializing in functional medicine can help you determine the best supplement regimen for your unique needs and introduce you to pharmaceutical-grade brands that are of the highest quality to optimize benefits.
However, the best place to start is with the basics. There are some nutrients that almost everyone lacks—primarily because these nutrients aren’t found in foods traditionally associated with the Western diet.
At YoungerMeMD, Dr. Varano guides all his patients to embrace what he likes to call the “Core Four.” The top four supplements that everyone needs in their daily regimen, not only to optimize health and wellbeing but also to ensure you’re getting plenty of those nutrients commonly missing from the average American diet.
Get to know the Core Four:
Even the perfect diet needs support. Discover how nutritional guidance and a comprehensive supplement regimen from an expert physician can change your life. Dr. Kenneth Varano, Medical Director of YoungerMeMD, offers nutritional counseling services, as well as range of high-quality, pharmaceutical grade supplements to optimally support your health. Learn more about nutrition and supplements at YoungerMeMD in Philadelphia or schedule a consultation with Dr. Varano and begin your journey to a happier, healthier way of life.
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