My favorite supplements

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Think globally, act locally. We’ve all heard this slogan a million times and intuitively understand the wisdom but struggle with how to implement it in a way that has meaning. Certainly with the immense events of the last year, we all have had a lesson on the broad interconnections of a global community. Acting globally can be easier than acting locally as the places and people are far away, whereas acting locally means by definition doing something which affects your family, friends and community. People close to us have more emotional impact on us — they mean more to us. Living in balance includes this recognition: The health of your community affects not only your global connections but importantly you and your family.

Our town struggles with a local Ozark economy — we all know what this means and just how difficult it is. It only takes one thing to occur to change the promise of good times to the reality of struggling through. Which most of us courageously and steadfastly do — some exhaust themselves and transition on. For you and your family, I give you five of my favorite supplements.

MSM in an organic sulfur which is found in all living tissue, both plant and animal. It is a very fast acting anti-inflammatory taking pain away within minutes of swallowing or rubbing onto a body via crème. I know of no downside using up to 6,000 mg/day in almost all people. It also helps improve skin (collagen), hair and nails as well as improving cartilage while reducing allergies. I take 1,000 mg each morning as new research shows a linkage to not having enough MSM in the diet to coronary artery disease. I take 3,000 mg at bedtime if I need to be able to sleep the night without low back pain.

Probiotics at low dose, 1 capsule each day, keeps digestion in line as well as supporting immune system health. I’ve read scientific literature linking inadequate probiotics to plaque buildup in all arteries because of certain proteins not being digested. Right at the end of prescribed antibiotic therapy, a course of increased probiotics is called for, otherwise trouble can follow. Yogurt isn’t strong enough and not all supplements are equal.

Magnesium is required for a huge list of body processes yet we don’t get enough in our diet. Making this worse is that prescribed drugs like heart medicines decrease absorption of this very needed mineral. I like the chelated type and take 2 tablets daily.

AdvaCal calcium is the only calcium I recommend. This is extremely safe as it is so highly absorbed … much higher than any other type or brand. Osteopenia, osteoporosis, bone health and even if you’re taking acid blockers like Pepcid indicate the need for this supplement.

D-Mannose is remarkable and useful when you have an acute or even chronic urinary tract/bladder infection. Fast, to the point and easy to use describes this simple gift of nature. Change in life is often difficult but seeing is believing. Try these and see!

I ask you all to recognize the importance of Eureka Springs to your lives. Look out for each other, adopt a concerned attitude — do what you can do for your community, your family, your friends, yourself. Act locally, think globally and have the best new year.