Carolina Holistic Medicine | Functional & Alternative Medicine | Charleston, SC

April is National Nutrition Month

Dear Patient,

The goal of April’s National Nutrition Month is to recognize and bring awareness to the importance of good nutrition. Through research, we are becoming increasingly aware of the connection between our diets and our overall health. A healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle can help prevent many chronic health conditions and keep you feeling your best.

Below is some useful information about top recommended supplements including popular products from my dispensary that may promote your general well-being:

While the best way to get your daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals is through a healthy and balanced diet, multivitamins can help fill the gap when food sources aren’t enough. Multivitamin supplements may help reduce the risk of certain health conditions as they prevent deficiency of many vitamins and minerals. Studies have examined the benefits of multivitamins in cases of malabsorption related to gastrointestinal conditions, as well as the prevention of cardiovascular and cognitive disease. Learn more about multivitamin supplements here. 

Top multivitamin supplements on Fullscript:
O.N.E. Multivitamin by Pure Encapsulations  our #1 most recommended MVM.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, particularly those containing EPA and DHA, have gained popularity in recent years and for good reason: their powerful anti-inflammatory effects. As omega-3s contribute to the pliability and elasticity of cell membranes, they are essential to the health of our brain, blood vessels, skin, and hair. Research has shown benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate depression, cardiovascular disease, and various autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Although most commonly derived from fish oils, you may also find omega-3 supplements derived from krill, squid, or flaxseed. Learn more about fish oil supplements here. 

Top omega 3 fatty acid supplements on Fullscript:
ProOmega 2000 by Nordic Naturals
OmegaGenics® EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is produced in your skin from exposure to sunlight. However, unless you live in a country that is close to the equator or you spend lots of time outside, it’s difficult for most individuals to produce enough of this vitamin. Supplementing your diet with vitamin D, through fortified foods and dietary supplements, can help promote bone health, regulate hormone production and function, support the immune system, and improve cardiovascular disease risk factors. Learn more about vitamin D supplements here.

Top vitamin D supplements on Fullscript:
Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2 by Ortho Molecular Products
Vitamin K2 with D3 by Ortho Molecular Products

Did you know that over two-thirds of a human’s immune system lives in the gut? Although most widely known for their beneficial effects in the gastrointestinal system, probiotic supplements can have a wide range of effects. In addition to being used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, research has demonstrated the positive effects of probiotics for immune health and several immune-mediated conditions. Dysbiosis or SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) which is tested at CHM is treated with this as part of a full regiment to repair the gut.  Recent research has also linked gut health to mental health status, specifically examining the benefits of probiotics for individuals with depression. Learn more about probiotic supplements here. 

Top probiotic supplements on Fullscript: 
Ortho Biotic by Ortho Molecular Products
MegaSporeBiotic by Microbiome Labs

Log in to your Fullscript account now to explore these supplements depending your plan you will receive discounts.  For those who do not have access to Fullscript, write us and we will provide you with access passwords.

A healthy diet complemented by the right supplements is a recipe for success when it comes to proper nutrition. The IFM Dietary Plans to help you choose healthy foods and plan meals that meet your nutritional needs and reduce your risk of nutrition-related conditions.  Our patients have access to the Institute for Functional Medicine dietary plans.

I hope you found this information informative and helpful and am wishing you a very happy and healthy National Nutrition Month!

In good health,

The providers at CHM:  Dr. Saleeby, Kristin Richardson, PA and Roxanne Altman, FNP.

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