So, you’re eating Paleo but you sometimes feel as though something is missing. Considering how depleted our soil system is, even the best diet can’t provide all the nutrients we need to achieve optimal health. So I’m sharing with you some of my favorite add-ons and supplements.
NOTE: No one pays me to endorse any product. I don’t even get free stuff. So rest assured I have not been bribed by any company to promote their product here. I just like this stuff.
Fish Oil – hugely necessary, hugely beneficial, especially since we – my Colorado Springs peeps and I – all not only live at elevation, but we live in a “high desert” climate. As a result, my life is a constant battle dry air, dehydration, and dry skin. I haven’t even mentioned how good fish oil is for the brain. Amazing.
According to FoodGuru:
“Omega-3: A lot of the magic in fish oil pills comes from this substance right here, omega-3 fatty acids. This stuff is like liquid gold. It’s probably some of the best cardiovascular support you could ever get, and will lower bad cholesterol considerably if regularly dosed. It also acts as a strong anti-inflammatory, which helps bloodflow, joints, and pretty much everything else in your body work smoothly and pain free.”
Digestive Enzymes – I never realized I needed digestive help until I began taking digestive enzymes. They just … help. No matter how many cruciferous veggies I eat, I rarely clear out a room now. Hee hee.
According to the Probiotics Review Guide:
“Digestive enzymes are very important to a person’s overall health. They help our body to digest food. They also help to repair muscle tissue and help support many other bodily functions. Digestive enzymes help to break down the foods that we eat. There are many different digestive enzymes and each enzyme is responsible for a specific task within the digestive system. Bromelain helps to break down protein, amalyse helps to break down starches and lipase helps to break down fat within the body. People with high cholesterol can benefit from taking amalyse and lipase because they can help to keep arteries clean.”
“Digestive enzymes are contained in the food that we eat. However, these foods often don’t contain enough enzymes due to poor soil and growing conditions and over cooking of foods. The human body also produces some digestive enzymes, but overly processed foods and stress can cause digestive enzymes to be decreased in the body. Certain medications also can also cause a reduction in digestive enzymes.”
Bone Broth – ooooh, bone broth, you magical, magical food. I make my own bone broth weekly, and I just feel so much better when I consume it regularly. Not only is it a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals, it’s also the best natural chondroitin-glucosamine supplement you will ever encounter. Boosts the immune system. Makes you sexier. Etc.
According to Jenny at Nourished Kitchen:
“Bone broths are extraordinarily rich in nutrients – particularly minerals and amino acids. Bone broths are a good source of amino acids – particularly arginine, glycine and proline. Glycine supports the bodies detoxification process and is used in the synthesis of hemoglobin, bile salts and other naturally-occurring chemicals within the body. Glycine also supports digestion and the secretion of gastric acids. Proline, especially when paired with vitamin C, supports good skin health.”
“Bone broths are also rich in gelatin which improves collagen status, thus supporting skin health. Gelatin also support digestive health which is why it plays a critical role in the GAPS diet. And, lastly, if you’ve ever wondering why chicken soup is good for a cold, there’s science behind that, too. Chicken stock inhibits neutrophil migration; that is, it helps mitigate the side effects of colds, flus and upper respiratory infections.”