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Issue 159: From Jordan's Desk: The Big Three

The Big Three

If I’ve been asked it once, I’ve been asked it thousands of times. It’s a question I love, too, because it gives me the chance to emphasize the importance of what I call “The Big Three.” The question is this: Where do I start to get on the right track with my health? My answer is direct and simple: Take The Big Three—a multivitamin, probiotic and concentrated omega-3—each day.

I then go on to explain why we need The Big Three. Here are some highlights:

Ideally, our diets would provide adequate nutrition. However, one-third to two-thirds of the standard American diet is junk food. That kind of diet can’t possibly deliver all the nutrients our bodies need, causing us to come up short on proper nutrition. In fact, a 2011 Journal of Nutrition study confirms that many Americans’ dietary habits consistently fail to meet even the minimal intakes recommended for many key nutrients.

You may be interested to know, too, that essential nutrients are nutrients the body can’t make by itself and must come from the diet—and if the diet is lacking, then we’re not getting what we need. Add our nutrient-poor diet to environmental pollution and stress, and we are cheated out of nutrition—but a daily multivitamin covers your nutritional bases.   

Likewise, an unhealthy diet and lifestyle decreases healthy gut bacteria. Consuming probiotics increases good intestinal bacteria—aiding digestion and nutrient absorption, basically determining how well-nourished we are. Probiotics also support the immune system (since between 70 percent to 80 percent of our immune cells are housed in the gut), create B vitamins and certain enzymes, support healthy weight management, metabolism, blood sugar levels, organ function (including the liver) and even healthy cognition and mood.

And don’t forget about omega-3s. Omega-3s can support a healthy cardiovascular system, joints, inflammation levels, eyes, bones, skin and healthy aging at the cellular level—but we typically don’t get enough omega-3s. That’s why experts at the Global Summit on Omega-3s recommended doubling omega-3 intake to 1,000mg, saying that 98 percent of the world’s population would benefit from higher concentrations of omega-3s in the blood.

Speaking of omega-3s. . .  Fish oil is an excellent source of omega-3s because it contains abundant and biologically potent omega-3s, especially DHA and EPA. By the way, most of the health benefits from omega-3s come from their DHA and EPA content.

What’s extra cool about fish oil is that heavy metals and other contaminants can be removed from it, while EPA and DHA levels can be concentrated in it. That makes fish oil a pure and potent source of EPA and DHA—and why fish oil may just be the alpha of omegas! Be careful what fish oil you buy, though. There are hundreds of fish oils on the market, but they’re not all created equal.

So, if you’re wondering what to focus on for your health, consider taking The Big Three—a multivitamin, probiotic and concentrated omega-3— every day.

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.


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