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4 Essential Supplements for Better Health

A few weeks ago I told you I was planning to make some changes to get healthier and happier. I said I would start small and work my way up. In case you missed it, these were my start-up resolutions:

  • Evening walks with the dog.
  • Home cooked meals 6 nights a week.
  • Jamieson Essentials supplements every day.

Get moving with daily walks.

So far so good! I did miss a few days when I was working late and with my cold this week, but I’ve been getting my walks in most evenings. Hubby has had some time off so between the two of us we’re doing really well at keeping all our meals home cooked. That will probably change when he goes back to work, but that’s okay because, as I remind myself half a dozen times a day, it doesn’t have to be perfect! My plan is to keep up the good work and to slowly add more physical activity as it becomes a habit.

I’ve also been taking a carefully curated selection of Jamieson Essentials™ multivitamins, omega-3, probiotics, and vitamin D supplements every day. Unlike my other resolutions, this is an easy one to keep! I store them on my kitchen counter so they’re right where I can see them when I’m getting dinner on the table (in sight, in mind, right?). I just take one of each with my dinner and that’s it. Why these four?

 Jamieson Essentials provide a good foundation for healthier living by supporting digestive, heart, bone, and overall health.

Jamieson 100% Complete Multivitamins for Adults

Proper nutrition and a healthy balanced diet are unquestionably the best way to meet our body’s nutritional needs, but the fact remains that 60% of Canadians don’t get all the essential nutrients they need from diet alone. A quality multivitamin helps ensure I meet my daily vitamin needs as recommended by Health Canada.

Jamieson Extra Strength Omega-3

For most of human history, the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 oils in our diets was fairly equally balanced, but with the spread of processed foods and seed oil, that ratio has shifted. In fact, 40% of Canadians don’t get enough omega-3s from diet alone. Unfortunately, too little omega-3 and too much omega-6 is associated with modern inflammatory diseases like heart disease.

Fish is the best source out there for omega-3 oils so we do our best to eat it on a regular basis. Unfortunately, fish also tends to be more expensive than other proteins, and certain species (e.g., swordfish, shark, tilefish, marlin, king mackerel, albacore tuna) carry a higher risk of heavy metal contamination.

Fish is the best source of omega-3 oils.

Looking for an easy salmon recipe? Try my Creamy Dill and Garlic Salmon.

When we don’t get enough seafood, omega-3 supplements help shift the ratio back to a proper 1:1 balance for better cardiovascular health. I’ve tried omega-3 supplements in the past but couldn’t get past the “fishy burps” or aftertaste. I’m really sensitive to it actually, so I was relieved to discover that when Jamieson says their omega-3 pills have no fishy aftertaste, it’s really true! I’ve never had any fishy aftertaste or upset stomach with these, and that makes taking them every day completely painless.

Jamieson Probiotic 10 Billion

I think I’ve mentioned before that I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Eating a minimally processed and paleo-friendly diet helps a lot, but I still have occasional symptoms, and if I eat something I know I shouldn’t (because who doesn’t once in a while?), I can have an unpleasant flare-up. As probiotics play an important role in overall digestive and immune health, I was particularly interested in seeing if adding these every day would reduce those flare-ups. I haven’t had any digestive problems lately, but I haven’t been taking them long enough yet to say whether it’s the probiotics making a difference or just chance.

Jamieson Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D also plays a key role in the maintenance of good health and a healthy immune system, yet two thirds of Canadians don’t get enough to prevent major diseases. Vitamin D can be found in certain foods like fatty fish, cheese, and egg yolks, but the best source is sunlight. Here in Vancouver (and most of Canada for that matter), that can be in rather short supply 9 months out of the year. And right now, our cold wet winter doesn’t exactly encourage me to hang around outside looking for rays.

Recent research studies have also found a link between low levels of vitamin D and symptoms of IBS. It’s still early days, but this is yet another reason for me to keep taking those daily vitamin D supplements.

For more information on the Essentials line of supplements and how they can help support your healthy resolution this year, visit Jamieson Essentials™.

 Jamieson Essentials provide a good foundation for healthier living by supporting digestive, heart, bone, and overall health.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ. This information is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.

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