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Seven Basic Daily Nutrients Every Single Needs

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CC Photo Courtesy of Bradley Stemke via Flickr

Have you ever considered the basic building blocks to good nutrition? Do you know how many you are missing? These seven basic daily nutrients are essential to maintain good health.

1. Probiotics

Probiotics are essential for good flora, which should naturally inhabit the intestinal track. Probiotics inhibit growth of toxic bacteria and yeast. They boost the immune system, 70 percent of which is found in your colon. Probiotics reduce liver stress, enhance intestinal function and “sweeten” the gut.

Do you need a probiotic? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Are you a frequent antibiotic user?
  • Do you tend to be constipated?
  • Do you stay away from fermented foods like yogurt?
  • To you have a tendency to have yeast infections?
  • Do you drink tap water with chlorine in it?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, probiotics may be a good choice for you.

2. Minerals

Minerals have three major functions: 1) they provide the structural materials for building bones and connective tissue, 2) they facilitate the production of both neurotransmitters and hormones and 3) they function as an integral part of chemical and enzyme reactions, such as the manufacturing of proteins and replicating of DNA. Most Americans have severe mineral malnutrition as our soil is void of minerals.

Do you need minerals? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Do you have cravings?
  • Do you eat a bad or standard American fast-food diet?
  • Do you eat fruits and vegetables that are not organic?
  • Do you have dental issues like crooked teeth, or have you lost any teeth?
  • Do you have poor hair and nail health?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a quality liquid mineral supplement may be a good choice for you.

3. Greens

A green drink provides a complete balance of protein, essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and green foods. It provides antioxidant protection, encourages growth of healthy colonic flora, supports the digestion, assists detoxification of the liver and kidneys, and helps protect the body. It is an excellent way to begin any day. Chlorophyll alkalizes the body— good for body odor, oxygen, halitosis and pregnancy.

Do you need a green drink or more green foods? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Are you missing a dark green, organic daily salad?
  • Are you lacking in seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day?
  • Are most of your servings of fruits and vegetables not organic?
  • Do you eat most of your meals out?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a green drink or more green vegetables will be a good choice for you.

4. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)

Flaxseed, super-Omega 3’s and evening primrose oil are but a few of the good sources for essential fatty acids. EFAs help with various chronic degenerative diseases. Research has confirmed the positive result of EFA supplementation for more than 60 major health concerns, including allergies, breast tenderness, cancer, heart disease, intestinal disorders, menopause, neurological disease, skin issues and autoimmune disorders. Stay away from hydrogenated oils like margarine, lard and vegetable oils. Use extra virgin olive oil and extra virgin organic coconut oil instead. Be sure to add plenty of nuts, avocados, fish from the ocean and lots of good oils to your diet.

Do you need a fish or krill supplement in your diet? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Do you eat farm-raised fish or no fish at all?
  • Do you eat poultry and beef that contain hormones, as opposed to grass-fed sources of protein?
  • Do you use margarine as opposed to organic butter?
  • Do you eat fried foods?
  • Do you have pain or inflammation?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a quality pharmaceutical-grade, mercury-free fish or krill oil may be a good choice for you.

5. Multivitamin

A high-quality natural multivitamin and trace mineral supplement can be a good choice. However, if you are taking a mulitvitamin, make sure it contains no dye, fillers or tar-based products. Be sure your vitamin is not synthetic as well.

Do you need a quality multivitamin? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Do you eat out several times a week at fast-food restaurants?
  • When you eat at home, is your food canned or pre-packaged?
  • Do you eat white grains?
  • Are you lacking in seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a quality multivitamin may be a good choice for you.

6. Fiber

Fiber is essential. Colon cleansing is important to pull toxins out of the body. We suggest consuming 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. The second leading cause of death among cancer patients is colon cancer, just behind lung cancer.

Do you need a quality fiber supplement? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Are you only eating white grains?
  • Do you have one or less bowel movements a day?
  • Do you have loose stools?
  • Are you eating less than 35 grams of quality fiber a day?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a quality fiber supplement may be a good choice for you. If you have irritable bowel of any kind, using marshmallow and slippery elm can be the best choice of fiber for you.

7. Antioxidants

Antioxidants help prevent free-radical damage by scavenging oxygen radicals, which may help prevent decay and inflammation of any kind.

Do you need a quality antioxidant drink? Ask yourself these questions.

  • Do you exercise regularly?
  • Do you have blood-sugar issues?
  • Do you have inflammation?
  • Do you have a family history of heart disease, cancer, stroke or diabetes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, a quality antioxidant may be a good choice for you.

Focusing on the seven basic nutrients is an excellent starting place for anyone wanting to improve their health.

This information is for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have any health problems, consult a health practitioner before embarking on any course of treatment.

About Tonja Wells, CNHP, NHC

Tonja Wells is a Certified Natural Health Professional through Trinity School of Natural Health and a Certified Herbal Health Consultant through Tree of Light Institute. Tonja has also travels throughout the United States, teaching Schools of Natural Health for the nation’s largest herb company. She has been working as an herbalist since 1994 years and offices in North Richland Hills. She began working with herbs to overcome the major health issue of Fibromyalgia. After regaining her own health she began her educational journey in herbal health and nutrition and now works full time as an herbalist designing herbal health and nutritional programs for her clients.
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