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Nutritional Supplements

Not everyone can afford to purchase nutritional supplements or afford the cost of seeing a healthcare provider who can advise them as to what is most beneficial. Take heart in knowing that healthy food is the foundation for good health and keep your health in check by choosing nutrient dense foods such as whole, cooked grains like brown rice, millet, buckwheat, rolled oats, quinoa and dense dark breads; choose nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, soaking them overnight in order to make them more digestible; choose free-range, organic meats, fowl and wild fish whenever possible. Make all meals complete with brightly colored fruits and vegetables, and explore community gardens or farmer's markets as a low-cost way to increase the amount fresh produce in your diet.

However, if you find that you just can't follow a strict whole foods diet or that it is not enough for your specific health concerns than you may wish to consider taking some nutritional supplements. If you can only afford a few supplements than the most important are a good multivitamin and an essential fatty acid blend, which will provide you with the most critical nutrients.

Read the labels of all supplements carefully, especially food supplements such as protein powders and sports fuel drinks as they often contain sugar, artificial sweeteners, or ingredients that you might be allergic or sensitive to. If the manufacturer does not disclose all information about the product, do not buy it. Avoid gimmicky products that promise more than seems possible and consult with your healthcare provider before taking any nutritional supplement.

The most well-researched and reliable nutritional supplement providers:
- Metagenics
- Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR)
- Biotics
- Life Extension Foundation

Supplements from these providers can be found here, except for Life Extension Foundation products, which can be found here

5 most common nutritional deficiencies:
Magnesium, Zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA, DHA).

Other common nutritional deficiencies:
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12 (vegans and vegetarians), Iron (menstruating women), folic acid (critical during the first 12 weeks of fetal neuronal development)

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