Recently I have started to listen to Joe Rogan’s (JRE) podcast. I highly recommend listening if you are at all interested in a wide array of topics from space travel, artificial intelligence, philosophy, diet and exercise, and personal health. He covers it all–which is what makes it so interesting. However, where he shines is how health conscious he is and his daily practice of exercise, a morning green smoothie and his daily supplement advice.
Since starting to listen to his podcast I have bought 10 new vitamin supplements to take. I will tell you about which ones I decided upon and why below!
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is great because it repairs and regenerates tissues, it protects against heart disease, aids in the absorption of iron, prevents scurvy (not really a 2017 issue, but still interesting), and decreases total LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Vitamin C may also help protect against certain cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites which are the preservatives found in food.
I’m convinced that taking vitamin C daily helps to boost my immune system and prevent the common cold.
Vitamin b12: Vitamin b12 helps to support adrenal function, maintain a healthy nervous system, are necessary for key metabolic processes, and are important to DNA synthesis.
Taking vitamin b12 is also great for improving your mood and I just feel more even keeled after starting to take b12.
Vitamin D3: Vitamin D assists in the absorption of calcium and promotes healthier bones which may slow osteoporosis. It also strengthens the immune system and protects against a number of serious diseases, including rickets and osteomalacia.
If you have any bone issues you can take D3; however, this is very preventative as you won’t need strong bones until it’s too late.
Vitamin D protects from high blood pressure, skin conditions such as psoriasis, and several autoimmune diseases (including M.S. and arthritis). Evidence has also demonstrated vitamin D defends against cancer (studies link a deficiency of vitamin D to as many as 18 different cancers).
This one seems very preventative as you don’t want to have a vitamin D deficiency.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains three fatty acids that help to prevent illness. They are caprilic acid, lauric acid and capric acid. Half of the fatty acids found in coconut oil are lauric acid. In the body, lauric acid converts into monolaurin, which is responsible for fighting off viruses and bacteria. The only source of lauric acid besides coconut oil is from breast milk.
Saturated fats in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides, which means that the saturated fat chain is shorter than that of animal fats. The body handles the medium chain fat in a positive way–they metabolize quickly and are not stored as fat.
Caprilic acid aids in digestion by balancing bacteria in the gut. It also inhibits arteries from clogging and helps to prevent heart disease.
Coconut oil is amazing to cook with as a replacement for butter or oil. Just make sure that whatever you are cooking is already at room temperature before you add in coconut oil. Otherwise the coconut oil will solidify.
Maybe it’s just me but I can feel the difference with daily coconut oil use. It tastes great and makes me feel much less lethargic than using butter. While I try to cook each day I usually don’t get around to it more than 2-3 times a week. As a result I take two coconut oil pills with my daily supplements.
Probiotic 40 Billion CFU: Probiotics are still being underestimated by the health community. Gut bacteria greatly affects both overall physical and mental health as there are 400 to 500 species of bacteria residing in your gut. This is important to know as probiotic bacteria has more functions than just digestion. They trigger immune system reactions throughout the body, including activating T-cells (which are a huge part of the body’s immune system response).
Good bacteria needs to comprise 85 percent of the intestinal flora while allowing the remaining 15 percent to be pathogenic. Two-thirds or more of the immune system relies on this, so if your body gets out of intestinal balance your immune system takes a giant hit. Probiotics are crucial for overall health as are normal bowel movements. That’s where I’ll leave it.
Tumeric: Research shows that turmeric can help to alleviate pain and improve function in people with arthritis and joint pain. There’s also studies that suggest that tumeric has protective effects against certain cancers, including prostate, breast, skin, and colon cancer. Community studies of people who consume turmeric regularly, as they do in India, has shown low rates of Alzheimer’s disease.
This is maybe my least favorite taste aside from apple cider vinegar. So I take it in pill form. I have a slight tinge in my knee after exercise and I have noticed it much less after starting my tumeric regimen.
Omega 3 Fish Oil: Omega-3 benefits your heart health. A study of over 11,000 heart attack survivors found that patients taking omega fish oil reduced their risk of a second heart attack, stroke, or even death. A separate study reported that men who consumed fish once or more every week had a 50 percent lower risk of death from a cardiac event than do men who eat fish less than once a month.
Omega 3’s also normalize and regulate your cholesterol levels. Studies have also shown that omega 3’s are anti-arrhythmic which prevent an irregular heartbeat. They also prevent blood clots, fatty deposits in your arteries and counteract inflammation. Long story short–eat fish.
Milk Thistle: Milk thistle is used by herbalists to treat liver diseases includingacute and chronic hepatitis, alcoholic cirrhosis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, as well as liver damage caused by chemicals, poisoning by the mushroom Amanita phalloides, jaundice and chronic inflammatory liver disease. Having a healthy liver is essential in staying healthy and detoxifying your body.
Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV has shown to help heartburn and acid reflux, support healthy cholesterol, and protect from arterial damage or oxidation (the rust of your arteries, which is the main risk of high cholesterol). ACV can also help you lose some weight. It helps to suppress your appetite, it increases your metabolism and helps to reduce water retention.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can also help to increase your body’s absorption of minerals from your food. This is great if you’re also eating healthy or drinking a green smoothie for breakfast.
I love taking ACV but I hate the taste, so I take it in pill form. It’s much easier this way and I feel more energized for the rest of the day after.
Cayenne: Cayenne benefits are maybe my favorite on this list. While cayenne is used to help digestion, cure diarrhea and is a remedy for cramps. But it’s amazing for me personally as it’s also used for heart conditions and expanding blood vessels-–which improves circulation, reverses blood clotting, lowers high cholesterol and prevents heart disease.
Results: I never get sick. Period. I also attribute this to taking a daily infrared sauna session. However, an infrared sauna isn’t a cure all to your health. You must practice a daily regimen of eating healthy and regular exercise. By adding these supplements I have started to take care of different parts of my body that I was neglecting previously. I am no longer doing that and I feel great as a result.
One thing to note is not to start taking everything all at once. I did this and I felt a bit off for a few weeks and my body ran hotter. I think it was a shock to my system but now I feel great, have lost a bit of weight and have lowered my blood pressure.