When you want to build a home, an education, a marriage, or a business, you understand the importance of building a solid foundation. But when it comes to nutrition and supplementation, most people think the answer is to find that one product, food, essential oil, or other hack.
They miss the concept of starting with a foundation.
But, without a solid supplement foundation (and the first three habits of VIGOR(ESS) health), most targeted supplements have minimal impact.
That’s why when someone asks me about which supplements they should take, I always point them to The Foundational Five first.
I’ve listed my (current) favorite product for each of the Foundational Five below.
Start with these five, and if you have specific goals or needs, add other supplements in addition to, but not instead of these five.
Thorne Multivitamin Elite AM/PM
I’m a bit biased on this multivitamin, as I helped formulate it when I worked at Thorne. It contains the most bioavailable ingredients. The A.M. formula promotes energy production, while the P.M. formula enhances rest and recovery.*
Read more: High-Quality Multivitamin: What To Look For
Thorne Super EPA
If you don’t know how important fish oil is, check out the article on my website on it.
Super EPA helps maintain the body’s normal inflammatory response in muscles and joints, enhances mood, supports a healthy heart and brain, and promotes a healthy insulin response.*
Thorne Vitamin D/K
Vitamin D is the most common nutrient deficiency in North America. However, it’s important that when you start supplementing with additional vitamin D, that you also take additional vitamin K2 with it.
Together, they support healthy bone and immune function, and normal inflammation levels.*
Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Glycinate
Magnesium is the second-most common nutrient deficiency. Magnesium supports cardiovascular and muscle function, sleep, cognitive health, and much more.*
For optimal magnesium levels, I recommend using magnesium glycinate, which is absorbed much better than other magensiums. Better absorption means better magnesium levels and avoidance of loose stool.*
Read more: Magnesium: What You Need To Know
Thorne FloraMend Prime Probiotic
FloraMend is a great formula for suppoting general health of the gut. The blend contains three well-researched strains provided, and is delivered in a unique, dairy-free, stomach acid-resistant delivery system to promote overall digestive and immune health.*
Read more: Health Benefits of Probiotics: Your Guide.