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Basic Concepts of Supplementation

We believe folks need more skills and fewer pills when it comes to supporting a more resilient body, mind, and heart. We like to start with three basic skill-based concepts (many of which have already been covered in this category) before recommending supplements to the individuals we work with.

Concept 1: What you feed your body today will become your brain of tomorrow. In other words, start with diet. Consider these facts: 

  • Brain cells, like every other cell in the body, need constant fuel (energy) from clean proteins and complex carbohydrates to properly carry out their functions.
  • Neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine depend upon receiving key nutrients (like magnesium, zinc, B-vitamins) from diet.
  • The speed at which brain cells can communicate depends upon an insulating covering around the nerve cells (the “myelin sheath”). It is also made from nutrients in your diet.
  • Building a healthy infrastructure for brain cells requires brain-friendly fats such as omega 3's and phosphatidylserine.
  • One of the best things you can do for your brain is to maintain a healthy gut. The brain and the GI tract are in constant communication and share many of the same neurotransmitters.

The Resilient Diet satisfies much of this first concept. This Natural Digestion category also addresses gut issues more specifically. 

Concept 2: Don’t forget about the power of exercise and sleep to enhance brain function and ­­­­­­­­mood. In other words, move and rest smart for better mental health. Choose a Resilient Movement Plan if you haven't already, and check out the Natural Sleep category for more strategies to improve sleep. 

Concept 3: If needed, supplement wisely. In other words, supplements can be effective, but should do just that--supplement healthy diet and movement practices. As noted, we recommend the Resilient Diet to help insure that you get essential nutrients to support mind-body health, but there are times when it makes sense to supplement your diet:

  • To support mood when it is low or anxious
  • During times of greater stress
  • When your diet is less than optimal

What Are Resilient Remedies™?

Resilient Remedies™ are our premier line of natural products for a healthier body, mind, and heart. We have done the work for you to find the highest quality, most cost-effective, and best targeted ingredients to naturally support wellbeing. Learn more about Resilient Remedies™ or head to the NMH store to find products to support wellbeing.

Providing a Good Foundation: Basic Supplements for Healthy Digestion

Many day-to-day stresses and environmental exposures can contribute to damage to and imbalances in the digestive tract. Stress can interfere with the development of healthy gut bacteria and increase inflammation. Leaky gut, inflammation, and dysbiosis, can all negatively affect the core digestive processes. Sometimes, in the short term, supplementation can be used to support digestion and heal the gut lining.

Find supplements for general digestive support and products related to the SHARE system below. Reminder: Be sure to check with your primary doctor before integrating any new supplements.

General Support

Use Probiotics and Prebiotics Occassionally:

Your gut's microbiome can become unbalanced due to a lack of helpful bacteria or overabundance of unhelpful bacteria (pathogenic bacteria, fungi, or parasites). When this occurs, it can be helpful to re-balance the microbiome with probiotics (the healthy bacteria) and to boost the necessary nutrients these healthy bacteria need to survive and thrive with special probiotic foods called prebiotics.

It's best to eat a diverse diet and have exposure to a variety of appropriate micro-organisms in daily activities to boost your microbiome. However, supplementation can be very helpful when just diet and daily exposure are not enough, such as after an acute illness, after a course of antibiotics, when experiencing certain bothersome GI symptoms, or due to unhealthy dietary practices. Below are some suggested supports to consider.

SHARE-Related Supplements

There are some basic GI health supplements from Resilient Remedies that can help you as you implement the SHARE System. Learn more general information about the SHARE System in our Digestion: Nourish section. 

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