5 core – MUST HAVE – supplements
Just like with the construction of any building, the key to creating and sustaining optimal health starts with a strong foundation. There are certainly numerous supplement that can help to support a variety of different body systems, but focusing on a set of core nutrients can have overarching effects that positively impact every cell and tissue in our body. From this foundation, we can then build a targeted supplement regimen to focus on more specific areas of concern. Building that strong base to support the entire body including the core tissues and systems, however, is paramount to optimal health.
Many physicians and scientists have realized that the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the root of our overall health and well-being. The GI tract is where nutrient absorption occurs from the food and supplements we take, and it is also a major component of our immune system, protecting us from foreign invaders. As such, it is important to ensure the integrity, structure and function of the cells in the GI tract, in order to impact the health of virtually every other cell in the body. Forever Aloe Vera Gel (#015) can play an essential role in this process.
Aloe has been found to contain over 200 beneficial compounds, and the benefits of Aloe are numerous – ranging from supporting and soothing the digestive tract, to helping ensure the the activity of other nutrients we are ingesting, including macro-nutrients like protein. This is a key to how Aloe Vera Gel fits so perfectly with Forever Living’s dietary supplement, including and especially the foundational products for health – Forever Daily, Forever Active Probiotic, Forever Arctic Sea, and ARGI+. By helping to soothe the digestive tract, Aloe can help to prepare the body for nutrient absorption. Recent research demonstrates that consuming Aloe with other nutrients also enhances their bio-availability, as much as 3.7 times for vitamin E alone!
Aloe Vera therefore acts as the foundation for enhanced nutrient availability from Forever Daily (#439), which helps to provide the optimum level of vitamins and minerals that we simply aren’t obtaining from our diets. These vitamins and minerals can act to fill in the gaps in our nutrient intake, especially when we aren’t eating well. But, even those of us who consume the healthiest of diets aren’t getting close to the levels of nutrients that we would have been getting 20, 50, or 100 years ago. The soil we are growing our food in just isn’t as nutrient-dense, which means the food we are consuming isn’t either. Add to that all of the stresses in our lives, as well as our exposure to toxins in the environment, and we need even more to make sure that we are obtaining enough vitamins and minerals. The Journal of the American Association – one of the most prestigious journals of medical doctors around the world – has published research supporting the use of a multi-vitamin-mineral for all adults. They recognize that because of the world we live in and the choices we are making, we need those extra vitamins and minerals in order to achieve optimal health. Remember again, that combining Forever Aloe Vera Gel with Forever Daily can help to ensure even greater bio-availability from the nutrients in this comprehensive multi-vitamin-mineral formula.
Aloe Vera also acts as a probiotic to support the use of Forever Active Probiotic (#222), which, in turn, also helps to support nutrient availability and metabolism in the body. “Probiotics” are the good bacteria that live in and on us, supporting our immune system and generally health, and the utilization of nutrients from the food we eat. Just like with the levels of vitamins and minerals we obtain from our diets, our lifestyle choices can impact the delicate balance of good vs bad bacteria in our bodies. The amount of research coming out on the benefits of probiotics over the past several years has been staggering. Scientists and practitioners are starting to realize the true extent of the role of the micro-biota of our bodies and their impact on our overall health. An imbalance in the types of bacteria present in our digestive tract affects not only our digestion and nutrient absorption, but can influence our energy levels, weight, immune function, and more! Forever Active Probiotic helps to restore and support the intestinal flora with six strains of probiotics in a proprietary blend.
Similar to the vitamins and minerals that can be lacking from our modern diets, research indicates that we are not obtaining adequate levels of essential fatty acids that are so important for brain, nerve, cardiovascular, and visual health, especially the Omega-3 fatty acids as found in cold water fish and calamari oils. Scientists have discovered that the ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids – one we would have obtained prior to life in our “modern” world – is somewhere in the range of 1:1 or 1:4. With our typical diets however, we consume more along the lines of 20:1; much higher levels of Omega-6 fatty acids than Omega-3’s, which can contribute to many of our modern health concerns. Arctic Sea can help to offset this imbalance from our diets, and provide the essential fatty acids that can help to support brain, joint, skin, eye, and cardiovascular health. Research is also now demonstrating the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids for digestive health, which makes Forever Active Sea (#376) a perfect foundational companion for Forever Aloe Vera Gel and Forever Active Probiotic, as well as Forever Daily!
The final brick in Forever Living’s foundation for optimal health is ARGI+ L-Arginine & Vitamin Complex (#320). Arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which helps to relax blood vessel walls and support circulation throughout our bodies. As a result, arginine is well known for its benefits in supporting cardiovascular health. Poly-phenols from our proprietary Forever Fruit Blend – Grape Skin, Pomegranate and Red Grape extracts, and a blend of darker berries and fruits like Elderberry, Raspberry, and Black Currant – support the cells that line blood vessels to also support circulatory health. Since it is the circulatory system that picks up nutrients we consume from our GI tract and carries them to our bodies’ cells and tissues, ARGI+ is the perfect means of ensuring that the nutrients we need make their way to our cells and tissues, and metabolic waste products are carried away for excretion.
Forever Living’s ARGI+, Forever Aloe Vera Gel, Forever Daily, Forever Active Probiotic and Forever Arctic Sea combine to create the perfect foundation – supporting our bodies’ core tissue and systems for a strong base on which to build, maintain and optimize our health!