Reprinted from Hers’ Magazine (Summer 2016)

Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a nutritional workshop put on by Dr. Norm Shealy. Shealy is someone who made it his calling to focus on solving chronic pain and depression for his patients, which was unheard of at the time he started. Add to his list of credentials, he knows a whole lot about nutrition. During his talk he said to us: “I have read over 10,000 scientific journal articles on the subject.” Not only that, but he has also done his own research. Personally, I believe this man knows what he is talking about. And since attending, I am following his recommendations.

Before We Get to the Recommended Supplements (Where the Add Water Part Comes In)

He also told us that we are more likely to ensure long term health if we follow some“smart steps to keep us alive and well.”  He claimed that not even five percent of the population follows the top three.

Smart Steps to Keep You Alive (and Well!)

Here are the main tips:

  1. Keep your body mass index (BMI) between 18 and 24.
  2. Eat at least five (but preferably seven) servings of real fruits and vegetables daily.
  3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes, five days a week.
  4. Do not smoke.
  5. Get an adequate amount of sleep each night.
  6. Keep a positive attitude towards yourself, your life and others.
  7. Develop a strong social network of friends and loved ones.
  8. When your diet doesn’t supply everything you need, and it rarely does, take supplements that have been made under high quality standards.

 Additional Source: Living Bliss: Major Discoveries Along the Holistic Path by Dr. Norm Shealy

And, you don’t have to believe Dr. Shealy. Research also backs this up. Studies show that individuals who are within normal weight ranges, don’t smoke, exercise regularly and follow good nutritional practices could increase their life span by 18 to 20 years.

But This Is Too Hard!

Since it something to do for the rest of your life, I suggest easing into a new program. Start at tip number two. Ease into tip number three. If you are exercising only once or twice a week, then set the goal to do it five days a week, even if that means marching around your house while watching a sitcom for 15 minutes, walking around the block for five minutes or dancing at the club on Friday night.  Making the top two a priority will help you reach tip number one. Hopefully, step number four doesn’t apply to you. But if it does, talk to your doctor and make a commitment to start changing your habits. In my opinion, number five is important. If you are getting less than six hours of sleep a night you are not getting enough delta. And if you are constantly waking up during the night, your disrupted sleep cycle is not doing you any health favors.  There is research to suggest that lack of sleep messes with your hunger hormones and interferes with your ability to process sugars from food. It also has shown to produce excess stress in the body.

What About the Final Tip: Taking Supplements

This is where is gets a bit gnarly. There is so much information out there about what to take. Over the course of my life, I am convinced I have wasted lots of money or spent money on the “wrong” ones. This is where I rely on the 60+ years of experience that Dr. Norm Shealy possesses on the subject. Let’s just say when he started talking about supplements, I took really good notes.

Although, each individual is different based on what someone’s system needs and the diet they are eating, there are some main recommendations that benefit most people no matter the situation.

The Go To List:

  1. Minimum 5,000 units of D3 daily or 50,000 units weekly. Shealy says: “This is the single best boost to your immune system. Doing this will prevent at least 80 percent of viral infections.”
  2. Excellent multivitamin/minerals. Ask the staff at your local health food store.
  3. Omega 3’s (1000 mg minimum). Taking enough Omega 3’s is needed for brain and artery functioning in the body.
  4. Minimum 1000 mg vitamin C daily.
  5. B Complex (25 mg daily). This is essential for brain and nerve function.
  6. Magnesium lotion (2 teaspoons twice daily). Taking orally does not provide the same benefit. Research indicates magnesium is best absorbed through the skin. Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in our bodies and our heart, kidneys and muscles need it the most.
  7. Lithium Orotate (15 to 20 mg daily). This supplement stabilizes one’s mood and is helpful when dealing with external trauma or challenges.

What Will This Cost Me?

Unfortunately, adding supplements to your diet isn’t cheap. If your budget is tight, you can start small. Dr. Shealy told us: “Everyone should have a multi-vitamin, vitamin D3and vitamin C everyday. If everyone did only this they would live longer and healthier lives.” The good news is that most multivitamins have 25% of major B’s, which also minimizes your cost.

Of course, I don’t know how this will all turn out. But, I find comfort knowing that I am doing what I can to protect a body that I am planning on having for quite some time!

Reprinted from Hers’ Magazine (Summer 2016)

Allyn Evans