Ask the Chiropractor- What supplements would you suggest everyone takes? Dr Hulsebus breaks down the three he suggest and why. #healthy815 #icachiropractor
- Hello, welcome to another edition of Ask the Chiropractor. I'm Dr. Brant Hulsebus, Chiropractor. So I'm a chiropractor here in Rockford, Illinois. I'm a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, and I am the Illinois representative for the International Chiropractic Association. And the point of this podcast is when people have a question for the chiropractor, I encourage them to ask a chiropractor. Not a medical doctor, not a dentist, or anybody else. 'Cause only chiropractors truly understand what chiropractors do. So people email me, people stop by the office, people send us messages, DM me questions they have for the chiropractor. So today's chiropractic question is a little bit about chiropractic, but kind of a different question. The question is, "With the seasons turning to winter, getting colder outside, and the ability to go to farmer's markets and getting fresh produce and stuff starts to go away this time of year, what are a couple supplements and vitamins and things like that I should consider taking?" Well, I don't like to take 50 different things, and I'm also not a natural pharmacist. Meaning, some patients will come to me, and the patients will say, "Hey, what supplement would I take for this?" Or "What supplement do I need for this or that?" Well, I'm not a big fan of replacing pharmaceuticals with natural supplements. I mean, I'd rather have a natural supplement than a pharmaceutical, don't get me wrong. But that's a little bit outside of my realm of my scope. What I'm gonna talk about today is the basic things that we need to take because maybe let's say our food source doesn't offer this anymore or maybe because, you know, here in Northern Illinois these things just aren't available to us this time of year anymore. So let's break it down. I have a list down to three things, and two of them you could combine. So let's talk about the very first one. When people say, "Dr. Hulsebus, I want to start getting better. What's a good supplement I can take? I don't really wanna take a lot. I only want to take one to start with." I always give the same answer, and that's an easy answer. And that would be Omega-3 fish oil. Omega-3s are very, very important. Now, we used to get Omega-3s when we used to eat grass-fed cattle, wild-caught fish. But, as we all know, these things are getting harder and harder to find. I mean, we all believe that tilapia is a good thing to eat. But, unfortunately, almost every tilapia you'll come across is farm raised. And that means they raise them in a pen out in the middle of the ocean. They feed them grains. And they're just not as healthy as they used to be. Even farm-raised salmon. Any salmon from the Atlantic Ocean is an endangered species, so they don't really serve them for lunch, right? You don't get to eat endangered species. So I'm miss city salmon on the Atlantic Ocean and when they farm raise the salmon they don't turn the orange color that they used to. So they literally dye them to make them that color. So because of this we're forced to supplement and so so I think a good quality fish oil supplement. Now what does fish oil do? A lot of times you here's good for my cholesterol. You might hear it's good for my skin, different things but let me tell you what it actually does. You see we are full of grains, the same with most of the beat that we eat today is full of grains. So we have to supplement this omega three. And what happens is when you have omega threes and omega six-s, Omega six has come from our plant sources and they're good too. But we're supposed to have two to one threes the sixes and most of us are twenty. You can't see my hands probably, but it's it's twenty five to one the opposite way. So the two to one is one to twenty five or one to twenty. Anytime you're over like one to twenty you're already in the state of autoimmune disease because the omegas have a lot to do with how we react to inflammation. So we have inflammation all the time. You go for a long walk, you get mild inflammation you knee your hips and your feet just from walking. But inflammation isn't really a bad thing. It's the fact that we're hyper inflammatory. Meaning we do too much inflammation. That's a bad thing. Inflammation's actually part of the normal healing process. But because when you're outta whack when you have way too many omega six, it's not enough omega threes, your inflammation becomes exaggerated. That's what we call hyper inflammatory. And so when you're walking around hyper inflammatory your body goes into a state of stress or or fight and flight and that makes your body when you go into fight and flight that makes things like you'd have high cholesterol, insulin problems stuff like that. So what omega-3 does is it doesn't necessarily fight cholesterol but it helps keep the inflammation down which keeps the stress down, which keeps the fight and flight down which brings a cholesterol down. So yeah, that's hard to fight a direct cause and reality with the inflammation cholesterol but you'll find that this, it's a real thing and it does exist once you draw the whole puzzle together. So I do recommend taking fish oil. Now I'm not a big fan of flax seed oil. If flax seed oil is better than nothing but there's six essential amino acids we need out of omega threes. Plant bases only have four of the six. In order to get the other two, You pretty much have to have a meat product. That's why I like fish oil. When you buy your fish oil, I know someone's gonna say Oh I don't want to eat fish oil. It burbs that tastes nasty. I, I tell you gotta buy a better quality fish oil because the stuff I get I don't taste that at all. So make sure you get high quality stuff. Don't go for the giant bin for five bucks go for the good quality stuff, look at them go to a real store to buy them too. Don't don't maybe don't buy them in the store that sells car parts, clothing and everything else. Maybe go to a store that's only like a natural grocery store. Like here in our community we have one called Choices. That's where I send people's choices. Health food store they have good quality fish oil over there. Otherwise talk to your healthcare provider. I mean I have access to one here that we're happy to help our patients get. So talk to your provider make sure you get a good quality fish oil. Good quality fish oil don't taste bad. Bad quality fish oil is really bad, so talk to your provider and make sure you get the right one. All right, so that's one. Number two, is just a good daily vitamin, right? You should just take a good daily vitamin. Ideally when you read the book Body by God. By Doctor Ben Lerner, chiropractor he has the idea that when you eat breakfast in the morning it should be mostly carbs because you're just waking up. You need fuel. So you wanna have like your good high quality oatmeal, cheese, putting stuff like that, good quality carbs. Lunch, now your body's firing in all cylinders. You're all warmed up and revved up. You should have like a big salad Because now you're gonna get all the vitamins and minerals from your salad. You're gonna do really good. And then for dinner you should have protein. You should have dinner at proteins for dinner because at night when you're sleeping your body heals and repairs itself. So a good high quality protein at night will help your body get the building blocks it needs to repair. Deal with some of that inflammation we were just talking about, right? So good quality protein for dinner. Then you could take 25% of that meal carry it over the next meal. So it's okay to have an egg with your whole meal. It's okay to have some berries in your salad and it's okay to have some asparagus with your chicken. All right, so that make sense? So a good high quality vitamin. I take mine at lunchtime for the reason I just gave you cause that's where you're gonna absorb the most stuff. So I take a good high quality vitamin right at lunchtime and really look at the quality of your vitamin too. Like mine comes from whole food sources. So it's easy to digest, it's easy to absorb. It doesn't really matter if you think it a really vitamin with a thousand things in if you don't absorb it. So really look at the absorption rate. And on the side note, me personally I don't like copper in my vitamins. We, we have copper in our system we need to use it but we really don't lose it. Like we don't shed copper. That's not something human beings do. No matter what you're doing, you don't really shed copper so you don't really need to keep replacing copper. But you know, I like to study the brain injuries and the head traumas, dementia, Alzheimer's and there is there is a real trend with these people who suffer from this stuff for having really high levels of copper. So I tend not to put any extra copper in my system at any cost. So I get a good high quality vitamin with no copper. So there's the two I told you about, right? Fish oil, good quality vitamin. The third one is more important the later in the year it gets in the wintertime and stuff like that. And that's vitamin D three. I always say that R two D two but D three make sure you get your D three. You see D one and D two, that's the stuff that's in your milk products, your dairy stuff. And that helps you absorb the calcium that way Later on you get osteoporosis and calcium in your bones. That's a different story for different time. Avoid osteoporosis, more magnesium epsom salt baths check back on me, I'll talk about that a different time. But in order to get the vitamin D three it's a different than the one your dairy products. What you need to do is you need to spend the equivalent to a half an hour a day outside your swim suit. If you're not spending the equivalent to a half an hour a day outside your swimsuit you need to supplement vitamin D three and I recommend 2000 units a day 5,000 units if you're not feeling well. Now for me I get my vitamin D three, it's in my fish oil. Why is it in my fish oil? It's very important in order to absorb vitamin D three in order to absorb, in order to get it from your mouth through your stomach wall into your body it must be taken with a healthy fat. That's the best way of absorbing it. So I've had patients come in with actually prescription based vitamin D three and it's like in a white pill. I'm like, there's no oil there there's no healthy fat with that. That's a complete waste of time. So make sure you get it either like I have one that's a little medicine dropper it's a straight vitamin D three. What I do is I do my fish oil with my vitamin D three and if I'm not feeling good I'll take a couple extra drops that day. But you wanna do your vitamin D three you wanna get 2000 units a day. Now you can overdose on vitamin D three, but don't worry we're not very good at absorbing it. You'd have to really try hard to do that. You can have too much vitamin D three. That's you know, sun poisoning. That's, that's vitamin D three. Now if you're not gonna do the above or maybe you have small children that don't want to take this this fish oil oil and this, this and that. Another little trick I talked about before is going to the pet store and buying a UVB as in boy a UVB light. Plug that in, don't have a lampshade on and just have an exposed light bulb UVB is what we get from the sun that makes vitamin D. So you can kind of mimic that with a a pet store light. So if you're somebody that goes to the doctor once year to say your vitamin D three is low your vitamin D three is low, you're taking supplements you're doing this stuff what you actually might need is a good a UVB light. And again you get those, at the pet store for reptiles the quality of lights is exact same. You won't know which one's the the vitamin D light which one's a normal light. So just go and take a look at that. So there you have it. There's my big three omega-3 fish oil, a good daily vitamin. Lastly vitamin D three in a healthy fat in oil. Do your vitamin D three the same time you eat your eggs your avocados, do your fish oil. So do it all at the same time. Maximize your absorption rate. And again, I do most of these at lunchtime because I just that's my body running the phone a hundred percent efficient and the most best they can that's when I'll do the best job absorbing it. Taking them and not absorbing them. Doesn't do any good. So there you go. Not really like chiropractic, not really about the spine or how we adjust people but just some good knowledge we like to give patients. Because remember you get subluxated your back goes out through fats, traumas, and toxins, right? So toxins can be deficiencies. So I'm trying to address some of the deficiencies you might get by talking about the things that we should all have. So, I hope you learn something. I hope you got something. Come back next week. We'll do this again. 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