Pills or Plants – What Supplements We Take and Why
Let’s begin by saying that nutritional needs should be met primarily from foods. In an ideal world, a balanced diet that includes organic, locally produced, seasonal and plant-based foods would provide all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients our bodies, gut flora and immune system need. But every rule has an exception. We take three supplements daily. Or three and a half to be exact.
Say hello to omega-3. Getting the right daily dose of omega-3s through your diet can sometimes be difficult. Instead of regular fish oil, we take krill oil. Obviously, krill oil is derived from krill, small shrimp-like crustaceans at the bottom of nutritional chain. If you’re looking for a vegan alternative to fish oil, we recommend an omega-3 supplement that comes from algae.
The reason why we take them is simple: Vitamin D is mainly produced by exposure to sunlight. And, as said before, the lack of light during the winter is definitely one of the downsides of living in Sweden.
Synbiotics are supplements that have both good bacteria (probiotics) and fiber. Fiber helps the bacteria reach all the way down into the colon, and once in there the fiber becomes food for the good bacteria, enabling the bacteria to grow and multiply. Therefore, in order to build and maintain a happy and healthy gut flora, we have decided to give it a boost of added synbiotics.
We know, this is not really a supplement. But adding two tablespoons of fermented vegetables to our plates increases the nutritional uptake of everything we eat, lowers the blood sugar, and gives a boost to the good bacteria in the intestines. Turn the volume down on the TV and listen carefully. To celebrate the arrival of the fermented vegetables, the good bacteria will play a short but cheerful fanfare on their anti-inflammatory trumpets.