Dr. Doug Hanner

Dr. Doug Hanner

Dr. Hanner is particularly interested in how the chronic effects of trauma and prolonged stress impact both our mental and physical well-being. He has seen first-hand how resolving and integrating the effects of trauma in an individual, can have miraculous effects on both physical and mental illness.

Lifestyle: Supplements

Although your food should be the primary source of your nutrient intake, modern farming practices have created foods that are lacking in nutrient density—because of this, experiencing ideal health may take some additional supplementation. Below are listed the supplements recommended to optimize cellular function and energy.

VITAMINS

B Complex

B vitamins are water-soluble, so your body cannot store them. The gut bacteria make most of them, but supplementing will fill in the gaps where there may be a shortage. These vitamins are crucial in converting food to fuel, along with metabolizing fats and proteins. It is essential that you look for a brand made with components that your body can utilize. Do not purchase synthetic vitamins; choose the forms that occurs in nature. When you are looking for a B complex, make sure it contains folate as methyl folate or folinic acid and B12 as methyl cobalamin, in addition to the rest of the B vitamins.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is fat-soluble, so your body will store it. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with many health challenges, including decreased energy. The amount of vitamin D you will need will be determined by the pigmentation of your skin, the amount of time you spend outdoors, and the approximate latitude where you live. Taking vitamin D supplements can be very helpful but must be done with caution. Although it is rare, toxicity can occur.

For this reason, it is recommended that you get your vitamin D levels tested each year so that you can take precisely the amount your body needs. This amount will change depending on the time of year because of changes in your sun exposure. For example, if you work indoors, you may benefit from 6,000 – 8,000 IU per day in the winter, but only need 2,000 IU per day in the summer months.

MINERALS

Industrialized farming has depleted the number of quality minerals in our soils, while environmental toxins, medications, and processed foods have depleted the minerals from our bodies. Deficiencies in these minerals can have serious health consequences. Look for an excellent multimineral supplement with a collection of minerals. Specific minerals to make sure you are not deficient in include:

  • Magnesium – Take 300 – 500 milligrams per day. Magnesium glycinate is an excellent form that is well absorbed.
  • Zinc – Take 15 – 30 milligrams per day.
  • Iodine – take 250 micrograms to 2 milligrams per day.
  • Selenium – take 100 – 200 micrograms per day.

FATTY ACIDS

Fatty acids are essential components of our cell membranes. We must consume these in our diet, or we will become deficient. The essential fatty acids include alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid, and linoleic acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid. Our ancestors consumed these fatty acids for millions of years in a 1:1 ratio. Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily anti-inflammatory, and Omega 6 fatty acids are mostly inflammatory. Today, the ratio has been dramatically skewed towards Omega-6 fatty acids over Omega-3 fatty acids. Much of the increase of Omega-6 fatty acids is due to the introduction of industrial seed oils that are used in processed foods today. Unfortunately, the ratio is no longer 1:1 but as much as 40:1 in favor of Omega 6 fatty acids, creating an inflammatory condition.

To correct this imbalance, we need to consciously avoid foods with Omega-6 fatty acids as we consume more foods with Omega-3 fatty acids. Still, it is necessary for most to supplement Omega-3 fatty acids to correct that ratio. The best way to obtain supplemental fatty acids is to consume fish oil and cod liver oil.

Fish Oil – The typical therapeutic dosage of fish oil is 1-2 grams of EPA with DHA in a 3:2 ratio. The label of the supplement should break down those numbers. Make sure you purchase it from a trusted company, as many less expensive brands are contaminated with unwanted polutants.

Cod liver oil – Another great source of Omega-3 fatty acids is fermented Cod liver oil. Cod liver oil supplies the essential fatty acids that are found in fish oil and is an excellent source of nutrients, including naturally occurring Vitamins A and D.

ADAPTOGENS

These herbs act in non-specific ways to increase resistance to physical, chemical, or biological stress without disruption of normal biologic functions. Take these with food. Start with a low dose and work your way up to a dose that provides the desired result.

Siberian Ginseng – Improves memory, physical stamina, and immunity

Ashwagandha – Reduces the effects of stress and anxiety

Cordyceps – Boosts stamina

Rhodiola – Improves energy, physical performance, and memory. It also reduces the effects of stress.

Additional Suggestions

Curcumin – Curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory and generally therapeutic agent that is used to treat many health conditions. The medical literature today is full of support for its use. Take 500 – 1000 mg twice daily.

Probiotics – The healthy bacteria in the gut serve as natural antibiotics, help maintain the integrity of the gut lining, balance the body’s pH, control inflammation, suppress the growth of harmful bacteria, help us to metabolize our food, and produce many of our vitamins. Including fermented foods in your diet will help maintain healthy populations of good bacteria. However, considering what is known about the importance of having a healthy gut, it is still an excellent idea to supplement with probiotics. Look for high-quality probiotics that contain a variety of strains. A good quality probiotic supplement will list out the individual strains on the label.

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