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Which Supplements are Right for Me?

One of the most common questions I hear as a naturopathic physician in practice (and even in my day-to-day life!) is “How do I know which supplements to take??” Just walking into the vitamin section of the local health food store can be daunting to the average consumer. How does one even begin to sort through it all? Between aggressive marketing in magazines and email blasts that tout every “newly discovered” superfood/nutrient as critical to good health, the article your neighbor read that says you HAVE to drink 4 glasses of celery juice per day, and the television shows with celebrity “wellness experts” promoting the latest miracle cure, it’s no wonder so many are confused. On top of that, credible research articles discussing the benefits of certain supplements make the news on a regular basis, making it seem as though everyone should be taking these products every day (I’m looking at you, coconut oil and turmeric!)


While a lot of valuable information is available to the general public regarding dietary supplements, it’s next to impossible to keep track of it all and even more unreasonable to suggest that anyone take everything they’ve ever heard or read about. Even integrative physicians such as myself can find themselves caught up in the hype of the “latest and greatest” thing, but how does anyone know what’s best for any given individual? Not only do we all have individual nutritional needs based upon our unique genetics and biochemistry, but many “beneficial” supplements that are recommended across the board by well-meaning medical providers and health food store employees can actually be detrimental to a subset of the population.


This is where Organic Acids Test (OAT) comes in. The Organic Acids Test (OAT) is a comprehensive test that gives metabolic insight into a person’s overall health and nutritional status. There are over 70 markers on the OAT that measure vitamins and minerals, antioxidant levels, energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter levels, oxalates ( a compound found in many “healthy” foods that wreak havoc on a lot of people’s health), and intestinal yeast and bacteria overgrowth that can create a host of problems throughout the body if not addressed.


Not only can this test determine which supplements you should incorporate into your routine based upon nutritional deficiencies, it can also tell us if you are currently taking anything in excess of what your body actually needs. Additionally, it allows us to address concerns such as depression or anxiety resulting from neurotransmitter imbalance, to help you detoxify more effectively for a longer and healthier life, and to specifically target ways to increase your metabolism and energy levels. Even long-standing, chronic illnesses can be solved using this test, especially for those who have been told that “there isn’t anything medically wrong with you.” It might be just be a matter of supporting your unique biochemistry and nutritional needs.


The test is a simple, non-invasive, at-home urine test that gives a great deal of information, so Dr. Jackson can provide you with customized supplement recommendations based upon your own unique biochemistry, and can also assist you in tailoring a diet specific for your metabolism.


If you are ready to clean out your vitamin cabinet, save money, and avoid confusion as to which supplements to take in order to achieve optimal health for YOU, call MediSpa Maui today and schedule and appointment with Dr. Jackson.

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