My Big Five

I've never been on an African safari, but have been told that if you go, your goal is to see the 'Big Five', namely elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo. As a Kinesiologist and Nutritionist, it made me think of my big five when it comes to supplements, as there are definitely 5 nutrients that stand out on top of all others!

I was once told by one of my teachers that you can treat 90% of your cases with just 5 nutrients in your cupboard. This was over 10 years ago, and I have to say that this is my clinical experience as well. I do have hundreds of different nutrients to test, but there are five that are in their own league when it comes to importance to help people heal from all kinds of physical and emotional ailments. This doesn't mean that everybody needs all of them, but if you have any health issues, you will quite likely be deficient in at least a few of them.

So, what are my Big Five?

  • Vitamin D

  • Zinc

  • Magnesium

  • Vitamin B6

  • Vitamin B12

The Big Five are something most people would benefit to top up through diet or supplements long term. They can support you in recovering from a range of common ailments such as digestive issues, sleep issues, anxiety, low energy, chronic pain, autoimmune conditions and more. On top of this, there are some herbal supplements that many clients commonly require, as a short term treatment to boost healing.

Tailored supplement protocol

For each of the Big Five I typically have around 10 different versions (capsules, oil, liquids, activated or not etc) to test my clients for different combinations. So even if almost everybody I see with chronic health issues needs some combination of my Big Five, the specific combination required varies and is unique to each person. And this is what I love about Kinesiology - to be able to identify exactly what each individual needs.

Quality of supplements

I only work with high quality pure supplements as most of my clients show an intolerance to the majority of supplements on the market, as they often contain filler ingredients. In fact, this is why I ask everybody to bring their own supplements the first time they come to see me, so that I can test if they are suitable for them or not, and guide them to the right supplements.

Why take supplements - do we not get enough from our diet?

It may come as no surprise that the unhealthy fast food and processed diet that a lot of the Western world has adopted as a standard normal diet, isn't very nutritious and helpful to maintain or regain health. However, what may come as a surprise to you is that even people eating organic, healthy diets with fruit and vegetables, mixing colours and doing all the right things food wise, are still deficient in many nutrients! Why is this?!

Well, there are various different reasons for that. One being that food just isn't as nutrient filled as it used to be before mass farming. Another reason is that we are more stressed, not just from a busy lifestyle, but chemically, emotionally, from radiation, electricity, and all the other things that are affecting our nervous system and our cellular biology that weren't around just 100 years ago! This form of toxic stress makes the body require many more nutrients than it would have otherwise. For example, if we are exposed to a lot of oxidative stress and free radical damage from mobile phones and radiation, we will need much more antioxidants (like vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione etc) to counteract the negative impact of these.

The good thing is that it's never too late to turn things around. I've seen plenty of people with long term gut issues that have restored their gut health and are now pain and symptom free.

A lot of us also haven't had a fantastic diet throughout our lives. It might however be something you explore after having had health issues and gained knowledge of how important it is. This means that you may have started from a place of poor gut health, and tried to heal just through eating healthier foods. However, if your gut health is already compromised, it won't digest and absorb the food you eat as well as it normally would (under more optimal circumstances). This means that you may need active forms of supplements in an easy-to-absorb form for you to be able to take in and use the nutrients to heal. Then once the gut has healed, you may be able to rely more on your nutrients from food, as you are then in a better state to digest and absorb them.

The good thing is that it's never too late to turn things around. I've seen plenty of people with long term gut issues that have restored their gut health and are now pain and symptom free.

If you want to find out what your body needs to function better and how my Big Five can help you, please do get in touch with me. I'd love to hear from you!!