We are a month into 2022 and if you have already gotten away from your New Year’s resolution to be healthier, no need to worry. I’m going to give you the essential supplements for a healthy 2022.

There’s no better time than today to get back on track or begin working to achieve your health goals. The world is starting to get back to “normal”, however, research shows that more people are working remotely and living sedentary lifestyles. The good news is that people are focusing on their gut health more as we better understand the gut-brain connection. While it’s encouraging to see more people focus on their gut health, it has been practiced in functional medicine for decades. 

Gut health and immune system health are some of the top wellness trends of 2022. Nutrition is the best way to take care of your gut and immune stem, after all 85% of your immune system lives in your gut. However, it’s important to support your gut, immune system, and your brain health and supplement your diet with the essential nutrients it needs. So, I wanted to give you my essential supplements to incorporate into your daily routine for optimal health in 2022. 

The Myers Way® Multivitamin 

If you only take one essential supplement in 2022, it should be a multivitamin. As a matter of fact, it is one of the 4 essential supplements everyone should take. 

Your body needs a  full spectrum of nutrients, yet it can be hard to get optimal levels of nutrients from your food alone. Due to a decrease in our Earth’s soil and water quality, many of us are getting fewer nutrients than ever before. 

You might believe you are getting enough vitamins and minerals if you are going by the label on your food. However, did you know the Recommended Daily Value (RDV) on your food and supplement labels is the minimum amount you need to avoid illness? There is a difference between the RDV and optimal levels

To ensure that you get optimal amounts of the essential nutrients your body needs, I specially formulated my own complete multivitamin. The Myers Way® Multivitamin contains the highest quality blend of vitamins and minerals designed for optimal absorption and bioavailability.

I spent over a decade perfecting The Myers Way® Multivitamin so that it includes essential vitamins in a bioavailable form that the body can absorb and utilize efficiently. This means methylated B vitamins, chelated minerals, vitamin D as cholecalciferol, and much more. You need these critical nutrients to get back your vitality and support detoxification, especially with the number of toxins and stressors we all experience in our daily lives.

That’s not all. Unlike many other multivitamin formulas, this multivitamin has optimal levels of selenium, zinc, and iodine to support thyroid health and contains 100% of the folate you need each day. And of course, I don’t include any of the gluten, added sugars or colorings you might find in other multivitamins.

Everyone should be taking a multivitamin as a foundation for optimal health and wellness, and I recommend you look for one that has vitamins and minerals in the levels and forms your body needs and can use.

Leaky Gut Revive® Strawberry Lemonade

Leaky gut is a term used to describe an intestinal barrier that has become, quite simply, too permeable. In short, this means that your intestinal wall is no longer doing an adequate job of keeping antigens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and potentially allergenic or inflammatory proteins from food out of your bloodstream and lymph. 

There are many reasons you may have developed a leaky gut, including a diet high in processed sugar and unhealthy fats, gluten, and increased physical or emotional stress. There are many more causes and a whole host of symptoms. Most of the time leaky gut presents as digestive issues like bloating or constipation however a lot of us may actually have leaky gut without any symptoms at all. Or the symptoms may not be clear such as skin issues, brain fog, mood imbalances or food sensitivities.

Leaky Gut Revive® Strawberry Lemonade is an essential supplement that contains a high concentration of L-glutamine, an amino acid that helps seal the tight junctions in your intestinal walls, along with aloe vera to replace the lost mucus in your gut, deglycerinated licorice and other powerful gut-repairing ingredients. L-glutamine is a superhero amino acid that facilitates cell growth, curbs sugar cravings, and supports gut health. 

Leaky Gut Revive® Strawberry Lemonade is a delicious way to support gut health, and it is one of my favorite products! I drink a glass of it every day! Leaky Gut Revive® mixes quickly into water, juice or smoothies so this is an easy one to add to your routine. This Strawberry Cooler is so delicious and a tasty way to enjoy Leaky Gut Revive® Strawberry Lemonade

Brain Health Supporting Supplements

Cortisol is the steroid hormone commonly called “the stress hormone.” It’s your body’s key weapon when you are faced with stress, and it kicks in minutes rather than seconds after you encounter a stressor. This sets off a chain reaction that tells your adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Cortisol mobilizes glucose reserves for energy and facilitates the consolidation of fear-based memories so you can survive in the future and avoid danger. 

However, too much cortisol can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure and blood sugar levels, decrease libido, and contribute to acne, obesity, and chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, depression and asthma. Your body is just not designed to live in fight or flight mode all the time. It needs to rest and relax to function optimally.

ZenAdapt™ is my go-to essential supplement to support optimal cortisol levels and promote a balanced stress response. It is  a potent adaptogenic herbal blend formulated to help you wind down after a stressful day. The botanicals and micronutrients in ZenAdapt™ support your ability to adapt to life’s ever-changing demands. 

Stress is also a factor that can keep you from achieving optimal sleep. In fact, if you’re lacking quality sleep, it can be detrimental to your overall health. Your risk of developing chronic issues including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity increases dramatically. It can especially impact your brain health – memory, learning and creativity can all be affected.

I personally formulated the essential supplements Rest and Restore™ and Rest and Restore Max™ to promote optimal sleep for brain health.  Both are a physician-formulated combination of amino acids to support falling asleep fast and promoting deep, restful sleep. 

If you’re looking for support to help you relax and unwind then I recommend using Rest and Restore™. If you want to promote a healthy sleep pattern for brain health, then I recommend using Rest and Restore Max™

Probiotics

Probiotics are another essential supplement I recommend that virtually everyone take. That’s because in times of unease and stress, opportunistic bacteria multiply and thrive throughout your body. Stress can make your intestinal barrier weaker and allow gut bacteria to enter the body and create an imbalance between good and bad bacteria. 

Probiotic 100 Billion and Probiotic 30 Billion capsules contain 14 of the most essential, clinically researched, and third-party tested bacteria strains. I chose them to provide optimal support for your body’s immune and inflammatory response. 

Probiotic 100 Billion is designed for maximum support. You won’t see very many products on your local store shelves that have this potency level and don’t need to be refrigerated. Probiotic 30 Billion is available for those that find they can not tolerate a high level of probiotics and provides an excellent maintenance dose.

There are certain situations where standard lactic-acid-based probiotics can actually cause more complications than they solve. SIBO, or Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, is one of those situations.I recommend Primal Earth Probiotic to anyone who has SIBO, suspects SIBO may be at the root cause of their issues or simply doesn’t tolerate most probiotics.

Primal Earth Probiotic is a soil-based probiotic which contains three strains of soil-based bacteria that mimic the key probiotics available in our Paleolithic ancestors’ diets. Our Paleo ancestors got much of their beneficial probiotic microorganisms from their environment and their food. In our hyper-hygienic modern lives, we are so far removed from the dirt that grows our food that we’re missing out on some of the crucial microorganisms and probiotics that populate our soil which used to populate our own microbiomes.

Whichever potency or type of probiotic you take, you can feel confident that you’re taking care of your gut bacteria and working toward achieving optimal health.

Collagen

Unless you’ve got an 8-quart crock pot simmering bone broth from grass-fed, antibiotic-free cow bones all-day, every-day, then you are very likely in need of a high-quality collagen supplement! Collagen is one of my absolute favorite essential supplements, and I use it every single day. Frankly, there’s almost no one who wouldn’t benefit from additional collagen. However, it’s particularly essential for any who: 

  • Is concerned about leaky gut and wants to maintain a healthy intestinal lining
  • Wants to optimize thyroid and immune function
  • Is looking to alleviate occasional joint pain
  • Wants to support healthy weight loss
  • Cares about strong and healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Is over the age of 40

There are plenty of collagen products to choose from on the market. However, many are highly processed and may be denatured by high heat and other processing methods that destroy the delicate collagen peptides. 

Collagen Protein contains 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine collagen. It contains both type 1 and type III collagens to support a healthy gut lining and intestinal permeability, promote vibrant hair, skin, and nails, and facilitates healthy bones and joints. 

If you’re looking for more bone, cartilage, and joint support, I highly recommend adding Spectrum 5 Collagen™ to your morning coffee or smoothie. Since it is hydrolyzed, it makes it easier to dissolve. 

Of course, there are collagen-rich foods (spinach, kale, tomatoes, beets, fish, and many others), and bone broth has become wildly popular in recent years as an excellent source of collagen. However, many people find it inconvenient to incorporate bone broth into their diets or go through the process of making it at home.

A great way to get collagen on-the-go if you don’t have the time to make bone broth or need something quick are Collagen Bars! These bars are gluten-free and have no artificial flavors or sweeteners, trans fats, or unhealthy oils. Chewy Chocolate Paleo Bar or Cookie Dough Collagen Bars are also great for supporting your immune system and gut health. 

Clean Skin Care Products

Skincare was all the rave in 2021 and I expect 2022 to be another incredible year for skincare. Social media, especially TikTok, has been the driving force behind the skincare boom. The growing popularity of beauty and skincare products such as retinol, detoxifying masks, hydrating creams, and toxic-free beauty products will continue to pick up steam. 

The cosmetic industry argues that it’s perfectly fine to use toxic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives on your face because only tiny amounts are used in each product and are therefore not harmful. 

Finding clean beauty products can be challenging, and even frustrating. I launched my own line of physician formulated skincare products, which is a complete hydration routine consisting of three physician-formulated skincare products.

Replenishing Vitamin C Cleanser contains exotic oils and organic botanical extracts to gently clean your skin and fight the effects of sun exposure and cell damage that is a natural part of aging. The cleanser foams to quickly remove impurities and promote the appearance of youthful, fresh-looking skin. 

Age-Defying Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a daily-use serum that is designed to plump, rejuvenate and hydrate dry skin. The serum features a potent concentration of hyaluronic acid, your skin’s most powerful moisture retainer, as well as retinol, glycolic acid, vitamin E, and gotu kola extract. The product goes beneath the surface to help skin cells retain long-lasting hydration for a dewy, healthful look.

Hydrate deep below the surface of your skin with my Hydrating Ceramide Cream, which includes replenishing botanical ceramides and physician-formulated essential oils. This cream helps restore your skin to youthful elasticity and encourage a radiant and supple complexion. 

Liposomal Curcumin

Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric, a natural spice with scientific evidence linking it to an assortment of health benefits. Turmeric has been found to support a healthy inflammatory response by limiting the action of free radicals in the body. A new study suggests that it could potentially support weight loss

As great as curcumin is for you, there are a couple factors to consider when determining how best to consume it: 

  • Curcumin is not easily absorbed by your body Research has shown that only 1% is absorbed through the digestive system. 
  • You’d have to eat two pounds of turmeric root for every meal to reap the full benefits of curcumin that clinical trials have demonstrated. 
  • Most turmeric supplements contain very little curcumin. 

That’s why I decided to formulate my own curcumin supplement. Liposomal Curcumin is an essential supplement that provides hundreds of times more bioavailable curcumin than many turmeric-based essential supplements. This is because the curcumin in Liposomal Curcumin is wrapped in a healthy fat liposome, making it much easier to absorb through your digestive system and work effectively in your body. It absorbs at least five times better than any other standardized curcumin supplements available on the market today.

Bonus Picks: Organic Reds & Organic Greens

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you likely have seen numerous advertisements for green powders. These essential supplements are increasing in popularity as people focus more on their diet and getting the right amount of nutrients. 

It’s no secret that leafy green superfoods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, supporting everything from cardiovascular health to a balanced inflammatory response. The reason for the rising popularity in green powders is that with one scoop, you can get enough servings of green superfoods. 

Organic Greens is an essential supplement made with 14 organic vegetables, superfoods, fruits, herbs, and adaptogens that are 100% USDA certified. If you want to optimize your nutrient intake and get some extra greens in your nutrient-dense diet, then Organic Greens is a fantastic way to get all the benefits of fruits and vegetables in one drink. 

If you’re wanting to take your nutrition to the next level, I recommend adding a red powder to your daily routine as well. Red superfoods are also growing in popularity. That’s because red superfoods are nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables essential for optimal health. 

Berries make up a large portion of the red superfoods team. This includes berries such as goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries. Berries are considered superfoods because they are rich in free radical fighting antioxidants, a critical partner to have in staying healthy. 

I personally formulated Organic Reds, the first-ever red powder developed by a physician, to contain red superfoods & phytonutrients often missing from our diets, including beets, berries, carrots, and tart cherries. 

Adding more red superfoods can facilitate healthy blood flow and vascular elasticity to support healthy blood pressure, reduce oxidative damage from free radicals, and support a healthy fat metabolism and healthy skin. 

Organic Reds superfood powder tastes just like fruit punch! I absolutely love it stirred into a glass of water – and if it’s a hot day outside, I’ll add a few ice cubes for a delicious chilled treat. You can also add it to smoothies, juice, tea or desserts for a burst of nutrients. 

Giving your body the support it needs is the perfect way to get on the path of optimal health in 2022. Focusing on gut, immune system, and brain health is a great way to get your resolutions to live healthier in 2022 back on track, or even started. If you’re curious to see if any of my essential supplements end up on your personalized list? Take this quiz to find out!

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