Welcome to “My Supplement Formula,” our interview series that explores how high achievers use nutrition to unlock their potential. Check in each month to get an exclusive look into the supplement routines of the world’s greatest athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs.
Tell us about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jaclyn Tomsic, and I am a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I perform elective and emergent surgeries of the face, mouth, and jaw to correct congenital deformities, repair traumatic injuries, restore lost function, or for cosmetic purposes.
I have always enjoyed competition and was a varsity athlete in high school, where I focused on academics and athletics. I knew I wanted to pursue a career that would not only challenge me intellectually but also would bring satisfaction. Something in health care seemed to fit, though I didn’t quite know which direction that would be.
After college, I entered dental school, and although I enjoyed the material, something was missing. For me, that was the medicine aspect. I was introduced to the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery – which is the perfect blend of dentistry and medicine, and surgery – and I was hooked. I have never looked back, and love the diverse procedures and patients I get to help every day.
What type of supplement regimen do you practice? What types of vitamins, minerals, and other supplements do you take?
My supplement regimen is ever-evolving. I know we don’t always get all the daily nutrients in our diet that we need, especially as we age, so I try to add as needed. A normal day often includes a women’s multi-vitamin, 1000IU of vitamin D3 (Country Life brand is a good option), and an Isagenix supplement containing niacin, biotin, and selenium for hair and nail support. I also drink 50mL of Isagenix marine collagen elixir every morning and evening.
I’ve also recently started integrating a vitamin-infused toothpaste by Better & Better into my daily brushing routine. It’s an easy way to habitually “microdose” essential vitamins into your body, and build up your baseline vitamins levels over time. I use Better & Better’s ENERGY toothpaste with B12 and D3 in the morning, and their remineralizing FORTIFY toothpaste with hydroxyapatite at night.
Lastly, and honestly, most importantly, I strive every day to drink at least 60-80 ounces or more of water. Some days it is closer to 100 ounces, and others, I’m chugging before bed for the 60. I have read so many recommendations about the amount of daily water we should drink; for me, 60-80 ounces per day is something that I can achieve routinely, and I believe when it comes to goals and health benefits, consistency is more important than qualitative goals. We know how important water is for our health, diet, weight, and overall energy levels, so making an effort to drink the water instead of the soda or a second or third cup of coffee (though, remember (black) coffee is composed of almost 98% water as well) goes a long way.
What inspired you to take these particular supplements?
My daily and lifelong interest in health and wellness. As a physician, I know we do not get all the supplements we need from daily sunlight or meals, so we need to be smart about it and supplement as needed. I also know that, on average, the human body is 60% water, so water is so important! The days I consume more water are the days I work out, which so that is a win-win in terms of health benefits. Another reason is energy: when I am active, hydrated, and healthy, I have more energy in all aspects of my life so I can show up for my patients, my family and friends, and my daily activities.
My other inspiration (or motivation) is my age. As a physician who treats patients with an esthetic eye, I know the proteins we lose that lead to the unwanted signs of aging (mainly collagen) and its benefits for skin, hair, and nail health. I added collagen to my day about 1 year ago and can see and feel the difference.
What do you know about supplements that you wish you knew 10 years ago?
I’ve learned to look for cleaner and more natural products, and, most importantly, to keep it simple. When it comes to aging, it’s all about prevention. The best thing we can do is replenish our collagen before we lose it.
When it comes to goals and health benefits, consistency is more important than qualitative goals.Dr. Jaclyn Tomsic