My favorite supplements is here! I am so excited to share with you the supplements I recommend and take my self. Though, as you know, it is my mission to get you off all your meds eventually, there are simply some supplements I really really love and want to share with you. These are not the same thing as popping pills for whatever ails you. These help reinforce your great health along with eating well, moving some every day, getting good sleep and managing your stress. Most of these supplements involve improving your gut health. My favorite topic 🤗
So much of our poor health, chronic diseases, depression, inflammation, pain…comes from poor gut health. Our SAD (standard American diet) diet is a major contributing factor in this as is our constant states of stress (cortisol, adrenals, thyroid and all that) and the environmental toxins we are constantly exposed to. So first, of course, we need to refocus our nutritional needs on good, whole, plant based foods, adding some meat for you meat-o-saures’ and some healthy fats, great herbs and spices and some whole grains. Do your own cooking, buy local, grow your own. Please cut back on your sugar intake and processed foods (which are really not even food anymore they are “products”). Watch what you put in and on your body, aiming for truly natural skin and household products whenever possible and find ways to manage your stress. Meditation (see sidebar wellness tip) and good sleep, breathing deeply, exercise are all great stress relievers.
OK so that was a long intro to this, sorry, I just get crazy passionate about gut health. So to restore your gut health do all the above. Also the following supplements are really beneficial in supporting good gut health and health in general. Some are specific to gut health, others are just great in general. I will not go into specific micronutrient supplementation but if you feel you are deficient in something i.e. iron, magnesium, Vit. D please get blood work done and find out for sure. In the case of low numbers please take a good supplement. I can tell you many of us are deficient in magnesium and vitamin D and B vitamins. I love these supplements if it is warranted for you. Chat with me and we can see individually what you need.
OK back on track. First take a probiotic! They help restore your gut flora so you can make even more good bacteria and so on and so on. There is so much bad bacteria and toxins floating around in our gut that the good bacteria gets overwhelmed and can’t fight it all. Give these fighters some help. You do not have to go crazy on a super expensive probiotic flown in from a remote island on the pacific ocean 9we will save that for later), just take a probiotic daily, or more if label directs you to, that has at least three different strains of probiotics and at least a billion (this is what I have found works for me, some of you may need more-its very individual) CFU per capsule. Of course eating certain yogurts and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir will alsogo a long way as well in helping to restore your gut flora.
Second, I love digestive enzymes. They are great at breaking down foods so we can absorb the nutrients we need. They are good at doing this even when we eat somethings not so great for us. They help alleviate gas and bloating! So you don’t have an excuse now to eat all those veggies. This supplement was a game changer for me and my gut health. Try to get one with Bromelain, Lipase, Protease and Amylase. this will ensure your proteins, fats and carbohydrates get broken down. I take mine at lunch and dinner because those are my largest meals.
Next and this is my all time favorite supplement that deserves it owns post eventually, Fish Oil! I recommend this as a pharmacist to almost everyone. In fact the only time I caution someone not to take it is if they are on blood thinners as fish oil has some blood thinning properties. And even then I just ask them to check with their doctor first. Yes fish oil promotes good gut health through its anti-inflammatory properties but it is such a potent anti-inflammatory agent that it works on so much more too. Combine this with fish oil’s concentration of omega 3s (healthy fat), it is heart protective against heart attacks and strokes, good for cholesterol, good for eyesight (helps with macular degeneration and cataracts in particular), good for memory and cognitive function (think ADHD and even Alzheimers), alleviates anxiety and depression, immunity boosting, beneficial in pregnancy and fertility and alleviates pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis. This is not even the whole list. See now why it is my favorite. People always ask me if they can eat enough foods that have omega 3 so as to not need a supplement. The short answer is no. You can eat oily fishes and krill and flaxseed but you would need to eat ALOT of these to get the daily amount needed to see these benefits. The fish oil I take has the added benefit of Vitamin D3- two birds and all that. So what are you waiting for – go get yours now!
One of my next favorite supplements is Collagen. I put a scoop of this one in my glass of water first thing every day. Let it sit several minutes to dissolve. It is then colorless, odorless and tasteless. I tried a vanilla one but it was goopy and ewww. I even tried ones with bone broth, for their gut building properties, but ewwww. As we get older, we don’t make as much collagen so our skin gets saggy, our hair gets thin and brittle as do our nails. AND our bones, joints and ligaments get weaker. Collagen, not only provides you with, well, collagen, but it helps promote your own body to produce more of your own. Bonus! So obviously, this is not a vegetarian product and I did struggle with that a bit but the benefits I saw from it outweighed my guilt. Especially as an avid and aging tennis player, I was always getting injured or feeling a little “crunchy” in my knees. At the risk of jinxing myself, I have never felt better on the court and off.
Next is a new one for me, Spirulina. This blue-green algae is harvested from exotic locations such as Hawaii. It is really like the most super food I have ever come across. It is an anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant, It has vitamins B1, B2, B3, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and manganese. It boosts immunity, detoxes heavy metals (those environmental toxins I mentioned- see we have come full circle, it is all connected), possibly lowers blood pressure, decreases chances of stroke, decreases cholesterol, alleviates allergic rhinitis symptoms, curbs hunger (weight loss?), eliminates candida which the overgrowth of is a factor in autoimmune diseases and contributes to disease susceptibility. Again, connecting the dots here, it even helps promote the growth of your good gut bacteria thereby promoting good gut health. I do not take this everyday as I am still playing with it but so far –LOVE. It comes as powder, which I use, or as a tablet (scary big). Typical daily dose is 1-3 grams daily up to 10 grams. So I use 1-2 teaspoonfuls, so roughly 3-5.5 grams, in my acai bowl (email me for recipe). When you buy this supplement buy it from a trusted brand who you know has good manufacturing practices. You want to be sure that they have removed any toxins and heavy metals the algae has ingested. Finally, if you are on immunosuppressant therapy, you will want to discuss the use of this supplement as it gears up your immune system.
OK here is last one – Nutritional Yeast! This is more of a food product than a supplement but I am including it here because of its great health benefits. Nutritional yeast is the deactivated form of yeast so no you will not grow bread in your belly. It is loaded with 18 amino acids, 9 of which are essential, meaning we don’t produce it ourselves. It has glutathione (its health benefits are too numerous to list here lets just say, eyes, heart and liver to start) a host of B vitamins and protein and fiber. It is gluten free and vegetarian. I use the flakes and sprinkle over many of my meals as a substitute for cheese. It has a nutty and cheesy flavor I love. Again I do not use everyday but close to it.
OK PHEW we made it to the end. This was a lot I know so PLEASE PLEASE reach out to me with any questions. Everybody’s path to health and wellness is unique and so is what you supplement your body with. I just wanted to share with you what I love to take and what has made such a huge difference in how I feel every day! And don’t forget, supplements are never meant to replace good eating habits and wise lifestyle choices.