MY PERSONAL FAVORITE SUPPLEMENTS & VITAMINS + WHY I TAKE THEM
Hey babes! I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now, a lot of you have asked what supplements + vitamins I take to keep my mood disorder balanced, my PCOS at bay and basically my digestion on track. I really feel like my mind and body are WAY more balanced now that I have figured out the right combination of supplements and vitamins. I’ve played around with this for a couple years now and earlier last year found the combination for me. Depending on the season, how I am feeling and the time of the month I do change them up a bit, but the foundation of them all stays the same on a daily.
Vitamins and supplements are different than your standard medication in the sense that they are not covering a symptom rather just filling out the gap that you might be missing. While I don’t think there is a one size fits all since all of our bodies are different and the way we absorb them is totally different also. I do think that they play a large role in my life.
I’m not gonna sit here and tell you all to go to Whole Foods and trial and error like I did. I mean I use myself as a guinea pig so you all don’ have to.
WHAT ARE SUPPLEMENTS
While I did give you a little glimpse into what I think supplements are. Supplements like I mentioned fill in a gap, they supplement your health and lifestyle. They are needed to boost health during stressful times when you are deficient in vitamin/minerals or are sick.
SO are you deficient.? You might be. We all live in a world with the immense amount of advanced technology yet our plant aka soil is suffering from lack of minerals that once would be implemented in the food we ate, as in our fruits and veggies. Since our planet is different then our food is also different.
Magnesium: mood swings, fatigue, numbness, leg cramps, headaches/migraines and more.
WHO: If you’re diet is poor, not eating lots of whole foods naturally filled with magnesium.
Zinc: sluggish thyroid, dry skin, brittle nails + hair, hormonal imbalance and more.
WHO: some vegans and vegetarians, people who have celiac or gluten sensitivities, people with high-stress life.
Iron: low immune function, shortness of breath, tingling in hands or feet, dry skin and more
WHO: poor diet intake, some pregnant women, premature babies and some illnesses.
Vitamin D: low energy, depression, autoimmune disorders, hormonal imbalance and more.
WHO: people don’t get enough sun, people with darker skin tones, some vegans, and vegetarians
B12: depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, memory loss, sluggish energy and more.
WHO: this is pretty common for vegans and vegetarians or basically anyone who doesn’t consume a lot or any animal products.
HOW DO I KNOW
Babes talk to your doctor, be your own health advocate. This is the one thing I wish people did more, if something is off, make sure they listen, don’t just ignore it. Listen to your gut. I know when something is off, I can feel it when my mood is off when my sleep is off if I start getting too obsessive over the little things. If I am all of a sudden craving certain things, Just remember always ask your physician or registered dietitian before trying anything new.
I use Vitamin Packs because they literally have everything I need in two packs. I have an am and a pm pack and have some in my purse at all times in case I leave my house and forget to take it before. I take both with food as instructed.
MY VITAMIN PACK
+ digestive enzyme
+high quality omega fish oil
+ curcumin – while I do add turmeric to a lot of my foods, I like being able to take it in capsule form.
THE ADD IN’S
I also add to that in the morning brazil nuts for extra support on my thyroid function, help protect against breast cancer and a natural mood booster.
I also take a probiotic every day and it has really helped with my digestion and gut health.
CBD/THC Tinctures have definitely been an add into my daily supplement routine, you can read more about CBD here and also my thoughts on cannabis here. I consume CBD throughout the day and once I am ready to get on my evening routine will have an edible with about 5-10 mg of THC, I then workout, shower, eat dinner, some last minute blog stuff and then call it a night. I might squeeze in a few yoga poses, light meditation or tarot card reading.
WHILE I’M ON MY PERIOD
I tend to do this before my period about three or four days before and keep it up while on my period:
+I use DA’O Labs- Women’s Formula + Emotional Balance *
+ I also take magnesium with all my meals, while my Vitamin Pack brings magnesium, during my period and right before I like to amp it up, to avoid cramps, and help me with PMS.
+ ginger capsules twice a day
+ I also take pure CBD tincture three times a day, to help with bloating, backache, and menstrual cramps.
COLD BUSTER SUPPLEMENTS
+ add an additional omega- three pill
+oregano oil capsules, about two a day
+garlic capsules or minced up garlic, two a day
+elderberry syrup, to help boost my immune system and it helps increase the bodies defense cells, take as directed on the box or bottle
+Vitamin A & C, twice a day
+bone broth, you can either make your own, I love Pressery and also use Vital Proteins bone broth powder – drink as much as you want throughout the day
+ apple cider vinegar + water as much as you want throughout the day
DA’O Labs focuses a lot of Chinese medicine and using herbs as a way to heal *
Alright, babes, here you have it, an outline of my go-to supplements and why I take them. Remember I am not a certified health practitioner, PLEASE always consult your healthcare provider before making any changes in your supplement routine.