Beautycounter,  Medicine

A Little about Supplements

A few people have recently been asking about the supplements I take and why, as well as recommendations for supplements, so I thought I’d throw it together in a blog post so it’s all here in one place.

Let’s start with what I take and why…

As mentioned in this post, I take magnesium twice a day to manage my migraine headaches. It is an over the counter supplement, but was recommended by my neurologist and it has dramatically improved my migraines. I use this in combination with prescription medication, but have noticed a big difference since starting these magic mags…As always, I would encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider for any medical issues/concerns you may have.

I also take a prenatal multi-vitamin daily. I’m not currently pregnant, but I love the extra dose of folate and B12. I think it improves my memory and makes me feel more balanced. I really love the mykind organics prenatal vitamin. These are Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made from nothing but real, whole foods, which it turns out, can be hard to find. These have folate and iron, but also contain peppermint and ginger which can be soothing for nausea in pregnancy (when that time comes). They honestly don’t smell great, but I’ve gotten used to the smell, and they definitely don’t make me queasy, which other vitamins have done in the past. They also make a gummy version for people who prefer gummies, but the gummies don’t contain iron, which is important for pregnant women, so that’s just something to keep in mind if that applies to you.

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I take a daily calcium + vitamin D supplement as well. This is mostly because I have been on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) since I was 16, and they carry a risk of increased premature fractures as you age, so I’m trying to keep that at bay. Unfortunately, my acid reflux despite trials with dietary modifications is out of control and PPIs are the only way I can survive.

I take a daily probiotic to help improve my gut flora (when I remember) as I can be a victim of irritable bowel at times, although less lately. I say when I remember because I keep them in the refrigerator and usually if it’s not in my handy dandy pill box (see below), I don’t remember to take it. Diane Sanfillipo had this one all over her InstaStories and it looked so convient, so I ordered one for myself and my husband. Yay for no more pill bottles all over the bathroom counter!

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Every morning for breakfast I make myself a smoothie and take it to work with me. These were inspired by Body Love by Kelly LeVeque and her Fab Four Smoothies.  My usual base is almond milk + Garden of Life Vanilla Protein Powder + some other combination of things. Currently I’ve been adding ground flax seeds and some mixed nut butter. I like this powder because it is, like my prenatal vitamins, certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, RAW Vegan Protein powder made with 13 raw sprouted proteins delivering 22 grams of protein that is dairy free with a complete profile of all the essential amino acids along with added whole food fat-soluble vitamins, probiotics and enzymes. It also supports digestive health and function with live probiotics and protein-digesting enzymes, which I love. Bonus: it’s not at all gritty which just makes it even better!

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I also add 1/2 tsp. Ashwagandha to my smoothies. This stuff doesn’t take good, so you definitely have to disguise it in something. Ashwagandha is reputed to help support emotional balance and brain function, and acts as a potent antioxidant to boost the immune system.

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In a recent study conducted by the U.S. National Library of medicine, it was reported that this tonic herb may help with asthma, arthritis, chronic fatigue, anemia, infertility, depression and blood pressure. It is also thought to support the endocrine and nervous system functions as well.

Since I suffer from asthma, occasional bouts of arthritis, occasional fatigue and am trying to conceive, I fee like it’s a good addition.

The last supplement I use on a daily basis is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. There are several different kinds of products Vital Proteins makes, but I use their beef-based collagen peptides.  It’s unflavored and not at all gritty. I add two scoops to my morning coffee that I take with me to work and I don’t even notice that it’s there. I like the collagen because it has 18g of natural protein, and works to improve hair, skin, nails and joints, ligaments, tendons.

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I feel like I need as much help as I can get in this area, particularly because I started going to Crossfit and am living in a perpetual state of ridiculous soreness all the time. Also, I have terribly thin nails and they need all the help they can get. I don’t know if this is a coincidence to using the collagen peptides or Beautycounter’s new amazing hair line, but my hair has been way more curly than it used to be and I’m totally digging it!

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OK, I’m pretty sure that’s everything I take and why. If you have more questions about any of these products, comment below. And I’m always open to suggestions. If you use something you love that you want to share with me, comment below for that too!

 

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