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I believe that some supplements can be truly helpful and also that some are a waste of money. Like the exercise I now commit to in my 40’s, supplements have to meet my specific needs and be worth the investment of my time and money. I am committed to taking them since most of my alternative care providers who I trust have recommended them. I take a few in particular that are little miracle workers, and it seems that almost no one knows about them, so I’ll share those with you below.
I use a plastic pill organizer chest that is customizable to accommodate the different sizes of supplements and keep it in my kitchen, where I can easily take them after breakfast or dinner. I know that if I just keep a bunch of vitamins in separate bottles a drawer I know I’ll only end up take them sporadically, which is a waste of time and money.
I’ve done a lot of researching and I do not think there is one protocol that fits for everyone for supplements and vitamins. You should read up on how supplements can specifically help you in finding your own best health. Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog GOOP did an informative article last year on how to navigate the vitamin aisle. I also subscribed to Dr. Weil’s vitamin advisor for a while, but then found that I could source them cheaper on my own from vitacost.com or Amazon.com. I’ve asked friends, my doctors, trainers, and integrative professionals that I know about what they take and what they feel is worth the investment.
Side note: No doctor, naturopath or not, should make you feel obligated to purchase supplements from them. I think it’s great to do so though, as long as their prices are competitive.
My vitamin & supplement protocol changes all the time depending on my health and how I’m feeling. The powerhouses in my supplement arsenal currently are S-Acetyl Glutathione & ALA. In my opinion, these two antioxidants are worth their weight in gold. Sometimes people ask me what I do for my skin and these two antioxidants along with my 14-year yoga practice are what I feel have made the most difference in how I look and feel. L-Glutamine is also a wonder supplement that I swear by, especially in times of stress or when I’ve not been eating my best.
What do you use for supplements that you feel really makes a difference in how you feel, look, and/or perform?
SELF CARE #3: SUPPLEMENTS: My protocol
Gives cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory benefits from DHA & EPA. Heart disease runs in my family so taking this makes me feel like I’m supporting my heart. I prefer krill oil vs. fish oil. It’s just my personal preference, but for me, that is based on sustainable fisheries/ethical reasons more than anything else. See here for more information. I like the concentrated form from Mega Red available at Target or Amazon.
It’s the most powerful antioxidant that the body makes. It’s an anti-aging powerhouse in several capacities and aids in toxin removal. It’s been recently formulated in acetylated form to remain stable and effective in the digestive tract. For this reason only use the acetylated version because without it, the body breaks it down and it becomes ineffective. Many naturopathic Doctors have traditionally used glutathione for intravenous chelation therapy to remove heavy metals like mercury. So it’s fantastic that this powerful supplement is available to use at a relatively reasonable cost compared to what chelation therapy runs. Read about glutathione here and here. I get mine from Amazon.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
ALA is an antioxidant powerhouse that, when used in combination with Glutathione can really make a difference for you. ALA controls inflammation, blood sugar, and protects your skin collagen structure. Yup, you just read that right. It keeps your skin looking youthful! It also helps the other antioxidants in your body work better, is good for nerves, and also helps your body detoxify heavy metals from the body and therefore purifies the liver. ALA is your new best friend. As we age, we make less and less ALA so this is one instance where taking ALA supplements can make a lot of sense. I use this brand.
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Vitamin D – 1,000 mg
So many many reasons why this hormone is deficient in women and also helps fight disease in the body. Get your levels tested by your dacoity and find out if you’re deficient. Crazy that so many women I know in South Florida where the sun shines year-round, are deficient. Vitamin D has been shown to fight some cancers. Available in most stores or Amazon.
Vitamin C 1,000 mg
An antioxidant that fights free-radical damage from environmental pollutants. The buildup of free radicals over time is responsible for the aging process. Free radicals may also play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis.
Because I don’t consume as much dairy products as I once did. Also, I would like to avoid osteopenia or osteoporosis in my later years. Research shows that as hormone levels change for women in midlife it affects bone density negatively. I like a complete formula to keep my regimen simple.
B 100 complex
I take this for energy and also because I don’t eat much red meat. Again, I take a complete formula to keep it simple.
It has a full-body relaxing effect and can help with tension headaches. I use it specifically to relax achy and tense muscles. Also, it helps regulate a healthy blood pressure and um, keeps you regular. This form will not give you the runs unlike other forms of magnesium! Available at Whole Foods or Amazon.
Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid that builds protein in the body. It has tons of uses as it protects the immune system and digestive system, aids recovery after injury or surgery. It is also used to alleviate depression, moodiness, irritability, anxiety, and insomnia. Because it delivers “fuel” in the form of nitrogen and carbon to cells in the body that need it, it has been shown to enhance athletic performance. Glutamine also heals the gut and supports the immune system, especially in times of stress. If my life is crazy busy or stressful I always find taking this supplement beneficial. 500-1000 mg = 1-2 caplets daily work well for me. Available in most stores or on Amazon.