I often get questions about what supplements I take, why I take them and which ones are my favorite. While I believe that we can get most of what we need from eating a nutrient dense real food diet, there are just some things we may need to supplement to help us feel our very best.
Over the past 5 years of changing my diet I’ve felt the shift in my overall health, I have more energy, less bloating and inflammation. Quality food and supplements have been a very crucial element of this as well as a healthy lifestyle that decreases stress.
But, not all supplements are created equal. Walk into any health food store and you will see aisle upon aisle of vitamins, supplements, minerals and elixirs. It can make you a little dizzy trying to find what’s right for you. And it can be hard to easily spot supplements that are non-GMO, free of gluten, soy and dairy unless you do some research.
While I believe it can be really helpful to see what others are using and why, I also believe it’s very important to talk to your doctor before starting any supplement. We are all so different and what works for me, may not work for you or be what you need to thrive. It’s also important to note that some supplements are meant to be used temporarily, while others might be ones you take for a longer period of time.
Here’s what I’m taking right now:
Collagen– I take this daily for gut health, joints, healthy skin, teeth and nails.
Magnesium– Most of us are deficient in this and don’t get enough in our diets. Helps with things like stress, anxiety, muscle cramps (great for those with endo), depression and insomnia.
Vitamin D3– Most of us are deficient in vitamin D as well as we don’t get enough sun and often wear sunblock when outside. Good for immune function, bone and brain health.
B-12– I’ve always been low because of endometriosis. Great for energy and it helps strengthen the nervous system.
Pre-Natal– We are trying to concieve so I supplement with a high quality pre-natal vitamin.
Turmeric– It’s an anti-inflammatory helpful for pain (great for those with endo) and skin health.
Charcoal-I only take when needed, helps when I accidentally ingest gluten or have any food sensitivities.
Check out this helpful Guide from New Hope Network it talks about how to build your supplement regimen with your doctor, questions to ask retailers and goes over some common supplements for different stages of life. I hope you found this helpful!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by New Hope Network’s Inside the Bottle and its partners in high-quality nutrition: Natural Factors, NatureWise, NeoCell, Orgenetics, Sabinsa, SoftGel, Trust Transparency Consulting. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.