Hi There! Here’s yet another homemade photo for my blog:) Professional photographer, I am not. This is Mark and I SUPping ( StandUpPaddleboard) on Lake Frederick yesterday. We’ve supped almost every weekend since July, and we’re getting really good! Our goal is a SUP vacation next summer, and also to get to know all our Virginia Parks, Rivers, and Lakes.
Today’s Post isn’t on fun activities though, it’s on supplements, because I get asked about them all the time.
Supplements sound promising, but when faced with the options in a store, feel confusing. That’s because they are! We need to make sure that the supplement bottle we buy actually contains the supplement we need, and nothing else. ( Read The Labels! Artificial colors? Flavors? Sweeteners? Read. The. Label.)
And it matters to me that my supplements are derived from Real Whole Foods in the United States, and not Petroleum Products from China. It’s a whole big supplement world out there, and it’s a good idea to have at least a little knowledge if you’re using them.
For the most part, I use Biotics supplements, and I recommend them to everyone I work with, and my whole family. Here’s why: I know my rep; I know Biotics uses real, quality ingredients; I know they produce everything in the US; I know they SUBMIT EVERYTHING TO THE FDA.
That’s super rare. It costs a fortune, and most supp companies don’t do that step. Studies show that 90% of ALL supplements are “made in China”, from petroleum products. That’s disgusting.
Okay, here’s my routine, and why:
First thing in the morning on an empty stomach, I take 6 Intenzymes and 3 Bromeleins (both are systemic enzymes for inflammation and viscous blood – bc I’m often sore, and I have had 2 blood clots), 2 GTA Forte ( I tested hypothyroid a few years ago, and I like this desiccated pig thyroid product better than Armor, and wow! it works! My eyebrows have grown back in!), and 2 L-Tyrosines – I started this 2 summers ago for energy after reading The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. I love energy!.
If I’ve injured myself, or I’m extra sore, I take more enzymes both in the morning, and throughout the day, always on an empty stomach. They work wonders, honestly.
Systemic (and Digestive) enzymes are FANTASTIC. I think they’re the one supplement I wouldn’t give up. If you’re curious, either meet with me, or ***learn about them. Actually, even if you’re a client, learn about them. It’s so important to be informed as to how our body actually works.
After breakfast, I take between 2 and 4 Omega-3 fish oils, (depends on my workouts, and my schedule. I used to take a lot more but feel I’m more “normal” now), a Vit B with C, a Co Q 10, and from there, it varies. This summer I flew a few times, so I took a supplement called BioProtect, which is a broad spectrum anti-oxidant. Airports and planes pump us full of radiation; this isn’t good for anyone, but apparently 1 in 20 of us actually have genes that make us even more susceptible to radiation than others.
Last night, and for the next few days, I’m taking “A.D.P.”, which is a standardized extract of emulsified oregano because I feel a sore throat coming on. This is a supp I recommend all the time for bacterial, viral, or fungal/candida issues. I make sure that my kids all have A.D.P. for the winter time/cold/flu/sore throat season. It’s powerful. (I also did my go-to Manuka honey w/garlic last night. I don’t wait around to see if things get worse, I act.) And right before bed, I rubbed a little Eucalyptus Essential Oil on my tonsils, armpit, and a swipe inside my cheek (it tastes disgusting…).
If I’m tired during the afternoon, and have an appointment or training at night, I’ll take 2 more L-Tyrosine’s on an empty stomach.
If I’m super sore, I’ll add L-Glutamine in the afternoon. (L-Glutamine’s also great for rebuilding gut lining/repairing leaky gut.)
Oh! I’ve also been taking Bio-Immunozyme (broad spectrum vitamins, minerals, enzymes, glandulars, plus herbs like echinecea) for the past few days, again, because I’ve felt a little something coming on. This is in combination with a busy week that gave me a couple late consults and early, early mornings. Recipe for a weak immune system.
I take digestive enzymes ( Hydrazyme ) and HCl (stomach acid)(Betaine + HP) if I have a big meal, or am teaching a class/training someone right after I eat. I used to have to be religious about digestive supplements with each and every meal, for years, but not so much anymore.
I digest really well now. Oh! I’ve been adding Apple Cider Vinegar to 99% of all my water for about 4 years. That’s GREAT for digestion, plus cheap and easy and delicious. Get it “with the mother”, and make sure you shake it before you pour it.
In the evening I take 2 supplements that aren’t from Biotics, but from Dr. Carolyn Dean, who’s a big authority on Magnesium, which I believe EVERYONE should be supplementing with. They’re called ReMag (liquid magnesium), and ReLyte (liquid multi-mineral). There’s other great magnesium’s on the market, but I like that this one is liquid. 1) Less water to swallow right before bed, and 2) more easily absorbed.
I have all my girls on Biotics magnesium, called Mg-Zyme. It’s a great product! I also make sure they all have the complex B with C. Women go through a lot of B vitamins and Magnesium with their cycles.
Plus, most people are deficient in Magnesium; our body uses a LOT, and our soils – and therefore our foods – are deficient. Actually, are soils are woefully deficient in nutrients, and getting more so. Plants get their minerals from the soil….
Do you have gut issues? Low stomach acid ALWAYS means low B12 absorption (long explanation, but the same cells that make stomach acid also make Intrinsic Factor, and Intrinsic Factor basically gets B12 into our cells).
Actually, gut issues mean you’re probably not absorbing several nutrients. This is important because OUR BODY IS MADE OUT OF NUTRIENTS FROM THE FOOD WE EAT. Gas/bloat/indigestion/UC/colitis/IBS….. 1)change your diet 2) add key supplements to heal and seal the gut.
Also, I also Love my tinctures! I just finished 2 liver tinctures from Herb Pharm: Dandelion and Milk Thistle. I like to nurture my liver, frequently. I also use Herb Pharm Liver Tincture, and Biotics Beta TCP and Beta Plus, on a rotating basis.
Whew! Seriously, that’s barely scratching the surface. I rotate and change up my supplements throughout the year, depending on season and circumstance. I’ve already begun accumulating supps to give my kids at Christmas, and will be making homemade Fire Cider and Elderberry syrup soon – Posts to follow:)
For now, if you want to Supplement, do your homework first. Supps from the drugstore and Costco are probably crap. Ask me if you need help, or go to your trusted health food store ( that’s NOT Vitamin Shop- they’ll sell you anything and everything there). If you’re in my area, go to Natural Market, the owner, Shelley, and the employees really, really know their stuff, plus, they sell reputable products.
It Matters A Lot!
Last words: You can’t out-supplement a bad lifestyle. Supplements are supplemental to Real Whole Food, adequate sleep, moving, and stress management.
They’re not magical pills or liquids that solve your problems. They’re supplements. Have a great day!