I hate supplements. Really, I do. I can’t swallow pills; I forget to take them; and truthfully, I just don’t want to!
People ask me all the time which supplements I take to support my vegetarian diet and I always have the same response: my family gets all of our vitamins from food.
But in a few weeks I’ll be entering a new decade (40s!). I’m closing a chapter in my life of baby making and beginning a chapter of rebuilding and fortifying my body. After 10 years of pregnancies, years upon years of breast feeding, sleepless nights, and the chaos that comes with having 4 youngsters, my body has taken a major hit.
So, while we do get all of our vital nutrients from food, there are a few crucially important supplements that I like to keep around.
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I won’t bore you with a long-winded story or uninteresting facts. There are specific reasons why I like each of these supplements: 1. they are super necessary for a healthy functioning mind and body, and 2. they are easy to take (obviously the most important factor here!).
So here they are, the top 5 supplements I take (and recommend), why I love them, and where I buy them.
GLA – Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) is found in various plant seed oils, such as Evening Primrose Oil (see the pretty Evening Primrose flowers?). GLA is an Omega-6 essential fatty acid, and your body converts it into superheroes that fight inflammation. Inflammation has been scientifically linked to hundreds of diseases and sicknesses – everything from skin rashes like eczema to some types of cancer. While I love my avocados and flax seeds for essential Omegas, I always keep a bottle of Evening Primrose Oil around. This is the brand I like and trust. * Talk to your doctor before taking GLAs because they negatively interact with certain medications *
Vitamin D – I’ve been shouting this from the rooftops for years, so forgive my redundancy. But repetition is the key to storing information, so I will say it again. Vitamin D is so crucial for your hormonal and cellular function that it has been dubbed a pseudo-hormone. As in, it functions as if it were an actual hormone in your endocrine system. Additionally, Vitamin D is important for bone health, as it allows us to absorb calcium, which we need to make (and keep) our bones strong. This is the brand I like and trust, and it takes just a drop or two every day to keep your levels stable. * Ask your doctor for a blood test before taking Vitamin D to see which dosage is right for you *
B-Vitamins – Because 5 of the 6 of us eat a vegetarian diet, it pretty much means we are all deficient in B-vitamins. B-vitamins (8 in all) are crucial for cellular function. They help the enzymes in our body do their job of breaking down and regenerating. They are also important for de-stimulating our nervous system (basically, combatting the effects of chronic stress). Because most of the foods that naturally provide B-vitamins are meat or fish, we like a little extra support in keeping healthy with Nutritional Yeast. Nutritional Yeast can be found in any health food market or online. It has a slightly cheesy flavor, which you can use to enhance foods such as salad. Or you can cook or bake it right in and you will never notice the flavor. This is the brand I like and trust.
Aloe Vera Juice – This stuff has truly changed my Life – and I really don’t say that about many things! I began noticing a difference in my body within half-hour of taking my first drink of this. Aloe Vera is such a versatile natural healer – it is a natural skin cleanser and toner, reduces inflammation, aids in healing and digestion, balances the pH of the stomach, and so much more! I recently added this to my arsenal of supplements to help with some (hereditary, pregnancy-induced) inflammation in my Gallbladder. The effects have been so profound, they deserve their own article, which I will be writing and posting soon. This is the brand that I like and trust. * Drink 1 TBSP Aloe Vera Juice, 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 TSP raw, organic honey, with 8 ounces of hot water first thing every morning. * You can thank me later 😊
Magnesium – Magnesium is a tricky one because you can use pills, drinks, bath salts, creams, sprays, powders, and gummies to supplement. Each method of supplementation will come with different levels of absorption. Find one that is suitable to your needs and fits within your budget. Magnesium deficiency often manifests as other disorders, making it difficult to diagnose. If you experience anxiety, mood swings, slow healing, easy bruising, or poor digestion, you could have a Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, diuretic, and de-stimulant. This is the brand that I like and trust. * Magnesium overdose can kill you by slowing down your heart. Please use the recommended dosage (or less) with caution. If you have cramps or diarrhea it means you’ve had too much. *