Supplementation Station (& sneak preview!)
The debate about whether or not you should take nutritional supplements is boring. Fact.
Different people have different needs, which is why there is no such thing as “one diet for all” or “one size fits all” for that matter. You have completely different needs to me in terms of nutrition. And that’s actually a great thing.
In today’s post, I wanted to show you what supplements I take on a daily basis.
With my previously mentioned auto-immune issues comes a few extra needs that you might not have. A few substances my body craves, that I can’t get from the food I’m eating alone.
“But wait, if YOU’RE a nutrition coach, shouldn’t you know what to eat in order to get everything you need from the food?” you’re asking yourself now.
And the answer is simply no. No, there isn’t a way I can get everything I need from my food alone. Mainly due to that I can’t eat that much quantity-wise, but also because some vitamins and/or minerals just don’t exist in food in the way I need them.
There is of course a big difference between having a daily multivitamin from the supermarket, and more goal oriented supplements focused on your individual needs. Most of the time, the multivitamins you buy at the supermarket is just a fast way of buying yourself extremely expensive pee.
So, what do I take to make my life a little easier? And how do these things help me?
Your body actually produces this on its own, from the previously rumoured life-threathening cholesterol in your skin. But only when in direct sunlight. With a SPF less than 8.
Living where I do, this is not possible at all times of the year. So I have to supplement it.
Why is it that important, though?
There is a myriad of things Vitamin D is good for in the body, especially in chronic auto-immune diseases, and it’s almost impossible to detect a deficiency. It’s been shown to help regulate blood glucose, it lowers inflammation levels in the body, it helps the immune system, weight management, prevents heart attacks…. And so on.
Honestly, I can’t see a reason NOT to take it!
The one I take is a Vitamin D3 oil, by Wild. I use an oil based one, as vitamin D is oil soluble, it’s easier for the body to absorb.*
Omega 3 is fish oil. What importance does this fatty acid actually have?
Well, the main one is that omega 3 fights inflammation in the body. It lowers nasty triglycerides in your blood. It can help recovering from depression. It can ease arthritis pains. And it might even help prevent dementia.
It’s really not a bad list of positives. If you ask me, vitamin D and omega 3 are the two very essential supplements (almost) everybody should take, whether you have a condition or not.
The one I take is Krill Oil by Alpinamed.* What’s krill, you say? It’s tiny little plankton that are eaten by fish, and they are the purest form of animal based omega 3 fatty acids there is. I choose animal based, as this form (DHA & EPA) is easier to absorb than the vegetable counterparts.
I also take a supplement that is full of yummy things that keep my thyroid in check.
Tyrosine, selenium, zinc, and vitamin B3 (amongst other things) are what keep my thyroid from freaking out. All of these help different functions of the thyroid and its hormones, in their own way.
This is the only thing that has so far kept me off of hormone replacement therapy for my lazy thyroid (it’s underproducing hormones).
I take Thyronyl by Bonusan. I like them because there’s no funny stuff in their products, only what is promised.
Superduper greens are super duper good for you!
Containing high levels of fibers, vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, digestive enzymes, and are even rumoured to heal tissues. Due to the high level of nutrients, they give the immune system a kick, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body.
I use the pre-packaged super greens from Amazing Grass. * It’s easy, because it’s portion packaged and easy to take along.
At the moment, I’m also doing an intestine-recovery program. This means that I’m building my intestines up from scratch. I’m doing this because next to our skin, nose, eyes, ears and mouth, the intestine is one of our biggest sources of immune system.
If the immune system isn’t covered in all places, including the intestine, there might be things (virus, bacteria, yeast….) that slip by, through the intestine and attack the body. Another reason is that without a full immune system on hand, the immune system can start attacking the body’s healthy tissue (also called auto-immune disease).
This means I’m additionally taking pro-biotics, L-Glutamine and Vitamin B. These work together in re-forming my intestine, kicking my immune system up a notch. Pro-biotics to create a better bacterial environment in the gut, Glutamine is what the intestine cells feed off of and vitamin B because this process needs tons of it.
So there you have it.
In addition to my daily mediations, I’ve also created a combination of really awesome supplements that help my body keep up the great work.
Now it’s your turn; do you take any supplements? Why? Or why not?
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* I’m not affiliated with any of these companies, these are just the ones I use. There are many more fantastic ones out there.
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