Here’s a list explaining the most frequent supplements I use, the brand or type, and the importance of each one. Enjoy!
- Frequency: Usually daily with intermittent absence, such as 3-5 days, to avoid dependency.
- Brand: ReNew Life Digest More
- Reason: Why digestive enzymes because they work! At least if you’re taking a good one. I’ve been using them for about three months now, and they have helped tremendously in keeping and restoring the integrity of my digestive system. Occasional bloating has gone away, my bowel movements are impeccable, and I’m also able to eat foods I stayed away from, such as dairy and gluten, and handle them well. In addition, I noticed I don’t crash after a big meal if I take them. And since I usually eat only two big meals a day (it just fits my schedule) I don’t experience a crash afterwards, especially if I eat a grain like brown rice. Not only do they work digesting my food, but I also think it has played a role (albeit maybe a minor one) in me losing some weight and leaning up. Definitely take one if your eating a big meal or if your digestive system has been compromised recently at one time or another (i.e. antibiotics, steroid medications, candida, etc.).
- A greens supplement:
- Frequency: Daily.
- Brand: Amazing Grass Superfoods
- Reason: I take a greens supplement because it’s just a more convenient and efficient way for me to get my greens in. I’m definitely a proponent of whole foods and having a salad, but let’s face it. Not all of us have time to sit and eat a salad at everymeal and graze like a cow becase we have stuff to do. As a result, I’ve been using Amazing Grass Superfood supplement for almost three months now and I feel great. It’s all whole food based and comes from organic fruits and veggies, so it’s high quality stuff. In addition, it also has a probiotic and enzyme blend as well. Definite recommend to anybody wanting to add extra greens to their diet.
- Frequency: As much as possible through food, capsule, or both.
- Brand: ReNew Life Ultimate Flora, goat yogurt or kefir (I like this one), and sauerkraut.
- Reason: Do I really have to explain this one? Your microbiome inside you–that is the vast network of bacteria (both good and bad) along your digestive tract–determines so many things, such as immunity, nutrient absorption, and even mood. That’s why you need to take a good probiotic if you’re not eating a lot of fermented food, such as kim chi, kefir, or organic yogurt (I tend to stick with goat yogurt and kefir since it’s easier to digest, at least for me). And if you have ever taken any antibiotics, steroid medications, or birth control medication, then it is absolutely crucial that you take a probiotic to restore balance in your gut. Why? Because all those medications deplete and impair your good bacteria to live, thrive, and do their job of keeping you healthy. I can go on and on, but you get the point.
- Frequency: Usually on workout days, but not always, so maybe 2 times a week (tops).
- Brand: Sun Warrior Protein
- Reason: Protein, aside from building muslce, serves so many different purposes, such as organ, skin, hair, and overall good health. But that doesn’t mean we need 3 protein shakes a day. Unless you’re Ronnie Coleman, Phil Heath, or an NFL offensive lineman, you do not need 3 protein shakes a day. You just don’t. Plain and simple. I rarely take a protein shake any more because my diet is clean and more than enough to get my protein needs. If I do, I stick with a clean protein, such as Sun Warrior protein: a clean organic vegetable protein comprised of pea, hemp, and cranberry. It also tastes really good mixed with unsweetened almond milk and a couple ice cubes. In addition to Sun Warrior protein, I will have a Quest bar, even though they’re probably not the healthiest for you. This is especially the case if I need something between meals at work. It is what it is. At least they taste good!
- Check out my three part protein series for a more in depth overview of protein: Part I, Part II, Part III.
- Additional supplements:
- Fish oil (source of omega-3 fatty acids important for heart, eye, skin, and brain health; anti-inflammatory), milk thistle (liver health; detoxifying properties), turmeric (powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory), serrapeptase (an enzyme that is a powerful anti-inflammatory used for many things, such things as arteries, gut health, and joints)
- Frequency: Varies.
Remember, all these are supplements. They only fill in the nutritional gap I can’t get from food and help with certain health goals (such as a detox). I will always have the goal of getting as much nutrients from my diet as possible and rely on whole foods as that primary source to get it. I think that should always be our first task in good health and then supplements come into the picture, for whatever reason, if we can’t completely do that.
So, what do you think?
Do you take some of the same things I do, something different, or nothing at all. Please tell me by leaving a comment down below.
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