Supplements don’t serve as replacements for a healthy well-balanced diet. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t need them from time to time. Majority of my years were spent eating unhealthy foods and popping a supplement for peace of mind (which I now know is completely counterintuitive). As part of our lifestyle renovation the goal is to obtain majority of our essential nutrients from diet alone. Despite a healthy lifestyle my diet requires the addition of supplements while I am repairing my body from years of poor nutrition and preparing my body for years filled with future pregnancy/postpartum cycles.
I started an ACV (apple cider vinegar) regime about four months ago for its detoxifying benefits when my husband and I decided to focus on healthy living. Years of an unhealthy lifestyle contributed to an excess sugar buildup, unbalanced pH level, and candida. The ACV helps clean up this internal mess. I also started incorporating a protein and veggie supplemental shake in the morning since I struggle with low energy. Additionally, I have difficulty obtaining the amount of protein and veggies I need with breakfast while caring for my son.
The first supplement my family and I started was probiotics due to their bounteous benefits, including a stronger immune system. We have our five month old on probiotics (Gerber Soothe Probiotic Drops) because I believe strongly in the importance of this supplement. Supplements are expensive. If you can only budget one, go with the probiotic (other than a prenatal if pregnant or breastfeeding since that is vital). Below I’ve listed the supplements my husband and I take daily, the dose, as well as the known health benefits. It’s argued some of these benefits haven’t been studied enough to be considered scientifically proven but there is no downside in trying (as long as you research your supplement’s ingredients and have the MD’s OK)!
Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (2 teaspoons diluted in water to avoid damaging tooth enamel, 3 times daily)
-contains the “mother” which consists of strands of proteins, friendly bacteria & enzymes
-can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, as well as blood sugar levels
-helps maintain healthy alkaline pH level
-detoxifies the liver & stimulates cardiovascular circulation
-breaks up mucous throughout the body & cleanses the lymph nodes
-helps rid body of candida (yeasts attributed to thrush)
-supports healthy immune system
-aids in digestion & weight loss
-rich in enzymes & potassium
Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW Organic Chocolate Powder (1 scoop daily mixed with water)
-similar to organic veggie juice, this powdered supplement has 34 nutrients from organically grown greens, sprouts, & veggie juices
-contains prebiotics, probiotics, & enzymes that support digestion & nutrient absorption
-has antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids & phytonutrients
Vega Protein & Greens Chocolate (1 scoop daily mixed with water)
-sprouted whole grain brown rice, pea, hemp & Saviseed protein
-contains 20 grams of complete protein & a balanced amino acid profile
-2 servings of greens in each serving of protein sourced from kale, spinach, broccoli & alfalfa
-includes papaya extract to aid in digestion
Ultimate Flora Probiotic 50 Billion (our son takes Gerber Soothe Probiotic Drops)
-helps enhance immune system & counteract negative effects of antibiotics
-supports healthy skin
-aids in digestion & nutrient absorption
-reduces incidences of candidiasis, vaginitis, & yeast infections
The Honest Company Whole-Food Prenatal (3 times daily)
-serves as a backup for nutritional gaps
-lowers risk of birth defects, preterm birth & low birth weight
-honest company vitamins are made without gluten, soy, yeast, wheat, casein, gelatin, sodium, dairy, eggs, shellfish, sweeteners/HFCS, artificial flavors, starch, dyes, preservatives
I am as diligent with supplement ingredients as I am with the foods I eat. Don’t assume your supplements have non-toxic ingredients or that trace ingredients don’t have a negative impact. No matter what supplements you chose, always read the ingredients, you’d be amazed what some companies put in supplements! Happy supplementing!