One of the questions I get asked regularly is what kind of supplements I take. After I posted my number 1 weight loss tip post and talked about one of my most important supplements, the emails asking about what other supplements I take went through the roof.
Before I became pregnant with Penelope, I took a multivitamin and extra folic acid. I took it every day. I thought I was doing so good!
Then I read The Diet Cure and realized I was lacking in lots of amino acids and other vitamins, because I wasn’t taking enough of my mulit vitamin and because, the multivitamin itself was lacking. That book changed my life!
Wellness Mama has some good posts on explaining supplements and which ones are important for both pregnancy/nursing and children that you should also check out. And I also have a post about what supplements I give Penelope and supplements that help with quitting sugar and kill yeast.
I use the brand Solaray for most of my supplements that I buy at a store. About 10 years ago, I went to a very well respected, local nutritionist, and he recommended the brand to me and I have used them ever since. However, if you’re looking for a different reputable brand, check here.
Here is what I take:
Solaray Prenatal: I will probably continue to take a Prenatal until I am in menopause, regardless of whether I am actually pregnant or nursing. As long as I am of child bearing age and open to pregnancy, I want to be taking these.
Solaray Vitamin D: Because even in Florida, the amount of Vitamin D you need is way more than you think.
Solaray Chromium: This helps regulate and even out my blood sugar levels.
Solaray Vitamin B-6: I started taking this with my most recent pregnancy to help with morning sickness and it really helps. I take it some days when I am feeling low on energy. Most people have a Vitamin B-complex deficiency, so taking extra B vitamins is always helpful.
Solaray L-Tyrosine: This is an amino acid that helped me quit coffee. I use it sparingly now, when I am in an energy slump and craving caffeine again.
Solaray L-Tryptophan: This is an amino acid I take this every night before bed. It helps raise my Serotonin level (so helps with moods and sugar cravings), and helps me sleep more soundly.
Source Naturals GABA: Helps relax and calm me in the evening, to help me fall asleep easier.
Solaray L-Gluatmine: This is an amino acid I take throughout the day, to help me with my sugar, carb and alcohol cravings.
Digestive Enzyme Blend: Sometimes if I eat a not so healthy meal or one that is hard to digest, I will take this after the meal. Eating lots of raw, fermented foods is the best thing to do, but I like to have this on hand.
Probiotics: A must take supplement for everyone. The digestive nutritionist I see when I get colonics, said I should be taking 50 billion a day.
Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil: This is one of the most important supplements to take and like I mentioned in my post, one of the added benefits of taking this, is that it helps raise your metabolism!
Protandim: This is an herbal supplement that is pretty amazing, it increases your anti-aging enzymes and destroys free radicals. I am a distributor with Life Vantage and sell this supplement. My Dad introduced to me when Penelope was a baby. It has helped him tremendously. It has helped me sleep better, and have a better immune system and reduce inflammation in my body. I have written about it on the blog several times, here, here and here. You can buy it here, one bottle at a time, no monthly signs ups. Or you can sign up to be a preferred costumer and sign up for a monthly auto shipment and get a discount. You can cancel the auto shipment at any time, no contracts. Or you can sign up to become a distributor like me and make some money!
*Please note, I am not a nutritionist (not that all nutritionists know what they are talking about anyway) and I am not an MD. This is not medical advice, I am simply sharing what I take. This works for me. I highly recommend reading the book The Diet Cure and learning more about what your specific needs.
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