As you guys know, I’m very passionate about health and wellness, and a strong believer in the use of supplements to enhance LONG TERM healthy habits. I like to think of health as an investment, not an expense. While you might be young now, like financial savings and investments, its important to start as early as possible so that you can live comfortably as you age.
I know that trying to remember the names of vitamins, or not-so-easy to pronounce ingredients can be challenging, so I decided to put together a full list of the supplements I take religiously, how I take them, and what they do for me. You don't see me sharing tons of supplements on my page. That's because 1) I’m very picky (as you should be), 2) There are only a select few I take, and 3) I try to get my nutrients straight from food sources as much as possible!
Every person’s use of supplements will be unique, and this is just something I put together that could be helpful if you feel that you experience the same things as me and want to use supplements to address them. That being said, a healthy diet is first and foremost in maintaining good health. Supplements are great for filling gaps in your diet, but should never be treated as a substitute.
Be choosy about your supplement, though. Cheap supplements may contain fillers like wheat and soy. When you find a supplement, make sure it’s been third-party tested for safety by a reliable agency like NSF International, ConsumerLab, or USP.
I like to do my research before taking anything-- I had been looking for an all in one multi-vitamin when I came across a YouTube ad for Ritual multivitamins that was actually really interesting to me. It touched on all the concerns I had about the supplement industry: How do I find ones I trust? Do I know that the vitamins on the labels are actually in it? Does it have any weird additives?
After looking into it more, I found that their multivitamins contain 9 key nutrients (like omega-3, biotin, vitamin b12, D3, etc) designed to help fill nutritional gaps in most women’s diet! Plus this vitamin is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, and free of any gluten or dairy forms. I love Ritual's ingredient transparency, its scientific approach, and the fact that it has absolutely no fillers, colorants, or shady additives. After personally using them I also discovered that their slow-release formula prevents nausea and bonus it tastes minty. I’d highly recommend giving these multi-vitamins from Ritual a try! Use my code: GYPSYTAN10 or GYPSYTAN to get 10% off your first 3 months!
Gut health is everything. Again let me reiterate especially when it comes to probiotics, try to get your main source from food first! I like kimchi, kombucha, pickles, etc. To get all the great benefits that probiotics provide, I use the Floratrex probiotic and prebiotic supplement.
You can read about all the natural supplements I take from Global Healing here. Prebiotics enhance the effects of probiotics by stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. I picked and continue to use this brand because of what it does and doesn’t have. It DOES have 25 probiotics strains (more than the typical 10-15 strains) and prebiotics which help the formula to flourish. It DOES NOT have any gluten, dairy, harsh chemicals, soy, GMOs, and toxic additives. If you’re looking for a pure, transparent, and more effective probiotic+prebiotic, try out Floratex 25-Strain Probiotic & Prebiotic Supplement (use my discount code SABRINA15)
Probiotics are living microorganisms that work in the digestive process to break down food and make nutrients available for your body to use. Probiotics also support bowel movement regularity and your immune system which is closely tied to gut health. Since up to 90% of serotonin is made in the human gut, a healthy gut means a happy mindset too!
Collagen is the glue that holds your body together! After age 25, you start to lose more collagen than you produce. Collagen is an important protein, found in our skin, tendons, arterial walls ligaments, cartilage, bones, blood vessels, intestinal tract, intervertebral disks, corneas, and even teeth. It consists of 3 “conditionally essential” amino acids: Glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. Of these, glycine may be the most important.
I’ve been taking collagen in powder form for 4-5 years as a staple in my supplement routine. Over the years there’s been a very noticeable difference in the growth and health of my nails and eyelashes. While I suspect it has helped my hair growth, I can’t say for sure since I’ve done so many things in my hair growth recovery journey. In addition to those benefits, my skin always looks and feels hydrated (except for when I’m using drying skincare acids).
Just recently I decided to switch over from powder to Modere's Liquid Biocell (liquid collagen). In my research, I learned about the term “bioavailability” which means the proportion of a substance that actually enters circulation and effects the body. Liquid collagen’s bioavailability is much higher in liquid form (60-80%) compared to its powder form (20-40%). Shop here.
According to Healthline Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. Turmeric has two compounds in it that are potentially very beneficial to the brain—curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory, and aromatic turmerone, a compound found recently to boost the proliferation of neural stem cells in lab animals. Our whole family takes a turmeric supplement that I trust: Root2 Turmurin Extract Curcumin C3 Complex. Leif takes it to keep his moderate psoriasis from flaring up, my mom takes it for inflammation, and overall health.
In fact, I will take it when I have the occasional headache instead of commonly-taken NSAIDs. The piperine boosts absorption, so make sure your supplement contains it.
Read my fullCBD review here. CBD has been proven to help people positively manage pain, anxiety, and sleeping struggles. Personally I use CBD in a few different forms to address a variety of issues, but for managing stress and anxiety, I turn to Equilibria’s CDB Daily Softgels. I use the capsules to focus on my projects by separating the usual edge of anxiety away from my work. A key thing to remember is that just like birth control or allergy medicines, your consistency in taking them is definitely a part of how well they will work.
Mind relaxation, help sleeping | Use: 2 drops before bed
According to research, CBD may increase overall sleep amounts, and improve insomnia. While CBD in capsule form is effective for long term anxiety management, I like to use CBD drops for help sleeping. The best part of drops are the immediate effects; 1-2 drops 30 minutes before bed helps to put my mind at ease and helps me sleep like a baby. These effects are felt immediately because of how they enter your system— by placing them under your tongue, they directly enter the bloodstream rather than traveling through the digestive system. Like the Daily Softgel capsules, I use Equilibria’s products when it comes to my CBD drops.
If you guys want to read up on some easy to find facts, check out the NIH fact sheets on dietary supplements. For a more specific database check out NIH online Dietary Supplement Label Database. It’ll let you look up the ingredients of thousands of dietary supplements and includes information from the label on dosage, health claims and cautions.
Like I said, every person’s use of supplements will be unique, and I am by no means a medical professional. So please consult your doctor if you have any concerns about conflicting medications and especially if you are pregnant or nursing before trying these out for yourself.
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