Supplements for better health and I’m writing this post because quite a few of you dear readers asked me to! If you aren’t interested in reading a health post, it’s perfectly fine to skip it and I know that this isn’t my normal design and decor. If you’re sticking around…it’s a bit long.
I shared a post with 20 gluten free cakes and it resonated with some of you who have adapted a similar lifestyle. Today I’m going to outline some of what I’ve been doing lately for better health. Just a bit of background and it’s been interesting to look back and try and figure all of this out. Growing up I always had a bit of an issue with food. I didn’t really care much for eating and was an extremely skinny and gangly child, which worried my mama. In hindsight I’m pretty sure that I didn’t really feel so well when eating some of the foods that I was served back in the day. Breakfast during the week was some kind of sugar laden cereal and on the weekends my dad made pancakes.
My lunch was always packed for school and was often a bologna sandwich, chips and something chocolate. Dinner was fast, as my mom worked and had to feed 3 kids quickly. We didn’t eat out all that much, but the foods were often processed. Canned foods and frozen TV dinners, as it was de rigueur, new and convenient at the time. I distinctly recall tummy aches and was told to walk around the house to ease the pain. My allergies were seriously off the charts and I had lots of testing and several series of allergy shots over the years. I don’t think that anyone knew that I had some major issues with inflammation as it just wasn’t anything discussed or looked into back then. As I grew up and went out on my own I did try and eat much better, but it was all kind of confusing as to why I often had migraines and didn’t feel so great. Can anyone relate? I know so many women (men too) who have similar issues and again…I’m not a doctor, but it makes sense that we are what we eat.
If you suffer from migraines then you know how awful they are. I had them every single month at that time of the month and obviously those were hormone related. Then I hit an early perimenopause at 40 and the migraines were truly out of control. I tried everything from acupuncture to Chinese medicine therapy, to massages and more. Nothing really worked and then when I finally stopped having my cycles in a natural menopause those headaches began to dissipate. Woo hoo…but I still was not feel great with a foggy head and what I started noticing to be reactions to food. I had more testing (ALCAT) and it showed that I was sensitive (not allergic) to pretty much everything. Even broccoli and salmon…healthy stuff! I started seeing a bioidentical hormone doctor and he helped get my hormones in balance. Then we began to explore my inflammatory responses. My doctor was an OBGYN and professor, and then decided to open a practice to work with women and men who were having health issues due to hormonal imbalance.
As his practice grew he started studying alternative medicine and I was willing to try new avenues based on his suggestions. The suggestions were from what was found via extensive blood work and other testing. Blood shows you everything! Some of the things that I tried were not for me, some were very expensive and some have literally saved my life! You sometimes have to try a variety of practical applications to see what works for you and I was willing and able. My biggest lifestyle change that has made an incredible impact has been to go completely gluten and dairy free. YES!! LIFE CHANGING! Although I was tested and don’t have celiac, my entire life I would get bloated and uncomfortable after eating bread. I believe that’s what most likely gave me belly aches as a child. I think that dairy has always been a huge culprit in the fight against inflammation too and for the first time in my life I’ve been able to get off allergy meds.
That’s huge for me and makes sense now. My allergy testing always showed issues with grasses, ragweed and other weeds. How strange that they are closely related to grains. I was put on a regimen of daily supplements by my doctor and while I again state that this is what works for me, I’m sharing with you. By the way, since I’ve been on these supplements and continuing to follow a gluten and dairy free lifestyle my bloodwork shows some great results! I take no daily medication and honestly I need to get to the gym…so I’m still working on my journey and lifestyle. All of these photos below are clickable links to the products that I take and you can find all of them on Amazon. I hope that you find this post helpful and would love some feedback in the comments if so!
**Disclaimer** I am not a health professional and am discussing some of the supplements and some of my journey to better health.
Supplements for better health – what I take daily
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I have been taking digestive enzymes for probably 10 years now. One before every meal helps with digestion and this is one of my favorite brands
Another supplement that I have been taking for a long time is a probiotic. Ultimate Flora is the brand that works well for me.
If you are a woman over 40 then chances are you suffer from vitamin D deficiency like I do. Honestly I was surprised when I had a bone scan, since I live in Miami…the land of sunshine! Here is what I take that hopefully will prevent bone issues as I age.
It’s been well documented that garlic is good for your heart. I LOVE garlic in food and even roast it to accompany the cauliflower crackers that I eat. The supplement below hopefully helps heart health as well. Again, just click on the images to shop.
For cholesterol, and yes…my numbers have gone down.
I take this to help promote cardiovascular health and cellular energy.
This is one that my doctor insists on, and you can find it at the Amazon link below. A healthy homocysteine pathway is needed for cardiovascular health, brain health, healthy aging, the immune system, healthy detoxification, and joint support.
For healthier hair, skin and nails.
Around the age of 30, our bodies naturally begin to produce less collagen, and the first signs of aging start to occur. I mix this in with my coffee every morning and my husband does too.
These are what are working for me and everyone is different.Supplements for better health can be costly for sure, but if you can afford it…it’s something to do for YOU. I know that with my diet and the supplements I feel better than I have in a long time. If I go off the gluten free or dairy free for even a day I pay for it with a headache the next day. It’s pretty remarkable really and I don’t plan on ever changing. The good thing is that there are so many more foods available now for a lifestyle like mine than in the past. I try and eat as clean as possible though and not buy into too many processed gluten free foods. If you’d like me to do another post and share more about that, just leave me a comment! I hope that this helps…PIN IT below to remember it for later.