10 Supplements I love (PART 1)
As a coach I get asked about supplements by a lot of my members. What's a good multi vitamin, probiotic, pre- workouts, etc. While I can't technically tell people what they should or shouldn't take I thought I would just compile a list of my personal favorites.
All of us are different. Some us of have thyroid issues, hormone imbalances including adrenal issues, autoimmune diseases, and much much more. So what I like and might take, you might end up hating or not needing.
10. L- lysine :
Stress. It has a funny way of messing with us.
"L-lysine is an essential amino acid found in spinach, soybeans, lentils, eggs, and cheese among other foods. L-lysine works to reduce stress and contributes to proper growth, development, and overall bone health. Since l-lysine is not produced by the body itself, it’s important to ensure proper supplementation. L-lysine deficiency can result in dizziness, fatigue, and abdominal discomfort.
• Helps with muscle tissue recovery
• Plays essential role in production of carnitine
• Supports production of collagen
• Helps body absorb calcium"
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9. B-complex (methylated)
From mood to metabolism to fertility to ferritin.
Your B12 and Folate levels should be something you're familiar with.
The MTHFR genetic defect affects more than 40% of the population.
What are "methylated" B vitamins? While I won't get too informative in this post, I will redirect you to to a site that goes in depth in regards to the MTHFR defect.
How can you find out if you have it?
Where can you buy it?
8. DHEA: Another mighty hormone, DHEA helps with your immune system and increases estrogen and testosterone levels in the body. You can have your levels checked at your Doctors office.
Some people need more than others and some people don't need it at all.
Buy it online or at your local health store. (Myers & HEB)
7. Tumeric with boswellia: Tumeric is know for it's powerful anti-imflammatory effects. Its been shown to help with depression, anxiety, and even shrink pituitary adenomas.
Bowellia also has anti-infalmmatory properties. It's more commonly used to help those suffering from arthritis.
Buy it here: https://www.pureformulas.com/inflaguard-60-tablets-by-douglas-laboratories.html?CUSTOMTRACKING=CUSTOMTRACKING&CAWELAID=532162295&CAGPSPN=pla&CAAGID=13612681616&CATCI=pla-64634605241&catargetid=530005240002492180&cadevice=c&gclid=CjwKEAjw-abABRDquOTJi8qdojwSJABt1S1O0BoOz4Ub8-zVOcjX48oOYWiYYLBrm3fANNwLq7kB0RoCXffw_wcB
6. Magnesium: Magnesium has been a popular supplement lately and this is for good reason. You can find surces of magnesium in dark leafy greens amongst other foods but the majority of us don't get enough of it through diet alone. This is where supplements come in handy. Whether you suffer from consitpation or you exercise for an hour or more a day, magnesium will likely benefit you.
From taurate to glycinate to citrate and then some. Magnesium comes in many forms. Everyone is different and sometimes it takes a little bit of experimentation to figure out what form best suits you and how much you need.
5. Adaptogens: There are so many adaptogens for multiple ailments. The most popular are ashwaghandha, holy basil and rhodiola. It todays society we are all under constant stress. Stress comes in multiple forms, some are good and some not so much. When you're stressed your body will raise cortisol (read about cortisol here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress/art-20046037)
Different adaptogens do different things. Licorice root raises cortisol, and ashwaghandha can raise the lows and lower the highs creating balance.
This supplement http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/777/Adrenal-Health-Daily-Support contains multiple adaptogens to help your stress response.
*AGAIN, this list is not a recommendation and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. It's basically just awesome supplements you can educate yourself on. It's always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting anything. Herbs like ashwaghandha can lower blood sugar, and tumeric can thin out your blood. Too much of anything is not a good idea and genetic testing is always advised before starting a methylated b vitamin as everyone can have a different defect which requires different amounts of folate and b12.
** If you're interested in cortisol testing, hormones, thyroid, etc and you're in San Angelo you can email me or call local pharmacies to see which doctors in town do this. We are also having a Hormone Seminar at the gym in early 2017 so stay tuned!