Asthma, Nutrition

Should You Supplement?

It’s a hard question to answer.  My clients ask me all the time what they should take and the truth is, as a health coach, I cannot prescribe any medications…including supplements.  I can advise clients what supplements do for the body, how they can help aid with certain ailments and recommend which to talk to your doctor about.

For this post, though, I’ll give you a glimpse into my life and what I take regularly because I think that might help understand both what it is that I take and why I take it.  Read on…

Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw D3 – This year my Pulmonologist recommended I start taking Vitamin D after doing a blood test.  My levels were SUPER low and because I already have a lowered immune system, he thought it was necessary.  I researched and this is the one I landed on.  It gets good reviews and I have a few friends that use this brand.  Plus, it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, which works well for my body, and has probiotics and enzymes in it.  This supplement is a raw source too, which means I’m getting straight Vitamin D3.  Now what does Vitamin D do for you?  It’s necessary in the body to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.  If you have too little, you could end up with brittle bones.  As I get older, this is one of the last things I want.  I take this daily.

Thrive Market Adult Multi Vitamin & Mineral with Iron – Physicians always say that we need to take multivitamins.  But why?  Well, a lot of reasons but mainly because adding a multivitamin to your daily regimen will add in the things you might be missing from food.  For me, I know I’m missing iron because I do not eat enough red meat.  In addition to giving me iron, this supplement gives me lutein and lycopene, antioxidant compounds known to help with eye and heart health.  I take this daily.

Garden of Life Raw Probiotics for Women – Probiotics have been all the rage over the past few years.  They do lots of things for the body and this one is especially good for women.  It helps to support vaginal health and overall digestive function.  It also has dairy-digesting enzymes which help break down lactose and casein, which is found in dairy products.  This is what sold me on this probiotic because I have digestive issues with many dairy products.  One thing that many don’t know about probiotics is that it must be refrigerated.  This is because the bacteria do not have a very long shelf life.   Keep them refrigerated and they’ll treat you well.  I take this two to three times a week.

Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Allergy – Many of my faithful followers know that I have allergies and asthma.  During certain times of the year, they are worse than others.  During the Spring and Summer, they can be brutal.  This supplement helps me contain them.  Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties which helps with swelling in the nasal capacity.  This supplement also has Quercetin, which is a flavanoid found in plants and has been found to have support of the histamine response.  In addition to that, black pepper is in this supplement because it activates the turmeric.  I take this every other day.

That’s it!  Now you know what I take.  But you’re probably wondering how I figured out what to take.  That was done with some much needed guidance from my physician and research I did on my own.  My recommendation is for you to do some research, find out what you need and bring that information to your physician.  They can order a blood test to see what you’re deficient in.  Granted, this test might not be covered by your insurance, but isn’t it worth knowing?

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