“What supplements do I use?” is a question I often receive in my DMs. To provide a more comprehensive answer, I prefer to address this topic in a blog post form so here we go!
It’s important to note that the supplements I use may not be necessary for you or may not work the same way for you as they do for me so in this post, I won’t be listing out the ones I take but stay tuned for a follow-up post that will detail my routine. My goal is to help you create a personalized supplement routine.
Before adding supplements to your routine
Before adding any supplements to your routine, it’s essential to understand what your body needs. The best way to do this is to consult with your doctor for blood work or take an at-home test, such as those offered by Letsgetchecked or Vessel. This will help you identify any deficiencies.
Supplements are made to “supplement”
It’s important to remember that supplements are meant to “supplement” your diet, not replace it. In an ideal world, all of our nutrition needs would be met by our diet. However, many food sources do not provide enough nutrients, and many of us do not eat enough whole foods. Supplements can help fill in the gaps. For example: Spinach is a great source of iron but the amount of spinach one may be consuming may not be enough to get the right amount of iron that is truly needed (and the amount needed varies by person as we are all bio-individual).
Supplements take time to work
Supplements take time to work and should be taken consistently for best results. Additionally, it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough of other micronutrients or vitamins that can help a supplement work better for you. For example, vitamin C increases iron absorption, so it’s a good idea to take both vitamin C and iron supplements together.
Rotate your supplements
It’s also a good idea to rotate your supplements and experiment with different brands and formats, such as pills or liquids. Sometimes, I even take a break from supplements for a week to see how my body responds.
Supplements for different times of day and with different meals
Finally, be mindful of when you should take certain supplements. Not all supplements should be taken in the morning. It’s a good practice to know when and how to take certain supplements to get the most benefit.
If you missed this supplements live chat on my instagram, I highly recommend giving it a listen as the information applies no matter what brand you decide to use.
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