“You are what you eat” is a concept I believe to be mostly true – that the foods we eat (and don’t eat) can have a huge effect on how we look and feel. In other words, I really do think that FOOD can be the best medicine!
With that being said, I think that there are other things we can add to our diet and health routine to help the process. Over the years I’ve tried a ton of different vitamins and supplements, and I’ve finally settled on what I’ve found to be the best *for me.* I’ve seen such great results in how I look and feel, so I wanted to share them with you!
Please note that I am NOT a doctor or medical professional. This post is based solely on my personal thoughts and experience. Please consult a doctor before starting any new health, diet, or supplement routine.
(As you see, some of these are obviously foods, but I take them on a daily basis in place of supplements in pill form, which is why I included them :))
Biotin – supports the health of hair, skin & nails.
Vitamin D(3) – important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to supply a protective effect against multiple diseases and conditions such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.
Krill Oil – contains fatty acids similar to fish oil. These fats are thought to be beneficial fats that decrease swelling, lower cholesterol, and make blood platelets less sticky.
Probiotic – help balance “good” and “bad” bacteria and essentially help move food through your gut. I’ve also found that since taking a daily probiotic I get colds less often, and when I do I fight them off more quickly.
Vitamin B12 – keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy. It is responsible for the smooth functioning of several critical body processes. Also helps reduce fatigue. I found myself to be B12 deficient because I don’t eat a ton of meat.
Natural Calm – I first tried Natural Calm a few years ago as my mom used it primarily to balance her magnesium levels, and I seriously fell in love with the stuff. It helps balance magnesium and calcium, and it also acts as a natural stress reliever! Instead of a pill, Natural Calm is a powder that dissolves in water. I love having a glass before I go to bed at night. Learn more about the benefits of Natural Calm here.
Turmeric – although it’s a spice, I use it as a supplement of sorts by adding it to as much food as I can. Turmeric has a ton of various health benefits, but its most known for its effective anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemons (in water) – if you haven’t heard about the benefits of lemon water, you’ve probably been living under a rock 😉 It aids in digestion, detoxification, helps rejuvenate skin, and is a great source of Vitamin C, potassium and many other nutrients.
Brazil Nuts – 1-2 can give you all of the daily selenium you need! I figured this was a tastier option than taking another vitamin in pill form.
MCT Oil – “MCTs” are medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management.
I’m always researching new vitamins and supplements, so I may be updating this post in the near future. Like I said – this is just works best *for me* – it’s so important to do your research and find a health/supplement routine that works best for your body and lifestyle!
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