As I have been “self-healing” for years now, with the help and guidance of my naturopathic/integrative team of amazing doctors, I have found what works best for my body, after years of research, testing, getting sick/feeling well, and “experimentation”. That’s why I’m here, to share the knowledge I’ve acquired and possibly help guide, and support you, while opening up your mind to new ideas and concepts ~ Here we go!
My Daily Supplements
Above, is just a small example of what I take, in one day; not just to stay functioning, but to boost my immune system and open up detoxification pathways. Friends, I cannot put enough emphasis on the importance of detoxification, but we’ll get to that later!
Not to overwhelm you, but simply help you explore, move that mouse over, and click on the titles of each supplement below, which will direct you to the brand of the exact supplement I take. Of course, I could go on and on really diving deep on how critical each of these supplements are, but we don’t have all day now do we? Happy Hunting!
(These supplements and the dosage may not work for every “BODY”, please consult with you doctor/practitioner before supplementation/ self supplementation)
To speak technically, Glutathione is an essential/critical antioxidant, and compound involved as a coenzyme in oxidation–reduction reactions in cells. It is a tripeptide derived from glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine. Simply put, glutathione is a substance found in every cell in the body, where it acts as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals and prevent cellular damage. Chemically, glutathione is a simple molecule composed of three protein building blocks or amino acids- cysteine, glutamine and glycine. Increasing cellular Glutathione can dramatically raise energy levels, strengthen the immune system, fight inflammation, improve athletic performance, detoxify the body, aid in cellular repair and slow down the aging process.
If you haven’t already heard of astragalus, please do yourself a favor, and make sure you know, as it is one of the most powerful immune-building plants on the planet! Astragalus is a plant within the Leguminosae (beans or legumes) family, with a very long history as an immune-system booster, and disease fighter! Its roots are in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in which it’s been used as an adaptogen for thousands of years — meaning it helps the body fight off stress and disease. Today, astragalus medicinal healing and treatment uses span many different illnesses and diseases. Because of the tremendous success of so many research studies and trials, new information about astragalus is coming to light all the time. In general, its greatest strength is preventing and protecting cells against cell death and other harmful elements, such as free radicals an oxidation. Just a few of it’s many benefits include boosting the immune system, acting as an anti-inflammatory, preventing the growth of tumors, protecting the cardiovascular system, regulating diabetes, anti-aging, healing scaring, treating colds and flus, and aiding in chronic asthma!
Dr.Mark Stengler, has been my naturopath/doctor for years and years, since I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease (when I was about 7) and even before. He has guided me along the path of homeopathy, safely and really personalized a protocol for me. After discovering my MTHFR 677t Gene Mutation, I have only been taking multi’s with the “methylcobalmain” form of B12 and Folic Acid, and the standard “Cyanocobalmain” form was doing more harm than good, preventing me from thriving and “toxing” my body out. This multi is made with a Raw, Whole-Food Proprietary Blend, and is full of essential vitamins, minerals etc. I honestly, cannot function without them!
What is the difference between ester C and basic Vitamin C you ask?! Ester C is a pH neutral product which has a different composition from regular vitamin C, which is ascorbic acid. The main component of this product is calcium ascorbate. Other ingredients of Ester C are compounds known as vitamin C metabolites, which are dehydroascorbic acid and calcium threonate.Ascorbic acid also stimulates production of white blood cells, including killer-T cells, which are the attacking element of the immune system. Supplemental vitamin C, such as Ester–C or More Than C, also increases antibody levels in the serum.
Pyridoxal-5–Phosphate, or P5P as it is commonly known, is the active form of vitamin B6. Low levels of B6 are associated with inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. Supplemental B6 can be used to manage the condition. Low levels of the activated form of B6, P5P, in the blood stream are associated with higher levels of the inflammatory marker, C-reactive protein. Just a few benefits include,maintaining healthy blood vessels, supporting brain function, improving your mood, helping treat anemia, protecting eye health, helping prevent or reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, helping treat High Blood Pressure, and helping relieve symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome!
For those of you who are anemic (A lack of red blood cells is called iron deficiency anemia), such as myself, iron is simply essential! Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body…. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
I have been on the hunt for a decent “Digestive Enzyme” which really works best for me (I really use them to attain the most amount of nutrients from my meals, and help aid my body in digesting any hidden gluten in “restaurant foods”). These are not the best, but they are certainly the best I have found! Whenever you take a digestive enzyme, you are essentially aiding your body with the natural substances needed by the body, to help break down and digest food. They are used when the pancreas cannot make or does not release enough digestive enzymes into the gut to digest the food. I also take LypoGold to help aid in the absorption of healthy fats!
Vitex (chasteberry) is the most popular herbal remedy for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It does not supply hormones but acts directly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Vitex increases luteinizing hormone (LH) and modulates prolactin, resulting in a balance of estrogen and progesterone levels. Vitex (chasteberry) is also the most popular herbal remedy for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It does not supply hormones but acts directly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Vitex increases luteinizing hormone (LH) and modulates prolactin, resulting in a balance of estrogen and progesterone levels. Ladies, I don’t know where I’d be without Vitex (wink, wink).
This takes us to another “period pill” (female problems of course, long sigh/grin). Another “lifesaver” pill, pycnogenol, (Pine bark extract) can help reduce muscle soreness and may help improve conditions relating to poor circulation, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, diabetes, ADHD, female reproductive issues, skin, erectile dysfunction, eye disease and sports stamina. Pycnogenol can help owing to its natural anti-inflammatory virtues without side-effects. Multiple clinical studies have documented that Pycnogenol can naturally soothe the discomfort associated with menstrual symptoms. Pycnogenol was found to alleviate the cramping and abdominal pain sensation. How you ask? Research presented in the European Bulletin of Drug Research concludes that Pycnogenol reduces abdominal discomfort by 80 percent and cramping by 77 percent with women experiencing troubled menstrual periods. Dr. Nobutaka Suzuki completed a multi-center field study on Pycnogenol for menstrual discomfort. Results showed that Pycnogenol treatment lowered tenderness during menstruation, which was reflected by a significant reduction of medication required. Pycnogenol soothed the discomfort after one month and provided further relief after the second month. This miraculous pill can also help aid in hot flashes, and endometriosis!
Fellow Lymies, please hear me. GABA was one of the side-effect free supplements which helped get me through the neurological part of Lyme Disease when I was really young, as the lyme bacteria took a direct hit and toll on my nervous system. Gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system. Its principal role is reducing neuronal excitability throughout the nervous system. GABA is taken by mouth for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), aiding in sleep and calming the nervous system. I hope this can be of any help to those of you out there suffering with the neurological aspect of Lyme or any disease, as I know how difficult/debilitating it can be, not just physically, but mentally.
Black Cumin Seed Oil (also often called BlackCoriander Oil or simply Black Oil) comes from the Nigella Sativa plant that is native to Asia. Recent studies on this incredibly powerful seed oil show it may be helpful in combating super bugs like MRSA or h.pylori and in cancer patients. As someone who suffers with hashimotos as well, knowing that studies published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine have shown, consuming a few grams of powdered Nigella sativa, more commonly known as black cumin seeds, may improve the autoimmune thyroid condition known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, I have been on this supplement for a few months now, and am testing the benefits (another wink).
To all of you who have either skimmed through to just read the titles, or have thoroughly read and analyzed each supplement, I hope something I have blogged about here has been or will be support to you and your incredible human body ~ Follow up friends, next week stalk my immune boosting/Lyme/ Full Fledged Detoxing Protocols!