Why I turned to Vitamins and Supplements
My health journey has been a long and complicated one, but I can finally say at the age of 31, I finally have much more control of it than I did in previous years and feel the best I have ever felt. As a child, doctors often prescribed me a lot of medication for my asthma. Flash forward to age 11, and my experience with cystic acne began. By age 20, I was on Accutane; by age 21, I had been diagnosed with IBS (and misdiagnosed with many other ailments). Frustrated with my constant health battles, I turned to integral medicine to discover the root cause of my disorders instead of being prescribed medication after medication without a natural explanation. I was relieved to find out that all I had to do was alter my diet and enhance it with vitamins and supplements instead of being on medication for disorders I did not have.
Flash forward to today; I am on zero medications, and my IBS is under control thanks to my diet's elimination of gluten, dairy, and meat. My inflammation levels are at bay, which was once super high (the higher your inflammation is, the more at risk you are for cancer and diseases). My skin is crystal clear, and my energy levels are high. I even appear to be aging in reverse for someone who has not used botox or fillers. (I often get told I look 17 years old.) And no, I did not write this article to self-boast, LOL. Because of my frustrating journey, I simply wanted to share the amazing vitamins and supplements that help me live my best life daily! Scroll below to read my list of Vitamins and Supplements I love.
Please consult with a healthcare professional taking any vitamins or supplements
1. Vitamins and Supplements for your skin
- Spirulina is a blue-green algae supplement I take in the morning with breakfast. It is high in Beta-Carotene, promoting our eye, skin, and lung health. I have seen a positive difference in my skin health when taking Spirulina daily.
- Chlorella is also an algae that I take at night to promote my body's detoxification process. Because it detoxes the liver and is high in key vitamins like A, E, and C, chlorella is a major force in healing the skin.
- Collagen powder was first introduced to me to help heal my intestines. Since then, I have tried to take marine collagen (because I eat fish and not other kinds of meat) about 3-4 times per week in my morning smoothie. The reality is, past our mid-twenties we lose collagen consistently, so using a supplement for collagen makes perfect sense. It can help keep skin hydrated and reduce wrinkles, as well as benefit your hair. Overall, its a beauty powder I cannot live without.
Aside from sneaking collagen into smoothies, I also intake this supplement by adding a scoop to room temperature filtered water. Allow the power to absorb, and then add a splash of apple cider vinegar or lemon to hide the bit of taste the powder will add to the water.
Remember, the vitamin and supplement world can be full of companies trying to make a quick dollar on the wrong product. That is why it is essential to invest in high-quality, safe supplements. As for collagen, the brand I trust is Agent Nateur. You will pay a premium price for this supplement, but it will last you a reasonable amount of time, and you can rest assured you are taking a good product.
3. Essential daily vitamins
The vitamin I take (mostly) every day is vitamin D. I started this habit during COVID as a doctor recommended pairing Spirulina and Vitamin D to enhance immunity strength. I never stopped taking this pair as ever since I started, I have never felt better. I have not been on anti-biotics in years (knock on wood) and no longer get sick (knock on wood again!) I take my vitamin D supplement with breakfast in the morning, paired with my daily spirulina supplement.
Benefits of vitamin D: strengthens the immune system, boosts mood, builds strong bones, can reduce inflammation and risk of cancer cell growth.
Natural ways to intake Vitamin D: Sunlight, eating wild-caught fatty tuna, egg yolks, cow and soy milk, and mushrooms.
Something new I have been adding to my health routine is taking a Magnesium supplement. It is recommended by many doctors because of its importance to many processes within the body. In short, it helps keep blood pressure regular, bones strong, and heart rhythm healthy. My heart is something I am always concerned about since heart disease runs in my family, so anything I can do to keep it strong is a plus for me!
There are many different types of Magnesium, and the one I am starting to use is Magnesium Glycinate. This type of Magnesium is highly bioavailable, meaning it is easily absorbed through the small intestines. The brand I am using is plant-based and easy on the stomach, which you can shop below.
Natural ways to intake Magnesium: Eating greens, nuts, seeds, dry beans, and whole grains.
This concludes the list of vitamins and supplements I take regularly. There are many other vitamins in my kitchen that I will review with you in another article, but for this article, I wanted to solely focus on the ones I take regularly. If you are just starting your journey with biohacking, it is important to first study the different vitamins and minerals we need in our bodies and find out the natural ways we can get those nutrients; it is a lot of information to remember, so I am working on a food guide that I hope to share with you guys in 2024. I hope you have found this article helpful, and if you have any more questions about my journey, email email@example.com. Have a beautiful day and a healthy life!
Any statements regarding dietary supplements are to be used at your discretion and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.