After sharing a snap shot of my supplement routine the other day on Instagram stories, I decided it may be time to write out a quick blog post on what I’m currently taking and why. Keep reading to see what supplements I’m currently taking as a 31-year-old breastfeeding mom.
My Supplement Routine for 2021
I want to preface this blog post by saying, you should NOT just start taking everything I currently take. I based my supplements on both recent bloodwork and a two-hour-long discussion with my naturopath. Never just start taking supplements unless you’re sure your body needs them (Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, etc.) It’s a good idea to get blood work done every so often to help you figure out what your body has enough of, and what you need to add to your routine (with either whole foods or supplements).
I also want to let you know that I prioritize food before vitamins/supplements. So, if I’m low in Iron or Ferritin I try to find whole foods to correct that first before turning to supplements. Still, certain things require supplementation and that’s what I’m sharing with you today.
How did I figure out what to take?
I started this process by scheduling a visit with my local naturopath. She and I discussed some of my health goals initially. I wanted to have some bloodwork done to check my vitamin levels, my cholesterol, and more. She then scheduled me to have some bloodwork done. A week or so later I had blood drawn and waited for the results.
After we got the results back, I had a follow-up appointment with my naturopath which was about two hours long. We discussed everything from diet to supplements to personal care products. I loved this visit and plan to do it once a year from now on. It’s so important that we take care of ourselves, even as busy moms!
My Current Supplements:
So my bloodwork informed my need for supplements, and like I said we talked a lot about things I can do differently as far as lifestyle and diet but these were the supplements we decided I would continue or begin taking.
01. Vitamin D drops (10,000 IU’S) daily
Even though I get a TON of sun, especially in the summer, I’ve always had low Vitamin D levels. This time my levels were still below the “normal” range. They should be above 60, so I am taking a supplement to get those levels up. I’m currently taking the Seeking Health Vitamin D drops. I’m doing 5 drops, or 10,000 IU’s for a few weeks then we will check my Vitamin D levels again in a couple of months.
02. Vitamin B12 drops 2-3 times per week
I have low B12 levels and my naturopath prefers her patients to have levels above 900, so even though I’ve started incorporating pastured eggs and grass-fed beef into my diet, my levels were still significantly low. For this reason, I take a liquid B12 supplement 2-3 times a week. I chose the Vimergy Liquid B12 supplement.
03. Food-based Vitamin C (3-4 times a week)
My iron storage levels were low based on my bloodwork, so something we discussed was making sure I eat foods that are high in Vitamin C with my iron-rich foods (spinach, grass-fed beef, etc) to help with iron absorption. I try to eat citrus with these foods now, but I’m not perfect at it. For this reason, I incorporate the Pure Synergy Pure Radiance Vitamin C powder.
Other things that help with iron that I do is cook in a cast iron pan and I also increased my root vegetable intake (carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, turnips, etc).
04. Organic Olivia’s ‘Liver Juice’ (daily)
I found the Organic Olivia Liver Juice on my own. I read that the herbs she includes in this tincture are great for your hormones and liver leading up to your menstrual cycle, so I take this daily and I had great liver function lab results!
05. Organic Olivia’s Not Your Average Probiotic (daily)
I also make it a point to take a probiotic every day to support gut health. I eat fermented foods for this reason as well. I love the Organic Olivia Not Your Average Probiotic and have been taking it for several months. I chose her product because I love how transparent she is about where she sources her herbs. They’re high quality and organic.
06. Organic Olivia’s ZincPlus+ (2-3 times a week)
I started taking Zinc in March of last year for additional immune support. I started with the Thorne brand, but switched to Organic Olivia’s ZincPlus+ because it has added benefits like quercetin , which is a naturally occurring flavanoid found in many plants like onions, tomatoes, and broccoli. I take quercetin for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits and disease prevention. When added to Zinc it provides added benefits, so I take this and surprisingly, I’ve noticed some positive changes in my skin, which was unexpected! I take this supplement 2-3 times a week, and first thing in the morning since I am still breastfeeding my three-year-old at night.
Other Topics My Naturopath and I Discussed:
We also discussed cholesterol (which looks great!) Fasting glucose looked great, and kidney and liver function, electrolytes, and liver enzymes looked good as well. My white blood cells, red blood cells, and immune cells looked great too, which I was happy about.
Lastly, we discussed HDL (healthy cholesterol) levels. Some things I’m going to do is incorporate more seeds into my diet (flax, chia, etc.) and make sure that I get plenty of water. I also want to make sure I exercise after meals, because this increases healthy cholesterol levels!
I hope this blog post about my current supplement routine was helpful to you! If you or your doctor/naturopath have decided that one of these is right for you, I made a little shoppable list below for you. Thank you so much for reading!
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