I get asked all. the. time. about what supplements I take. And while I’m not a doctor (sorry, Mom) who can write you a prescription or offer formal recommendations, I’m happy to share what’s worked for me. And since I’m not about popping pills all day (or spending my whole paycheck on ’em), here’s what it boils down to: My Top 4 Daily Supplements.
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When I first heard about the collagen craze, I was pretty skeptical. I try to be cautious about any product that offers benefits that sound too good to be true. But, like every good dietitian/blogger/human guinea pig, I had to try it. No joke, within 2 weeks of regular use, I was seeing a difference in my nail growth & strength, as well as more supple skin and, eventually, some serious upgrades to my hair volume.
Beyond all the beauty-related benefits, collagen is a smart supplement for anyone who’s exercising on the reg. See, collagen is the major protein component of bones, joints, and connective tissue. Regular wear and tear on these parts can do damage on your system, and supplementing your body’s natural collagen production can help your body recover from all that time in the gym.
If you’re an indoorsy desk jockey like me, chances are you’re vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that we get almost exclusively from the sun. It’s most commonly known for its role in supporting bone health, as it promotes calcium absorption. But I became interested in vitamin D when I was going through my (ongoing) autoimmune health journey, which is another blog post entirely.
Aside from bone strength, the vitamins also functions to modulate cell growth, support neuromuscular and immune function, and reduce inflammation, which is basically the root of all autoimmune evil. After finding out I was deficient, I started taking 10,000 IUs daily for a few months and have since decreased to 5,000 IUs daily. Since it is fat soluble, like I mentioned, I take it in the morning with my smoothie since it has avocado in it. I get my blood work done every few months to check in on my levels of D.
Probiotics these days are pretty ubiquitous, so you probably don’t need to listen to me wax poetic on their benefits. Real quick though– probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our gut, supporting healthy digestive and immune systems. Many aspects of everyday life can cause the bad bacteria to win out over the good, like overuse antibiotics or excessively high sugar intake. You can get your probiotics in naturally through fermented foods like yogurt, kombucha, or kimchi, but if you’re not eating those things regularly, I’d recommend you find a probiotic supplement to take daily.
Just like vitamin D, aspects of modern life have made many of us deficient in magnesium– ur diets aren’t as rich in veggies, and our soil is depleted of nutrients. And because magnesium is involved in hundreds of enzymatic reactions in the body, we definitely feel the effects of what we lack.
One of magnesium’s major role is in the body’s stress response, so getting getting your mag levels in check can help with anxiety relief and improved sleep. And that’s why I’m so obsessed with this stuff. Y’all know I have a love/hate relationship with sleep. I love it, it hates me. So when I found Natural Calm, the game was changed. This stuff totally mellows me out when my crazies come out at night and helps me drift off into a deep, restful sleep. I prefer the original, unflavored version because I’m not into stevia. But you do you, girl.