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Supplements I Take

One of the questions I get asked regularly is what kind of supplements I take. After I posted my number 1 weight loss tip post and talked about one of my most important supplements, the emails asking about what other supplements I take went through the roof.

Before I became pregnant with Penelope, I took a multivitamin and extra folic acid. I took it every day. I thought I was doing so good!

Then I read The Diet Cure and realized I was lacking in lots of amino acids and other vitamins, because I wasn’t taking enough of my mulit vitamin and because, the multivitamin itself was lacking. That book changed my life!

Wellness Mama has some good posts on explaining supplements and which ones are important for both pregnancy/nursing and children that you should also check out. And I also have a post about what supplements I give Penelope and supplements that help with quitting sugar and kill yeast.

I use the brand Solaray for most of my supplements that I buy at a store. About 10 years ago, I went to a very well respected, local nutritionist, and he recommended the brand to me and I have used them ever since. However, if you’re looking for a different reputable brand, check here.

Here is what I take:

Solaray Prenatal:  I will probably continue to take a Prenatal until I am in menopause, regardless of whether I am actually pregnant or nursing. As long as I am of child bearing age and open to pregnancy, I want to be taking these.

Solaray Vitamin D:  Because even in Florida, the amount of Vitamin D you need is way more than you think.

Solaray Chromium: This helps regulate and even out my blood sugar levels.

Solaray Calcium and Magnesium:  My multi vitamin doesn’t have enough according to The Diet Cure, so I take extra.

Solaray Vitamin B-6:  I started taking this with my most recent pregnancy to help with morning sickness and it really helps. I take it some days when I am feeling low on energy. Most people have a Vitamin B-complex deficiency, so taking extra B vitamins is always helpful.

Solaray L-Tyrosine: This is an amino acid that helped me quit coffee. I use it sparingly now, when I am in an energy slump and craving caffeine again.

Solaray L-Tryptophan: This is an amino acid I take this every night before bed. It helps raise my Serotonin level (so helps with moods and sugar cravings), and helps me sleep more soundly.

Source Naturals GABA: Helps relax and calm me in the evening, to help me fall asleep easier.

Solaray L-Gluatmine: This is an amino acid I take throughout the day, to help me with my sugar, carb and alcohol cravings.

Digestive Enzyme Blend:  Sometimes if I eat a not so healthy meal or one that is hard to digest, I will take this after the meal. Eating lots of raw, fermented foods is the best thing to do, but I like to have this on hand.

Probiotics:  A must take supplement for everyone. The digestive nutritionist I see when I get colonics, said I should be taking 50 billion a day.

Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil:  This is one of the most important supplements to take and like I mentioned in my post, one of the added benefits of taking this, is that it helps raise your metabolism!

Supplements I Take

Protandim:  This is an herbal supplement that is pretty amazing, it increases your anti-aging enzymes and destroys free radicals. I am a distributor with Life Vantage and sell this supplement. My Dad introduced to me when Penelope was a baby. It has helped him tremendously. It has helped me sleep better, and have a better immune system and reduce inflammation in my body. I have written about it on the blog several times, here, here and here. You can buy it here, one bottle at a time, no monthly signs ups. Or you can sign up to be a preferred costumer and sign up for a monthly auto shipment and get a discount. You can cancel the auto shipment at any time, no contracts. Or you can sign up to become a distributor like me and make some money!

 

*Please note, I am not a nutritionist  (not that all nutritionists know what they are talking about anyway) and I am not an MD. This is not medical advice, I am simply sharing what I take. This works for me. I highly recommend reading the book The Diet Cure and learning more about what your specific needs.

**Solaray did not sponsor this post, but these are Amazon Affiliate links. I get a small percentage of sales, when you buy something from Amazon via my site. Thank you so much for supporting this blog in this way.

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  • Brannan Lawson
    May 22, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Did you take all of these as you were breastfeeding? I wanted to take extra supplements, besides my prenatal, and my obgyn told me not to take any other supplements while breastfeeding. I just wanted to know because I wasn’t sure why I couldn’t add more in.

    • Stephanie
      May 22, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      As far as I have read/heard all of these are fine with breastfeeding. There are some herbs you want to avoid because they can dry you up, but everything but Protandim is not an herb and Protandim is great to take while breastfeeding, it actually increased my supply a bit!

  • Kendra
    May 22, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Wow. That is a ton of great information. I loved the Wellness Mama link for the pregnancy supplements. I can’t help but feel a bit nervous putting things in my body that it isn’t used to having while I’m pregnant. Do you think there is any risk to start taking supplements while pregnant that you have never taken before? I’m definitely going to take that list with me to my 8 week doctor visit to see what their point of view is. From what I read all of them sound beneficial but I still can’t help but feel a bit hesitant…

    Regardless of how I feel, I always appreciate how much thorough information you share and it is evident that you spend much time doing your research. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    • Stephanie
      May 22, 2012 at 8:20 PM

      Thank you! Yes, this post took for.ev.er. All those links are very time consuming. Thanks for noticing and appreciating! Oh and I think adding supplements that you need can only be a good thing. You may want to be very mindful and pay attention to your body. I think taking supplements can be a very intuitive thing. Some days I forget to take a certain one and chalk it up to my body’s wisdom of not needing it that day, based on what I ate. 🙂

  • Stephanie
    May 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Is Solaray made from whole food sources or are they synthetic? I prefer whole food sources and thought that synthetics are hard for the body to absorb. Do you have any idea?

    • Stephanie
      May 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      I am not sure to be honest. I buy them at our local organic grocery store, so I am assuming they are from whole food sources, but I don’t really know. Sorry.

  • Rachel
    May 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I have been curious about taking cod liver oil, but was afraid that it (combined with my prenatal multivitamin) might be too much Vitamin A. Thoughts?

    • Stephanie
      May 23, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      I would read the book the Diet Cure and Nourishing Traditions and research the Weston A Price foundation. The information about Vitamin A that is main stream is not really correct.

    • Stephanie
      May 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Vitamin A toxicity can actually be considerd vitamin D deficiency because vitamin A and D utilize each other in order to function in the body. So if you have extremely low vitamin D and are taking vitamin A supplements, you’re extremely likely to reach toxic levels. By taking FCLO which has very high bioavailability and the correct ratio of vitamin A to vitamin D, it’s pretty much impossible to reach toxic levels of either vitamin. Don’t forget that you should always be getting 15-20 minutes of sun exposure (sans sunscreen!) every day on top of taking FCLO, which increases prevention of vitamin A toxicity. -Cassandra

      • Rachel
        May 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        Thank you muchly.

  • Katrina
    May 25, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    and here I thought I was doing good with my prenatal and vitamin D + C !!!!
    Dang, girl…it must take you a little over 10 minutes each day just to swallow all those pills, LOL.

    • Stephanie
      May 25, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      For real. And it takes a lot of mental energy and time to remember them to take them throughout the day. 🙂

  • pat cox
    May 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I would like to order PROTANDIM 109 from you. I searched for you on Amazon with no luck. Are you still taking/selling it. I am hoping it will help with stress.

  • Christine
    June 24, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Wow, I just finished reading The Diet Cure. My brain is fried! I also made a list of all the supplements I will need to take. Geez! According to the book I’m lacking in Vitamin A but I keep reading about a link between Vitamin D and A. Do you know anything about that?

    • Cassandra
      June 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Hi Christine! Stephanie did a post a little while ago about cod liver oil and how it helped her lose weight. Fermented cod liver oil is naturally high in vitamin A and vitamin D. More importantly though, FCLO has the correct ratios of vitamin A to vitamin D. The body requires both vitamins in order to utilize the other one, they work synergistically. If you’re having problems with your vitamin A levels, the absolute best thing you could do is take FCLO. Check out that post Steph did and read through the comments where I’ve answered a lot of questions about it.

  • Bridgette
    August 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Hi again, about to bite the bullet and get some CLO. My question is – is it more effective to take as a pill vs a liquid?

    • Stephanie
      August 13, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Good for you! Either way is fine!

  • Sabrina
    August 15, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    Hi there,
    This list is incredible.
    Can I trouble you for when you take each one. Some of them you mention timing – others not so much.
    I currently am nursing a 10 month old and only take a prenatal at night (I’ve had trouble with tummy woes during the day) and notice some of your supplements are for energy and others for rest.
    I know I could just use my common sense, but this baby brain could use some guidance!!
    Much love,
    Sabrina

    • Stephanie
      August 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      That is a good question, I will make a note of it in the post. But I do morning, lunch and afternoon and after dinner for some of them. I am taking pills all day long! I leave them out on my counter in a bin to help me remember.

  • Tara
    October 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Hi Stephanie! I love your blog! I purchased your cookbook and I am so excited to pack my freezer with such nutritious food for my family! My daughter is almost 2 and coming home after work and having to cook dinner is very hard to do with her! Anyway I have a question about vitamins. I am starting to take additional supplements and I have a question about vitamin d. My multivitamin has 1,000IU of vitamin d and I read that 1000IU was the recommended amount so should I not be taking an additional vitamin d supplement? Just curious as to what your thoughts are on this. I just want to make sure I don’t over do it. Also which cod liver oil do you take from green pastures? I noticed they have a few different favors. Which do you like the best? Look forward to hearing from you!!

    • Stephanie
      October 18, 2012 at 2:34 AM

      Hi! So glad to hear that, thanks for letting me know! You can take 40IU of Vitamin D per pound of body weight, more if you’re pregnant, ill, or severely deficient. However, you need to occasionally test levels to make sure you’re not getting too high. I take the plain cod liver oil in capsule form, I haven’t tried any of the flavors, but the capsules don’t taste like anything to me and I swallow them fine.

    • Amanda S.
      November 6, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      I’m no expert, but since you asked about flavor, I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents! I just started taking CLO in the last week, however I picked up the Spectrum Organics brand from Whole Foods because I was there and wanted some right away instead of waiting to order online! 😛 But anyway, I got the liquid in the lemon flavor and I mix 1 teaspoon in a cup with maybe a couple tablespoons of lemonade (I just pour a little and eyeball it). I’m not a fan of the feeling of swallowing oil and it has a slight fishy taste/smell by itself. But mixed with a teeny bit of lemonade covers it up and you can’t taste a thing. Other than lemon of course lol

  • Alyssa Koske
    January 4, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Have you ever taken Primrose oil? Thoughts on that one?

    Thanks for all of your posts! I LOVE reading and learning for you.

    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Hey Alyssa! Yes! I took that a lot when I was pregnant, especially during the end (and even inserted them in my hoo-ha at night to ripen my cervix!) so glad to hear you love the cotent on MBL! It take a lot of hard work, and so nice to hear that folks appreciate it. 🙂

  • Anna
    February 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Woah! That is quite a list! How much are you spending per month on supplements?

    • Stephanie
      February 18, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      lol, I don’t take them all, all the time. The amino acids I now take only when my cravings come back. I honestly don’t know how much I spend on supplements, that’s awful, but I do make food and supplements a priority in my budget.

  • Adrienne
    April 8, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’ve just found your blog n the past week or so and trying to catch up on reading it all (along with all the other blogs I’m into – but so far I really love your’s and enjoy your witty way of writing) and am a new converted mum to the Weston A Price methods of cooking and shopping. I live in Melbourne, Australia and have two daughters, 18months and 2 1/2 and after recently suffering a miscarriage I’ve come to the conclusion I’m Vitamin A deficient, so have just ordered the Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil, started eating eggs every day and now we have liver, raw milk, cheese and yoghurt in our diet, along with lots of broth and smoothies. My girls both have a probiotic every day and I’ve just bought them an organic multi-vitamin, as well as 2mls of cod liver oil. As I’m trying to ready my body for another baby, would you recommend some of these additional supplements for me each day as well as the CLO? I currently have Vit C and a pre-pregnancy multi-vitamin (containing folate & lots of other things for growing a healthy baby). I’ll have to check out my health food store and see if they stock Solaray. Do you know if they ship to Australia?

    • Stephanie
      April 8, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Good for you!!! You are doing fantastic things for your families health! So proud of you!
      As for something additional, I would look into the magnesium supplement post I did. That will hopefully also help prevent morning sickness. What I am doing right now is focusing on healing my digestion, so that the supplements I take and food I eat actually gets absorbed. I have pretty much cut out all grains and dairy, per the GAPS diet recommendation. I am hoping that I will be pregnant by the end of this year. Fingers crossed for us both!

  • Morgan Finley
    August 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Stephanie,
    I notice you don’t take fish oil. Is that because you take Cod liver oil? If I take Cod Liver Oil do I need fish oil? I am enjoying your website!

    Thanks!
    Morgan

    • Stephanie
      August 8, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      Correct! Thanks for reading!

  • Natasha
    January 20, 2014 at 5:03 AM

    Hi Stephanie,
    Seems like I like reading your blog more than sleeping -.- Been up reading your blog everynight when babes asleep 🙂
    I would like to get my hands on some Protandim, they don’t offer shipping to Canada on their website but my hubby recently discovered he can ship to the montana border and pick up there. I was just wondering does Protandim have an expiration date? My plan is to order a few to last a couple months between trips. Thank you and the team for sharing with us mamas

    • Stephanie
      January 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Interesting, I did not know that. Let me double check with my dad about the best plan for you.

    • Stephanie
      January 20, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Just talked to my Dad and he said they do ship to Canada. Call 866-460-7241 and give them my name when they ask you who you want to sign up under. Thanks!

  • Jen
    June 28, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Hi Stephanie,

    Do you recommend taking protandim while nursing?

    Thanks!

    • Stephanie
      June 28, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      Yes, in fact I have a post about protandim and breastfeeding!

  • Kandi Johnson
    October 4, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Stephanie,
    I am one of those people who have to be as informed as possible about my supplementation. It’s so difficult because traditional doctors don’t support natural ways. With that said – I recently started taking Protandim, as introduced to me by a friend. I am 53, post menopause, and only take a small amount of naturethroid (1/4 grain alternating with 1/2 grain every other day) and a nightly squirt of Nasacort (for dog allergies). My question to you: I suffer with slight heartburn issues despite taking digestive enzymes with lunch and dinner daily, limiting my diet (mostly vegan with occasional dairy and meat), no soda, fried foods or “bad” stuff. I have been researching Probiotics and the wonders of them. Question #1 – Can I take Protandim in the morning and also take a Probiotic? (I take the thyroid 1st thing in the morning, and Protandim with breakfast). Question #2 – Are there other supplements that you might recommend? I was reading that I should be taking BOTH a probiotic, a prebiotic, and a digestive enzyme. Can I take all of these with Protandim? I just don’t like to have any “surprise” side effects. Thank you very much!

    • Stephanie
      October 4, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      I take protandim with a bunch of other vitamins about mid morning. I take my pro and pre biotics in the evening right before bed on an empty stomach. So glad you are taking protandim!!

      • Kandi Johnson
        October 5, 2015 at 1:17 PM

        Stephanie,

        Thank you for responding so quickly! I’m very impressed with your father’s story about his use of Protandim and his nerve issues with his feet. My husband also has the same issue, stemming from a back injury. He currently is on Gabapentin (and the side effects are horrible). He will be starting Protandim within the next month, we just needed to save up for it.

        Question: So you do still take a multi-vitamin with Protandim? I’ve been taking Vitamin D3, and 1 Calcium/Magnesium/VitD supplement along with the Protandim, but was suggested that I would not need my mutli-vitamin due to what Protandim does inside my body to bring it to a more youthful state. Your thoughts?

        Question: The digestive enzymes are suggested to take after each meal; and the probiotic first thing in the morning. Do you see any reason why the probiotic would affect me negatively in the morning as the naturopath is suggesting I take it?

        Last Question: I’ve been taking a doTerra supplement- Digestzyn – before bedtime to alleviate any nighttime heartburn. Do you think if I took the probiotic and prebiotic before bed (as you do – on empty stomach) would that work better than the Digestzyn? Technically – what is the definition of empty stomach? If I have a snack at 8pm, and retire at 10pm, is that empty – or should the latest be 7pm (that is about when we eat dinner).

        Sorry for all the questions – but thank you so much! It’s hard to ever get answers to specific questions – and it is so refreshing to find someone who is taking similar supplements that I do – I like to see about the dosing.

        Best Regards,
        Kandi Johnon

        • Stephanie
          October 5, 2015 at 8:51 PM

          I can tell you what I do, but really you need to find a nutritionist who is familiar with protandim. If you email me, I can give you the name of the one I work with. I don’t think he takes long distance clients but you can ask. I still take a multi-vitamin. I take Seeking Health multi-vitamin these days. I take digestive enzymes after I eat, every meal. Probiotics are the only thing I take at night before bed. I would think you could do oils and supplements, that is what I do for other things…I personally have never tried that oil blend, but have used a similar blend that Young Living makes.