I try to get all the nutrition I need from food. The best way to ensure this is to eat SLOW plant foods. Seasonal, Local, Organic and Whole Plant Foods. Brown rice instead of white (because white rice is not a whole food). Beans over meat for protein. Asparagus grown locally when its in season (not in the middle of fall coming from New Zealand). And always, always organic- because organic soil is healthier soil producing more nutrient dense foods – without harmful pesticides!
But of course there are times when I feel like I need a little extra boost, like in the winter when it’s harder to get a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. So here is a quick summary of what’s in my “medicine cabinet.”
First of all: If you’re going to take supplements you must always check with your doctor, especially if you are taking medications or being treated for a health condition.
Second of all: It’s best to take supplements made from real food, organic food, and real herbs/plants. Most vitamins, unfortunately, are produced synthetically in a laboratory, NOT from food. The body knows how to use real food. If you’re going to buy vitamins or supplements make sure they are made from real food! My two favorite companies for vitamins and herbal supplements are:
This is what I take (in no particular order)
- Women’s Multivitamin by New Chapter
- Probiotic Capsule (for good bacteria)
- Elderberry Tincture (to increase immune system)
- Dandelion Tincture (to support the liver)
- Nettles Tincture (for iron and other minerals)
- Vitamin B12 spray (NOT Cyanocobalamin)
- Green Powder (spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, chlorella, etc.)
- Oregon Grape Root (if I have an infection- it’s like a natural antibiotic).