It blows my mind that I never really knew what supplements I needed to be taking until I was about to graduate from college. Not to mention, the fact that I grew up in Montana where I practically never got vitamin D.
Now I am 23 and I feel like I have a good grasp on what I should be taking, when, and for how long. I must say, my doctors have had a strong hand in figuring this out with me.
After finding out I had SIBO, I had to go through a whole gut rehab (what I like to call it). With SIBO, your body is pretty malnourished considering the overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine. This form of bacteria likes to steal all the nutrients in your food and not let any food pass into your large intestine.
Once I had gotten my blood panels back, I was sufficiently low in various different vitamins. Vitamin B, D, C, and I honestly can’t even remember what else. Once I started my gut rehab process the first time around, I found a regime that worked for me.
Since recovering from SIBO, I now deal with leaky gut and that’s a whole nother story. This last fall, I had to head into the doctor to fork over more blood to see what vitamins I may, once again, be deficient in. After discovering my results, I loaded up on a broad assortment of vitamins I now take every day.
As always, take my vitamin routine as a grain of salt. Since I actually went to the doctor and found out what I really NEEDED to be taking, I would highly recommend getting blood work done before taking anything in the case that you may or may not need it. There’s no need to overwork your body that may already be serving you!
Now, these are the vitamins I take on a daily basis. Keep in mind, this is in the middle of my gut restorative process. Over time, some of these supplements will be weeded out once I’ve reached a full recovery.
1. Women’s Multivitamin
I have been getting this one from Whole Foods for about a month or two now. Since I am allergic to soy, I have to be careful when picking out my vitamin assortments. Turns out, various different supplement companies use soy in their gel capsules. This one also has a lot of healthy fruits, vegetables, probiotics, and enzymes.
2. Vitamin B Complex (High Potency)
This was the ultimate game-changer when cutting caffeinated coffee out of my diet. If I don’t have my vitamin B supplements in the morning, I feel like I could sleep all day long (especially if I’ve had a few drinks the night before). Even though the bottle says to take two capsules a day, I only take one. If I take two, I feel way too hyped.
3. Vitamin D
This was something my doctor recommended while we’re in self-isolation. Even though, I probably should have been taking these for years. Back in Montana, I never really thought about taking vitamin D, I thought I had everything under control. But after sitting inside for weeks on end, after getting way too used to soaking up the Austin sun for almost a year, this was much needed.
4. Vitamin C (High Potency)
Vitamin C is the classic immune booster. I make sure I take one of these every morning to help fight off any unhealthy bacteria I may come across. Your health is your wealth, and if you’re constantly getting sick, you normally aren’t able to do everything you want to. I take one of these every morning after breakfast and make sure I am drinking enough water to cleanse my system.
5. Oil of Oregano
This is something one of my friends/mentors actually brought to my attention. My Mom had wanted me to take this a while back, but I just couldn’t get around the strong taste and burning sensation it would give off every drop that hit my tongue. Yet, it has so many different health benefits. I normally will put three drops of this in my water, or just straight shoot it, every morning and every night.
6. Magnesium + Potassium
Wayyyy back when I had SIBO, my doctor recommended taking magnesium and potassium to help me sleep. Now, I will always take it right after brushing my teeth at night ~ about an hour or two before I go to bed. Not only does this help with muscle cramps, it also helps you sleep like a rock.
This is another immune-boosting supplement. My old coworkers and Mom had brought this to my attention a few years ago. There are various different forms you can take this supplement in, but of course, the gummies are my favorite. They taste amazing, but you may find yourself wanting to eat them like candy. I currently take them in a pill form, and only when I am feeling a little under the weather.
Regular Every Day Supplements
Now for the temporary supplements that my doctor has me on:
8. Thyroid Support
This is something that I really hope I won’t have to take for long. My blood results showed low levels of my thyroid, but we’re hoping that just meant I was fighting off an infection. After my gut rehab comes to a wrap, I may take the blood panel again to ensure my thyroid and hormone levels are back in balance. I have been directed by my doctor to take four of these capsules every morning.
9. Glutamine Complete
This is a powder supplement that helps restore and build a healthy gut lining. As I have mentioned, I do have a leaky gut. Long story short, that means that the lining of my gut is so inflamed that food gets in my bloodstream. I took various different lab tests to find out what foods are heavily showing up in my blood and which are only moderately.
To help heal my gut, my doctor has me taking one scoop every morning and night. I will honestly take one large sip of water, hold it in my mouth, pour one scoop in my mouth, swoosh it around, and swallow. It can be grainy, but I don’t really like to mix it into my water.
10. Grapefruit Extract
On my test results, my doctor also discovered that I had an overgrowth of yeast. To get rid of everything, I had to cut out sugars, carbs, and alcohol completely. Then I had to take a course of meds every morning and evening for about a month along with this grapefruit extract.
From my understanding, my meds and grapefruit extract are like two peas in a pod. They had to be taken together to help kill off all yeast. I have honestly been continuing to take these until my doctor advises otherwise.
This is another liquid supplement that helps build up my gut lining and boost healthy digestion. At first, I took about 1 drop in my water 3 times a day. Now, I have worked up to about 3-5 drops 3 times a day. My doctor said this can be a strong supplement, but I honestly didn’t even notice a difference.
If you choose to try it out, work your way up by starting at 1 drop, 3 times a day.
Gut-Healing Daily Supplements
Like I mentioned, I am not a doctor ~ these are just the supplements I am taking at the moment.
I hope you find out which are right for you and start feeling better every, single, day.
XXXX – Kayla
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