I’ve been meaning to share with you which supplements I’m taking for a while now, and today is the day. I’m a big believer in getting all our nutrients from food and natural sources, but these are additions to that, which I’ve found to be very helpful. Keep in mind that I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, so this is just information that I’ve found and experiences I’ve had. Do your own research and ask your doctor if anything is unclear! Now, let’s go:
I supplement B12 because I’m not eating any animal products.
This is a vitamin that people on a plant based diet have to take, but meat eaters could also benefit from a supplement. Basically B12 is a bacteria that’s originally found in soil, so you could get it in by not washing your organic vegetables at all. But I mean, I’ll rather go for clean veggies and a tablet/spray a day. Being deficient in this vitamin is not a good idea, and most people recognise a deficiency by experiencing fatigue and a weakened immune system (aka getting a cold all the time).
I supplement with iron because of my disease Adenomyosis.
As far as I know I’m not anaemic, but talking to my Chinese Medicine doctor I got recommended Iron supplements to heal my disease. Originally he wanted me to start eating some meat, because in TCM meat is seen as a strengthening food, which again is beneficial for menstrual cramps etc. Eating meat is not an option for me, so increasing the amount of beans, carrots and food in general is what I’m doing. + Iron supplements.
I supplement with magnesium because of heavy menstrual cramps.
This is a mineral that has a lot of functions of course, but it’s also thought to relieve cramping in a lot of different ways, such as helping relax muscles and increasing absorption of calcium. Foods you can eat to get magnesium is spinach, brown rice, nuts and whole grains just to name few.
I supplement with D-vitamin because there’s literally no sun in Norway.
D-vitamin is made in the body when you’re exposing it for sunlight. That’s something we Norwegian Vikings only do one week a year (when we’re on a holiday to Syden), or if we’re lucky to have 1 or 2 days of sun in the summer months. You might not have any symptoms of deficiency, but it’s super-important for our bodies so make sure we get enough.
I supplement with probiotics because it’s my best friend.
I’ve married this blend of friendly bacteria, because it’s the solution to everything. Anxiety? probiotics. Bloating? probiotics. Skinproblems? probiotics. It supports a healthy gut, which impacts every single little thing in your body. After all, the gut is your second brain. I’ve taken it for years, and it just works. Ps: definitely look for a high quality one, with a high dose of bacterias in it. BUT don’t start too high, cause your stomach might be upset about it (hehe, own experience…)
The ones that I take comes from plant sources, which means they’re vegan. I’ll link them here so you can check them out if you want to!