Contains 3+ servings of fruits, veggies, and greens. It helps to alkalize your stomach (this means balancing your body’s pH). It can help digestion, bloating, and more.
I add a scoop of this to a cup of water every morning. If you can’t handle the grassy taste, you can add a squirt of Mio or another water flavoring brand. I always order it from Amazon, as it’s normally more pricey at health food stores. They have plenty of different flavors such as cocoa, berry, citrus, and more. The original, extra large kind (with 60 servings) is currently super discounted with Amazon Prime! Click here to save on it!
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil support heart health and have been found to aid in fat loss and the reduction of inflammation.
This is a staple in many fitness athletes and bodybuilders because of its ability to aid in the reduction of inflammation, which allows for more intense and frequent training sessions with slightly shorter recovery periods. It’s most known for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Because fish isn’t very common in our modern diet, this is a crucial vitamin that we lack. So it’s important to get a supplement! However, every other fish oil supplement out there gives you a fishy taste after you swallow or when you burp (can you say GROSS?!). I love Barlean’s because it legit tastes like a smoothie or dessert in the mornings. Click here to buy it on Amazon. I’ve found it at other stores, but it’s the cheapest online.
Multi-vitamins give you a dose of some of the most crucial vitamins and minerals your body needs on a daily basis in a world where we eat very few nutrient dense foods. These are never a bad idea! They boost immune function, energy, bone health, and more.
If you only take one supplement a day, it should be a multi. You can get these in gummy or pill forms from any store. However, the quality isn’t always the best if you buy cheap ones from the local grocery store. I’ve used all different brands, but this is what I’m currently taking. Optimum Nutrition is a super reputable supplement company and I love their multivitamin for women because it’s formulated specifically for the needs of active women. It has extra iron, which women typically don’t have enough of in their diet. My only disclaimer is that is can change the color of your urine. This is totally normal when you have excess B vitamins or riboflavin in your body. I have a B-12 deficiency because my body doesn’t easily absorb this vitamin, so I attribute the discoloration to my inability to absorb it. Click here to get it!
B-12 is helps give your body energy, blood and cell function in the making of DNA, and prevents anemia.
You most likely don’t need to take a B-12 supplement because you should get enough from a multi-vitamin and animal products like eggs, meat, and milk products. After a blood test a year ago, my doctor found that I was B-12 deficient, which can lead to anemia later in life. He put me on a sublingual B-12 supplement that dissolves under the tongue since my stomach doesn’t absorb it. Unless recommended by a healthcare professional, you probably don’t need to take this. But here’s the link in case you find you need to!
Vitamin E is found in many skincare products as it aids in moisturizing and has possible anti-aging properties
I’ve been struggling with dry skin for as long as I can remember and have eczema flair ups on my hands from time to time. I finally went to a dermatologist last month to get some help and she recommended I start on a Vitamin E supplement to help. With the help of switching to more gentle soaps and lotions, it’s actually helped to alleviate some of the dry skin. Just make sure that it has a high potency, because some of them out there are so low they won’t do much. Aim for 1,000 IU. Here’s the link to what I buy!
Protein is what your body uses to repair tissue. Without an ample amount of protein, your body cannot build muscle.
Let me say this- protein powders are not necessary for strength gains. If you can get all of your protein in from whole foods, do it! However, sometimes it’s just too hard to hit my protein goal without a supplement. Protein powders are convenient and quickly digested, which are perfect after a hard workout when your body needs to replenish its stores pretty quickly. I’ve used all kinds of brands, vegan and whey. Out of all of them, I think Optimum Nutrition has the most flavor options, but Dymatize tastes the best!
Creatine has been shown to increase recovery times during exercise, increase lean muscle, and increase strength.
If you’re just a casual gym goer, this probably isn’t for you. If you’re serious about making size or strength gains, then it might be a good idea to supplement with creatine. This is what I use. It’s unflavored and I typically just mix it in with a protein shake or water before my workout.
Glutamine has been shown to improve gut health, decrease recovery times, and encourage muscle growth.
I’m going to say the same thing I said above. If you’re not super serious about the gym, this isn’t necessary. Here’s what I use!
Amino acids are naturally found in protein and are said to promote recovery and reduce soreness, help build muscle, and increase performance.
There is a lot of controversy regarding whether or not BCAA supplements are worth it. I have found that they reduce my soreness when I drink them. The one I use also has caffeine, which is a major plus for those sleepy gym times! Here’s the link and it’s super cheap right now on Amazon Prime!
*Please note that I am not telling you to take any of these. You should always speak to a healthcare professional prior to starting any supplement or medication. I’ve had a lot of questions asked about what I take on a daily basis and I wanted to answer all of them in one post and explain why they’re beneficial for me. I’ve found these to be best for me, but you need to find what makes you a better, healthier you.