Red Raspberry Leaf for Menstrual cycles

Red Raspberry Leaf for Menstrual cycles

Some of us have to deal with uncomfortable symptoms during our menstrual cycles. These can be mild or so bad that they hinder our lives.

People with these symptoms, usually look for relief from them. There are quite a few things on the market that may help and red raspberry leaf is one of them.

For this post, information about the leaves and how they may provide relieve will be presented.

Icky hormonal symptoms

Our menstrual cycles come with hormonal fluctuations. Depending on one’s body, the reaction to these fluctuations may be quite poor. These bad reactions are what causes the pesky symptoms that plague a lot of people each cycle.

The symptoms are most commonly experienced in the luteal phase (PMS/PMDD) of our cycle and during our periods. They can also show up a couple of days before ovulation, the day of ovulation and for a couple of days after our periods end.

The symptoms that people may experience include the following:

  • GI issues (loose stools, gassiness, constipation, nausea etc.).
  • Acne
  • Body aches and pains.
  • A sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose and sneezing (lesser known symptoms!).
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Abdominal and pelvic cramps.
  • Ovarian pain during ovulation.
  • Mood issues.
  • Fatigue and/or insomnia.
  • Lightheadedness/dizziness.
  • Cravings and increased hunger.
  • Heavy bleeding during periods.
  • Spotting in between periods.

There are other possible symptoms than what is on this list but those are the most common ones. Some people deal with the same ones each month at the same intensity or there may be some variations.

About red raspberry leaves

Raspberries are one of many types of berries and they are one of the most popular among them. As loved as they are, not very many people know that the leaves from the raspberry plant possibly have a slew of benefits.

If you have a raspberry plant and are interested in using the leaves, you must harvest them before the plant blooms. They are then to be dried until they can be crumbled easily. It is best to wait to crumble them until right when you are ready to use them though.

Most people who use red raspberry leaves, make tea with them. This can be done by steeping one tablespoon of the crumbled leaves in one cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. The smell of this tea is said to be very pleasant with a fruity, black tea flavor to it. People also say it is slightly sweet on it’s own.

You can also get red raspberry leaves in prepared tea bags, liquid drops, capsules and K-Cups.

There are numerous nutrients in these leaves. They include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. It may also have some other antioxidant properties as well.

How it may help during menstrual cycles

Red raspberry leaves have been used as traditional medicine since around the mid 1700s. There has been a combination of anecdotal and some scientific evidence that it actually helps.

The hormonal symptoms it may help with include the following:

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Heavy periods
  • Spotting in between periods
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Breast pain
  • Fatigue

It has been said that these leaves may be helpful due to the nutrient and antioxidant content. Most notable is the vitamin B6, calcium and magnesium that they contain. These are nutrients that have been shown to help with hormonal symptoms by balancing things out.

To see if red raspberry leaves help with one’s menstrual cycle, drinking the tea or taking capsules are options. If one chooses to drink the tea- no more than three cups a day is recommended. If one chooses to take capsules instead of tea- up to 900 mg per day is recommended.

Red raspberry leaves can be taken every single day to prevent symptoms, during the luteal phase of one’s cycle or whenever it is needed.

Other possible benefits

There are some other things that red raspberry leaves could possibly help with. They are as follows:

  • Morning sickness.
  • Inducing labor- Very, very little evidence for this so don’t count on it.
  • Respiratory viruses and all that comes with them.
  • GI viruses and all that comes with them.
  • Non-hormonal headaches and migraines.
  • Non-hormonal diarrhea.
  • Relief of skin conditions such as eczema and rashes.
  • Increase of insulin sensitivity.

It is important to note that there also may be some estrogenic effects so anyone who is sensitive to that hormone should be careful.

My use of red raspberry leaves

I found out about using red raspberry leaves for menstrual cycle symptoms years ago. At first, I tried to drink three cups of the tea a day but I got kind of sick of that. I then switched to taking capsules of it daily.

As I recall, doing this really helped reduce my symptoms. I didn’t experience much in the way of nausea as I usually did and my menstrual cramps were all but non-existent.

I remember being very excited that I found something that helped me. After a while, I completely stopped buying them though. This was because I kept forgetting to put them in my Amazon cart and then I eventually kind of forgot about them.

For the past year or two, I have started to keep around red raspberry leaf teabags. I have begun to use it sporadically again- a couple days before my period begins when I have nausea. It takes the discomfort away pretty quickly which is great. I also drink some the first day of my period as it diminishes any cramps I may get.

I am planning to buy the capsules and start taking them everyday instead of just a few days a month. I am not going to get my hopes up but it would be nice to have even less symptoms than I have now (Claritin hasn’t been a complete cure)!

I will also keep the tea around to help with sore throats, coughs and possible immune system benefits.

These leaves could help you!

So, I typed all of this to say that this may be an option for people if they are struggling with their menstrual cycles and have not yet tried these leaves. It sure has helped me a lot and I am glad I found out about it.

Have any of you tried red raspberry leaves? If so, did they help you at all?

Thanks for reading!

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Medical disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and I am not telling you what to do in regards to your health. Consult your doctor for an evaluation before taking any herb or supplement.

#periodcrampsrelief #redraspberryleaf #traditionalmedicine #hormonalimbalance #pms #pmddtreatment #menstrualcup #tea #chamomiletea

Zinc: What It Can Do for Hormones

Zinc: What It Can Do for Hormones

Many women/non-binary people with hormonal conditions are willing to try a lot of things to reduce or eliminate the accompanying symptoms of them. While there are medical interventions that exist, some are still interested in going the supplement route.

Zinc is one of the supplements that is said to possibly help with hormonal conditions and we are going talk all about it in this post!

Introduction to Zinc

Zinc is one of 118 chemical elements with an atomic number of 30. It is essential for living things due to the roles it has in keeping organisms healthy. In humans it is responsible for regulation and helping with the proper functioning of various systems.

The human body stores it in various places (i.e. organs and cells) but it is not found naturally in us. To obtain zinc, we need to either get it from food and/or take a supplement.

This mineral is used for industrial, supplemental and topical (ointments and creams) related purposes.

In terms of supplements, zinc comes in different types. These include gummies, liquids, lozenges, capsules and tablets. Some of them have the zinc combined with other minerals/vitamins or it is by itself.

There are several forms of zinc which include acetate, gluconate, picolinate, orotate, sulfate and citrate. These forms differ when it comes to absorbability, price and what it could specifically do for our health.

In terms of food, zinc is found in a variety of things. The foods with the highest amount of it include beef, pork, oysters, tofu, chicken, cashews, oatmeal and mushrooms.

Zinc and hormonal conditions

Zinc supplementation has shown to have some positive effects when it comes hormonal issues that plague many women/non-binary people. This is said to possibly be because of zinc’s ability to regulate hormones.

. The following are the hormonal related issues that supplementing with zinc may help with:

  • Fertility- Studies suggest that zinc may help shorten the time that it takes to get pregnant.
  • Metabolic syndrome in people with PCOS- A sufficient amount of zinc is essential for insulin regulation and for having a proper response to it. It also reduces glucose and triglyceride levels. Getting all of this under control reduces the risk for things like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Painful menstrual cramps- This problem is also called, dysmenorrhea. It is very common and can get in the way of having a quality life. Studies show that zinc has anti-inflammatory actions that may prevent and treat the painful cramps.
  • PMS- For some women, the levels of zinc get lower in the luteal phase (after ovulation and the two weeks before your period starts). Getting one’s zinc levels up during this time may reduce the brain sluggishness, mood swings and bad sleep.
  • Acne-The anti-inflammatory action that zinc has may help with the acne that can come with hormonal issues.
  • Excess hair- Many people with PCOS have too much androgens which then causes excess hair to form in unwanted areas (i.e. upper lip and chin). Zinc is shown to have anti-androgen effects so it may help reduce the amount of hair that is grown.

The above reasons are why quite a few professionals (the ones that are okay with supplements) that specialize in women’s/non-binary health recommend zinc supplementation for hormonal issues.

Magnesium and calcium are two other supplements that are touted as being great for hormones. Luckily, you can find products that contain all three things in one! An example of a combination product is this one by Solaray.

The dosage for zinc should be no more than 50 mg per day to avoid negative side effects. These uncomfortable effects include GI issues, chest pain, fatigue and headaches.

Other things zinc can do for our health

There are quite a few other things that zinc is said to possibly do for us. They are as follows:

  • Increase the strength of our immune systems.
  • Improve the frequency and severity of acne.
  • Improve age related vision loss.
  • Reduce signs of ADHD if taken with prescription medication.
  • Shorten lengths of colds.
  • Improve low moods.
  • Improve brain fog and memory issues.
  • Improve smell and taste ability.
  • Heal bed sores and diaper rash when applied in cream form.
  • Help with male fertility issues.
  • Help improve metabolic syndrome markers.

As with any supplement, the benefits of zinc are not definitive. However, there is a lot of good evidence for them.

Our favorite supplements

My husband and I both take zinc. I had stopped for a while but ever since I did more research on it- I have started taking it again. This is partly because I noticed that my cramps got worse when I stopped taking it (I use a health journal everyday!.

If you have a sensitive stomach, the lozenges I use are a great option. You can find them here.

My husband does not have a sensitive stomach by any sense of the word. Because of this, he is able to take a larger dosed pill from Nature’s Bounty that may be hard on some people’s stomach. You can find the product here.

Zinc may be the thing to try

If you are struggling with hormonal problems, you could give zinc a try. It may not cure you but it could end up helping you a little bit.

Are any of you taking zinc? If so, what do you feel it is doing for you?

Thanks for reading!

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Health disclaimer: I am not a doctor or any kind of a medical professional. I am not telling you what to do and nothing I say is a substitute for professional medical advice. You should consult with your doctor before making changes that could affect your health.

#zincsupplement #immunesystem #hormonalproblems #pms #pmddtreatment #pcos #health #women #nonbinary

Sleep Is Important for COVID-19 + REMfresh Review

Sleep Is Important for COVID-19 + REMfresh Review

Whether you believe COVID-19 is a hoax or not- it is affecting a lot of people in various ways. I have been one of the people affected by it so it is very real to me.

If you are a believer in the virus and you have read articles that come out on it-you may be wondering about all of the things you can do to keep yourself healthy and protect yourself against it. Getting good sleep is one of these things!

In this post, I will be talking about how important sleep is and giving my review of product that helps with sleep.

All that is in our arsenal

When we talk about having an arsenal in regards to COVID-19- it is obviously not weapons or anything like that. It is just tools that we have right now that can possibly mitigate COVID-19’s impact on us.

These aforementioned tools are as follows:

  • Taking care of our mental health.
  • Keeping and maintaining social connections.
  • Consuming healthy foods and staying hydrated.
  • Engaging in regular exercise.
  • Mask wearing.
  • Getting good sleep.
  • Getting vaccinated (a controversial thing).
  • Social distancing.
  • Washing hands.
  • Gathering outdoors to minimize exposure.
  • Having proper ventilation indoors.
  • Disinfecting and sanitizing as necessary.

The above list shows things that people really should consider doing during this pandemic and beyond (for some of them).

Why is sleep part of our COVID-19 arsenal?

Lets not get too technical with this…

Adequate sleep is imperative when it comes to having a healthy life. It does wonders for us!

Why is it so important? Because our minds and bodies need it. These two things do so much to keep us alive and they need breaks regularly. This ensures that everything keeps running properly.

The immune system is one of the things that may be impacted by lack of sleep. This is due to the immune system processes that happen in our bodies while we sleep. We need these to happen in order to keep being able to fight off infections and inflammation.

Since COVID-19 is raging, it is important to have a well-working immune system and sleep can help with that.

In addition to lack of sleep affecting the immune system, it can also affect the following things:

  • Mood: Lack of sleep may leave a person stressed out, irritated, grumpy etc.
  • Concentration: With a brain that hasn’t been refreshed from an adequate amount of sleep- it may be hard to concentrate on things. This might mean that a person’s productivity and work quality will suffer.
  • Weight: Lack of sleep may cause weight gain. This is possibly due to our metabolism being lower when sleep deprived, an increase in blood sugar occurring and/or the increased chance of overeating due to being awake more.
  • Physical energy: If one is sleep deprived, they may not have enough energy to workout regularly and/or be active.

Our immune system then takes even more hits when our moods are low, weight is up too much and we aren’t exercising enough.

In short, get some sleep every night!

How to get enough sleep every night

Getting good sleep is easier said than done for many people.

Numerous medical professionals state that adults ages 18 and older need around seven to nine hours of sleep each night. This can be tough to get for the following reasons:

  • You like to use your phone/computer/watch TV right before trying to sleep: The light from electronic screens can excite our brain and make it difficult to wind down.
  • You take caffeine too late in the day: Some people are sensitive to the effects of caffeine and end up not able to sleep at night because of it.
  • You workout too late: Exercise can rev a person up which makes it difficult to sleep if you have do it late in the evening.
  • You have a sleeping disorder: There are some disorders that cause issues with sleeping. These include insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
  • Your mental health is suffering: Whether it is for a brief period of time or chronically-mental health issues can cause trouble with sleeping.

No matter what the reason is, you should work on your sleep hygiene. This is so you can reap the benefits that sleep has for us. The following is a list of things that may help you sleep better and for longer:

  • Clean up your diet: Eating too much sugar and unhealthy foods may make your sleep quality not as good as it could be.
  • Take caffeine earlier in the day or decrease the amount you take.
  • Seek out medical help: If poor sleep is a chronic problem, medical help may be needed.
  • Try a melatonin supplement.
  • Establish a night time routine that includes turning off screens at least 30 minutes before trying to go to bed.
  • Wear comfortable clothing to bed.
  • Make sure the mattress, pillows and bedding are actually comfortable enough for you.
  • Try some sleep meditation or hypnosis videos on YouTube.
  • Put on some relaxing ambience videos.
  • Put fans on in the room.
  • Read a book with a book light while laying in bed (it works for a lot of people!). The light linked below is a wonderful option.
  • Work on your mental health if it is getting in the way of sleeping well.
  • Try some relaxing tea a while before you get into bed. Yogi Tea brand offers some great relaxation teas if one likes or is willing to try drinking it.
  • Use a weighted blanket: Some people feel relaxed when they have pressure on them. The weighted blanket option linked below provides just the right amount of pressure and is very comforting.

There may be other things that can help you get better sleep. It is important to find something that works as we need to have good immune systems right now (and any other time!).

REMFresh review

I have been working on my sleep hygiene as I want to be as healthy as possible-especially during this pandemic. Sleep has been an issue for me in the past but I have gotten much better with it.

I have tried taking melatonin before and it did not sit well with me at all. No matter what dosage or brand- I always got some stomach issues and moodiness the next day.

Despite the side effects, I have kept wanting to take a melatonin supplement. This is not only for it helping with sleep but also because it has anti-inflammatory effects. There has even been some buzz about it possibly being a treatment option for COVID-19.

I actually did a post on melatonin before. Shortly after it publishing it though, I had to quit taking the supplement again due to how it was making me feel.

I found REMfresh on one of my searches for melatonin as I wanted to try taking it for the thousandth time. This is a product I had never seen before and I was rather intrigued by its description.

What sets REMfresh apart from regular melatonin supplement products is that it uses technology (“ion-powered”) that allows for it to be continuously released for up to seven hours. The company says that you get full absorption of it which is allegedly not something that happens with other melatonin supplements.

REMfresh also makes the claim that it uses a kind of pure melatonin that comes from Western Europe and is only unique to their product. This and the ion-powered technology are said to eliminate the side effects that other melatonin products can cause.

REMfresh comes in different dosages. These include Lite (.5 mg), Advanced (2 mg) and Extra Strength (5 mg). Just like with all melatonin supplements- you are to take it 30-60 minutes before you want to fall asleep.

The Lite version is for younger people and ones who are sensitive to melatonin supplementation. I chose that one to buy because I obviously do have a sensitivity to it.

I was pretty eager to start using it and I did so the very night that I got it. My decision was to be in bed around 10:00 PM so I took the melatonin at 9:00 PM. I honestly did not have high hopes for it because other products have not worked for me before.

At about 9:45 PM, I definitely noticed a tired feeling. It wasn’t a bad, groggy type of tired or anything like that. More of a calm feeling. I got into bed and fell asleep very quickly.

The next day I woke up at around 8:00 AM, refreshed as all get out! I couldn’t believe it. No grogginess, no mood issues and no stomach discomfort. I tried it again the next night with the same results.

I plan on using this product regularly from now on and I am so glad that I found it.

If you are looking to start a melatonin supplement, I would highly recommend REMfresh!

In conclusion

Getting enough sleep is very important for a healthy life. With COVID-19 surging in most places, it is crucial that we rest our bodies every night for at least seven hours (and more if you are under 18). Doing this may possibly help us fight off this novel virus (and any other one) better.

How is your sleep hygiene? Do you get at least seven hours of sleep a night?

Thanks for reading!

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#sleep #immunesystem #covid19 #virus #melatonin #sleephygiene #health

A Supplement Mishap: Dragon’s Blood

A Supplement Mishap: Dragon’s Blood

Dragons have never existed…or have they?

As I have said in many other posts-I have been interested in learning about herbs and supplements for a very long time now. I didn’t actually start taking them until I went away to college in 2009 though.

Unfortunately, not all herbs or supplements have been worth taking. Some of them didn’t do anything at all and some caused bad effects.

Dragon’s Blood is an example of a supplement that didn’t go over vey well with me. This post will provide information on what it is and how it effected me.

About Dragon’s Blood

You might find the name of this to be interesting. There is also a good chance that a certain, fantastical image may come into your mind when you think about it.

The reality is that Dragon’s Blood is just a kind of tree that is native to the northwestern part of the Amazonian region (Bolivia, Columbia, Brazil etc.). The real name of the tree is actually, Croton lechleri. The Dragon’s Blood title comes from the fact that the sap in the bark of the tree is a deep red color.

The sap has been used in traditional medicine since the 1650s and possibly even before that. It’s first use was on wounds, cuts and sores. Eventually it was found to have the ability to deal with other problems as well.

Through anecdotes and chemical analysis, it has been shown that the sap has the following properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory activity
  • Anti-viral activity
  • Wound healing activity
  • Antiseptic activity
  • Antibacterial activity

Because of these alleged properties, it has been more specifically shown to do the following (allegedly):

  • Acts as sort of a Band-Aid to seal/treat wounds, cuts, bites, scrapes and sores. This is due to its drying and antiseptic activity.
  • May relieve gum irritation and fix receding gums
  • Treats diarrhea. The sap has been used to make a medication specifically for this purpose. The medicine is called, Crofelemer.
  • Treats and prevents stomach issues.
  • Heals shingles and herpes lesions.
  • Helps to reduce environmental damage to the skin due to its alleged ability to provide a seal on it.

Not much is known on the negative effects of the sap. This might be because it isn’t the most popular and well known supplement. Just like most supplements though, it is not a good idea to start taking it while pregnant. You should also be really cautious if you are on any kind of medication already.

For topical and internal application, Dragon’s blood is sold in a few different forms. These include liquid drops, capsules, powders and various skincare products (lipstick, serums, gels, creams, face masks etc.). Dragon’s blood is also used for incense and candles.

Why I was interested in taking it

At the time of learning about Dragon’s blood- I was running my home daycare with a full load of children (eight kids, full-time). If you know anything about children and daycares- you would know that all types of “bugs” get passed around.

When I read that Dragon’s blood sap may be able to treat and prevent GI bugs…I had to get some! I had no time for GI bugs to take me out for a day or so as parents depended on me for consistent care.

I ended up going with a liquid drop formulation by Herb Pharm. It got (and still has) great reviews and the brand seemed reputable.

I was excited to try it and impatiently waited for it to come in the mail!

My experience with it

As you can already see from the title and introduction, my experience with Dragon’s blood sap was not good.

I followed the directions on the bottle and put a dropper full of the liquid into some apple juice. It tasted absolutely disgusting but I was motivated to finish it. I was thinking that if it were to really work, I would eventually get used to the taste.

Unfortunately, after about 1.5 hours- I had some type of bad reaction. My symptoms included hives everywhere, a rash around my mouth and stomach cramps. It was horrible! I took a Benadryl and put on a corticosteroid cream onto my skin to calm the reaction down.

At first I was thinking this reaction was just a fluke and it had nothing to with the sap product. So I (albeit stupidly) decided to take another dose the next day.

The reaction happened again!

At that point, I decided that I was clearly allergic to it and I needed to discontinue any use of it.

Alternatives for GI upset

It was unfortunate that I couldn’t get the GI benefits from the sap. The good thing is that I have found other things since then that can help if I experience GI upset. They might work for you too! Here are the things I keep around now for these times:

  • Red raspberry leaf tea
  • 100% grape juice for prevention of stomach viruses
  • Tummy Tuneup probiotics
  • Peppermint candy
  • Meclizine (motion sickness OTC medication)
  • Nauzene syrup ( an anti-nausea syrup)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Ginger tea

These are all what really work for me. You can take a look at my post that shows a lot more things that may help with GI issues.

In conclusion

It is too bad that the Dragon’s blood product did not work for me and caused an allergic reaction. That is what happens sometimes though. You just never know how you are going to do when taking something for the first time even if it gets a lot of positive reviews.

If you are interested in taking Dragon’s blood sap, do some more research on it and decide if it is for you or not.

Have any of you ever had a supplement mishap? If so, what happened?

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor so therefore I am not providing any medical advice. This post is only to provide general information and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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#dragonsblooduse #diarrheatreatment #stomachproblems #nausea #viruses #bacteria #bandage #dragonsblood #supplements #HerbPharm

Current Supplement Stack (Summer 2021) + Ideas for You!

Current Supplement Stack (Summer 2021) + Ideas for You!

I have been a supplement junkie for some time now. As good or bad as that may be-it just is what it is.

Over the years, I have taken many different supplements that I thought would help various physical and mental things. Some of them helped, possibly helped, didn’t help at all or made things worse.

Since I switch up the things that I am taking on a semi-regular basis, I decided to do a post on my current stack!

Getting into supplements

What got me into researching and taking supplements was reading about the benefits of different types of herbs at my local library. There were a lot of books on them and I just found it all so interesting. This led me to eventually reading about vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well.

It wasn’t until sometime in college ( about four years later), that I actually began taking supplements. The first one I ever took was vitamin B Complex. This was recommended to me by the therapist I was seeing at the time. She said that it may help with my mood so I rushed out to get it!

The vitamin B Complex gave me a noticeable mood boost plus a little bit of physical energy. I took them daily for a while but then stopped.

After I really started getting into fitness, I became interested in supplements that were marketed for fat loss and physical performance during exercise. I tried quite a few different products by different brands.

After using the fat loss and physical performance products for a while, I began to get interested in supplements that could possibly extend my life. I then dropped the other supplements and started taking these ones.

I eventually slowed down on taking supplements to where I was only taking one or two daily. That all ended when the pandemic started. I was (and still am!) terrified of this virus so I started taking things that I thought would help prevent and treat it if I got it again.

My current supplement stack

I dealt with post-COVID symptoms for a long time. I am not sure if all of the supplements helped or if time did. Since I got my Moderna shots and started to feel back to normal, I changed around what I take.

Here are is what I take now and why (will also include OTC medications):

  • 6,000 IUs of Vitamin D3- I take this to hopefully boost my immune system, treat a deficiency I may have and to help out my bones.
  • 1,000 mg of Vitamin C- I take this just for the antioxidant benefit.
  • 100 mg of CoQ10- I take this for the heart and blood pressure lowering benefits.
  • 1000 mcg of B12- I first began taking this to help with some post-COVID issues such as tinnitus, possible nerve issues and my mood. I don’t know if it has actually helped me but I will continue to take it anyway as it is not hurting me. The one I take is time-release because those don’t hurt my stomach at all.
  • 50 mg of B6- I take this because it is great for women’s health- PMS in particular. I do notice a difference when it comes to breast pain leading up to my period.
  • SuperGreen Tea Immunity- I drink three cups of this a day for the immune system benefits.
  • 1,100 mg of ginger- This is for my stomach issues but I honestly don’t think it really helps. After this container I might not buy anymore and just get ginger from the tea I drink.
  • Tummy Tuneup probiotics- I take these probiotics to help out my gut. I will be doing a review on them soon.
  • 40 mg of Pepcid- This is for my Mast Cell issue. It is to help my GERD and GI issues.
  • 5-10 mg of Claritin- This is also for my Mast Cell issue. Taking this has really helped with pain, itching and hives that I get frequently.
  • 1 cup of Welch’s Grape juice- My family and I drink this everyday to prevent stomach viruses. We have been doing this for years after reading about it on a parenting blog.
  • 1 Brazil nut- I take this to meet my daily selenium requirements. I take this because it could possibly help with PCOS. After I finish the bag of nuts, I will probably not buy anymore as it really isn’t necessary.

If you are reading this and have kids, I thought you would be interested in reading what I give to my son. The following are what he gets on a daily basis:

  • Echinacea syrup- I just started giving this to him in hopes that it will boost his immune system. He loves the taste and takes it straight but other kids would probably do better with it mixed into their drinks. I give him 30 drops a day.
  • Smarty Pants vitamin gummies- My son absolutely loves these! They are packed with a blend of great vitamins and also include omega-3s.
  • 1 packet of Culturelle Probiotic powder- I mix this into my son’s juice in hopes that it will help his gut and immune system.
  • 1/2 tsp of liquid colostrum- I mix this into my son’s juice in hopes that it will help his immune system.

Some ideas for you

I do realize that it is best to get all your nutrients from food. It can be hard to do so however. Plus, I think some people need extra of certain ones than others do.

The following are some delicious foods that you can eat on a regular basis to get some of the nutrients that I take:

  • Omelets with mushrooms-This gives you a good amount of vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium and more.
  • Regular yogurt with fresh or frozen strawberries- This gives you some good probiotics for your gut along with vitamin C and CoQ10 from the strawberries.
  • Chicken and lentils- Recipes using these two ingredients will provide a lot of B vitamin goodness! This Moroccan chicken and lentils recipe is a good one to try.
  • Ginger tea- Instead of buying capsules, you can make tea using fresh ginger. Just slice some up and boil it on the stovetop. You can add honey to it if you want. This drink may help with things like nausea, cold symptoms and possibly menstrual cramps.

So, there it is!

This is what I am taking right now. I will probably make some changes to my stack but most of it will always be there.

Do you take any supplements? If so, which ones?

Thanks for reading!

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