Supplements for Optimal Health
Because my body and mind seemed to be going haywire, I employed a naturopathic doctor to help me figure out what was happening. After an initial consultation, she ordered a series of tests so she could get an accurate view of what was going on with my hormonal issues, insomnia, irritable bowels and fatigue. The results showed I was dealing with a candida overgrowth and, as I suspected, my hormones were extremely out of balance with elevated testosterone, low estrogen and even lower progesterone. My cortisol was also an issue with it spiking in the middle of the night and then completely tanking after noon each day, which she diagnosed as stage 2 adrenal fatigue. The tests also showed inflammation that could potentially develop into ulcerative collitis if I didn’t heal my gut. Fortunately, all these issues are common and can be reversed. I was prescribed a special supplement protocol and anti-candida diet. To address the adrenal fatigue, I was restricted to yoga and walking versus the high intensity workouts I’d been forcing my body to do for nearly twenty years.
I stayed on that prescribed protocol for about six months and it helped tremendously. My hormones are much more balanced now, and I have very little irritable bowel issues (as long as I avoid gluten). I’ve not been retested for the candida overgrowth but I need to do that soon.
My Favorite Supplements
These days I take the following supplements daily to target my insomnia, adrenal fatigue and gut health:
- Kava Kava. All natural supplement from the kava root extract is shown to help manage anxiety without drowsiness. I like the Gaia Herbs Professional Solutions brand which can be found on Amazon.
- 5-HTP. This supplement is a metabolite of tryptophan and a precursor to serotonin. It can help with mood, dealing with daily stressors and better sleep. This has been a game-changer for my insomnia. My favorite is the Metabolic Maintenance brand available for purchase on Amazon.
- DoTerra Lifelong Vitality Pack. This trinity of awesomeness includes three capsules with all the vitamins and minerals you’d ever want along with marine and plant sourced essential fatty acids. It provides support over overall well-being and should be taken daily.
- PB Assist+ Probiotic Defense Formula. DoTerra’s proprietary formula of pre-biotic fiber and six strains of probiotic organisms. Another game-changer for me and my gut health.
Contact me if you’re interested in trying the Lifelong Vitality pack, PB Assist+ or any other doTerra product.
*PLEASE NOTE: The information shared here about the supplements I take are specific to my current health needs and are recommended by my naturopath and general practioner. It’s important you discuss any supplements you feel you need to take with your healthcare provider. It’s also important to take quality supplements as recommended by your doctor or naturopath. Many of the supplements found at your local store can have fillers and/or low quality ingredients.
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