You’ve all been waiting with bated breath, now here it is – Part 2 of our supplement journey.
Friendly reminder – this article should not serve as a medical diagnosis. Please consult with a medical professional before beginning any new supplement routine.
Looking for Part 1? Find it here.
Alright, enough with the nitty-gritties. Let’s dive in…
Supplement 4 – Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is a big one kids. It’s thought to be one of the leading vitamin deficiencies in several countries including the United States, Mexico, Africa, and India.
Vitamin B12 is definitely something you want playing for your team. It’s known to benefit your mood and energy levels…not to mention your memory, heart, skin, hair, and digestion. It’s also extremely pivotal in dealing with adrenal fatigue, metabolic functions, and maintaining a healthy CNS and cardiovascular system.
If you’re looking at a Vitamin B12 deficiency, you may find symptoms such as chronic fatigue, mood disorders, nerve damage or changes in your vision.
Given all of this – I personally take two B-complex vitamins per day. Now, it’s also worth mentioning that I have been diagnosed with 1 case of an MTHFR mutation – this meaning my body has a harder time converting folic acid into methylfolate (Ultimately a bigger discussion for another day – let me know if you’d be interested in a more detailed blog post on MTHFR)).
While this mutation is nothing too terribly concerning, it is still something I have to keep in mind. Therefore, I personally use Methyl Guard from Thorne Research for supplementing my vitamin B12. Using active methyl forms of folate and vitamin B12, the product serves my needs just a little more specifically than a standard vitamin B-Complex could.
Pro tip: be sure to take this supplement with food. Vitamin B- Complexes have been known to make people a little nauseous (including yours truly).
Supplement 5 – BCAA
I’ve been asked a lot over the years how I feel about pre-workout drinks. The truth on the matter? I’ve never bothered much with them. If they are something you absolutely require before going in on your workout, then more power to you, but truthfully…I’ve never been crazy about any of them.
The closest I’ve ever come to enjoying a pre-workout cocktail was in the form of BCAA. BCAA or Branched Chain Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein. Appropriate supplementing of BCAAs can aid in muscle recovery, growth, and fatigue. They proved a terrific tool when I was heavily practicing IF, and truthfully, they are even beneficial when not focusing on fasting.
Using BCAA while intermittent fasting allowed me just enough of a protein boost to crush my workout without my body going into panic mode having not eaten for 10-12 hours. Immediately post workout I could fully break my fast and enjoy a large meal that would go towards repairing my muscles. When I’m not fasting – it serves as a fantastic recovery drink post workout. My personal favorite is the watermelon flavor from MusclePharm, but I’ve also heard good reviews on the BCAA from BPI Sports.
Supplement 6 – Probiotics
Probiotics are the live bacteria and yeasts that are considered good for your body. They are beneficial in promoting proper gut health and digestion – which of course continues to aid your skin, urinary and vaginal health, allergies, and oral health.
I’m a big proponent of aiming to get what your body needs from a well rounded diet – so I actively include probiotic rich foods in my routine. My favorites include kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, pickles, and even kombucha.
Although, if I’m honest, even when I’m on top of my probiotic foods game, I still turn to an additional supplement at least once a day. Taking it first thing in the morning sets my digestive system up for success. I’ve personally traded back and forth between using the Ther-Biotic Complete from Klaire Labs as well as the Probiotic 50B from Pure – both providing awesome results.
Just be sure to store them in a cool place – mine even have a special shelf in the fridge 😉
Alright guys – that completes are supplemental journey for now. Do you feel there is a supplement that I missed? Got more questions about what was mentioned here? Be sure to reach out via contact or even post a comment below. I’d be happy to discuss further!
Until next time! xoxo