If you’re anything like me… you’re eating healthy, working out regularly, drinking enough water, taking care of your skin. But, you want to know: Should I be taking supplements?
This is a great question. There are often two sides of the argument on this one. Some people say that if you’re eating a balanced diet, there’s really no need to supplement. Some people (like me) feel there’s probably no way I’m getting all the nutrients I need in any given day when I’m running around like a mad person with a job, and a dog, and a side hustle, and a hubby and forget to eat anything before dinner time. I mean… I’m busy… and sometimes lunch consists of a banana and some dark chocolate. So, I take the extra supplements to make sure I’m getting the appropriate vitamins, nutrients, probiotics and enzymes for a healthy body plus healthy skin and hair.
I’m going to break down the supplements I take every single day and why. Don’t worry, it may seem like a lot but I’ll tell you how I purchase and take mine to make it super simple for you.
***This is personal opinion and not medical advice. Always check with your healthcare provider before starting a supplement. This post contains affiliate links.
My Binto subscription. I have taken Binto supplements for about a year now. I switched from their multivitamin to their prenatal when my OBGYN mentioned that I should be on a folic acid supplement even if I’m not thinking about kids for a year or so. Then, I had a consult with one of Binto’s experts to determine which supplements are most beneficial for me. So my current customized packs contain Zinc, a prenatal with methylated folate, a vegan DHA and a digestive enzyme. Again this is completely tailored to your specific needs. You can use code “skinthusiast” for 20% off you first month!
A probiotic. More and more we are learning just how important our gut health is to well… everything. It’s linked to our brain health, our immune health, our skin health, etc. It’s so important to support a healthy gut and the research just keeps coming. My probiotic contains a prebiotic so I don’t have to add an additional prebiotic supplement. Seed has 20 strains validated in 23+ clinical studies as well as an outer capsule and prebiotic suspension to ensure the precious probiotics make it to your colon without dying along the way (super important). Their claims are backed by strain-specific, potency matched clinical studies that are double-blind, placebo controlled and peer reviewed. This is incredibly reassuring and I can rest easy knowing I’m really getting the best, most clinically backed probiotic out there. Before they will give you a discount code for your followers, Seed makes you go through a little online training program to make sure you actually know what you’re talking about which I appreciate. I take 2 pills each day on an empty stomach as recommended. I have used them for about 7 months now and I can honestly say that my digestion has never been better and I have next to no bloating which was a daily battle for me. You can take 15% off your first month of Seed with code “theskinthusiast“
A hair supplement. Who doesn’t want healthy locks? A diet of sufficient and healthful foods will help support your hair growth; supplementation is an additional benefit. One of my favorite hair supplements is Nutrafol because of its multi-targeted approach of everything from gut health to stress hormone regulation. It aims to target the main reasons for hair loss: nutritional deficiencies, free radical damage, immune signaling disruption and DHT sensitivity. Another company dedicated to clinical research, I feel confident taking this supplement and recommending it to my patients in clinic. In fact, it’s one of only two supplements we carry in our office. Like with any supplement, consistency is key. Most of my patients and myself started noticed results around the 2-3 month mark but it can take up to 6. My own personal results have been incredible and I have many patients with hair thinning who swear by it as well!
Sleep aids: I do take a CBD oil nightly around bedtime to help me wind down a little bit. (We also give Lily their CBD dog treats before the vet and car rides!) I get all of my CBD products from Joy Organics and you can use code “sinthusiast15” for 15% off. On nights I’m really having trouble sleeping (tossing and turning for an hour or so) I will take this sleep aide with valerian root! I also use Hush & Hush’s delicious protein powder! You can use code “skinthusiast” for 20% your Hush & Hush order! Again be sure to check with your PCP before adding in supplements if you’re currently on any medications or supplements or have underlying health conditions!
Heliocare. Although not in my daily routine, I take this fern extract/ antioxidant supplement whenever I’m in the sun for added protection from the sun (biking, running, beach day, long car ride, etc.). I take one 30 minutes before I plan to be outside. This will not replace your sunscreen so make sure you apply and reapply!