Many women are on some sort of supplement regimen…. but typically, they’re not sure why they’re taking them (or if they’re helping.) Listen and learn about the top 3 supplements I like for helping women who have been chronically stressed out and suffering with the consequences. I’ll help you choose a good product and we’ll talk a little bit about where to get your supplements.
- How most people aren’t 100% sure about their supplement regimen
- My favorite brands and alternatives for where to purchase
- One *bonus* 4th supplement that I just couldn’t leave off the list!
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Are you taking supplements?
Most of my clients come to me with some sort of supplement regimen…. but typically, they’re not sure why they’re taking them (or if they’re helping.)
While I’m not a huge supplement pusher, I believe that you should know the “why” behind your pills and make sure you’re not throwing your money away.
Today I’ll share the top 3 supplements I like for helping women who have been chronically stressed out and suffering with the consequences. I’ll help you choose a good product and we’ll talk a little bit about where to get your supplements.
Magnesium is my favorite by a long shot. I’ve been taking it for a long time and talk about it with almost every client I work with.
So why’s it so great?
Magnesium is sometimes referred to as nature’s chill pill. It helps relax you — your muscles, your mind, all parts of your being. Fabulous.
And it’s something we tend to be LOW in because of our diets – but also because of STRESS.
When the body is stressed, it actually wastes away magnesium. (Read: We pee it out.) That’s a double whammy because when we’re stressed is when we need it most!
The other reason I love magnesium is to help with constipation. You’re constipated if you’re not having a complete bowel movement every day. (That’s a problem! Not only do you get bloated and uncomfortable but you are full of toxic waste, including excess estrogen, that your body is trying to get rid of.)
Read the ingredient label on your magnesium like you would a food product. Here’s why:
If you are someone with constipation, you will want to look for a form of magnesium called magnesium citrate. That will be most helpful.
But if you’re someone who has lovely, daily bowel movements, look for magnesium glycinate instead.
Magnesium is often given in a dose of about 300 mg but if that’s too much and you get diarrhea, back off. If you’re not feeling any effect, you can definitely take more. But, as with anything you read on the internet, talk to your doctor before doing anything and certainly about dosing.
You’ll find magnesium powders, creams and oils but I recommend taking a capsule. Lots of brands make decent magnesium supplements – be sure to check the form of magnesium inside before you buy.
If you want to see the brands I like, and save 15% off retail, go to ShesGotPower.com/supplements and set up a free account with my online dispensary. Every brand in there is top quality stuff that’s been handled according to manufacturer specifications. You can also get quality supplements at your local natural food store.
Personally, I take magnesium citrate from Davinci Labs.
Ashwaganda has been getting attention lately! It’s a type of herb known as an adaptogen. While it won’t magically make your stress levels go away, it can help your body better adapt to stress.
As a mind, mood and muscle soother, it’s the kind of herb you’d take if you’re having sleep trouble, feeling nervous or anxious – you know, basically the whole kit and caboodle that comes with chronic stress.
Ashwaganda is also a thyroid stimulant – helpful, if you’re one of the millions of women whose stress has triggered a hypothyroid situation.
Please note that Ashwagandha is a nightshade plant. If you are on a nightshade-free diet, stay away from this one.
Again, talk to your doctor about dosing and possible interactions with anything else you’re taking….but this is generally a mild herb. Dosing might start at 300mg twice a day.
You can find Ashwagandha in capsule or tincture form. Look for herb-specific brands like Gaia or Herb Pharm, but you can also find it from medical grade brands like Pure Encapsulations. You can see a bunch of options at ShesGotPower.com/supplements.
Stress ravages your gut flora. Period.
Even just a short period of stress negatively shifts the microbiota in your system, leading to a more obesogenic state.
It may seem strange to think about our gut flora as having an impact on weight gain, but these organisms extract more calories from the food you eat.
Imagine: Two people eat the same meal. Depending on their microbial balance, one person might absorb 10% more calories than the other.
Taking a probiotic doesn’t fix the whole problem of stress affecting your gut…but it’s a good step in the right direction.
When I look for a probiotic (I really like Klaire Labs) I look for something that has both Lactobacillicus and Bifidobacterium listed on the labels.
Check out more brands I like by setting up a free account at ShesGotPower.com/supplements. It’s a good place to browse, even if you buy from a local, trusted store.
I know, I know, this was supposed to be my top 3. Not 4!
But I really like zinc.
Like…it’s a little bit of a zinc love affair.
One of my Hashimoto’s clients had been suffering for months with acid reflux. Taking zinc made a world of difference.
Zinc is also important for the integrity of your intestinal lining.
Let me explain…
When the lining of your intestines are hyperpermeable, it’s an issue for your gut/digestion. But it also becomes a precursor to autoimmune disease. Know what else puts you in the running for developing autoimmunity? Stress.
And one more reason stressed out people do well with adding zinc…
While stress zaps immune function, zinc gives it a boost.
Which, in a covid world, might be a very good idea.
Happy holidays and take care of YOU this season!
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