Friday, December 8, 2017

SUPPLEMENTING FOR A PLANT BASED DIET - IS IT NECESSARY?


Being plant based, I know that my diet is full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and YES, even protein! That being said, due to modern farming conditions, environmental toxins, and just for added "insurance", I do have some supplements that I add to my daily routine. While these supplements are tailored to suit my vegan lifestyle, they would be beneficial for ANY person trying to improve their health!

 

Beauty Detox SBO Probiotics
"Probiotic" is a huge buzzword word in the health and fitness world these days. While I agree that taking a good probiotic can be great for your health, I do think the finding a quality supplement is essential. I love Kimberly Snyder's Beauty Detox Probiotics because not only are the vegan, they contain Soil Born Organisms (SBO) that mimic how our ancestors would have naturally ingested probiotics, by eating wild or unwashed organic foods. Taking a good probiotic can help not only with your digestion, but nutrient absorption and immunity. Having a healthy gut is key!!! I take two probiotic capsules, first thing in the morning with a glass of water.
SPRELLA 
Special offer for Plant Based Detroit. readers! Enter the code 'plantbaseddetroit' at checkout for $10 off your first bottle of Sprella!
Sprella is a mix of 3 green superfoods - organic spirulina, wheatgrass and spearmint. It's a great source of plant based protein (good for us vegans). Because it's rich in chlorophyll, it's also a great detoxifier, helping your body eliminate toxins such as heavy metals. Sprella is also an awesome source of plant based calcium, and a great source of iron, which every woman should be conscious of!  I take one capsule of Sprella every morning.
B12
Vitamin B12 is called Cobalamin. It helps in the production of DNA as well as healthy red blood cells and is critical for proper immune function. B12 also assists in keeping nerve cells healthy and protecting against pernicious anemia. It is typically found in all animal-based foods such as dairy, eggs, meat, fish and poultry. It may also be added to packaged, fortified cereals. Being that B12 is a bit more challenging to consume in whole food forms with a plant based diet (although I do love my nutritional yeast), I take one 500 mcg sublingual tab every morning.
Seeking Health Pro-Digestion
Raw plant foods naturally contain enzymes that assist our body in digestion and nutrient absorption. Unfortunately, due to the degradation of our soil, sometimes even the highest quality produce is lacking this enzymes. The heat from cooking food also breaks down their enzymes content. Because of this, I take two of these digestive enzyme capsules before lunch and dinner. I don't take them with breakfast because I'm always having my green smoothie, which is pre-digested by the act of blending, and contains natural, raw plant enzymes.
mykind Organic Whole Food Vitamin D Supplement with Plant Omegas*
Vitamin D can be found foods such as dairy and fish, you can even get your dose of vitamin D simply by sitting in the sun. However, living in the Northern Hemisphere, and of course, not consuming fish or dairy, I supplement. I love that mykind Organics Vegan D3 is Certified Vegan, gluten free and has NO synthetic binders or fillers.
*Shortly after this post was written, mykind Organics announced that they were purchased by Nestle. I will now be seeking out an alternative Vitamin D supplement from a company that more closely aligns with my beliefs. Update to come :)
Detoxy+
I'm going to use Kimberly's words directly here, as I am not a biochemist :)
Detoxy+ is a nutritional supplement that helps cleanse your digestive and elimination organs of wastes and toxins in a gentle, yet effective way—without any of the drawbacks of typical laxatives or fiber supplements. Detoxy+ is created by adding an oxygen molecule to magnesium—through the non-toxic process called ozonation—forming a compound called magnesium oxide. When you take the capsule, it dissolves and releases monatomic, or nascent, oxygen over a six to twelve hour period or more, throughout the entire digestive system.

The magnesium acts as a transporter of the oxygen throughout the entire body and has the gentle effect of loosening toxins and acidic waste in your colon, helping transport them out of the body via elimination. Oxygen, delivered in this way, supports the growth of friendly bacteria, which is essential for proper digestive and intestinal health.

Detoxy+ is safe for regular use and is non habit-forming. It can be helpful for anyone looking to increase their elimination and regularity, increase detoxification, reduce bloating or gas, and just feel lighter and healthier overall. I take 1 capsule before bed, for maintenance - although can take up to 5 capsules as necessary!


I hope this helps with anyone struggling to navigate the vast world of supplements. Of course, I am not a medical professional, so please be sure to do your own research to figure out what works best for your body :) 











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