A whole foods diet is, of course, very important for overall health and wellness. But in today’s toxic world, my family takes additional supplements to make up for any missing nutrients in our diet. Here are my favorites.
I am not a doctor. Everyone’s nutritional needs are different. I am simply sharing the supplements my family takes. I cannot answer nutritional questions or prescribe a supplement for you.
Fermented Cod Liver Oil
- Children 3 months to 12 years: 1/2 teaspoon
- Children and adults: 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules
- Pregnant and nursing women: 2 teaspoons or 20 capsules
I like the Cinnamon Tingle flavor. I wouldn’t say I love the taste, but I don’t mind it. I give the son the Oslo Orange flavor and add it to his milk. He doesn’t seem to even notice it (or else he’s just used to it since I’ve always done that since he was a baby).
An estimated 80% of Americans have a magnesium deficiency and it is found in more than 300 enzymes in your body. According to Dr. Dean of The Magnesium Miracle, here are some signs of a magnesium deficiency:
- Loss of appetite
- Headaches / Migraines
- Muscle cramps or spasms
- Menstrual cramps
- Heart, kidney, and liver disease
- Poor dental health
- Gut disorders
- Difficulty breathing
- High blood pressure
Within 1 week of taking a magnesium supplement, I started sleeping better, having less headaches, and saw a noticeable difference in my digestion. I love this powdered supplement. You add it to juice or water and it makes a fizzy drink. However, magnesium has laxative properties and too much can cause problems. If you experience digestive problems from taking magnesium orally, you can apply magnesium oil topically. Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin.
Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods. And if eating liver isn’t your thing, these pills are the next best thing. I like this brand because the liver comes from grass-fed cattle without the use of hormones, pesticides, or antibiotics. Desiccated liver is a good source of:
- High quality protein
- Natural folate
- Trace minerals
- Vitamins A, B, D, E, and K
Read more about the benefits here. It comes in a capsule and powder form. I take the capsules and sprinkle the powder in recipes I am able to sneak it in like ground meat, soups, sauces, etc.
Elderberry syrup has got to be one of the most delicious immune boosters ever. Elderberries are full of vitamin A, C, and antioxidants. Here are a couple studies showing the beneficial effects of elderberry syrup: here and here. We take about 1 teaspoon a week in my house. My son will take elderberry syrup straight without any problems, but he loves eating it drizzled over bread. When we need an extra immune boost, we will take it daily. Find out how to make homemade elderberry syrup here.
I sprinkle it in my coffee and add it to smoothies. I sprinkle it in my son’s milk. Read more about gelatin here.
We eat fermented foods rich in probiotics almost daily at my house. Mostly kefir and kombucha. But on days we don’t get our fermented food fix, we take a probiotic supplement. I like these (shelf stable so they don’t have to be refrigerated), these (chewable for kids), and these (powdered kids formula so it can be added to beverages), and these (woman’s formula). Probiotics are the good bacteria that keep your immune system healthy and your digestive system working properly. Learn more about probiotics and fermented food here and here.