In all of my years of dealing with chronic illness, I’ve spent a lot of time researching and scouring the internet for answers, anything that might possibly help me, and ways to improve my immune system and overall health. I’ve learned so much from so many amazing doctors and practitioners both in the field and through their research and books they’ve written. A lot of you have been asking about supplements to take, and things that might help with your energy. There are so many different things that effect our energy and health, it’s hard to know where to begin. But, two major players in our energy levels and keeping us healthy are Vitamin Bs and Zinc!
Vitamin B comes in 8 different forms! Each form has it’s own unique set of functions it performs. In order to get our daily needs of B vitamins, we have to either eat them in our diet, or supplement with them, because they are water soluble. Most of us are deficient in these important vitamins. Vitamin Bs are responsible for things like converting the food we eat into energy, metabolizing food, repairing and producing our DNA, producing and red and white blood cells, creating neurotransmitters, and proper neurological function. One of the most common Vitamin B deficiencies is B12. If you notice that you have symptoms of chronic fatigue, memory loss, digestive disorders, depression or other mood stabilization problems, anxiety and panic attacks, and are feeling tired all of the time, you probably have a B12 deficiency, which means you probably have adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalance happening as well. It is vital to have adequate levels of B12 to properly address all of these issues. I notice that when my Vitamin B levels are low I have much less energy, I struggle remembering words, I feel like my hormones are all over the place, I have severe anxiety, and I struggle a lot with sleep. So, staying on top of Vitamin B supplementation has been crucial for me!
Zinc is a really great supplement to add into your routine to keep your immune system functioning at optimal levels! It helps your body to fight off pathogens and recover from illness. You may have heard of taking it when you have a common cold to help speed up the healing process. But, it has other benefits as well that can make supplementing with it a good idea. It also acts an anti-inflammatory helping fight chronic conditions such as autoimmune disease, high blood pressure and cancer. It’s very beneficial to the liver as well, as it helps to flush out toxins! If you have autoimmune disease, Lyme disease, chronic viral (like the mono virus) or other infections like I have had, I would definitely add this to your arsenal of supplements! It also helps with muscle growth and repair, so it’s great for those of you who work out a lot. It’s known to help balance hormones, increase fertility, and even help with PMS! I’ve noticed since I’ve started consistently having it in my regimen that my periods have been less painful! So, I’m sold! HAHA. Anything that reduces that pain for me and I am IN! Am I right, ladies?!
My doctor recommended that I use this Vitamin B patch by Nutri-Patch to get all of the 8 different kinds of Vitamin B. I like it because it is one less pill I have to take and it’s working for me all day, going directly into the bloodstream instead of through my gut where I seem to have problems absorbing it. It also has methylated forms of B vitamins, so if you have a liver gene mutation (MTHFR), your body can better absorb it. However, I came across some really interesting information from Anthony Williams, aka, the Medical Medium about the two essential kinds of B12 that we have to get in order to get the full benefit of B12, which are methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin. He says that most B12 supplements and shots do not have both forms of it, so we need to look for ones that do. He recommends this Vegan Safe B12 liquid. I like the liquids because they are more easily and quickly absorbed. Something else that’s great to learn from The Medical Medium is to look for supplements that do not have toxic ingredients in them like citric acid, alcohol, “natural flavoring”, and titanium dioxide. This Vegan Safe B12 is really clean, doesn’t taste bad, and I use it in addition to the patch.
I also use a liquid zinc recommended by the Medical Medium. It’s called Liquid Ionic Zinc. If you have never heard of the Medical Medium before, I would highly recommend looking into his books. Regardless of the source of his information and what you might think of it, I have found it all to be highly compelling! While some of it isn’t new, a lot of it is and/or is a different perspective than what we currently hear from practically every practitioner out there. I like to challenge the way that we all think and believe things to be true and really test the waters myself. So many times we just take things as truth without actually investigating on our own. I’ve done his 28 day cleanses and although I kind of suffered through them, by the end of it all, I did have positive results. I was struggling with a lot of things at the time, so it was hard to see at times, but some things did get better, and I definitely detoxed A LOT which is a huge deal when you’re sick and dealing with a lot of pathogens and toxicity in your body. I’ve also found his theory about the mono virus to ring very true for me and others that I know. It’s definitely something to check out if you’re struggling with ANY kind of health condition!
As always, it’s a good idea to see your naturopath, functional medicine doctor, integrative medicine doctor, or general practitioner (if they will run these kinds of tests for you, many will not) to test for nutritional deficiencies like Vitamin Bs and Zinc.
I’ve linked these supplements below and the Medical Medium’s books for you to look into. What are your favorite supplements that help you? Do you have any great book recommendations? I’d love to hear about them! Comment below 🙂