My goal for our family is to eat so well we never need supplements, but honestly, that does not always happen. There are times when getting everything you need through food is not possible (when healing from an illness, traveling, or when dealing with digestive issues, for example). Other times it can be difficult to prepare food that can meet all our needs due to availability or expense of high quality ingredients. These are some of the supplements I have used to when dealing with some of the above issues.
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Technically fermented cod liver oil is a food, but I consider it our multivitamin. The incredibly high amounts of vitamin A & D and essential fatty acids as well as the vitamin K2 in the butter oil. These fats and vitamins are so incredibly beneficial to health and so very lacking in most diets. Even getting aiming to eat the most nutrient rich diet possible I still prefer to supplement with FCLO. I'd also like to note that I attribute the fact that the kids have never had any cavities or crowding (like my husband and I had growing up) to us starting them on FCLO early and often. I personally prefer to take the butter oil/FCLO blend in capsule form, but my kids LOVE this gel. They will ask for more often. I even once found my youngest sneaking a second spoonful when I was out of the room.
Next to FCLO, Desiccated Liver is my most valued supplement. The increased energy I get from these capsules have gotten me through many long days of motherhood. It contains ALL of the B vitamins and helps to boost my mood. When I am able to remember to take prior to the start of my period I experience virtually none of the symptoms that have plagued my periods most of my life (cramps, exhaustion, etc). It is a staple in my medicine cabinet!
Everything I have to say about FCLO over there <---- applies here, however this option is dairy free. I am a HUGE dairy fan, but both of my boys have a histamine intolerance to dairy and are even effected by the butter oil in the blend. We now use the capsules without the butter oil with great success. I prefer capsules and the kids...just chew them!
Considered the most nutrient dense food on the planet I have spirulina on hand for when I'm traveling or life gets busy and I feel like I'm not getting what I need out of the food we eat. Full of antioxidants and B vitamins it gives me an extra boost that helps me power through when I'm feeling sluggish.
Activated Charcoal gets used in my makeup and toothpaste, but its most common use is an antidote for poisoning. It is still used in hospitals for alcohol poisoning. "Activated charcoal is used in the emergency treatment of certain kinds of poisoning. It helps prevent the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body. Sometimes, several doses of activated charcoal are needed to treat severe poisoning." -Mayoclinic.org I have it on hand for cases of food poisoning and when a stomach bug hits the family.
I know it seems odd to have clay in the supplement group, but this is my stand by for so many reasons. I grab the clay when my stomach is upset, if I feel like I'm coming down with something, to relieve bloating, and even for dehydration. Bentonite Clay is full of minerals, binds to toxins and flushes them out of your system.
Where to Buy Online
No everyone has an amazing local herbalist or natural food store. There are plenty of places to buy online, but it is hard to know if you are getting the best deals or buying from a safe place. This is a list of my most trusted sources for supplements.
Perfect Supplements - I have saved a lot of money buying from Perfect Supplements. If you sign up for their emails, they send you discounts regularly. You can also get a discount when you order multiple items from a their brand or one of the brands they offer as well as free shipping on orders over $99. I have been able to organize some group buys of Green Pasture FCLO using Perfect Supplements and saved quite a bit of money this way!
Amazon - You have to use a bit more of your own judgement with Amazon as they sell (almost) everything. Sometimes they have amazing deals, and sometimes they are the same as your local store. Amazon Prime makes ordering from them so easy I will often place my order on Amazon for the convenience of it all, knowing I don't have to track multiple orders or make more than one trip to get what I need.