Remedies and Supplements I Take

Remedies and Supplements I Take

A question I get relatively often from readers is if I take any supplements, and if so, which ones? I’ve been pregnant or nursing for much of the last ten years, so I often just focus on my core supplements for pregnancy and nursing, but there are a variety of other supplements that I take for various reasons.

Why Supplements?

I’ve known people who will read information about a particular supplement and start taking it… and they do this a few times a month. Pretty soon, they are taking an arsenal of pills without considering if there is truly a need for them all or if they will have interactions. Additionally, many companies realize the long-term income potential of supplements because they are consumed daily and there is constant marketing about supplements online and in stores.

So are supplements needed? And if so, which ones?

Certainly, there is no blanket answer to this question, as each person will have different nutrient needs and deficiencies, but with the declining soil and food quality and the ever-increasing presence of chemicals that can block nutrient absorption in our environment, there are times when it truly isn’t possible to get everything we need from food (though in a perfect world, this would be possible.)

Specific health problems can be a good clue of an underlying nutrient deficiency (or rarely, a toxicity) in the body. Even if supplements are needed, I feel it is important to address this by diet first, as even the best supplements won’t be enough to override a poor diet.

But what about those of us who have cut out the processed foods, are getting good sleep, minimizing stress, eating enough salt, and getting some exercise but are still struggling with some health problems? In these cases supplements may be worth considering and there are several that have been extremely helpful to me (when taken under the care of my health practitioner).

Please note that I am not a doctor of health practitioner and don’t play one on the internet. Please always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before taking any supplement or remedy.

The Supplements I Take Regularly

The need for supplements will vary widely from person to person, but with the deficiencies in our soil and food supply there are some usual common denominators that it seems many people benefit from including. At our house, we take relatively few supplements in addition to a nutrient dense diet. These are the supplements we take:

Magnesium

I’ve written about magnesium supplementation before, as I believe it is one of the silent and widespread deficiencies these days. While it was once an abundant mineral in the soil and in well-water, conventional farming practices strip it from the soil and fluoride and other compounds in water bind with it and make it indigestible in our bodies.

These additional dietary factors can also deplete magnesium:

  • Consumption of caffeine
  • Consumption of sugar (It takes 287 molecules of magnesium to metabolize a single glucose molecule! source)
  • Consumption of processed food
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Consumption of produce from depleted soil
  • Consumption of foods high in phytic acid

Additionally, drugs like birth control pills, hypertension medicine, diuretics, insulin, and certain antibiotics (among others) deplete magnesium levels. Sweating often from exercise or other causes can also deplete magnesium.

Magnesium is used in the body in hundreds of reactions and in everything from proper hormone function, to cell regeneration and healthy bone formation. Having adequate levels of magnesium in the blood has even been correlated to a lower risk of heart disease (of course, correlation doesn’t prove cause, but since magnesium is an important nutrient anyway, I find it worth it to supplement).

In order to get enough magnesium, we supplement in several ways. From a previous post:

Leafy green vegetables, sea vegetables, kelp and especially nettle (in herb form available here) are good dietary sources of magnesium, though if you have a deficiency, it will be difficult to raise your levels enough through diet alone.

The ways I  supplement with magnesium are:

  • My Favorite Way: In transdermal form by using Magnesium oil applied to skin. This is often the most effective option for those with damaged digestive tract or severe deficiency and is what seems to work best for me personally. I like this particular spray as it doesn’t dry my skin like many other topical magnesium oils do. I find that this is also the easiest option for my children as it doesn’t require taking any pills or drinks.
  • In powder form with a product like Natural Calm so that you can vary your dose and work up slowly.
  • Using magnesium crystals or even epsom salts in a warm bath will help relax the body and you will absorb some magnesium through your skin. While this alone isn’t usually enough to bring magnesium levels up, it is a good addition to magnesium supplementation.

Probiotics

Another element that is often missing or insufficient in our diets is probiotics. I’m constantly seeing more research on the many ways that gut bacteria influences our health. In the past, people often preserved food by fermenting it, which also created a good source of probiotics. Now, most foods are processed and refined, and we rarely ferment them in the traditional ways. While consuming probiotics was once an effortless part of eating, it is not difficult to consume probiotic rich foods without a specific effort to do so.

We also make an effort to wash our hands and our food (a good thing with the chemicals on them these days) which also wash off the beneficial soil-borne micro-organisms that provide friendly-bacteria to the gut. Antibacterial soaps can artificially alter our microbiome and further deplete probiotics.

Since gut bacteria is so important, probiotics are one supplement I always make sure to take. You can get some probiotics in fermented food and drinks such as:

We also take a few different strains of probiotics on a rotating basis. The kids prefer Bio-Kult Probiotics (developed by the founder of the GAPS diet… it doesn’t have to be refrigerated) and because they are small and easy to swallow.

I like alternating probiotics to keep a wide variety of bacterial strains in the gut. We also consume Prescript Assist probiotic/prebiotic blend and Probiota Broad Spectrum on a rotating basis (I usually change it up every month or so).

Gelatin

Gelatin, while usually added to chemicals and sweeteners to make Jello, is actually a good source of protein by itself. I’ve been taking Gelatin for almost a year as it is good to support healthy skin during pregnancy, and is also good for joints, skin, hair and nails (trying to strengthen some old soccer injuries in my knees).

While the joint benefits took several months to be noticeable, the stronger nails and smoother skin were visible within a few weeks. At 6 grams of protein per tablespoon, Gelatin is also an easy way to get some added protein into our diets. We use Collagen Protein (it gels) and their Collagen Peptides (do not gel but mix into liquids easily) since I was able to verify with the company that it is sourced from grass-fed, humanely raised cows, and as such is higher in nutrients.

We either drink it dissolved in warm water, in smoothies, or make our own healthy jello for the kids.

Omega 3s and Healthy Fats

I take Cod Liver Oil regularly to help balance out Omega ratios, provides necessary fats, and guards against inflammation. There is currently some controversy about the methods of extracting and preparing cod liver oil, so I would definitely recommend doing your own research and checking with your own healthcare practitioner before adding this to a supplement regimen.

Other Supplements As Needed:

In addition to our regular core supplements, there are some additional ones that we take as needed. For instance, I take certain supporting supplements to help avoid sunburn in the summer and others that I take to support oral health:

For Sun Protection

In the summer, I add to and change up my supplements somewhat as I’ve found that my diet and supplements make a HUGE difference in how long I can stay in the sun and what my Vitamin D blood levels are. (This is likely because these supplements lower inflammation which makes the body able to better absorb Vitamin D from supplements or the sun). I still stick to the ones above but focus especially on:

  • Vitamin D3 (I take about 5,000 IU/day)- Emerging evidence shows that optimizing blood levels of Vitamin D can have a protective effect against sunburn and skin cancer. I don’t take as much Vitamin D in the summer as I do in winter months but find that I don’t burn as easily if my Vitamin D levels are optimized. I also regularly check my serum levels of Vitamin D to ensure that I don’t consume too much (since this is a fat soluble vitamin that stores in the body). I’ve also found that I am able to optimize my levels much more easily with regular sun exposure than with supplements.
  • Vitamin C (I take about 2,000 mg/day)- A potent anti-inflammatory, and it is good for the immune system too. I take during the summer to help avoid burning.
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil (or more) and some grass fed butter melted in a cup of herbal tea or coffee per day- the Medium Chain Fatty Acids and saturated fat are easily utilized by the body for new skin formation and are protective against burning.
  • High Quality Omega-3s- (also great for remineralizing teeth)-Probably the most important supplement for sun protection. I take double doses during the summer and the kids take it too.
  • Astaxanthin– A highly potent antioxidant which research shows acts as an internal sunscreen. It’s also supposedly an anti-aging supplement. My hubby takes this and tans incredibly well without ever burning. I don’t take while pregnant/nursing or give to the kids.

For My Teeth

Like the rest of the body, teeth are capable of healing and I have now witnessed this first hand in my own mouth and in my family. The fascinating book Cure Tooth Decay provides a strong case for the ability of teeth to heal and the specific protocol that is needed. This podcast interview with a dentist also helps explain the remineralizing process in depth.

I highly recommend the book but I’ve used a simplified version of the protocol with great success:

Diet to Help Heal Cavities and Improve Oral Health

  1. I drastically cut foods that contained phytic acid. I already wasn’t eating grains or beans, but I also cut or limited nuts.
  2. Limited foods containing even natural sugars or starches– I limited fruit and even starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and focused on mineral rich vegetables, bone broths, meats, and healthy fats.
  3. Ate a LOT of healthy fats. I added about 1/4 cup extra of coconut oil to my diet each day, and used only pastured, cultured butter.
  4. I made an effort to consume a lot of homemade bone broth for its added minerals.

Supplements to Improve Oral Health

To help the body remineralize cavities, it is sometimes necessary to increase mineral levels with supplements. While diet alone might be enough, many foods are depleted of nutrients from being grown in nutrient depleted soil, so supplements help fill the gaps. These are the supplements I typically recommend for improved oral health and dental healing:

  • Cod Liver Oil and Butter Blend One of the main supplements recommended by Dr. Price from his research into tooth remineralization, along with avoiding phytic acid.
  • Vitamin D This was the other main supplement that Dr. Price and the Drs. Mellanby found was extremely supportive of dental healing. In the study they did, cavities healed even when diet wasn’t changed if Vitamin D was optimized and the best healing occurred when diet was optimized and Vitamin D was added.

Other Factors for Oral Health

Supplements My Kids Take

On top of making sure that kids are consuming a lot of protein from quality sources, an abundance of green veggies and plenty of healthy fats, I often find that my children benefit from:

  • Probiotics: Especially if they’ve ever been on antibiotics, children can greatly benefit from quality probiotics. Their gut flora is still developing, and supporting gut health during childhood will have much more of an effect than attempting to supplement later in life (though I recommend it then too). We use Bio Kult probiotics and Probiota Supplements with the kids. I notice a distinct difference in my digestion when I take them, and both of the pills are small enough for most kids to swallow, or they can be opened and added to food.
  • Vitamin D: I’m a firm believer that kids should be getting their Vitamin D outside, in the sun, and preferably barefoot. This works great in the summer, but it is more difficult in the winter, or if you live in an area where you don’t have access to direct sun daily. Most children’s vitamins contain Vitamin D (though not enough!) but the issue of supplementing Vitamin D in children can be controversial. Personally, my kids each get a 5,000 IU capsule of Vitamin D3 per WEEK. I do check their levels about once a year in the winter to make sure they aren’t getting too much, and I’d recommend this, especially if you plan to give your children higher doses. If you can get your kids to routinely take fermented cod liver oil (see below) you probably don’t need any additional supplementation unless you are in an area where sun exposure is not ever possible.
  • Vitamin C: I always keep Vitamin C on hand, and we’ve avoided many trips to the doctor because of this and Homemade Elderberry Syrup. I add about 1/4 tsp of vitamin C powder to the kids water or smoothie once a day (it is bitter!) to keep their immune systems bolstered… mainly in the winter. During illness, we take Vitamin C powder until we hit bowel tolerance (diarrhea) and then back down to 3/4 that dose until the illness is gone. There are also some good chewable versions, which are much easier to get kids to take.
  • Magnesium Spray and Baths: I typically use this magnesium spray on my kids before bed. It helps them sleep and is an easy way to boost their magnesium levels. Sometimes, I’ll aslo add about 1/2 cup of epsom salts or magnesium crystals to their bath water for a relaxing bath.

What supplements do you take? Did I miss any important ones? Share below!

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  1. The only ‘supplement’ I take is Juice Plus+. Have you heard about it? It’s fruits and veggies in a capsule form (for me) and gummies (for my kids). NSA has found a way to juice, dry and capsulize 17 fruits and veggies, to help bridge the gap between what I’m eating (and my kids) and what we should be with regards to fruits and veggies. Eating Paleo alreayd, we eat a lot of vegetables, but I know we aren’t meeting the 7-13 servings a day…we take Juice Plus+ to bridge the gap. 🙂 I am so passionate about the benefits that Jucie Plus+ provides, it’s even more awesome to be backed up by 22 peer reviewed and published scientific studies. I even have my own site to help share the information I’ve leared…www.supermom4juiceplus.com And I have Paleo, and Wellness Mama to thank for sending me down the road of nutrition. 🙂 So thank you!

    • I used to take juice plus the fruit and veggie ones, when I was teenager. My parents are big health nuts and still are. I am glad to know that I was not the only one in the world that used them too. Where do you get yours from?

  2. Would it be okay to mix gelatin with natural calm?

    • I think chemistry wise, it would be fine, not sure how the texture/taste would be, but please let me know if you try it!

      • Hello. I started taking gelatin because I wanted my skin has been rather dry. I noticed a difference with my skin after just two days. My face felt softer than it had in years.

        I have a recent ankle injury and have have also started taking Natural Calm magnesium in powder form. I have read that you can mix the two without any issues.

        I’ve been mixing Natural Calm into my gelatin drink after I add some hot water into it, and it works just fine and improves the taste of the gelatin : ) I drink one cup in the morning on an empty stomach (1 tablespoon of gelatin and 2 teaspoons of Natural Calm), as well as before bed (two hours after I have eaten).

        I’ve also tried using gelatin as hair strengthening treatment…..even after one treatment, I’ve noticed a difference. I used the recipe from your site. I only wash my hair once a week so I’m excited to try it again soon : )

        Thanks for all of your wonderful posts. I’ve learned quite a bit and feel more empowered.

        • Another note about gelatin: it is one of the five-star healing agents in the Chinese pharmacopeia, and it’s primary use is for “stop bleeding”. Keep it in mind for that, for both internal and external use! Of course, WellnessMama is on top of this: https://wellnessmama.com/3516/natural-first-aid-kit/

      • What happened to the great lakes Gelatin you were taking?

    • Yes I have mixed natural calm with gelatin and some OJ and it came out great. Can’t remember the ratios but found recipe on Pinterest.

  3. Thanks for the article! Magnesium is certainly a big deal as are the Probiotics.  I’ve found that Body Dynamics Total Digestion is a great probiotic and digestive enzyme combo.  It’s a big part of our better health as we’ve switched off processed food and have lost almost 200 lbs together. Thanks for the many great tips Wellness Mama!

  4. Have you tried the probiotic from Organic3 or Mercola? 

    • I’ve tried Mercola’s and his were pretty good too, but I definitely like BioKult better than his. I’ve also heard that you should occasionally mix it up and take a different one as they all have different strains in different concentrations.

    • I use Mercola and they’ve helped me a lot. Mercola’s probiotics survive well in the presence of gastric fluid. I haven’t tried BioKult but will change it up by trying that kind. Whatever kind you try, just do due-diligence research and get a quality kind. Good luck!

  5. I’m taking FCLO, magnesium tablets, and a natural prenatal.  I’m still nursing my 18 month old and I’m also 8 weeks pregnant.  I was also taking an amino acid blend and putting maca in my smoothies but stopped those when I found out I was pregnant.  Do you think I should keep taking the maca and aminos?  I notices a major decline in energy when I stopped.

    • Unfortunately, Maca isn’t safe for use throughout pregnancy, though the amino acid blend could be ok, but I’d check with your doctor or a natural health practitioner who knows the brand.

  6. I have been waiting for this post! 🙂 I take probiotics but that is it and have been wondering what to ad. Question– are the above all okay to take at the same time? I wondered if any things needed to be spread out through the day… Thanks for the info!!

  7. I wouldn’t take calcium or magnesium at the same time as vitamin C (acid+base=soap) so they cancel each other out. The rest are fine to take at the same time thought. Generally, I take the vitamin C, gelatin, cod liver oil in the morning and the probiotics and magnesium at night since they help improve sleep 🙂

    • Hi,
      I have been following your website and it is my favorite source for recipes and daily health regiments! Thank you so much for writing and doing great research. I have a question about mixing vitamins- you said “I wouldn’t take calcium or magnesium at the same time as vitamin C (acid+base=soap) so they cancel each other out.” Is there a reference for that because I have found conflicting info and I am not sure what vitamins/minerals cancel each other out?

    • Thanks for much for this article. I am on a current routine of taking cod liver oil and probiotics first thing on an empty stomach, followed by some warm lemon water and then breakfast. Is it definitely okay to take these together? Since both are quite expensive, I want to be taking them in the best way possible!

      I also take a oil of oregano capsules before bed, under the assumption that I shouldn’t be taking it at the same time as the probiotic because it would kill of the good bacteria along with the bad.

    • Vitamin C is sold as calcium ascorbate and magnesium ascorbate, so I question that they “cancel each other out, or = soap”.

    • I need to know what supplements are good for women over 50 (I’m 61) to take. And can anyone recommend a brand, if that’s allowed? My husband & I are both taking a multi-vitamin, but I noticed that Wellness Mama recommends not taking magnesium & calcium at the same time as Vitamin C – unfortunately, all multi-vitamins are supplements all lumped together into one dose. We also take extra Vit D3, Bilberry, Biotin, and Fish Oil. My hubby complains constantly of Fish Oil giving him gas & loose stools – could this be the case & is there a better way to take in Omega 3’s? Thanks.

    • Hi
      How many Vit C tablets do you take? You mentioned 2,000mg/day but Pure Radiance is only 120mg per capsule. Are you taking 16 capsules a day?
      Thank you!

  8. Those are all fantastic.  Just as important, is the solubility of the supplements.  Since the FDA does not require proof, you have to research the science with companies.  Dr. Oz did a show recently on how supplements are not what they say they are and are even hurting people.  I order mine through Melaleuca and in their studies they’re shown to be 10x more available for absorbtion and 5x greater antioxident protection because of the patented Oligo Fructose Complex.  They are formulated just like nature and bound differently so that it ensures easier absorbtion.

  9. Hi! I was wondering what made you decide to consistently take 1/4 cup of coconut oil per day. We cook and bake with it, but I haven’t been sure how much to supplement my diet with it. It’s funny because I’ve been sure to have at least a Tablespoon per day, but then I saw how much you were taking 🙂

  10. Coffee depletes magnesium? Yikes.  I take Natural Calm, Vitamin D, fish oil, and some coconut oil but I think I need to add a few more.  Alzeihmers and other mental health issues are heavy in my family tree and I want to do whatever I can, supplement-wise.  I really appreciate this reference list, all in one place–thanks! 

  11. I started taking Align before my celiac was diagnosed (negative blood tests, positive intestinal biopsy), and it almost completely cured my symptoms even before I changed my diet.  I’m pretty loyal to that now. 🙂  My kids take the culturelle powder and a multivitamin.  I also use elderberry syrup for them at the first sign of sickness.  I also take a vitamin, and have recently started chromium picolanate, biotin, b12, and L-glutamine to try to stabilize my blood sugar, which drops even with a low-carb diet.  I also have low blood pressure and low LDL and TriG with high HDL.  I’m just sick of the dizzyness that hits me when my blood sugar drops, but my docs are not concerned.

  12. hi, i think that we are not getting enough calcium. i’ve already got some calcium carbonate on order to make toothpaste from. could i use that as a supplement and would it also be suitable for the children (aged 1 and 3)? 
    many thanks 🙂

    • Yep, it would be fine, but I’d also take magnesium in equal doses if you are going to take calcium, as most people are actually magnesium deficient and can’t absorb the calcium anyway.

      • ah ok 🙂
        i have some magnesium powder on order too. would that also be ok for the kids? 

          • wonderful 🙂 many thanks!

  13. I take either Special Two or Adam from NOW, along with fish oil, vitamin D, a calcium/magnesium supplement along with additional magnesium, probiotics, and, at my dr’s suggestion, CoQ10 and Hawthorne Berry.  Also just ordered the gelatin supplement you recommended.  However, I am trying to help my body heal from cancer and might not take all of these if I were already in great health.

  14. What age do you suggest giving children probiotics and cod liver oil? My daughter will be 2 next month and I have a little boy due next month as well.

    Thank you!

  15. Hi, Katie!  Do you have a preference for prenatal/lactation vitamins?  So far, i’m trying to decide between New Chapter & Rainbow Light.  Thanks in advance!

    • i take rainbow light petite and i think they are great!
      ps i think its funny that my name is katie and i know you werent asking me 🙂

  16. We started with natural calm moons ago but I seem to have a sensitivity to it as it upsets my stomach within minutes of my tea. My hudband has been asking me to try it agsin but im reluctant. Nothing worse than taking it to rest but ending up in discomfort all night long. Im happy to see you reference to the transdermal application. Also another comment asked about ages to start with supplements, I’m curious about this as well we have a 20 month old and I’m unsure of when to start with smoothies and what should be given first…

  17. How many capsules of the FCLO/butter oil would you recommend for an adult, and for a child?   And at what age would the children take an adult dose? 

    DH & I have been taking 4 caps a day, but I’m not sure that’s enough…we both have health issues.  We’ve been take CLO for many years – switched to FCLO when it came out.

    • It would depend on what health issues you have. I wouldn’t want to recommend taking more than that without knowing what other herbs and vitamins (or medicine) that could interact with a higher dose. I take more than that, and my husband is taking more right now to remineralize his teeth. Our kids take a half dose starting at age 3 and about 1/4 of an adult dose (of the gel) before that… Hope that helps some 🙂

  18. I am going to get some magnesium, but was wondering, have you heard that one is supposed to take calcium together with magnesium?

    • They are synergistic, and I’d never recommend taking calcium without the magnesium except in very rare situations. Most people are very deficient in magnesium, and since the body needs them in a specific proportion, won’t absorb the magnesium if taken with the calcium.

  19. I take gelatin, magnesium, kelp, D,  and probiotics.  

  20. are there any concerns with the 4 mg of cooper in the liquid chlorophyll? it is 200% of the DRV. just wondering since it is typically a heavy metal.

    • Not unless a person has a copper IUD or some other source of copper that would be unnatural and above what would be obtained from food… It’s natural copper, so its fine in this amount.

  21. As far as magnesium I bought a bottle of magnesium oil where should I spray it on my body to get the best absorbency? Also I noticed my hands tingle when the oil comes in contact any part of my body, is there a reason why?

  22. Ok I’m starting!  I just purchased gelatin, cod liver oil and magnesium… seems like a good start (can’t really spend more at the moment).  Any suggestions on which to add into the mix next?  Also, should I start them all at the same time, or phase one it at a time (which is what I’m leaning towards…)

    • oh PS– any recs for a type/brand of vitamin C?

  23. I take Kelp right now, as my throat started feeling thick again. I took an iodine patch test just to check, and the patch was totally gone in 6 hours (I forgot to check it sooner), so I immediately started taking Kelp (and coconut oil). I suspect my thyroid is living its own life, but Kelp always helps.

  24. Is it safe to take these while pregnant and nursing? Mostly I’m wondering about probiotics and magnesium.

  25. I believe that D3 is an important one. If I take nothing else, I want D3. There is a difference between D2 and D3 and if you are wearing sunscreen you aren’t getting it from the sun from what I understand!!

  26. Hey! I’m most definitely not trying to be THAT guy but did you have a reference for the coconut oil -> Alzheimer’s and thyroid benefits? I’m just extremely interested in reading about CO lately! Love the blog, great post. Our supplement list matches up almost exactly 😉

  27. Katie, 
    After reading your article on being deficient in magnesium, I ordered some Natural Calm. I’ve been taking it now for a few weeks and my skin has become really dry and flaky. I have not changed anything else in my diet, skin care, etc. Can the magnesium have a drying effect? If so, how do you counter it? Any help would be fantastic. Thank you

    • Try using coconut oil as a moisturizer or drinking about 1/4 cup a day to moisturize internally

      • Thank you for the tips. I do use coconut oil as a moisturizer, but not every day (I don’t like the slimy feeling from any type of moisturizer). I will work on incorporating it externally at least 3 days a week, and work my way up from there. I also cook/bake with coconut oil, and I use coconut milk in smoothies. I will try incorporating the oil in my smoothies as well as in my herbal tea (as I have seen you suggest in some of your other posts). 

  28. Just curious how you take the chlorophyll. In smoothie form?

    • Liquid in water. The kind I use has a minty taste, so it isn’t bad at all…

      • What kind of chlorophyll do you use?

  29. Do you have any guidance for someone who can’t stand the itching from magnesium oil? I understand that probably means I need it, but I can’t stand the itching.

    • Try an internal one first, like Natural Calm, and then once your levels are higher, you shouldn’t itch when using it on your skin…

      • Hi there,

        I started taking Natural Calm after reading your post, and started slowly as they advised. It’s been a few days now and I’m insanely itchy all over my body! Nothing seems to calm it down. I looked up magnesium supplement side effects and it seems like that’s the cause of my whole body itching. I haven’t done anything else differently, so I think that must be it. I’m about 5 weeks pregnant and am worried about the effect that this inflamation / histamine response might have on the pregnancy.

        • If you’re having a reaction to any product, I’d stop taking it until you talk to a doc.

          • Thanks for your reply Katie. I stopped taking it the day I read about the possibility of it being an issue with the supplement. It’s been 4 days now. It hasn’t subsided at all. Any idea as to what else it could be? I haven’t done anything differently this past week, other than take Natural Calm. Have you ever heard of this happening with magnesium supplementation? The midwife center I plan on going to doesn’t generally see women until they are 10-12 weeks.
            Thanks so much!

  30. So it was recommended to me to take a calcium magnesium citrate. Won’t these two minerals cancel each other out? I’ve also heard that our body’s are depleted of trace minerals since they no longer can be found in the soil. I have been considering a colloidal form of mineral supplementation, what do you think?

    • Trace minerals can be great if you need them. Unless you have a specific verified calcium deficiency, it is more likely that you are deficient in magnesium and that taking it with calcium will just slow the absorption…

  31. I know for me and my husband we get our vitamins and supplements from Nutrilite. They have definitely made a difference.

  32. I have a question about the source for your information about the 287 molecules of magnesium it takes to process a molecule of glucose.  I went to the source reference for this fact and it is not stated in that source reference.  Can you tell me what the correct source is?  And it’s not really useful without a translation to mg.  Supplements aren’t sold in molecules.  

  33. I really want to start taking magnesium, especially I want to try the transdermal magnesium. But I simply cannot afford the amounts I would need of the Ancient Minerals magnesium I see recommended everywhere. Do you know anything about Swanson Ultra “Dr. Barbara Hendel’s Magnesium Oil” ? 

    There site lists only this information:

    INGREDIENTS: 100% Pure Magnesium Chloride Brine from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in the Netherlands. 

  34. Has anyone had fluid retention with the primal diet especially in your ankles?

  35. Great list – thanks! I take Probiotic, Vitamin D, Omega 3, a liquid B Complex and drink CalMax Sleep for Calcium and Magnesium. I also drink one cup of coffee every morning that has ganoderma (reishi) infused in it. What are your thoughts on Pregnenelone supplementation for a 47 year old female who just went through menopause? My doctor prescribed it as a 30-50mg supplement daily when they noticed I was in early menopause according to my blood work – have not had a period in over a year. Feel pretty good – just mild mood swings and I can’t shake the extra 15 pounds that have crept on over the past 5 years..

  36. I ordered the fermented CLO/butter blend and it says it has omega 3, 6, 7, and 9. I know we don’t need to get too much omega 6s due to inflammation. Did I order the wrong one or does the one you reference have omega 6?

    • It does have small amounts, but they are in balance with higher amounts of Omega-3s. All natural sources like this do contain some of each though, and it is fine in this balance.

  37. I read somewhere on here that you suggest not to take vitamin c in the ascorbic acid form. I googled it and found some powder forms that claim to incorporate all of the components that make up the true vitamin c but was wondering if you had any recommended brands or forms? Thanks.

  38. Hi,
    I want to start taking Probiotics but do you think Digestive Enzymes and L Carnitine are necessary too?
    I experience a lot of bloating, throughout the day but never gain weight.

    • Depending on your symptoms, those might really help too…

      • thanks, I just sorta inflate from the time I eat in the morning to the afternoon. I don’t have “smaller belly” as I do when I wake up first thing. Hm I can try them…

      • I was wondering about the probiotics. Before I found your site, I tried activia with terrible intestinal discomfort and had to stop on day 3 of the “14 days” thing. Recently I’ve tried drinking some Kombucha I found at a local “Natural Market”. I only drank about a third of the bottle because a co-worker suggested that it may cause an intestinal upset and boy did it ever, it took almost a week to recover from that. I have also tried some probiotics from Melaleuca, again, severe intestinal discomfort. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve heard some people say you just have to tough it out, but generaly speaking, how long should it take for my body to adjust? I’ve cut sugar from my diet only using natural stevia as a sweetener, I’m weaning myself away from grains and I haven’t eaten any processed foods in 3 months. Any ideas? Thanks!

        • I’d check out the blog SCDLifestyle.com… I’m not an expert on digestive health but I’m guessing it might be SIBO, as that is the only thing I’ve ever heard with that strong of a reaction.

  39. Would it count to consume Multivitamins pills that contain Vitamin D, instead of purchasing a single Vitamin D bottle, or is it better to buy a Vitamin D/Magnesium/etc., bottle? If so why? I’ve always wondered about this…

    • for Vitamin D, the best is the sun when it is available. Most multivitamins don’t have anywhere near the amount you need and you’ll absorb it better from a single supplement or from something like Fermented Cod Liver Oil which has it in balance with Vitamin A> For magnesium, almost every multivitamin I’ve ever seen has more calcium than magnesium, so it is likely that you won’t absorb any of the magnesium (they have to be taken in a careful ratio depending on your body) and that it might even pull magnesium to digest the calcium.

      • This helps out a lot, thank you! Do you take multivitamins by the way? and if so, what brand(s) do you recommend?

        • I don’t take any general multivitamins, but just supplement specific nutrients when they are needed, and get as much from food as I can 🙂

          • That seems better! I purchased my Vitamin D3 today : ) but had trouble deciding on what Magnesium bottle to purchase. Which one of the two (Magnesium citrate 250 mg Chelated Magnesium 250 mg) is a better option, would you say?

            MAGNESIUM CITRATE 250 MG 120 TABLETS

            Chelated Magnesium 250 mg 180 Tablets

          • I’d take the magnesium citrate, or use a magnesium oil personally…

          • Okay, thanks for your help!!

  40. Hiya, We are in the UK, and some of the supplements you link to are not available here. How do you select a brand to buy? Surely the £1 option is not as good as the £10 option… It’s difficult to tell on the online descriptions which is ‘best’. Thanks 🙂 (have you tried ‘Forever Living’ brand, I think they are American)

  41. Do you use that magnesium powder (natural calm)? I ordered some from your link and now when I read the label I see that it contains citric acid (which I’ve heard has MSG). Thoughts on this?

    • The citric acid in natural calm is supposed to be naturally derived and safe but I will check on this again to make sure

      • Were you able to find anything out?

        • In a response from the company: “Thank you for your inquiry. I certainly understand why you would want to verify if this were true or not. Natural Calm does contain Citric Acid, but it is not derived from corn. The Citric Acid in Natural Calm is from non-GM sugar beets from Belgium. Natural Calm does not contain MSG”.

  42. What is the best way to supplement a Vitamin A defficiency? I am taking fermented cod liver oil but not sure if that’s enough. Thanks!

    • That is a perfect way to get Vitamin A. Just make sure to eat eggs, lots of healthy fats and liver (if you can) to help absorption.

  43. I’ve also heard turmeric is great for you…is that true?

  44. what’s the difference between fermented cod liver oil and just cod liver oil? I can’t afford the fermented kind. I’m looking at other cod liver oils and it’s pretty overwhelming trying to decide which one.

    • The fermented one is a more stable and more bio-available one, but I’ve also heard that Carlson’s is a pretty good brand…

  45. Hi! Can you be more specific as to the doses of the supplements you give your kids. It seems like a lot to have a kid take and SUPER expensive. I want my family to be as healthy as possible but I just can’t afford all the supplements you suggest. HELP!

    • This post talks more specifically about kids: https://wellnessmama.com/4413/supplements-for-children/ My essentials are to make sure that they get fermented cod liver oil and probiotics daily as well as epsom salts in the bath each night for magnesium and magnesium oil on the feet. The others I give more as needed or if they start to get sick…

  46. Can you tell me which vitamins an adult should take no matter what and which ones I can skip due to budget restraints. Thanks!

  47. Hi Katie! How MUCH FCLO should I take? If I make my own butter oil’ how much of that should I take? I’m having trouble finding ‘dose’ amounts. And in the context of dose, which is more economical, capsule or gel? One more for ya! If I buy capsules for both my two year old and I to take, is it a complete hassle to pierce the capsule and squeeze out the contents in add to a smoothie for her?thank you!!

    • I take 1/2 tsp FCLO when not pregnant and 1-2 tsp when pregnant and usually equal amounts butter oil. Gel is definitely cheaper! Easier for kids too…

  48. Hi Wellness Mama. I would like to know what you recommend for those of us on a budget? We are a family of five 8 1/2 (no health concerns), 6 years (allergies and eczema), newborn (no known allergies), mom and dad (currently breastfeeding and we both have mild-seasonal allergies). No food allergies but we do try and keep our food choices low-gluten for my daughter who has eczema.

    I currently take FCLO, my 6 year old takes flax seed oil, cannot get the 8 year old and dad to take FCLO.

    Just wondering if you can suggest some essential supplements from the list above since I cannot afford to include all of them in our diet?

    You have been such a great source of information as well as inspiration for me throughout my last pregnancy. I wanted to tell you thank you!

    Thank you, very much.

    • My Facebook name is actually Chi Chi, if that rings a bell. LOL

    • Personally, I’d make inexpensive fermented foods like sauerkraut for the probiotics and get the good fats from grassed butter and coconut oil. If possible, I’d choose magnesium and the FCLo as the supplements I would take… I sometimes dip the FCLO gel (i keep in fridge) in honey to get kids to take without a fuss…

      • Great idea about the honey! I forgot to mention that we only eat grass fed butter and we moisturize and cook with coconut oil. That’s actually why we are at the top of our budget and have less wiggle room than I would like for supplements.

        Thanks for the suggestions!

  49. How much of the fermented cod liver oil/butter oil do you take daily?

    • Also can I still take this and my liquid vit d? Thanks

    • Personally, I take a teaspoon or more when pregnant until the last few weeks and about half that when not pregnant or nursing…

  50. Should I still take probiotics if I drink raw cow’s milk daily?

  51. After reading some of the comments, some have found questionable ingredients in some supplements but then possibly find that it is from an ok source, ok in that combination, etc.. So, I have a question about the liquid chlorophyll, nature’s sunshine brand. I noticed that it has methylparaben and propylparaben in the “other ingredients” section. I’m not too comfortable drinking these ingredients and was curious on your thought of these. Why would these need to be added to something like this? Is there some other brand of chlorophyll that you’ve tried and think may be a better choice?

    • I went to Nature’s Sunshine website and they have a Liquid Chlorophyll ES formula which is a paraben-free formula. The one your article links to has parabens in it. Not sure which one you use but I’m guessing a paraben-free formula would be the best 🙂

    • Thanks for the reminder! I need to go back and change that link and email the company.. those ingredients didn’t used to be there and I’m working on finding a better source…

  52. I am wondering about fish oil. I just found a sustainable cold pressed salmon oil supplement that it full of omegas. It also has a lot of different fats that I am unsure of. I know that mono is good for you but what about poly? It also has some saturated fat but I know that coconut oil and a few other sources have great saturated fats. I haven”t heard much about fish oil except from western medicine sources.

  53. I’ve been taking Garden of Life’s Perfect Food Raw. It’s pricey, but I know my husband and I don’t get all our veggies in all the time, and when we do, our veggies are cooked. I would really like to incorporate the FCLO, but it’s all just so expensive! I’m kind of thinking I should use one or the other. I make my own kefir water and try to drink that daily and am just now making my own bone broth! 😀 How would you weigh the importance of FCLO vs the Perfect Food Raw?

    PS…I’ve made the magnesium oil and just bought gelatin as well!! Thanks for all the great tips! You’re a life saver 😉

  54. I bought the recommended chlorophyll and after taking it for a while, noticed that there’s methylparaben and another “paraben” listed in the ingredient list. Is that healthy?

    • I think they have changed the formula since I first wrote that post. I’m going to research and find out more…

  55. Getting ready to buy FCLO w/butter oil but wondering if there’s any difference between capsules and gel. I don’t care about taste, just want to buy the form that would provide the best bang for the buck. Are there differences?

  56. I just read through all the comments and noticed a few people have already asked this but I don’t think you have responded yet….what brand of vitamin c do you take and/or recommend? Thank you!

  57. I used to take vitamin C in a pill form. During breast fead vitamin D. Never noticed any benefits from it. Now I drink coffee and tea with organic ganoderma lucidum every day. I noticed I have plenty more energy, my bowel movements have improved and I sleep better. For me this is the best thing I experienced health wise.

  58. Thank you so very much for all your hard work and putting all these helpful informations on your website. I just ordered some FCLO and Natural Calm, hope they will help me with my Hypothriodsim and Hashimoto. BTW, i can not find any information about what kind of vitamin C you suggest to take, powder? what brand?
    Thanks so much and blessings 🙂
    Yvonne

  59. After reading this, I started taking Great Lakes gelatin powder. Within 2 days, I started to get smoother facial skin. It’s amazing. I’m sure it’s not the only thing that this powder is helping me with. However it also causes excessive bloating. It’s very uncomfortable and socially emberassing. So I only take it Friday evening so that I have 2 full days to recover from it before I report to work again. Am I the only one with this problem? I have sensitivity to dairy and casein. Is it related? I’d like to be able to take it more regularly….

  60. Just started reading your articles and really like them. Do you have any suggestions on what I should take for hormonal imbalance AND Hashimoto’s (hypothyroidism)?

  61. on the topic of the fermented cod liver oil what would be the best bet to get a toddler to take it?

  62. Hi there, I’ve tried the calm to add instead of traditional sports drink ingredients, also just in tea, started with more and went down even to 1/4 spoon but it makes my stomach gurgle all night. Do you have any advice?

  63. I stated taking gelatin in water and the taste is not so good.. Do you mix your gelatin in anything other then water?

  64. What if I use the vitamin C in my bath water to cancel the chlorine, and also use epson salts which has magnesium?? Will they cancel out each others benefits? Acid + base?

    • Add the vitamin c first so it can bind and neutralize the chlorine and then it should not release any chlorine, even after adding magnesium

  65. Thank you for the information – I am trying to determine how many of the FCLO/Butter Oil blend capsules to take. The bottle says 2. The Weston A Price website says 10 from what I am reading….(http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/cod-liver-oil-basics#clarify). Ten capsules a day seems like a lot (not to mention the $$$). Can you advise on the average person’s dosage? I am 28 year old, healthy female trying to get pregnant. Thank you for any advice from the great WellnessMama or anyone else who has had this issue!

    • I take 8-10 (or sometimes more) when pregnant/nursing, but the gel is a much more cost effective option.

  66. Hello,
    I see in a couple other posts that you also take astaxanin and maca powder and gelatin as supplements but they are not on this list. Do you have an updated list of everything you take? This list above is great by the way. 🙂

  67. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful information! I have been trying to transition into a healthy, all natural life style and your blog has been a big help. I would like to know if you would give any of the supplements mentioned in this article to an infant. My daughter is 9-months-old, formula fed (I know, horrible, but I was not successful at breast feeding.) She has had several illnesses lately: cold, flu, cough, etc. I want to give her the best nutrients possible to support her immune system and promote overall health. I also have a 2-year-old son, but I’m assuming he can have most of these already.

  68. I’m a first time FCLO/Butter Oil buyer and I want to buy the gel since it’s way more cost effective, but I’m really worried about not being able to get it down. Any ideas on how to take it? Also, if I sneak it into a smoothie, will it ruin the taste or smell? Is chocolate the only flavor that would blend best into a smoothie?

    • I haven’t been able to add it to a smoothie. I just keep in the fridge to let it harden and scoop out small amounts, scrape off with my teeth and swallow like pills. It isn’t bad at all

      • What flavor would you recommend?

  69. I give my children the Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA, 250mg, Chewable Soft Gels and Natures Plus Animal Parade Vitamin D3 Chewables. What do you think of these two? Do you think I can switch to the one you recommend (cod oil) for the whole family?
    Thanks!

  70. Katie
    Love your blog!! I looked on the website for the chlorophyll brand you mentioned and saw on the ingredients list methyl and propyl paraben. I don’t put those on my skin and certainly wouldn’t want to ingest them, thought took should know.

    • Thanks! I will look in to that. It didn’t used to have those so I wonder if they changed the formula

  71. I am looking at ridding my house of household cleaners, store bought health and beauty products and processed foods. What is your daily routine? What can I purchase to get started on making my own replacements for household products? What herbs, spices and supplements would you suggest purchasing? I want to replace everything at once and start over fresh. I know that you have all of this stuff on your website, but locating it and getting it all in once place is proving to be a challenge.

  72. Hi Katie,

    I want to buy some fermented cod liver oil and I’m interested in the one with royal butter. I recently read one of your posts about making coffee with grassfed butter and coconut oil in it. If If I take the cod liver oil without royal butter in the morning and have a cup of your coffee, will that have the same type of benefit? I’m afraid of incorporating too much fat into my diet.

    Thanks!
    Dana

  73. how much of the fclo/high vit butter oil do you take? a tsp,HALF A TSP OR A 1/4 tsp?

  74. Hi Wellness Mama,
    Is there a vegetarian alternative to Gelatin?

  75. Hi Katie,

    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for the last 2 years with no luck. I really want to try natural remedies as we have been doing fertility treatments with no luck. I have been taking Clomid and we did our first IUI last month and it did not work. I really do not want to take Clomid anymore and would like to try a natural approach. What supplements do you recommend when trying to conceive? Right now I am taking a prenatal and fish oil and that is all. Also is there anything you would recommend for my husband, since his sperm count is a little low. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you!

  76. I want to give my boys and husband the cod liver oil but I’m worried about the new info that came out saying any fish oil is linked to prostate cancer.

    Any thoughts on that?

    • I’d research it more and make sure you are comfortable with it before you give them anything, but the studies I saw just showed this with regular fish oils which can be rancid

  77. I was told by a dentist that my 4 year old needs 2 root canals on the second to last molars on each side on the bottom, and they want to do the ones behind for good measure (whatever that means). This has prompted me to do my own research and i fell upon your site. I am going to buy the Cod liver oil/butter oil that you recommend. As well as making the toothpowder and (she is already gluten free because of eczema) trying to mostly limit other grains.
    For a picky 3 year old which form and flavor do you recommend of the green pastures? Maybe to mix it in yogurt with some other vitamins she already takes?
    Thank you you for this wonderful website!

  78. Great article. I just purchased some of the cod liver oil/butter oil blend. Should I not take additional fish oil supplements? or maybe just on days I don’t take the cod liver oil?

  79. You mention that you take both Vital Proteins Collagen Protein and their Collagen Peptides. Why is it necessary to take both? For cost reasons, would you recomend one over the other?

  80. Katie- What would you recommend for dosage with the bio kult probiotics for a 3 year old, 5 year old and 10 year old? Also, can you tell me what regimen I should use for my 3 year old who is currently on antibiotics for pneumonia? Thanks!

    • I can’t help with specific dosing since I”m not a doc. I personally take 3-5 a day if pregnant or nursing and 2 a day if I”m not and give one to each of my kids. On antibiotics, I double my normal dose.

  81. Hi. Thank you for your good work. I have read that extra iodine from spirulina, and chlorophyll can be detrimental for auto- immunity, inflammation, and
    Hashimotos. Any thoughts on that?

  82. I know this is old, but is it true gelatin depletes estrogen?

  83. i saw that you mentioned gelatin is known in Chinese medicine as “Stop blood.” Would this mean it helps clot the blood (good for hemophilia). In the flip-side, would it then be bad for people prone to clots or poor circulation?

  84. Thank you so much for this great info! Do you have an updated affiliate link for the chlorophyll? When I click it it takes me to a chlorophyll product, but it does not contain the mint you mentioned. I’m guessing the product has changed since you created the post 🙂

    • Just updated the post… the brand I originally linked to changed their formula and added some preservatives so I changed the link.

  85. I take probiotics, coconut oil, and a multivitamin every day. Recently I started taking magnesium, and now I have a kidney stone moving! Is that even normal?

  86. Hello,
    I tried to research this myself, but kept finding different results and basically no answer… Is it better to take the Chlorophyll in liquid form or capsules? One site said each has a different benefit, so that was confusing!
    What has been your experience?
    Thank you!

  87. Is there a need for a prebiotic for the Bio-Kult Probiotic?

  88. FYI gelatin contains MSG. it’s made with hydrolyzed animal protein and anything hydrolyzed always contains MSG.

  89. Do you still take and recommend Pure Radiance C from Radiant Life? My family really needs to take extra vitamin C but there are so many options to choose from…I’m stuck on which to choose! Thanks 🙂

    • I do. I keep both that one and the Amla-C on hand and typically alternate when sick (since they are different sources).

  90. Hello Wellness Mama…My daughter is allergic to soy and I noticed that the BioKult says that it may contain soy. Do you or anyone else have a recommendation for a high quality soy-free probiotic? Thanks in advance.

  91. I just read an amazing book. The Micronutrient Miracle. Writen by Jason and Mira Carlton. Lots of great information. The ABC’s of supplementation are the key to find good supplements. I am glad you talk about the same principles and ideas. Good to see the same info from different sources. Thank you.

  92. I love the trace mineral drops to make sure I get enough of them. I take about 30-40 drops daily in water or homemade Ayran with Celtic seasalt. Trying to remineralise my teeth, so also take cod liver oil, grassfed butter and grassfed cheese made from raw milk and some extra magnesium in the morning. I am open to learning new ways to mineralise my teeth though!

  93. Hi Katie! Love all your posts on what brands/supplements to take, and have been taking all your recommendations for sometime now. The topic of supplements is so overwhelming, so it’sh nice to have a someone like you – a trusted source 🙂
    Now that I’ve been taking these supplements for a long time, I guess I am curious about WHEN is the best/most effective time to take them. Most don’t have much information on the packaging. Every morning I take a big ol’ handful of pills ( I am a nursing mama, so I my prenatal is added to the list of probiotic, cod liver oil, and vitamin D ) and wonder if I could benefit from spreading them out/taking them at different times the day/with different foods. I would love for you to do a post on this topic!!! :))))

  94. I’m 6 months pregnant and started following a paleo diet/lifestyle and supplement regime. I’m wondering is there a specific test I should ask to have done from my dr. Office to test vitamin levels or general wellness? I have no specific ailments but I have family history of autoimmune diseases and diabetes.

  95. Hello! Love your blog. Are you still taking the fermented CLO after hearing about the so called scandal? Thank you!

  96. How do you regularly check your serum levels of Vitamin D? Do you go to the doctor and get blood work done every time for this, or is there an at home way to do it?

  97. I was cautioned not to use chewable vitamin C because it was hard on teeth.

  98. hello, my kids are 5 and 2.5 years old. I’m not sure if they will be able to swallow the gel caps for the bio-kult probiotics. I was wondering if i can remove the the caps and mix the content into their juice or smoothies?

  99. I started opening up a biokult probiotic capsule and putting contents into my childs mouth right before bed. she starts itching her nose and whimpering. could she be allergic to the probiotic? I started doing this to address an ongoing undiagnoseseable sinus clogging, sniffling. and general stuffiness.

  100. Question for you Katie !

    Thanks so much for all your posts I’ve been following a LOT of them ;)!

    My question is : I have started eating healthier and taking supplements but my husband is not really interested in putting any effort into doing this himself – however he listens to what I have to say and he would supplement If I could get it for him etc ( honestly don’t blame him he works all day !) so I was wondering if you had a list by any chance of supplements you recommend for men to take ? I’m not sure if you’ve done any research on this already so if you have I would love to hear !! I’m going to begin my own research on it as well but I figured I would ask 🙂 he has started eating healthier because I’ve been cooking / buying healthier local organic foods etc but ide love to get him on track with the supplements to! thanks so much!

  101. You take VIt D but what about Vit K. When researching I have read a lot about it being essential to take K with D3. What do you think?

    • I need to update this post, but I do take K now as well 🙂 Working on a new post soon.

  102. What about B Vitamins?

  103. I was recenly diagnosed with hashimotos and extremely low testosterone. I was given bioidentical hormones for the low testosterone and it made a HUGE difference. I admit I have not researched them other than knowing several women who were pleased with the results, but just the panic attacks I was having alone left me so desperate I didn’t care. Anyway, I was given probiotics to aid the hormone therapy, but of course they have maltodextrin so I’m looking for a replacement. I’m looking at cost, I noticed the BioKult is considerably less expensive but said could contain traces of soy and/or milk. Is it little enough risk with Hashi’s or should I avoid it and pony up for the more expensive one?

    • I have taken Bio Kult even with Hashis and have done fine with it.

  104. Thanks for this article! It is really helpful. My gut is still healing from having to use heavy duty antibiotics from a surgery that led to infection. I believe I am still having trouble absorbing nutrients. A friend recommended isotonix because it is is suppose to be easy to absorb. Have you heard of this product? Do you have any other recommendations (easy, absorbable vitamins to take) to get extra nutrients? I want to find something for now and then will hopefully get more energy and time to do more homemade recipes. Thank you again!

  105. Hello Wellness Mama,

    I admire and appreciate your website and posts. I know many young moms that rely heavily on your knowledge on natural living. As much as I appreciate your site, I admit, I wonder how you find time for it all. It seems (and is in my home) daunting. I mean no offense by it. Its just that I constantly ask my husband how some people make it all possible and he always responds with, “just ask them.” So I’m hoping to hear some truth that can help ME make it happen. I have a hard time being productive elsewhere when I’m spending a nice chunk of my day trying to keep up with the basics for a healthier family.

    So it brings me to my questions.
    First, how do you do it?
    Second, how do you afford it?

    Again, I mean no offense. I sincerely would like to know so that I too can achieve this for our family. We try to be frugal. A difficult task with the cost of natural products and organic foods. I’ve gone down the homemade everything road and it was too time consuming and expensive.

    Also, what are your thoughts on Maryruths multivitamins and mineral liquid supplements? They seem like the way to go as far as quality and convenience. I believe you use a product from her line.

    Thank you for your time.

    Warmly,
    Gina C

    • Thanks for the thoughtful comment Gina. First, I definitely don’t do it all, at least not everyday. I usually only have one day a month that I pre-make bulk cleaning and remedies. I also try to bulk cook once a week to cut down on cooking time. My kids are involved in cleaning and taking care of the house too, which helps a lot now. From a budget perspective, we grow as much of our as we can ourselves and purchase meat in bulk from cow shares, etc. We also trade off with a few families so we don’t all have to grow everything. Nor familiar with that brand, but it seems pretty good 🙂

  106. I am new to this, but have been wanting to add vitamin D and omega-3 to me and my kids supplements. He fights psoriasis and the dermatologist said fish oil could help. Is the fermented cod liver oil a sufficient supplement for both vitamin D and omega 3 or so they need to be two separate supplements? Thank you so much!

  107. 200mg CoQ10 + magnesium every day – can’t make it through the day with sleepless baby nights without the CoQ10. I finally found a high quality ubiquinone that works and I can actually feel it. Anyone else tried Bio-Quinone Gold?
    Otherwise just magnesium every day and C/D vitamin when I need an extra immunity boost

  108. I see recommendations for about every deficiency except Iron, unless I’m just missing it. What do you suggest for that?

    • Grass fed liver pills (or just grass fed liver). Fastest way I’ve ever found and it worked great for me when I had to supplement after losing a lot of blood during one of my births.

      • What is your take on Floradix? Our family always used that. Great organic source with superb absorption – only downfall is it tastes bad