First of all gals, you rock my world! I have been under the weather for a few days PLUS we're in the middle of production for a series of wellness movies that will be included on the DVD extras released in March by Gaiam. Needless to say, life hasn't really slowed down for me, soon very soon I keep telling myself. But that's not the point, the point is I JUST LIVE FOR YOU ALL AND THIS RIGHTEOUS BLOG PARTY! I stepped away for 2 days BAM! gazillions of helpful responses on the make-up post. I learned so much AND am so happy to see ya'll socializing! I promise the forum will be up soon and that we will create a crazy sexy support group model that you can bring to your community. Your health is my mission. Rock on chiquitas!
Now for some supplement 101. I can't say I am the most knowledgable about this but I do know a few things and want to open the conversation. When I was first diagnosed I took a lot of supplements, herbs, tonics, potions - you name it, I poured it down my throat. Now I only take a few, although I am open to taking more. However, I do believe that supplements are just that, a supplement to our diets, and not the main course. Too many folks think they can run their bodies into the dumpster and patch it up with a One A Day. Nope. You must, must, must get the majority of your vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and ENZYMES from your food. Real, whole food. Live, raw, yummy food. That said, these are difficult times, the environment is full of toxins, our water is polluted, air too. Much of our food is void of the 'umph it used to have back in the good ole days. Plus, if you're a canSer cowgirl you've got a depressed immune system that needs a little more huggin' and lovin'. So long story short... pop some pills!
My suggestion is to find a naturopath in your town who can evaluate your specific needs and prescribe the right combination of supplements for your body. Nothing worse than taking a shot in the dark with the gazillion recommendations out there.
To get you started, here's a tiny list of great products that will put you on the right path. They are basic tools good for all tool boxes. PS. I will have links to most of these products through "good stuff" on the csc site by the end of the week. If YOU have any suggestions please post!
Digestive Enzymes - I use the ones from the Hippocrates Health Institute. I think they are the best on the market.
Omega 3 - Life's DHA brand, awesome, Dr. Mehmet Oz gave me a sample and I love it.
E3 Live - (aka algae) this stuff is amazing, great for brain function and body repair, boosts immune system and oxygenates and cleanses the blood. Read about it. I love love love it!
Chlorella -also a great to detox and cleanse the blood, especially after a scan or radiation or dental work. I loaded up on it when I got my mercury fillings removed. It's also a wonderful source of chlorophyll.
Multivitamin - whole food source only ladies and gents, I take Women's One Daily by Daily Foods (I get it at Wholefoods)
Probiotics - Gotta keep the good guys in the gut for overall colon function and health. I am still looking for the best though. chatting with a great company and should have more info in the next day or so. I only want to bring you the tip top best! I hear Pro B8 is good, so is Jarrow Formulas (which is what I use now and the trains keep running on time so to speak. LOL!
Aloe - I use Aloe Life (orange papaya flavor). I put it in my purified water everyday for my digestive system as I tend to get constipated and a toxic colon is bad (stinky) news. The flavor is great and actually makes me drink more water. Win win!
B-12 - since I'm a veg head this is the one must have that is hard to get from the diet.
You may need others, this is my paired down list. Please look into "super foods" and green powders, they contain powerful kick ass nutrients! I particularly like Green Vibrance which you can also find at Whole Foods (maybe Whole Foods should sponsor this blog! Don't ya think? We recommend the store enough! Free products please!) I have also taken a product called Ambrotose sold by distributors of Mannatech, which is said to help your immune system. Recently I started taking Natural pH Body Harmonizer by a company called Quintessence (you can order in the "Good Stuff" area of the CSC site). I really like it and have noticed a difference in my energy. You might also look into a product called Cell Food. I took it for a while and felt great, this product literally oxygenate your cells! Which reminds me, I gotta get some more. :)
Run these by your doctor or naturopath if you have any questions or concerns. Remember, I'm not a MD, but these things have made a differnece in my life so I'm just gonna share with my peeps!
PS. There were so many great make-up tips and suggestions. Do you want me to do another post with a recap for everyone?
PSS. Now that I'm back I will dig into the Juicer contest! I actually made a mistake about Vitamix- they aren't giving any away but we're gonna ask them again and see if we can get Breville to encourage them to be cool and great and help folks who just need a little encouragement to upgrade their lifestyles! Maybe this squeaky wheel will get the oil for ya. Big xo's....
Peace & vegs!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Posted by cancer cowgirl xo at 8:03 PM