Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Lauren's Little Helpers

I think everyone has a friend or family member who takes a ton of vitamins. Perhaps they have a shelf in the medicine cabinet devoted to their supplements or those little boxes with the days of the week written on them. I’m not one of those people. I tend to believe we can get most of the nutrients we need from a balanced diet. So I don’t take a multivitamin or calcium supplement. Yet I do take a couple of things. I don’t take all of these daily and I’m not saying you should take them, these are my little helpers:

E3 Live is my newest “dietary assistant”. I wrote about my 5 day raw/vegan experiment  and I feel a big part of its success was the morning chlorophyll. Fred Devito, one of the exhale founders, told me about E3Live. E3 Live is a blue green algae supplement. The first morning I took it I went to yoga and have to tell you my energy was noticeably different. Plus, I take a shot of E3 live and since I rarely take shots of anything else these days it’s sort of fun.

Eboost- I’ll admit, when I’m not exercising I’m not the best plain water drinker. Clients will notice I usually have orange or lime slices in my water at work. I do not use splenda or NutraSweet so a bunch of the low calorie drink mixes are out. Eboost is a green tea based drink that comes in little envelopes or tablets. I love the pink lemonade flavor. Today I doubled the pleasure and had E3Live and EBoost!

I am an omega 3’s fan. I think if there’s any cure-all when it comes to nutrition, omega 3’s may be the answer. Omega 3’s are important for athletes (they are natural anti-inflammatory), for heart health, for mood and perhaps for weight loss (or fat loss). I rotate between Coromega and Nordic Natural brands.

 I first found out about Zyflammend from a sports medicine doctor. Zyflammend is turmeric and ginger based supplement. Both ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties. Think of this as natural Advil.

 Natural calm is a powdered magnesium supplement. Magnesium is depleted in times of stress or by excessive exercise. As the name implies magnesium can also make you feel calmer. Magnesium can also help you “go”. I was at a party recently and someone, after reading my potty talk post , told me she thinks of me every day. I’m was flattered (sort of) but do think being regular (and calm)    seriously improves ones quality of life.
And it helps her on her way, gets her through  her busy day! Do you take any supplements? Which ones?


  1. emergen-c! especially when i'm feeling like i'm getting sick. it definitely shortens the duration of a cold!

  2. I started taking Vitamin D and Iron and it has a noticeable impact on my immune system.

  3. So, I'm hearing that you may not think a Flintstones vitamin is the right one for a 38 yr old male? :)
    Do you have any recommendation on a "all-in-one" or "stack" of pills that might incorporate all of things you recommend?
    -Marie's husband

  4. My husband and I switched to USANA nutritionals last year and use their Essentials as their "all-in-one" product. They also offer a HealthPak which is individually packaged combo packs of supplements which may fit what you're looking for (antioxidants, multimineral and extra calcium). Since we've switched to USANA we've noticed an increase in energy, fewer incidence of colds (and if they do come they don't last as long!), no more cold sores and I've even noticed that my nails are less brittle and don't crack and break as easily as they used to. Check out my site at http://tgogowich.usana.com for more info and feel free to drop me a line there if you have any questions!