supplement when necessary

In general, our goal is get the nutrients we need from our food rather than relying on supercharged vitamins that may or may not be efficiently absorbed. But in times of heightened need, such as the depleted state resulting from 2 yrs of pregnancy-nursing-pregnancy, supplements make a much-appreciated difference in how my body functions. Right now I'm taking quite a few things:
  • Liquid Chlorophyll for anemic-type tiredness (image above shows how the body converts it to hemoglobin, thus holding onto iron more efficiently)
  • Bone Up Calcium capsules (calcium in presence of magnesium for best absorption)
  • Vit D3 in 2,000 IU doses 2x daily (my body was badly depleted; it absorbs best in the presence of Calcium)
  • Cod Liver Oil capsules (can't handle the liquid right now, too smelly)
  • Various prenatal & B-complex throughout pregnancy (honestly whatever kind we can afford at the time)
  • Skullcap for restless sleep & to ward off anxiety (2 caps twice daily)
  • Alfalfa to reduce the risk of postpartum hemorrhage (2 caps 3x daily)
  • Cranberry concentrate for bladder health (extract isn't enough if you've already got a UTI, stick to the concentrate)
For the past month:
  • Pregnancy Tea, 4 brewed cups daily, from Blessed Herbs: contains organic raspberry leaf, stinging nettles leaf, oatstraw & alfalfa leaf
  • 5W for the last 5 weeks of pregnancy: contains black cohosh root, squaw vine herb, dong quai root, butcher's broom root, red raspberry leaves
  • Evening Primrose Oil, 1300mg (only since 36 week mark)

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