Best Supplements

The best, highest quality supplements

The best, highest quality supplements – make the right choice!

What supplements are you taking?

Did you know that there’s actually a huge difference in quality and brand?

I often feel so bad for consumers, because shopping for supplements can be beyond confusing. Not only do you have to decide what type of nutrient is best for you and your health goals, but you then have to figure out which is the high quality, real stuff. The industry is not regulated like pharmaceutical companies are, 95% of the supplements on the market are junk: don’t contain therapeutic levels of the nutrients advertised, are made primarily of toxic fillers, binders and glues, may not contain the nutrient advertised (this is a horrific realization), may contain harmful ingredients, and finally maybe made of dead, low quality, synthetic nutrients, that may do you more harm than good. It is for this reason that I have built this page.

To provide you a list of the best supplements – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, adaptogens, fish oils and essential fatty acids.

All of the following supplements are my personal picks that I use. They are manufactured in facilities that uphold the highest regulatory standards of testing, and can ensure their supplements are hypo-allergenic, safe, and truly made of the ingredients stated. They do not contain toxic binders, fillers or glues. They are not made in tablet form, and are continually approved by the FDA. I urge you to take the extra steps to learning about the quality of your supplements, because you deserve to buy the best supplements available. I have created a series of posts about how to buy the best supplements and how to determine which are of the highest quality. You can get started here: “Dirty Little Supplements.

Only the best for you!

Best Multivitamin for Women

 Best multivitamin for women

Women’s Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations


 Best Multivitamin for Men

Best multivitamin for men

Men’s Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations


Best Live-Source Liquid Melatonin 

Melatonin ND by Premier Research Labs

read more in “Body Earth Rhythm”

Ideal for insomnia due to irregular sleep patterns, jet lag, and as an antioxidant


Best Turmeric (curcumin)

Best turmeric curcumin with bioperine

Curcumin 500 with Bioperine by Pure Encapsulations

read more in “Getting Spicy in India”

 Ideal for pain, inflammation, liver health, memory, and Alzheimer’s prevention


Best Digestive Support

Best supplement for digestion

HCL by Premier Research Labs

Ideal for indigestion, constipation, bloating, fullness, GI issues, IBS, (NOT indicated for acid reflux/ulcers)


Best Digestive Healing Agent

best organic aloe vera juice

Aloe Vera Whole Leaf Juice by Lakewood Organic

Ideal for constipation, GI pain, leaky gut, acid reflux, ulcers


Best Gallbladder Digestive Aid

best gallbladder digestive support bitters

Herbal Bitters by Urban Moonshine

Ideal for gallbladder support, nausea, abdominal bloating, fullness, upper right pain, gallstones


Best Probiotic Supplement

the best probiotic supplement

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Supplement

Ideal for food poisoning, post-antibiotic use, gas, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain


Best Live-Source Iron Supplement


ErythroPro by Premier Research Labs

read more in “Vegan Iron Basics”

 Ideal for vegans, anemia, pregnancy to raise iron levels


Best Hair and Nail Formula


Hair and Nails by Dragon Herbs

read more in “Kickin’ It with Kidneys”

 Ideal for hair and nail growth, for strengthening hair and nails, restoring energy


Best Seasonal Allergy Support

Best allergy support supplement

Aller-Essentials by Pure Encapsulations

Ideal for healthy immune response, seasonal allergies: itchy red eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, sneezing, headache


Best Kidney Support

RenaVen by Premier Research Labs

read more in “The Kidney Cleanse”

 Ideal for most all kidney conditions, restoring energy + fertility, low back pain, cleansing


Best Adaptogenic Formula: Stress Relief, Hormone Balance, Acne + Energy

 The best adaptogen formula - maca

Femmenessence Maca Harmony

read more in Fatigue: 20 ways to boost energy naturally

Ideal for hormone balancing, PMS, energy, stress, acne


Best Supplement Packet for Weight Loss

Best supplement for weight loss

Purelean Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations

Ideal for safe weight loss, building lean muscle, burning fat, boosting metabolism, balancing blood sugar


Best Vitamin D3

D3 Serum by Premier Research Labs

read more in “Cold and Flu Insurance” 

 Ideal for cold/flu prevention, bone health – osteoporosis prevention, depression, support for breast, prostate, heart, colon


Best Blood Sugar Balancing Agent

the best supplement for blood sugar support

Glucose Support by Pure Encapsulations

Ideal for diabetes, low blood sugar, PCOS, irritability


Best Supplement for Menopause

Best supplement for Menopause - maca

Femmenessence Macapause

Ideal for hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, irritability, anxiety, low libido, low energy, bone loss


Best Mineral Formula

Best liquid mineral supplement

Liquid Light by Sunwarrior

Ideal for overall health, athletic performance, immunity, alkalinity, kidney health, muscle support, energy


Best EPA/DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids

The best EPA DHA omega 3 fatty acid supplement

 EPA/DHA Essentials by Pure Encapsulations

Ideal for brain, nerve, cardiovascular health, blood flow, depression, mood, skin, memory, inflammation, joints



 Best Cod Liver Oil (omegas, vitamin d)

Best fermented cod liver oil

Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures

Ideal for brain and nerve health, growth and development, mood, stress, immunity, disease prevention, inflammation


Best Live-Source B vitamin

best live source b vitamin

Max B ND by Premier Research Labs

 Ideal for energy, headaches, detox, nerve and brain, depression, anxiety, athletic performance


Best Bone and Joint Support

Best bone and joint supplement

Stron Bone and Joint by Onnit

 Ideal for bone and joints, preventing osteoarthritis, inflammation, athletic performance


Best PMS Relief Formulas

Best supplement for pmsAdaptogen Energizer and Eternal Jing by Dragon Herbs

 Ideal for restoring balance back to hormones, relieving PMS, menstrual cramps


Best Magnesium Supplement

Best magnesium supplement

Natural Calm by Natural Vitality

Ideal for sleep, constipation, stress, anxiety, bone health, restless leg syndrome


Best Gallbladder Support

the best gallbladder support

Gallbladder ND by Premier Research Labs

Ideal for gallbladder support, gallbladder cleansing, gallstones, insomnia, nausea


 Best Testosterone Booster

best testosterone booster cistanche

Cistanche by Jing Herbs

Ideal for libido, impotency, sexual performance and endurance


Best Colostrum Powder

best colostrum powder

Colostrum Powder by Surthrival

read more in “Cold and Flu Insurance”

Ideal for immunity, low white blood cell count, growth, tissue repair, children, athletic performance



Best Liver Formula: Detox and Repair

Silymarin by Pure Encapsulations

read more in Livin with a Liver

Ideal for liver detox, liver tissue repair, hepatitis, alcoholics, substance abuse, liver cleansing



Best Hormone Metabolism/Balancing Formula

DIM Detox by Pure Encapsulations

Ideal for hormone balancing, xenoestrogen detox, post birth control, estrogen-dominance, breast + prostate ailments


Best Stress and Anxiety Relief Formula


Tao in a Bottle by Dragon Herbs

Ideal for stress, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, insomnia


Best Athletic Supplement

Best athletic performance supplement

Shroom Tech Sport by Onnit

Ideal for boosting endurance, performance, ATP, reduces fatigue, improves recovery and oxygen


Best Detox Supplement Packet

best detox supplement

Detox Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations

 Ideal for a full body gentle cleanse


  • Reply Aunt Debra November 5, 2011 at 1:01 am

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  • Reply Jamie January 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I am a vegetarian but I still take fish oil for the Omega 3 benefits, obviously. Premier Research Labs doesn’t carry it, is there another place you might suggest? So many of the brands I find contain additives or (as hypocritical as this sounds) are encased with gelatin. Thanks.

    • lauren
      Reply lauren January 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      I personally do a combination of PRL EFA Oil Blend, which I use on my food, and then I take a couple capsules of PRL DHA. The DHA is the hardest to get from food sources if you are vegetarian, and it is the most beneficial for brain development, nerve and eye health. Fortunately the one from PRL is derived from algae, so it is vegan friendly.

  • Reply Becky March 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Hi there! Thank you for your wonderfully informative articles!! I was wondering I you have any personal stories/reviews of benefits of the bio response DM? I am recently off the birth control pill and looking to detox and lose weight. Thanks for your help!!

    • lauren
      Reply lauren March 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Becky! I have worked with quite a few clients that used it, and it personally helped me a lot in terms of getting my hormones back on track after birth control. Fortunately DIM is a highly studied compound that has many successful findings on its ability to convert xeno-estrogens. It is a derivative taken from cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussel sprouts etc), so it is a safe way to detox. I would definitely give it a try.

      • Reply Lauren May 10, 2017 at 6:32 pm

        Hi Lauren!

        I have low estrogen and am looking for something to help regulate my hormones. Will DIM work to regulate that and build up my estrogen or is there another thing you recommend?


        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale May 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

          Hi Lauren, the first things to look at are your diet and exercise. Two very common causes of low estrogen is a restricted diet (too few calories, anorexia, bulimia or eating disorders) and/or extreme exercise or training. In addition, many people who suffer from low estrogen have a gluten intolerance, so I would consider ruling that out as a cause as well. If none of those reasons apply, and you have no issue with your pituitary, hypothalamus, are not in perimenopause/menopause, or are not breastfeeding, then there are a few steps you can try. In addition to cutting out gluten, avoid coffee and other caffeine-loaded foods/drinks. Add flaxseeds/flax oil to your food daily (this can be in oatmeal, on eggs, in smoothies etc.) Eat organic soy (tempeh) once a week. Try acupuncture, this has shown to help raise estrogen levels. Try a weekly session for at least 8-10 weeks. Take a multi vitamin that has vitamin E and magnesium. Then there are a few herbs that you can try such as Maca (I love the supplement Macaharmony if still menstruating, MacaLife if peri, and MacaPause in menopause). If that doesn’t work (give it about 3 months), you can try Ginseng (200 mg/day is a common dosage) or Shatavari.

  • Reply Jessica Browne June 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Hello! You really have put together quite a great blog with lots of great information. Do you have any recommendations for people who are considering trying to lead a more healthy lifestlye but don’t know where to start? Outside of eating healthier and more green, Looking at all of the potential supplements and such feels overwhelming! Thank you. 🙂

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  • Reply nikki May 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Hey Lauren! Have you tried the belly fat serum?

    I posted the link to it, its the health beyond hype brand and I was wondering if for the price it was decent. I work out and eat really healthy but still have slightly lower ab fat. Do you know of anything else that could help this?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 9, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Hi Nikki – I actually have not used that product, nor heard any feedback on it. It may be worth a try though. Lower abdominal fat is either due to congested colon and/or congested lymph. Therefore, I would make sure that your bowels are moving normally, that you have eliminated any excess impacted waste (colonic) and have addressed the lymph. Oftentimes eliminating allergenic foods like dairy and gluten can help as well.

  • Reply Susan May 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I love Premier Research Labs! I recently finished a kidney cleanse and I’m currently doing an intestinal cleanse using their products. I also take Max B-ND and Green Tea-ND. My question is what’s up with PRL and their “Nanized Delivery”? I’ve been hearing a lot in the news about nano size particles and their ill effects on our health. What can you tell me about this?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Nanized is NOT the same as the nano technology that you are referring about. Nanized in the case of the PRL products is just referring to the size of the molecules of the nutrients which are held in the probiotic bodies. Their “nanized” products are actually amazing, the most cutting edge in nutrition right now. They by-pass the digestive system and get directly into the cell making them the most efficient way to take nutrients. Hope that answers your question.

  • Reply SJ May 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm


    What do you think of whey and protein supplements for runners? Particularly from this running coach? (

    I am considering buying the “Gold Standard” whey and protein supplements ( But I wanted to see what a nutritionist, rather than running coach, might think.

    I just don’t know what to think about this from a nutrition and health (rather than athletic) perspective.

    Thanks so much! -Stella

    • lauren
      Reply lauren May 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Hi Stella, I do agree that athletes of any kind, including runners, need to make sure they are getting adequate protein in their diet. I do not recommend casein because it is extremely hard for the body to digest and often it can create mucous in the intestine. As for Whey, there is a big difference in quality out there. The majority of the whey comes from conventionally raised cows (hormones, antibiotics etc) and the whey is actually highly processed which can damage many of its nutrients. Finally, many people do not do well with whey because its a part of cows milk – a huge proportion of people do not digest cows dairy. With that being said, if you do feel fine on whey (can digest it well), then I would only purchase whey protein that is from organically raised cows. A couple brands are Tera’s Whey, Whey Protein from Quantum Nutrition Labs, and Protein Factory. I also really love the vegan protein powders by Sunwarrior. They have a few types that are blends of sprouted brown rice, cranberry, pea etc. Lastly, I personally think taking Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) can be extremely helpful as well. I personally use the BCAA supplement from Pure Encapsulations.

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  • Reply Maria December 27, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Hello how often do you send news letter? And what do you think about spirulina ?

    • lauren
      Reply lauren December 31, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Every month typically. I like spirulina, it is a great addition to your smoothies. I think it acts as a multi vitamin.

      • Reply Don Ste May 27, 2016 at 10:55 pm

        I would like to receive your news letter, I was introduced to your site when I was looking for reviews on Stabilyze nutrition bars and you presented good useful info. on nutrition bars.

        What recommendations do you have for an enlarged prostate?

        • Lauren The Holy Kale
          Reply Lauren The Holy Kale June 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

          Hi Don! I would recommend a product called Saw Palmetto Plus by Pure Encapsulations. This is a blend of saw palmetto, stinging nettle, and Pygeum africanum. I would also increase your dietary intake of zinc (pumpkin seeds are a great source), and omega 3 fatty acids (wild salmon, walnuts, hemp and chia seeds).

  • Reply Kristen February 25, 2014 at 3:08 am

    Please feel free to send me information

  • Reply peter hudson March 4, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Hi lauren , i was thinking about making my own mixture of plant/fruit powders to take as a daily supplement, mixing powders like maca,acai,camu camu, ginko,ginsing, yerbe matte,tumeric, cinamon,acerola,mango,cocao,sasparilla,catuaba etc .do you think by mixing as many as 20-30 different powders and making a shake could have any adverse affects? regards peter

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale March 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Peter —- no, I think that the blend you mentioned would be fine. I would just make note of how you feel, and if at any time you feel like it is not benefiting you, you may need to start eliminating some to pinpoint what is what. Other than that though, it sounds like you have an amazing nutritional plan going on.

  • Reply Sarah April 8, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Hi Lauren! Just wondering what “non-medicinal” ingredients I should stay away from? I just bought GH whole body greens powder and realized that there a lot of additives. It makes me a little leery..
    Thanks! And great site!!

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Hi Sarah, avoid any natural flavors, artificial sweeteners, talc, potassium sorbate, titanium dioxide, silica, and magnesium stearate. If there is anything else you do not know about, look it up before purchasing 🙂

  • Reply Mia April 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Lauren, aka The Holy Kale,

    I recently received my blood work back and was told by my doctor that I need to be taking a probiotic supplement. I just finished taking Probiotic Supreme, but as an avid reader of your blog, I was wondering if you could touch on probiotics. Which are the best brands to consume? Pill form, liquid, etc?

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale April 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      I think the best probiotic hands down is the one by Ohhira. It is not available at all health stores but you can purchase it online. If you are looking to restore healthy bacteria in the gut, take 6 capsules for 10 days, then 4 for 20 days. After that, you can do 1-2 daily for maintenance.

  • Reply Adriana June 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Do you have any comment on Dr. Ohira’s probiotics containing carageena and caramel color? Everything else about the probiotics looks sound, but those two ingredients don’t sit right with me …

    • Lauren aka The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren aka The Holy Kale June 28, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Hi! The carrageenan is extracted from red edible seaweeds so it is quite natural. I know there are concerns about the possibility of GI issues, but at the amount used there is no worry. Similarly to any food that is eaten in abundance, it too can cause potential GI issues. As for the caramel color it is made by heating carbohydrates. At the level used it is not considered any risk to health. You will love these probiotics though… professional grade and super powerful!

      • Reply Adriana June 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        Thank you so much, Lauren, for your explanation.

  • Reply Ana September 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hello, I was curious about the Iron supplement that you suggested (Erythropro) … it contains barley grass. I know that barley grass is said to be gluten-free (as it doesn’t contain the seed), but would you recommend this supplement for a Celiac patient?

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale September 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Ana, barley grass is said to be gluten-free because it does not contain the protein of the gluten. Due to the severity of your case, I would contact Premier Research Labs directly to ensure its GF status. Always a good idea to be 100% sure 🙂

  • Reply Amanda January 27, 2016 at 5:29 am

    I would love to get your newsletters! You have a great blog! I am currently in school to be an RD. Love it!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Oh thank you Amanda! So happy that you are enjoying our field… it is the best!

  • Reply Sharon November 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I was recently diagnosed w age related macular degeneration. I read I should eat kale often. I’m not much of a fan but would like to take a quality supplement. Can you recommend one. Thanks, Sharon

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale November 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Sharon – absolutely. I would highly recommend Macular Support Formula by Pure Encapsulations. This has been designed for your specific case. It also comes in 60vcap. I would also recommend that you increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA). This can be from food (wild salmon, hemp and chia seeds, sardines), or from a supplement such as EPA/DHA essentials. Best of luck Sharon!

  • Reply Kristine January 25, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Lauren – My gastro told me my intestines/colon are very slow moving and that I need to be on high fiber diet. He also put me on Linzess which I have been taking going on 2 months and its not working. I try to stay away from medications as I am trying to live a clean healthy life. I am constantly bloat, toxic, moody and at times I am depressed because I can’t go. What are your suggestions? Also can I receive your newsletter? Thank you Kristine

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale January 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Kristine, So sorry to hear your situation, here is a list of things I would try.
      1. I would suggest first getting on a couple digestive aids – HCL (hydrochloric acid) and digestive enzymes. If you are not properly digesting your food, then it is going to irritate the gut and prevent you from having normal bowels. I would try Premier Research Labs HCL and Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzymes. Depending on your weight and size of meal, try 3 HCL and 2 Enzymes WITH the meal. You must drink water before the meal (about 1 glass). If you have acid reflux, then do not take HCL.
      2. Drink enough water. Read THIS article to determine how much. If you are dehydrated, then you will not be able to pass a normal bowel.
      3. Take Magnesium. Magnesium is needed to hold water in the bowel, which helps to prevent constipation. Try this magnesium powder. In addition, magnesium is great for reducing stress.
      4. Reduce stress. Stress, especially emotional stress or traumas, can be at the root of constipation issues. If you have gone through, or are going through a stressful time whether in your relationships or work life, this could be a main culprit. If this is the case, I would suggest working with a therapist, a spiritual healer (like Reiki master) and start implementing techniques to reduce stress (yoga, meditation, walking etc.) Taking the supplement Rhodiola is also a powerful way to help reduce stress. Love this Rhodiola product by Gaia.
      5. Eliminate constipating, irritating foods. This includes all processed foods, fast foods, fried foods, things that come in a box. In addition, I would eliminate all gluten and dairy. Most people cannot digest gluten and dairy properly and in turn, it turns into a glue-like substance that can quickly cause constipation. Switch to gluten-free alternatives (gf oats, quinoa, buckwheat, brown or jasmine rice) and dairy-free alternatives (almond, coconut, rice, hemp milks, yogurts, ice creams).
      6. Take Triphala. In addition to the HCL, enzymes, and magnesium (as well as Rhodiola if needed for stress), I would take triphala. This is an herbal product from Ayurveda that works really well to start getting the bowels moving. It is very gentle unlike a laxative. It is one of my favorite products.
      7. Eat lightly cooked (steamed, boiled, baked) fresh vegetables, some raw fruit, whole gluten-free grains, healthy fats (avocado, olives, raw nuts/seeds, coconut, olive, grapeseed, hemp oils), wild salmon, eggs, and most importantly, fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, organic miso and tempeh, kvass). Fermented foods increase the healthy bacteria in the gut which are important for normal bowel movements. I would eat 1 serving daily. Adding a little sauerkraut into your eggs, salads, grain/veggie bowls or on sandwiches is an easy way to get them in.
      8. Last thing, if you can find a practitioner that practices Mayan Abdominal Massage, I would suggest trying this. It is an amazing massage technique that promotes healthy intestinal health and reproductive health. It can be really helpful for a case like yours.
      *If you are not having at least one bowel movement a day, I would buy an enema kit and do an enema at home daily until the program listed above kicks in. It is not as scary as it might seem, and can be a lifesaver. If that seems like something you cannot do, find a colon hydrotherapist in your area to get colonics. It is imperative that you pass a bowel daily not only for your physical health, but your mental health. Being constipated definitely causes you to be depressed and moody.
      Best of luck! – also signed you up for the newsletter.

  • Reply Josha April 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Great list. What about magnesium or zinc for blood and immunity?

  • Reply Rose July 30, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I would like to be signed up for your newsletter, please.
    Thank you

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      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale July 31, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      All signed up! Look for confirmation in email inbox.

  • Reply Nicole July 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Lauren,
    Would love to sign up for your newsletter. Your PCOS post was one of the best I’ve seen 🙂 Thank you so much for writing it! I bought a few of the supplements you recommended!

    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale August 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Great to hear Nicole! I will get you signed up 🙂

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  • Reply Dawn Berenda February 18, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Hi Lauren,

    I am a 50 year old woman born with Spina Bifida. Because of this, I had to have a urostomy when I was just a baby, and suffer from UTIs. But, I was always able to find an antibiotic to relieve the issue, and move on.
    I also walk with crutches and braces.

    In 2016, I had knee surgery to remove a staph infection. I was on 4 different heavy IV antibiotics for 3 months.

    Since recovery, I have had horrible inflammation in my legs and feet. I also have the worst UTIs of my life! Horrible order and discomfort. No matter what antibiotic I take, the UTI comes back.

    I have tried UTI smoothies, and 2 kinda of probiotic, and eating kale for the inflamatuon, and they worked for a bit, but I still suffer

    What do you suggest for complete and total recovery? Please help!

    I definitely want to be signed up for your news letter as well!


    • Lauren The Holy Kale
      Reply Lauren The Holy Kale February 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Dawn, I am so sorry to hear about your struggle. First off, read through this post on UTIs. This is a great place to start. As for the inflammation post-recovery, I would first defer to your ortho surgeon. Secondly, great supplements for inflammation are turmeric (curcumin), omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil/epa/dha) and proteolytic enzymes. Double check with your MD before starting. I would suggest that you continue on a probiotic due to your frequent antibiotic use. I personally love this one here. In addition, eating a diet rich in foods that support gut health is key. This includes fermented foods such as kombucha, kvass, organic kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and organic tempeh and miso. Try to eat one serving daily. It is also important to eliminate foods and drinks that cause inflammation. This includes sugar, gluten (wheat containing bread, bagels, pasta, crackers, cereal etc.), fast foods, fried foods, desserts, highly heated meats (charred), and processed foods. Focus on fresh vegetables and fruit, beans, nuts, seeds, gluten-free grains, wild salmon, fermented foods, and eggs. Adding in fresh vegetable juice daily is a great idea in addition to water mixed with freshly juiced turmeric root, ginger root and lemon. Best of luck!

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