Health Progress, Keto Basics, Open Blog, Pregnancy, Supplements, Uncategorized

Miracles Do Happen!

It’s still really early and there are some things that still worry me, but I’m excited to tell you that I’m pregnant!  My body repaired itself enough to actually get pregnant!!  What?!?  It’s so dang crazy, I can hardly believe it myself.

I did Keto so that I could get healthy and have a chance at getting pregnant.  Honestly, I didn’t think it would work.  I mean, 20 years ago a high-profile Endocronologist told me that I have PCOS (polycycstic ovarian syndrome) and that in no uncertain terms would I ever get pregnant.  He added that if I do get pregnant that I would surely miscarry.  That was 1998, just before I turned 18 and graduated from High School.

Over the years, more has been learned about PCOS (though still not much) and many women have gotten pregnant and had babies.  It gave me hope, but in the back of my mind I always remembered what that one doctor told me…and it was confirmed by the fact that I never got pregnant.  In some ways it was a relief.  If I never got pregnant, then I never had to worry about having miscarriages and lose the baby.  I also didn’t have to worry about my health problems becoming the problems of my baby, which were pretty bad, if I never had a baby.

Did I ever not want children?  No.  It was like a biological need that was so strong coupled with the fact that I want to prove the medical field wrong.  I just wanted a baby to love and care for.    There were times that I thought I might be pregnant but never got a positive test.  I’m aware if was probably wishful thinking and uncontrolled hormones causing me to think it was possible.  It was a let down every time.  It became a game over the years that I almost wouldn’t want to take the pregnancy test because as soon as I took it, the possibility of being pregnant went away.  (I’m not an idiot.  I realize this is crazy.  But sometimes its nice to have hope.)

In this serious about my pregnancy, I want to talk with you about how I improved my health and actually got pregnant.  I will keep updating the blogs to you can follow along with how things are going with me and the pregnancy.  I hope this provides some hope to just one person out there.  If you want children and can’t have any, there still may be hope for you.

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I hope you have a wonderful Monday!  -Rebecca

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inflammation, Open Blog, Uncategorized

Dealing with Inflammation

I have terrible inflammation.  It hurts and I know its a symptom of something worse going on inside my body.  In today’s blog I’m going to offer some ideas on how to deal with this inflammation and swelling using my experiences and some found during research that I have yet to try. (Yesterday’s blog: Inflammation & You)

#1: Chronic inflammation is a serious problem and should be discussed and presented to a medical professional, which I am not.  I’m just a regular person whose had some experiences to share.

#2: It’s really important to identify what is causing the inflammation.  It’s natural to want to treat the inflammation because it can come with some mild to severe pain, can limit your range of motion and just be unsightly in general.  I hate when I can’t fit into my wedding ring because my fingers have become swollen sausages!

#3: After you’ve identified the root causes (#2), you need to deal with them.  It’s of no help to know what’s causing the problems but ignore it.  Basically, you’re going to need to get healthy and heal yourself.  This can be done in many ways, but you definitely want the support and guidance from your doctor or you could be risking making things worse.

Sometimes, you come across something that impacts your life and things change for the better.  Sometimes these great changes improve other areas that you were not intending.  Personally, I desperately want to have children with my husband.  I’m overweight and have serious health problems, like PCOS (polycycstic ovarian syndrome), anxiety and allergies with a lovely (not really) chronic sinus infection.  Most of my health issues are intertwined but are easily seem as different issues.

I’ve had a lot of failures but the many doctors that I have seen seem to think that if I just lose weight I should have no problem getting pregnant.  Having PCOS makes it dang near impossible and being sick with sinus infections keeps me in bed a lot making it difficult to go to the gym and workout.  I’m a mess.

I am happy to share that I am far less a mess today that I was even 1 year ago.  I stumbled across Keto from a friend at work and I am so grateful!  Not only is it easy to follow, I’m not hungry all the time, or crabby, or starving…and it worked!  Not only has it been working, I’m getting healthier in more ways that just losing weight!  And, I’m also having success with improving my other health issues, like anxiety.  I went in to try to lose some weight and now my hormones and blood sugar are balanced and where they should be, I’m no longer a prediabetic, I’ve seen improvements with my mental health and I’ve really seen a difference in my inflammation!

It took a long time to identify that I had anxiety issues.  I thought I was losing my mind and doctor’s couldn’t figure it out either.  Mostly it’s the anxiety and burnt adrenal glands that seem to impact my inflammation the most.  Now, I have noticed that I can handle more stress (good or bad) before a reaction…and, when I do have a reaction, the inflammation goes away much more quickly.  I’m loving this improvement and it gives me hope that one day I might be done with it altogether.

For me, the ketogenic diet really helped me to address many mental and physical health issues that I have.  In addition, I take supplements and prescribed medications to address the problems individually.  Technically, I do not do anything in efforts to rid myself of the inflammation as it is now healing itself.  It kind of helped me to know that the swelling was a reaction to something else going wrong.

Whatever you do, follow the three steps above to begin dealing with your inflammation.  It’s so important that we do not ignore this as just something that happens.  Swelling and inflammation should not be ignored because its your body telling you that something is seriously wrong!

Here are a few things you might want to ask your doctor about or research to help address inflammation:

  • Adrenal and cortisol relief herb/supplement…I like the one from Dr. Berg but just started the one from Mother’s Market and don’t see much difference.
  • Avoid or limit certain foods that may increase or irritate inflammation: sugar, high fructose corn syrup, margarine, vegetable oils, grains and grain flours (breads and pastas), french fries, alcohol, processed meats, MSG, aspartame (most diet sodas), too much protein, dairy (milk, heavy whipping cream,
  • Add certain foods that help reduce inflammation: fresh fish (not farmed), tomatoes, avocado and olive oils, avocados, green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, etc), strawberries, blueberries,  nuts, coffee (but don’t go too crazy), garlic, spices and herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, curcumin, chili peppers), green tea, onions

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write in the comments section below.  I’m hoping that this helps even one person out there in this world to feel better and know that something can change for the better.  Also, if you would like to share your experiences with inflammation, please add it to the comments below so that you too can potentially help others.

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PS-Tomorrow I’m interviewing a nutritionist today about inflammation and I could not be more excited!  I will be recording my first video for many months and will let you know what it’s posted on YouTube for your enjoyment.  Keep a look out!

Health Progress, Keto Beginner, Open Blog, Uncategorized

1 Year Anniversary

It’s been a year.  Whoa.  I cannot believe I managed to make it this far.  Not because the keto lifestyle is hard or I’m hungry or whatever, but because I have tried and failed so many times and so many ways just to get healthy.

The Starting Point

Let’s talk about where I was when I was finally willing to give Keto a try.  I had just returned to work after a summer vacation of trying to lose weight with traditional diet and exercise, I had been taking the metformin prescribed by my dr to help me control the insulin resistance, PCOS and prediabetes, I had zero hope of getting pregnant, I was wearing dresses that were very forgiving if I gained or list (but you know I was gaining), my anxiety was okay so I was able to get off of my lexapro (until I went back to work, it got crazy and I had to go back on nearly immediately), I kept swelling and turning red with achy joints and didn’t know why (adrenals were shot and I didn’t know it), I wasn’t sleeping very well, I had regular and daily headaches due to stress, sinuses and who knows what else along with migraines that were pretty frequent, regular chronic sinus infections which meant a lot of antibiotics regardless of what I did to try to keep it at bay, regular-ish cycles which really weren’t that regular but I did have them (thank you PCOS), nails that split and broke and peeled which caused concern about the bones I couldn’t see and their health, I was always hungry, had IBS and chronic, daily diarrhea (those pool signs were a joke because I never had diarrhea from being contagiously ill, just from everything else in my life), exhaustion and sometimes I had a hard time focusing and thinking straight…I actually could go on.  But I think you can see here that I was a hot mess!

At that point, 1 year ago, I was 37 years old with no idea how to fix myself.  I knew I was killing myself and had often in recent years simply given up on how to be healthy because everything I did failed so miserably.  If I managed to lose anything, I would gain it back immediately.  I spent a lot of time and money trying new diets, old diets, cleanses, supplements, etc.  I could not figure out what my body needed to even survive.  At 37 I found myself ready to begin desperate measures…surgery.  I actually researched various surgeries.  I had even gone to the classes my insurance company provided to help me learn more about health, lose weight, use their dietary supplements and food replacements (that aren’t actual food), but mostly I went to be held accountable and still failed miserably.

The beginning of Keto was actually early Summer 2017.  My coworkers and I had a weight loss challenge for the summer.  We all put in money, I think like $40-50 and the winner got to keep the entire pot.  This was really what I needed.  Accountability and support.  I lost 17 pounds that summer from recommended diet and exercise.  And then when I got off my anxiety medication I gained 16.  So, all that work and I lost 1 beautiful pound.  I was not happy, to say the least.  I worked really hard.  But, in the end at least I tried and I was also off my meds (lexapro, not metformin).  Then we returned from vacation and we all did our weigh in.  I didn’t think I had won because I only lost 1 pound, but I didn’t think my coworker, Hannah, would just kill it either!  She was already pretty small but wanted to lose a little of what she called “baby weight.”  She looked like a different person and lost something like 35 pounds doing Keto.  HOLY CRAP!!!

Yes, you read that correctly, my friend lost a ton of weight that I didn’t even know she had to lose, won about $700 cash and felt great.  She’d been trying to tell me a little about Keto and what she was doing here and there, but I honestly just thought it was bonkers.  No seriously, how do you lose weight eating fat?  And how in the world and I going to give up all sugar, grains and most fruit and the starchy veggies that I loved the most?  I figured, based on my past experiences that she must have been starving herself, eating foods that tasted terrible and really damaging her health just to lose a few pounds.

I was wrong!

Naturally, I was ready to hear more about Keto and what Hannah had done to lose the weight.  I think I asked her a million questions, many repeated questions, etc.  Honestly, how could she lose weight like that?  It really seemed impossible given my experiences, comparing Keto to the Standard American Diet (SAD) and the FDA’s recommendations that I’ve been told my entire life.  But…Keto does sound like something I should try before I go under the knife and permanently change my body out of desperation.

Yes, I tried Keto out of desperation.  All else failed.  So, I gave it a go.

There are few things you should know about me, in case you don’t already…

  • I grew up being taught to question everything (Thanks dad)
  • I grew up taking supplements (Thanks mom and dad)
  • I grew up and never knew why I was so sick…we were doing what we thought was right and my body didn’t respond like it was supposed to
  • I often have what can be considered weird ideas and beliefs because it can go against popular ideas and experiences, but eventually got tired and sometimes just went along with the “program”…I’m more of a think outside of the box kind of person
  • I knew I could heal my body but didn’t know how
  • As I got older, I saw more and more people, especially women, having similar issues as myself…I was no longer that uncommon, but it seemed that no one had the answer
  • At church, they did the Daniel Plan…I was curious but not interested in another failure at the time, so I passed.  From what I gather, you eat foods that God made, so no processed, store bought foods.  Is that right?  ( I honestly don’t know, sorry.)
  • The medications were making me sicker but I also needed them
  • I needed a miracle.

So, along comes Keto.  Did I already know that Low-Carb was good for me?  Yes.  Did I like it?  No.  Did it work when I did Atkin’s a long time ago?  Yes, until I stopped…but I was always hungry, the food wasn’t that great and I really wasn’t cooking that much, so I probably wasn’t really doing Atkin’s as it should be done with real food.  Low carb has a ring of truth for me.

Moderate protein?  Well, I like protein and have never had an issue with it.  I guess I could try.  At least keep track and see where I’m at.  I wasn’t sure if I was getting enough or too much.  But, could you have too much protein?  I didn’t think so back then.

High fat?  Now you’ve lost your dang mind!  Now this is where I struggled the most.  Does it taste good?  YES.  Did I already know that going in?  YES.  But every bone in my body and cell in my brain was trained to think fat was bad, very bad.  VERY BAD.  Eating fat makes you fat.  Obviously.  Except it doesn’t.

To be honest, the biggest struggle I had doing Keto wasn’t giving up the carbs, which was hard because I was totally addicted to carbs of all kinds, especially sugar and flour).  My biggest struggle was mentally dealing with the fact that I could, and should, eat fat.  I should enjoy it.  Fat doesn’t make you fat.  Fat helps your body operate appropriately and is the best fuel source for your body.  Carbs make you fat.

I used to feel so guilty when I ate things like a whole avocado, bacon, butter, the fat from a delicious steak, etc.  Oh my goodness.  I really struggled with this.  I wanted to limit this so badly.  But when you do, you get hungry and mean and tired and crabby and hungry.  Did I repeat myself?

When an idea or information is so ingrained into who you are (and it’s a popular viewpoint), it is a true challenge to go against it.  Taking time to think about what you’re doing, how you’re doing it and why you’re doing it is a key to success here with Keto.  You can be successful if someone just tells you what to do and you blindly follow it, but it’s better if you are making these decisions for yourself.

D-Day of Keto:

Once I decided to give Keto a try I made a plan.  Cold turkey?  NOPE.  That doesn’t work for me.  Besides, going low carb in the past has given me headaches (I know, I already had headaches, right?  I told you I was a mess.)

The plan was to reduce carbs as much as I could as I tried to learn more and prepare for Keto.  At this point I really didn’t know much except I needed to look into macros and start tracking.  I got an app on my phone and began the logging.  I had no idea how many carbs were in food I thought was healthy!  It was a big shock.  One day I stopped at Del Taco on my way to work and got a cup of beans and cheese.  It’s delicious, I’m not going to lie to you.  I loved beans and always thought they were healthy for me.  I got to the parking lot at work and logged my meal into the app…and then I discovered this tiny cup was literally 18 grams of carbohydrates.  I blew my entire day practically doing what I thought was the right thing.  BTW, that was the day that I learned legumes are not keto-friendly.

After 2 weeks of lowering my carbs and keeping track I realized I didn’t eat carbs that day.  That was my first day of Keto.  September 1, 2017.  I was jumping for joy that day when I realized what I hadn’t done.  I was telling my husband, who I didn’t really think would consider Keto, and he was somewhat interested.  Then I went to bed and woke up the next morning to find that my husband was up all night watching YouTube videos about Keto and doing research.  The first thing he said to me was that he’s going to do Keto to!  What?!?  I didn’t expect him to do this with me and was happy to have coworkers to have support…but what a huge blessing this has been on our whole family.

(If you’re interested, my husband created a folder of saved YouTube videos to help organize helpful information.  You can check it out by clicking here.)

Even after the official start of Keto, I continued to learn a lot and make changes.  I would do something I thought was healthy and later realize it probably wasn’t the best idea, so then I would make modifications.  It’s important to forgive yourself because you won’t be perfect and that’s okay.  You’re relearning how to be healthy and it is not always obvious.  Be kind to yourself!

Healthy Update:

I have some serious improvements.  I am not done healing.  Some changes are obvious and some are not so obvious.

I followed Keto for a year with just modifying my intake and not exercising.  Every time I exercise I have serious inflammation issues, though it is getting much better and recovery is faster than it was before Keto.  So, basically I changed my diet but not my exercise.  The only thing I’ve changed in regards to exercising is that I have more energy and feel like moving more, so I walk more and feel more like doing fun, active activities than I did before.

To date, I have lost about 65-70 pounds, am no longer taking metformin, have regular cycles, have longer breaks between needing antibiotics for my sinus infections, have improved adrenals with a quicker recovery to inflammation, have regular BMs daily and diarrhea is rare, have improved mental health which include trying again to get off of my anxiety medication (don’t worry, I have dr support and I’m weening very slowly) and fewer panic attacks, stronger nails and hair that grow so fast it borders on annoying, I can think more clearly.  The list goes on.  My blood work is amazing.  My blood pressure is perfect now.  I have hope of having a child of my own with my husband now.  Real hope.  While I’ve plateaud for the past 7-8 months, I have still lost inches and am still healing my body internally.  I went from a size 26 (I’m not totally sure, I was buying 24 and squeezing myself into extra forgiving dresses and leggings with baggy shirts with lots of stretch) to now I wear a size 20 (for real).  The hump on the lower neck, upper back area is significantly smaller.

I feel free.  I feel like I have been healing and am confident that I can easily continue healing.  I feel really good.

I went to a party yesterday with family and friends, many of whom I don’t see often.  I got a lot of great compliments, even from people who saw me after my initial big weight drop…so it made me feel good that the weight plateau didn’t mean I wasn’t improving.  Whew!

I intended on taking updated pictures in the same outfit as a year ago.  I apologize for it not being ready, but I will do my best to get to it.  Life is crazy and I have a gnarly sinus infection at the moment…one day I will just have a busy life and no illness (I hope anyway!)  I’ll work on the before and after pictures.  I definitely want to share them, but I think I need to see them.  I often look in the mirror and just see me, not the slightly smaller me.

Going Forward:

I need to tighten up my eating.  I haven’t been keeping track of my macros and I’m curious to see how far off I’ve been.  I suspect I generally am lower than 50 grams of carbs but need to lower it back closer to 20 grams.  I’ll begin journalling and keeping track of my consumption in my app again very soon…probably after I finish this blog posting.  I’ve also been eating dirty and would like to focus on being more strict more often.

In addition to the consumption, I have begun including exercise into my health improvement plan.  My choices are swimming, going to the gym and walking on the treadmill or elliptical (though, the elliptical still kind of intimidates me), going for a walk outsides, riding my bike, and playing a game…like tennis or basketball.  I plan to do this 2 days a week for a while and then boost to a minimum of 3 days per week.  I think the fact that I’ve been moving my body more has helped.  But adding actual exercise for at least 30 minutes 2-3 times a week should help and I expect to see some improvements.

I’m still focusing on improving my adrenal glands and keeping my blood sugar stable while also preparing for pregnancy.  I kind of feel like I’m still a bit unhealthy to be able to get and maintain a pregnancy, but I’m not sure I’m too far off.  I’m going to try now and see how it goes.  After all, I’m not getting any younger and will eventually run out of eggs to even try to cook.

In Closing:

Keto isn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be.  The struggles, after you get beyond the adaption phase, are really mentally accepting what is okay and how it conflicts with what you’ve always been taught and “known” to be true.

I’m happy.  I’m successful.  I could do this forever, and actually plan to do this forever.  It’s working and it’s not hard.  I’m not hungry.  I’m actually getting healthy.  I’m getting healthier every single day and it isn’t hard.  I’m able to get off my medications that hurt my body while trying to help it.

If you’d like more information about Keto, check out my blog about Keto Basics and Getting Started.  For a Keto support group, check out BeckDoes Keto…And, So Can You! on Facebook.  And, if you’re looking to watch some of my videos, though there aren’t many right now, check out BeckDoes Keto on YouTube.

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Keto is a good thing for me.  I hope that you find what you’re looking for to help your health.  It’s worth giving Keto a try, if you haven’t already.

Health Progress, Supplements, Uncategorized

Supplements

I know its commonly said that you can get all the nutrients you need from the food you consume, but I just don’t find that to be the case personally.  Keep reading about my journey with supplements.

Personal History

I grew up by semi- hippy-dippy parents that believed in the power of supplements, herbs, alternative medicines and frequented a local nutritionist.  I’m on board with this as if it’s in my blood.  My husband does not feel the same and thinks supplements are a waste…needless to say, his family never takes supplements and only rely on western medicine for what ails them.

I’m totally aware the the FDA does not regulate or test supplements (vitamins and such) and that it’s difficult to tell the level of quality and nutrition.  Some brands are better than others.  Some are more expensive than others.  Some are more necessary than others.

Before Keto, I took supplements as needed.  I’ve known for a long time about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), particularly in regards to acide reflux and stomach aches.

During Keto, I started with a basic regiment targeting my body type (identified by taking the free Body Type Quiz by Dr. Berg), then adding more as needed for different issues that I have.  I have added and subtracted along the way.  Below I have a detailed list of what I take, how much and why.

Taking a Break

After 7 faithful months of taking supplements, modifying my regime and perfecting a system that works for me I took a break.  It’s not that I was really sick of them.  To be honest, we went on vacation and upon returning I didn’t have many pre-made packs of supplements.  When I ran out and didn’t feel like taking the time to make more, I thought it would be a good idea to take a break.  I was feeling really good about this decision.  My husband, of course, was supportive as happy that I wouldn’t be spending so much money on what he considers a waste.

All was well at first.  I didn’t miss the regiment of taking the supplements three times a day or making the packets every few weeks as I ran low.  I didn’t miss having to justify to my husband why I needed to spend so much money to reorder more supplements.  I especially didn’t miss asking him to approve the spending of new supplements that I was wanting to try based on some newly acquired information.  It was a nice break.

And then all hell broke lose.

It took about 4-5 weeks before everything was going haywire.  I mean, I was a hot mess.  My hormones weren’t doing so hot, but my hot flashes and sweating were back (thanks to my PCOS), my anxiety was out of control and there was no way I was going to try to get off the meds now as planned as I worried that I needed more and I was having panic attacks, migraines and just feeling crummy (work and home life have been a bit crazy), my weight has stalled and gone no where even though I was sticking with the keto.  The only good thing I noticed was that I was craving more salads, which I attribute to the fact that I supplement cruciferous and greens because I’m always afraid I’m not getting enough vegetables into my diet on Keto.

I was really concerned.  It took me weeks of feeling like my old self to realize that the only real difference was the supplements I was taking to support my personal health needs.  I was really dragging my feet to get started because I had to take about an hour to make packets or organize my supplements again.  It sounds stupid, but I didn’t have the energy or the clarity of mind to just do it.

One day, I had enough.  Convinced it was the supplements, I forced myself to get it together enough to make 28 days of supplements (morning, noons and evenings).  It’s been about 10 days back on and I feel almost completely back to my normal Keto and Supplement self.  I’m happier.  Have had fewer headaches and migraines.  Am thinking clearly and am not getting bogged down with my personal and professional life (we’re selling out house and I am working Summer School knowing I need a vacation).  I have had an easier time with Intermittent Fasting and not craving as many carbs.  I feel like cooking for my family more frequently.

I have proven to myself and my family, including my skeptical husband, that I need the supplements and that it is money well-spent.  When I am happy and healthy, the whole family benefits.

I believe we all need a little extra support in various areas of our health.  Below you will find a list of my individual supplements to get an idea as to what I take and why.

Supplements Taken

Black Elderberry

  • 1x each morning
  • Boost immune system
  • Double dose when ill

L-Glutamine 500mg

  • 1x each morning
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves leaky gut

Zinc Picolinate 50mg

  • 1x each morning
  • Boosts immune system
  • Provides support for thyroid, diabetes, eczema, sinus/mucus issues, ringing in the ears, muscle cramps and depression

Vitamin K-mk7

  • 1x each morning
  • Taken to provide support and absorption of Vitamin D

Vitamin D

  • 2x each morning with Vitamin K-mk7
  • Improves absorption of calcium and phosphorous, bone health

Theanine

  • 250mg taken 1x each morning
  • Additional 100mg taken as needed for panic attacks
  • Helps with mental health, particularly anxiety and mood
  • Improves high blood pressure

Krill Oil 500mg

  • 1x morning
  • Provides omega-3 fatty acids and anti-oxidant support
  • Helps with heart and mental health

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 1x each morning and evening
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Improves leg cramps and pain
  • Helps to settle stomach and heart burn, calms gas
  • Works to help sore throats, sinus problems and high blood pressure
  • Aides in weight loss, ridding the body of toxins and reduces cholesterol

Sea Kelp

  • 1x each morning and evening
  • Provides support for thyroid, weight loss, ovary and breast tissue

Vitamin B-Complex

  • 1x each morning
  • Meets needs to B vitamins while also helping to support mental health, migraines and heart health
  • Provides a lot of energy

Potassium Citrate

  • 1x each morning, noon and evening
  • I pack my own pills for about 1000mg for 3 pills versus the 99mg each pill from the store
  • Essential supplement for survival, especially on Keto
  • Recently switched to putting the powder directly into drinks instead of packing pills (1/8 teaspoon twice a day seems to do the trick)
  • Helpful if you’re tired, getting diarrhea or have muscle cramps

Magnesium Citrate

  • 1/8 teaspoon each morning and evening mixed in liquid
  • Essential supplement for survival, especially on Keto

Collagen Proteins

  • 1/2 scoop each morning mixed in liquids
  • Improves joints, nails, hair and bones
  • My nails are much stronger and split and peel way less often.  I actually find that I am trimming them frequently and they are getting so long and strong that it’s almost annoying.  (What I problem to have, right?)

Cruciferous

  • 1x each morning and evening
  • Provides support for liver, hormone and endocrine
  • Rids the body of toxins

Ginger Root

  • 3x each morning, noon and evening as needed when ill
  • Boosts immune system
  • It’s expensive but my dad packed these for me when I had a bad sinus infection

Goldenseal Root

  • 3x each morning, noon and evening as needed when ill
  • Boosts immune system, acts as a great anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial
  • It’s expensive but my dad packed these for me when I had a bad sinus infection

Dr. Berg’s Sleep Aid

  • 1x each evening
  • Helps with a restful night’s sleep and fat burning

Dr. Berg’s Advanced Adrenal Support

  • 1x each morning, noon and evening
  • Repairs adrenal glands, reduces cortisol response and acts as an anti-inflammatory
  • It’s kind of expensive, but it works, so I buy a 3-pack to save money

Dr. Berg’s Estrogen Balance

  • 1x each morning and evening
  • Regulates menstrual cycle
  • Balances hormones
  • I have PCOS and this has really helped regulate my cycles…and they are not lasting as long either!  I used to have a 10+ day period and I’m not 5-7 days.

Methyl Folate 400 mcg

  • 1x each morning
  • Boosts immune system

Ox Bile

  • I take this to help with Keto Rash, which supports my gallbladder and liver to boost ridding my body of toxins.
  • I usually take 1x each morning but when my rash is bad I boost up to 3x each day (1x each morning, noon and evening)

Note: I do plan to add Vitamin C.  I was under the impression that Methyl Folate was Vitamin C.  Oops!  I will be adding it as it helps with adrenal issues and PCOS, both of which I suffer.  I also used to take Ovasitol.  I really liked Ovasitol, but I was doing this in preparation for pregnancy.  My body is far from ready for pregnancy and Ovasitol is expensive, so I will take this again but maybe in 6 months to a year when I am healthier.