My favorite vitamins & supplements

Hi y'all! Lately on Instagram I've been talking a lot about certain supplements I take, so I figured I'd take the time and give you guys a complete rundown of some of my favorites I take (almost) daily. As always, keep in mind that this is what I've found works for me and I'd highly recommend discussing with a medical professional before incorporating any new supplements... and yes, I did.

P.s. if you scroll all the way to the bottom there might even be a discount code ;)

 

BCAAs

Branched Chain Amino Acids. Aka Lindsey’s sore muscle savers. BCAAs, in general, refers to three “essential” amino acids leucine, valine, and isoleucine, that your body does not naturally produce. While you can certainly get them from foods, I choose to supplement due to the advantage of being absorbed directly into the bloodstream. As far as advantages go, there’s lots of debate regarding scientifically-proven proven benefits, but I’ll tell you what I’ve found to be true. They’ve helped immensely with my muscle soreness/muscle recovery as well as my endurance when I’m working out.

My personal favorites:

PrettyFit (LOVE these; the flavor is amazing and they also have CLA and glutamine in them)

PE Science Amino IV Mango Splash

 

Pre-workout

Let me just say one thing: pre-workout is not a necessity. It’s something that I take when I need an extra boost for my 5:30 AM workouts or when I want to get a good “pump” going. Sometimes a girl just needs some caffeine, ya know?

My personal favorites:

PrettyFit Pre (for morning workouts)

PE Science High Volume Cotton Candy (for evening workouts because no caffeine!!) 

 

Protein powder

Again, not a necessity. But in a pinch, or when I’m deficient in my protein goal for the day, it’s nice to have a quick way to up my protein without the consumption of a bunch of fats and carbs. I personally try to stick with whey protein isolate, as opposed to whey protein concentrate or a combination of the two. This is a personal decision and I’ve put a lot of research into it, but isolate has been shown to be easier to digest, especially in people with IBS (hi hello me). Also, just so we’re clear, consuming protein powder does NOT make you bulky.

My personal favorites:

PrettyFit - whey isolate, the macros are amazing, and they’re made with NO artificial sweeteners. [0F, 1C, 25P]

Quest Nutrition - whey isolate + micellar casein, the flavors are BOMB (salted caramel holla), still good macros. [For the salted caramel: 0F, 3C, 22P]

 

Glutamine

Glutamine is an amino acid and actually the most common amino acid found in your muscles. I supplement with L-glutamine for a couple reasons. The first being L-glutamine is amino acid that has shown anti-inflammatory benefits such as repairing the intestinal lining and can prevent “leaky gut” and help symptoms of IBS. The second is that glutamine plays a key role in protein synthesis. When you workout, glutamine is depleted in your body which decreases stamina and recovery of your muscles. Taking an L-glutamine supplement can help to decrease this breakdown of protein in your muscles.

My personal favorites:

PrettyFit BCAAs - contains glutamine (500mg)

L-glutamine powder from Vitamin Shoppe - I try to take 2-3 grams at least twice a day

 

Collagen

This seems to be all the hype lately, but what exactly is it? Collagen is the main protein that gives bone and cartilage their strength. As we age, our collagen production begins to slow down, as evidenced by wrinkles, thinning hair, brittle nails, and weak, painful joints. Collagen protein is one of the main building blocks of your hair, skin, and nails and can help prevent these signs of aging. Speaking from my own experience, my skin and nails have benefitted immensely; not to mention, as an athlete, keeping my bones and joints strong helps improve my performance in the gym. It has also been shown to aid in healing the intestinal lining, as it contains the amino acids proline and glycine which are both essential in repairing the lining of your intestines (aka the main reason I take it, tbh).

My personal favorites:

Vital Proteins - unflavored collagen peptides, collagen beauty greens, collagen beauty water (melon mint is amazing)

 

Digestive enzymes

I think there’s a lot of confusion regarding the difference between digestive enzymes and probiotics. Digestive enzymes are the proteins that help breakdown the chemical components of foods. For example, the enzyme amylase breaks down starches into sugar, lactase helps break down milk sugar, lipase enzymes break down fat, etc. I take digestive enzymes with meals in order to help with severe bloating and cramping.

My personal favorites:

Life Seasons Digestivi-T

Garden of Life Raw Enzymes

 

Probiotics

Probiotics, on the other hand, are bacterial organisms that aid in different processes inside (and outside) of our bodies, such as digestion, immune health, and gut health. Your GI tract is full of “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria and, in my case, the “bad” bacteria have taken over and I ended up with what is called SIBO: small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. There’s a variety of reasons why this happens, but mine is likely due to antibiotic use.

I use Life Seasons due to the strains of probiotics found in them, which are worth researching if you have IBS-C or IBS-D, as different strains have been found more successful for different symptoms. I also consume probiotics naturally, by incorporating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, greek yogurt with live organisms, and kombucha.

My personal favorites:

Life Seasons Digestivi-T

Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens (has 2B CFU probiotics per scoop!)

 

Adrenal support

One of the side effects of IBS/SIBO/poor digestion is adrenal fatigue, due to your body being under constant stress. This causes a rise in the hormone cortisol and depletes the adrenals, leading to a decrease in overall energy. This supplement helps to support mental and physical performance and rebalance these energy levels.

My personal favorites:

Life Seasons Adrenal-T

 

Hydrochloric Acid with Pepsin

Hydrochloric acid is the main acid in the stomach that helps to break down protein. When it becomes low, it can often lead to and/or worsen GERD and SIBO, both of which I currently have (yay). Supplementing with HCL with meals high in protein helps the body to digest foods properly and can help to heal leaky gut, SIBO, and prevent heartburn. This is something I would definitely recommend discussing with your doctor, especially in terms of dosing - but it has helped me tremendously!

My personal favorites:

NOW Foods - Betaine HCL with pepsin

 

Don't forget you can use the code LINDSEY10 on any of the PrettyFit supplements to save money hehe. Feel free to let me know what some of your favorite vitamins & supplements are or if you have any questions! I always love to hear from you!

xx,