The best time of day to take your supplements...and why it matters

So I'm not going to get super Bill Nye the Science Guy on you, but I am going to let you into my head a little.

First of all, I have found a new app I love called Anchor.fm. It's only available on iPhones in the app store, but it's a winner (I'm certain it'll be on Google Play soon). 

The post you are reading was one of my downloads to a questions a listener asked. 

The timing of when you take your supplements during the day is a really important factor for assimilation and integration, and to receive the benefit of your supplements.

I learned the most about this from my friend Holcomb (a whip-smart Naturopathic Doctor), continuing education, also from another medicine practitioner Rick back when I began training for ultra-marathons and during midwifery school.

The supplements most women need take and are best for us, in my opinion:

DHA: Good for lubrication of bones and joints, and for brain function and energy
Vitamin D3: Women need extra D to help with calcium absorption and to promote bone mineralization. It also supports a strong immune system.
Magnesium: Helps calm the nervous system and helps the large muscles relax. It aids in reducing stress and improving memory. 
Calcium: obvs! It's a must for women of all ages, but needs to be taken with Vit D.
Probiotics: These powerful organisms help build a strong immune system, improve gut and digestive functions, and reduce inflammation.
Digestive Enzymes: Help improve immune function and ease digestion.
Zinc: Benefits immune function, energy, and endurance; increases antioxidant activity; and has powerful antiviral properties. Zinc can give you a boost when you feel depleted.

Other good supplements to have around:

Folic Acid (for those trying to get pregnant or are pregnant): important for fetal development.
Vitamin C: I like to have these handy for allergies, sniffles, because it decreases the production of histamines in our body, and it's awesome for improved immunity when I feel a bug coming on. It's also great for the formation and maintenance of collagen making it important for strong connective tissue which significantly benefits ligaments, cartilage, joints, skin, bones, and teeth. 
Cortisol Manager: this is new to my medicine cabinet. I needed it to help reset my cortisol levels from too much stress and interrupted sleep; and I wanted to test the product. It's a winner and works! Take before bed like you would melatonin. 
Plant-based Liquid Iron: works best and has to be taken with Vitamin-C.
E3Live: because I love algae and it helps increase the production of oxygen in your blood.

NOW...why not take a multi-vitamin? Well, yeah, it's the easiest thing to do. But, not the most effective.

Many multivitamins don't absorb in the body and do the job you think they're doing, you just flush them out in urine or sweat. Prenatals might make you think they're doing something good, and sometimes they are enough. Many times, however, it's just a bandaid when you really can benefit your whole body with extra supplements. 

To take a few supplements throughout the day helps your body use the minerals efficiently, over time, improving your health. #doingtheirjob

Also, timing matters, because our body processes different vitamins and minerals better at different times of the day and often work together better with others.

For instance, Calcium (and I'm not talking TUMS here) does not work alone in your body - it requires Vitamin D to work better for your body and to assimilate. 

Here's how I take my supplements during the day and why:

Before breakfast: digestive enzymes (get the juices going), Vitamin D (it's an energizer in the body), and a probiotic. My probiotics are powerful, so I take these once or twice a week. You can also take Calcium with your morning routine to process better with vit-d, and it works better in your body during the day. 
Mid-morning: Vitamin C (works best in your body during waking hours)
Lunch: digestive enzymes, any B-vitamins (but I don't do a lot of B's)
Before bed: DHA, Magnesium (taken before bedtime because it gets utilized better in the body at night and provides better sleep). With Mg, you don't want to take it with Ca because they cancel each other out biochemically, contrary to popular belief. Zinc, because Zinc and Mg go together like chocolate and peanut butter enhancing strength and endurance...we all need a little more endurance mojo in our days.

Does this make sense?

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