Disclaimer: In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this Supplement Lineup post may contain affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you).
I want to preface this post with two things that are incredibly important.
- Choosing a supplement is SO personal because of something called “bio-individuality”. Your needs and the needs of someone else are completely different. Even if you have the same condition as someone else, your health needs may be different than them. Figure out what you need, what works for you, and don’t worry about what anyone else is taking.
- I’m a big fan of eating in a way that helps me get the nutrients I need. If you can do that, and don’t need supplementation, that’s amazing. Unfortunately, diet sometimes isn’t enough for everyone. Sometimes, we need a little help. Sometimes, it isn’t about nutrient deficiencies, but about helping yourself feel the best you possibly can.
Those are my caveats for this post. The supplements I’m about to share with you are products I completely believe in. I use them every day and absolutely love them. I would not share them with you if that was not the case. Some are considered more “conventional” supplements while others are more alternative. But all of them help me in one way or another!
Digestive Supplement Lineup
Probiotics are incredibly popular right now, but honestly the hype is justified. Gut health is so important because it literally dictates everything. Everything from your immune system to your mental health is dependent on the health of your digestive flora. That is why I am pretty passionate about probiotics. I know that sounds crazy, but I make a point to take them every day and am working on getting my family members on the gut health train too! I have tried quite a few different brands but I’ve found one I honestly love. The Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic Women’s Care is my go-to these days. Probiotics can be crazy expensive, but the price point is right for the Renew life line of probiotic supplements. Not only has my digestion been way better since taking these consistently, but I honestly haven’t had a cold or the flu in ages. And that’s pretty unusual for me. But I’ll take it! You can find the Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotic Women’s Care supplement here!
I know what you’re thinking. Why is collagen under gut health supplements? Isn’t it more of a beauty supplement? Well, the great thing about collagen peptides is that it not only helps with skin, hair, and nail health, but it supports digestive health as well! Collagen helps regulate the production and secretion of stomach acid, helping prevent acid reflux, ulcers, and other conditions caused by an overly acidic stomach environment. The collagen peptides I use, Further Food Collagen Peptides, contain the amino acids glycine and proline which help heal the stomach lining and prevent ulcers, and the amino acid glutamine which helps prevent inflammation in the gut wall. As if these benefits weren’t good enough, collagen also holds water in the intestine, helping food move more smoothly through the gut. You can find Further Food Collagen Peptides here, and use code “SIMPLYSHANNONAGINS10” for a discount on your order!
Okay I know this isn’t really a supplement. It’s a deliciously effervescent drink. I started drinking it in place of soda because I wanted something bubbly that was better for me. But honestly, kombucha is more than a delicious drink. It’s a probiotic supplement! If taking capsules like the Renew Life probiotics I mentioned above isn’t really your thing, maybe kombucha is more your style. It’s delicious on its own, as a cocktail, or as a mocktail like my Ginger Berry Basil Mocktail. Plus, you’re supplementing your gut microbiome! I mean, it really doesn’t get better than that. And yes, I take the Renew Life Probiotics AND drink kombucha, but that’s because I’ve been taking probiotics for a while. Probiotics are not something you want to take a ton of right off the bat. You might spend a little more time in the restroom than you’d like, if you know what I mean. So start small and work your way up. Listen to your body and do what’s best for you! You can find my favorite kombucha here!
Fibromyalgia and IC Supplement Lineup
I know this is a super specific category so if these don’t apply to you, feel free to keep scrolling. However, I know there are a ton of people in the chronic illness community that can benefit from these supplements, so here we go!
A little over a month ago, FibroAid contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying their product and possibly become an affiliate. So for the last month or so I’ve been taking FibroAid and I’ve noticed a huge difference in my symptoms. FirboAid is the one of the only multivitamin specifically formulated for people with fibromyalgia. It’s designed to help with deficiencies commonly seen in fibro patients and ease inflammation. It contains vitamin D and vitamin B12 to help with fatigue, memory, and focus. It also contains magnesium and flaxseed oil powder to help with pain management. FibroAid contains turmeric and black pepper to help with inflammation. There are other natural ingredients in FibroAid that help with various fibro symptoms like sleep disturbance, brain fog, joint stiffness, and high blood pressure.
A big selling point for me was that it does NOT have vitamin C. This sounds weird, I know, but for those of us also with Interstitial Cystitis (IC), vitamin C supplements (usually ascorbic acid) can pretty severely trigger our IC symptoms. No, this supplement did not cure my fibro. It didn’t make my symptoms non-existent. What FibroAid has done for me is made my symptoms less severe, supported my energy levels, and made my flares shorter and more manageable. And for me, that’s pretty incredible. Use this link to check out FibroAid and receive a discount on your order!
When I first heard of marshmallow root, I was super confused. I was thinking of fluffy white delicious candy. Unfortunately, marshmallow root is not candy. But it is one of my favorite supplements. I’ve taken it in tea form and capsule form, and I’m going to be completely honest with you: I could NOT handle the tea. It was disgusting. So I decided to stick with the capsules. While normally marketed as a digestive or respiratory supplement, marshmallow root has helped reduce my frequency and urgency IC symptoms, as well as decreasing the severity of my pelvic pain. And let me tell ya, not running to the bathroom every 20 minutes is pretty great. Overall, marshmallow root helps with inflammation and the mucosal lining of various organ tissues. You can find more info on marshmallow root here and purchase it here!
Herbal Supplement Lineup
Herbal supplements are no different than conventional supplements in that they should be used to suit your body and your needs. My needs are different than yours and yours are different from anyone else’s. I use these supplements to help myself feel better, function better, and overall live a happier and healthier life.
I’ve mentioned lion’s mane before in my Adaptogen Update post. At the time, my focus was on cognitive function. And while that’s still incredibly important to me, I’m super interested in the other benefits of lion’s mane as well. As someone with fibromyalgia, which is a central nervous system disease, I’m all about nerve health. And studies have show that lion’s mane supports the production of nerve growth factor! So I’m all about that! It’s also been used for centuries for its anti-aging and immune support properties, and is even being studying for anti-cancer properties! (Find out more here). I use the lion’s mane from GreenLove, a friend of mine and herbalist local to the Central Coast of California. I’ve also used Om Mushrooms’ lion’s mane and loved it! You can find the GreenLove lion’s mane here and the Om Mushroom’s lion’s mane here.
Many of you, especially my fellow IC warriors, know that caffeine is a no-go for me. I used to live on the stuff. Like I couldn’t function without my morning (and sometimes afternoon) coffee. But when I got diagnosed with IC and my symptoms got really bad, caffeine wasn’t really an option for me anymore. Small doses are fine (like in chocolate or kombucha) but fully caffeinated coffee and I don’t get along too well anymore. So I’ve had to find other ways to boost my energy. Thanks to fibro, the fatigue is real for me some days. It feels like I’m walking through tar with a hundred pound weight on my back. Some days I can barely get out of bed. So anything that helps me fight fatigue is a must for me. That’s where shilajit comes in. It’s a mineral compound from up in the Himalayas that gives you a major energy and immune boost. And that’s definitely a win in my book. I use the shilajit tincture from GreenLove and love it. However, I highly recommend putting it in something that masks the flavor (coffee, hot chocolate, smoothie, etc.) because it’s not the best tasting supplement in the world. You can find the tincture I use here.
Kind of like kombucha, Rasa isn’t really a supplement. It’s a drink. But it has so much herbal goodness, I had to include it in this list! Rasa is an herbal coffee substitute that is ethically and sustainably sourced, with no caffeine and low acidity. For me, other coffee substitutes didn’t work because they were still too acidic. But Rasa is perfect. I drink it every morning in the form of my Caffeine Free Herbal Mocha Latte. It’s loaded with chaga, he shou wu, shatavari, eleuthero, codonopsis, ashwagandha, mycelium, rhodiola, reishi, and ceylon cinnamon. All of these herbs provide you with grounded, mellow energy and support immune health and a healthy stress reaction (both physically and mentally). I’m not exaggerating when I say Rasa has changed my life. I truly believe in this small, woman-owned company out of Boulder, Colorado, and everything about their product. Check out Rasa here and use code “SIMPLYSHANNONAGINS” at checkout for 10% off your order!
Sleep Supplement Lineup
Olly Restful Sleep
I used to be super averse to taking supplements to help me sleep. It freaked me out. But with fibro and IC, as well as anxiety, I got to a point where I simply needed help. I was pretty much incapable of falling asleep at a reasonable hour and my sleep was anything but restful. When I saw the Olly Restful Sleep gummies at Target a while back, I thought I’d give them a try. And guys, they’re so good. Not only do they work great, but they taste great, too! You can find them here!
Good Night’s Rest
I’ve mentioned GreenLove a couple times throughout this post and that’s because I truly believe in Ashley, the owner, and everything she is doing with her company. All of her herbs are ethically and sustainably sourced, and she makes all tinctures and other products herself! Trying to find something a little more natural to help me with my sleeping issues, I asked Ashley about her Good Night’s Rest tincture. And it’s literally the best thing I’ve ever used to help me sleep. While I can’t stand the taste, I use vegetarian capsules to take it just like a pill. And I can honestly say, if I’m having a hard time sleeping, this is the best thing I can take to knock me out. Check it out here!
I want to reiterate that supplementation is extremely personal. Your needs are different from anyone else’s. I simply wanted to share what’s working for me, in case any of this can work for you too! It is always a good idea to consult with a doctor or medical professional before taking dietary supplements, especially if you’re on any prescribed medication.
If you have any questions at all, or want to share what’s working for you, leave a comment below!