While supplements are a great part of a daily wellness ritual, not every supplement out there is necessary for every person, every day, and certainly not all brands are created equal. In fact, some supplement brands’ quality can be so poor that they are actually detrimental to take. Other times, they may be unaligned with our own personal health needs and goals, which can actually create an imbalance.
The right idea is to first assess how we’re feeling. Tired? Stressed? Depleted? Coming down with something? Maybe we are keyed up, or working a ton and not getting enough sunshine. Maybe we are vegan, or on a special diet that restricts some nutrients.
If you’re unsure, ask a doctor! A blood panel can help determine what vitamins may be deficient, and a naturopathic doctor can help assess what compounds are missing from your diet or being depleted from lifestyle choices, etc.
It’s also crucial not to blindly purchase supplements. Research not only the effects and benefits of each supplement before purchasing, but also sourcing, other filler ingredients, and overall brand integrity. Kourt’s current supplement lineup is aligned with her diet and lifestyle, but that’s always changing and evolving. These are just some quality, trusted brands that are totally Poosh-approved.
As weird as it may sound, this daily supplement is made from bovine adrenal glands to support adrenal gland health and function. And, if you’re wondering what the hell PMG stands for, it’s protomorphogens … aka extracts of nucleic acids from the nucleus of the cell. Its special blend of minerals, nucleotides, and peptides helps to mitigate our bodies’ natural stress response to daily things we shouldn’t have to compromise our health over. It’s an excellent addition when balancing the nervous system is of utmost importance.
Flu season calls for a dose of beta-glucans. This top-notch source delivers 500mg of whole glucan particles in its patented, bioavailable formula that is non-GMO, natural, and hypoallergenic. It works by activating the immune system’s front-runner cells for a super quick first-line immune response.
Zinc is absolutely essential for healthy, clear skin, hair, and nails, as well as maintaining a strong immune response. It’s crucial for bone density and strength, and even helps maintain normal vision and eye health. While it does need to be bound to citric acid to make it stable (i.e. the kind of research we are talking about when we say “do your research”), zinc citrate is a powerful and bioavailable form of this vital nutrient. Look for copper-free if a copper sensitivity is something you may be worried about (again, checking with your doctor).
This revolutionary all-spore probiotic is pharmaceutical grade, soy-free, allergen-free, GMO-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. Say that five times fast. It’s the only product to include Bacillus indicus, which is an incredible spore that produces its own carotenoids (lycopene, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and lutein) in the GI tract at the site of their absorption for major antioxidant effect. This probiotic touts 100% survivability in the GI tract and does not need to be refrigerated. Go off.
Think total cellular health. This supplement helps increase NAD+, which is essentially our cellular energy source. This can help to boost metabolism, feed the mitochondria for quicker and more efficient detox, defend against metabolic stress (even overeating), and boost cellular repair from oxidation and stress as well. Basically, it undoes the impact of modern life on a cellular level. It’s the ultimate anti-aging supplement.
It’s no secret reishi mushroom is a powerful adaptogen that is useful in anyone’s herbal supplement lineup. This is the only one we’ll say that it won’t hurt to try—and that goes for everyone. Known as the longevity herb, or herb of immortality in Traditional Chinese Medicine, reishi has the power to stimulate the immune system, support the liver and kidneys, support sustainable energy, and help our bodies’ response to stress.
Thorne Amino Complex
These essential amino acids are the baseline for building muscles and new tissue. They are a great addition to collagen powder for an active workout routine to help restore, build, maintain, and heal muscles that get worked on the regular. They help to enhance cellular energy production so that you can keep up the stamina instead of constantly plateauing. They are for reaching major #goals.
Unfortunately, most of the Western world is deficient in magnesium. This can result in trouble sleeping, heightened stress and anxiety in the body, muscle cramps and soreness, being prone to depression, and a slew of other conditions: migraine headache, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, asthma, premenstrual syndrome, preeclampsia, and various cardiac arrhythmias. It’s safe to say it’s a pretty important mineral to keep in the lineup, and Kourt takes that seriously.
Ideal for both cardiovascular health as well as bone health, this combo is more potent and easily absorbed by the body when taken together. Vitamin D3 is fat-soluble, so only take it with or after consuming a fat-containing meal. It helps to preserve healthy levels of calcium in the blood, making it vital for optimal dental health as well. We cannot absorb adequate calcium without vitamin D3, while K2, also vital for normal bone and cardiovascular cell formation, ensures that the calcium transported by D is actually absorbed into your bones.
Dragon Herbs 8 Immortals
This herbal supplement is the tincture to end all tinctures. It’s got cordyceps fruiting body, wild reishi fruiting body, goji berries, prepared he shou wu root, schisandra fruit, snow lotus flower, Tibetan rhodiola root, and wild American ginseng root to support energy, stamina, mood, stress, focus, beauty, immunity, and more. For those who don’t want a million tinctures in their cabinet, this one is king.
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