“What supplements do you take?”
I get asked that question a lot. The supplement industry is vast and confusing. It’s easy to spend a lot of money on supplements, especially when you’re unclear or unsure about what you’re buying.
Personally, I don’t take a lot of supplements. It’s important to me to lose fat and gain muscle naturally, so I focus on what I eat and my workouts. I do take a few supplements, however, and thought I’d share my day-to-day routine.
My macros are set to 155 grams of protein a day. That’s a lot for me. I eat protein at every meal, and try to have something with protein at every snack (as I eat carrot sticks and hummus…). I almost always struggle to hit my protein goals, however, so I use protein powder as a supplement. My favorite brands right now are Orgain, ProteinOne, and Arbonne. I generally opt for a plant-based protein powder, but bring the whey in on occasion.
BCAAs are a bit of a wonder supplement. I started taking BCAAs in May, and have seen a difference in my recovery time, and muscle soreness post-workout. BCAAs essentially reduce fatigue, accelerate recovery, reduce muscle soreness, and improve the use of fat for energy. I use the Surge brand found at Complete Nutrition (not available online!) – love the White Mamba flavor! – and mix a scoop in a 32oz water bottle before my workouts.
*This is not a paid nor sponsored post, but I do include a referral link, which gives us both a $10 credit!
My friend Margaret turned me on to the Hum Nutrition brand of supplements which is sold online and at Sephora. Hum works with nutritionists, and all of their products are gluten-free and non-GMO. They also offer a subscription option for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months as well as a discount for ordering three or more products. I opted for the 3-month subscription after learning that I can edit my subscription at any time. I’m on my second month and so far, I’m mostly impressed.
Here is what I’m taking (or took) and my thoughts so far.
Advertised as for “glowing skin and shiny, fuller hair,” I decided to give Red Carpet a try for a few reasons. Margaret had great things to say about it for one, and it’s a top seller at Sephora. Plus, my nails are weak, bending and breaking once they get to a certain length. About two weeks into Red Carpet, I noticed my hair seemed a little shinier and fuller. By the third week, my nails were markedly stronger and longer – and they aren’t breaking every time I pick up a barbell! Last week, I had two complements on my “glowing skin.” The only thing I’ve changed about my routine is take Red Carpet. I’m a fan.
I was slightly weary of Flatter Me when I ordered it as one of its claims to fame is “a flatter stomach.” It’s ultimately a digestive enzyme and I’ve found that it works wonders for me. My digestive system reacts loudly to certain types of food, and I’ve noted a difference since taking Flatter Me.
I drink a LOT of coffee. Like, a lot. I thought I would give Hum’s Uber Energy a try, as it is marketed to support consistent energy through adrenal support. I saw absolutely no difference, even when I tried curbing my coffee consumption for a couple of weeks. I canceled this particular supplement after the first month and noted that it does get some mixed reviews online.
Ripped Rooster is a thermogenic metabolism booster. I’m currently sifting through a lot of research and information on metabolic damage from dieting and restrictive eating, and some of the ingredients found in this supplement have been shown to aid in healing that damage. I know I’ve damaged mine from years of yo-yo dieting before finding a healthy balance in my food. I can’t say this has done wonders, but I can’t say it’s failed. I’m giving it another month before I decide.
Overall, I really like the Hum Nutrition line. I like that all the ingredients are listed online, and that they use science behind their products. I think I’m going to add Collagen Love to my order next month. If you’re interested in trying Hum, you can use my referral code: 136701 for $10 off your order.
When you are in the market for supplements, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to take supplements you need. Read labels, and know the ingredients. Speak with your doctor, especially if you are on prescription medications. And remember, supplements are just that – supplements. The best thing you can do for your health is to follow a balanced diet and move your body a few times a week.