Where Do Supplements Fit Into A Healing Diet?
With nutrient density and a balanced diet as the priority of the AIP, you might be confused about whether you should also be taking supplements or not.
I’ve had many people tell me they MUST supplement because they’re cutting eggs and dairy and what ever else out of their diet while on the AIP … but in reality this doesn’t have to be the case!
If you’re concerned about a certain deficiency, I encourage you to do a quick Google search (search: “What foods are rich in X…”) to find out what foods are rich in that vitamin/nutrient. I think you’ll be shocked by how much you can get just from eating the RIGHT fruits, vegetables and proteins!
That said, I’m not saying that supplements are a no-no on the AIP, that’s not the case at all. Many people may be in nutritional crisis due to their medical condition and they may need to supplement in addition to using the AIP to heal (this was and is the case for me). Most IMPORTANTLY, always follow the guidelines of your doctor, functional medicine practitioner, AIP coach or nutritional consultant.
What Should I Take?
The “I” in that question is THE most important word … supplements are completely unique to each individual. There is NO one-size fits all approach to supplementation, just like there’s no one-size fits all AIP.
There is NO one regime that works for every person with Hashimoto’s or Graves, no standard set of supplements someone should take if they suffer from Chrons, Fibromyalgia, MS, RA, etc., and so on. Resist the urge to be a copycat – unfortunately, it’s not as easy as copy from one person’s regieme to your own. This can be is especially true with things like probiotics (folks with SIBO and digestive disease have special needs – sometimes you don’t even know what your underlying issues is and that makes it trickier again!), and then there’s B vitamins which can be challenging for folks with methylation / detoxification issues, and don’t get me started about anyone dealing with mold exposure issues – things I thought were safe for me are not … and the list goes on and on and on!
Honestly – save yourself some time and stop wasting money on supplements that might not be right for you! This is likely something you need to work through and figure with an expert, such as a Functional Medicine Practitioner. Seriously consider this – it could save you months or years on your journey to health.
A Word of Caution
I just mentioned wasting money, none of us want to do that, but more importantly, you want to be sure you’re getting quality supplements. There’s a lot of hubbub lately about fraudulent supplements being sold online from sources like Amazon, so please, buyer beware! If the price is cheap and it seems to good to be true, it likely is. Beyond that, supplements are scary confusing! There are so many things to watch for when it comes to nutritional ingredients and quality, never mind all the tricky inactive ingredients that may be hiding in your supplements! So if you can, be sure to get a professional to assist you with determining the right supplements and best brands for your personal situation.
While I’m not about to recommend anything personally for anyone (DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor), I will point you in the right direction to a trusted company that I’ve seen recommended by some of the experts. I have personally used Perfect Supplements desiccated liver capsules when I was at my very worst and in nutritional crisis. I trust their quality offerings so much that I decided to become an affiliate. You can find them here. (NOTE: Not all products offered by this affiliate are necessarily AIP – you will still need to do your own research and consult a professional for advice.)