Let’s start this post off with a big ol’ disclaimer, shall we? I am educated in NO way to make recommendations to you about supplements, except to tell you what works for me. Additionally, anyone who is eating a diet that is varied in micronutrients likely doesn’t need a supplement. These are just things that I take based off what I’ve been told by my doctor, or what I’ve read and liked. I hope they help you too!
Collagen (Vital Proteins) – After taking collagen for about a year, I can truly say that I have seen the biggest change in my hair, skin and nails that I have ever seen with any product. In the interest of full disclosure, Vital Proteins has sent me free products in in the past. However, I do pay for their plain collagen on a regular basis as I have a 2 scoops every single day. I mix a scoop in a cup of coffee and can’t taste it at all. You can read a really informative post about collagen here.
PEScience Protein Powder – While I don’t recommend having too many “protein products” in one day – you should get most of your protein from real food – I love PEScience protein powder for mixing into my oatmeal or smoothies. My favorite is the Snickerdoodle flavor. It is a pretty “clean” protein overall and doesn’t have other things mixed into it.
BCAAs – Sometimes I prefer drinking a drink with BCAAs mixed in instead of the Perfect Amino capsules. I like to have water with BCAAs after I run and while I lift weights. This watermelon flavor is my favorite.
NAC – NOW brand: This supplement is something my friend Kim talks about taking all the time. It has helped her with not getting sick and that is huge for me. As someone who travels a lot and is constantly shaking hands with different people, I was ALL over that!
Probiotic: Silver Fern is a brand that has been recommended to me. To be honest, I will also just buy whatever is convenient at the health food store. I feel like my digestion could use all the help it can get, so I’ve taken some form of probiotic for a while now.
Natural Calm (magnesium): I started taking this because magnesium is really important for a lot of things. Hahaha – I know that is very broad. But in all seriousness, magnesium is needed for nerves, muscles, bones and it is especially good for recovery. It is also good for “regular digestion” if you catch my meaning. This supplement can make you a little sleepy, which is GREAT for me – but definitely make sure you only take it at night.
I know some people take way more supplements than this and some people take way less. When I travel, I typically only bring the collagen, probiotic & NAC. But I don’t really stress any of it too much.
Side note: many of these products have various coupon codes that you can use if you find bloggers or athletes that they work with. However, in my experience, buying the products off Amazon with free shipping (if you have Prime), is generally less money than buying the product direct from the source, with the blogger discount and with paying for shipping. None of these links are affiliate links for me, and I don’t get anything if you buy these products.