IBS

How I Healed my IBS – Step 2 – Supplements

Alongside the major dietary changes, I was advised to start a supplement regime. I had previously tried many different probiotics I’d read about online, but none of them seemed to make any substantial difference to my symptoms or how I was feeling.

The alternative healer used kinesiology to see test which supplements were most beneficial to my body. It took many different probiotics to find one that actually seemed to work for my body, so it is no surprise I had not had much luck previously. Other than this, I had not bothered with other supplements as my understanding was that we are able to get the vitamins we need from the food we eat.

None of the products listed in this post are advertisements or endorsed in anyway, these were just legitimately the supplements that helped made me feel better. Please speak to a qualified healthcare practitioner before starting a new supplement regime.

The supplements I took were:

1. Higher nature – Balance for Nerves

Ingredients: Niacin (Vitamin B3) 40mg, Vitamin B6 20mg ,(as pyridoxine HCl 10mg and pyridoxal-5-phosphate 10mg), Folic acid 100µg, Vitamin B12 20µg, Pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) 100mg, Magnesium 70mg, Theanine 50mg, Lemon balm extract 3:1 37mg (Equivalent to lemon balm powder 100mg), Passion flower extract 4:1 100mg (Equivalent to passion flower powder 400mg), Taurine 550mg.

This is primarily a B vitamin supplement, that she said due to my intolerance to wheat, I was significantly deficient in B vitamins. 3 years later I still take these, as I feel a significant difference to my anxiety, stress and energy levels. I took two a day for the first year, and now I take one a day in the morning.

2. Cytoplan – Milk Thistle

Ingredients: Organic silybum marianum powder (milk thistle, whole herb), vegetable cellulose (capsule shell)

Milk thistle is used to detox the liver. At the time, I would drink heavily one night a week – either on a Friday or Saturday. I did not think drinking one night a week could impact my health so significantly, but as a now tee-total individual I can see how much it messed with my moods and health. I took one in the morning and one at night for three months.

3. Cytoplan – Fos-a-dophilus

Ingredients: Inulin (fructo-oligosaccharide), dehydrated bacterial culture (Bifidobacterium longum RO175, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus animalis ssp lactis B94, Bifidobacterium breve ROO7O, Bifidobacterium infantis ROO33, Lactobacillus acidophilus) RO418, potato starch, magnesium stearate, ascorbic acid (antioxidant), HPMC (vegetable cellulose, capsule shell).

I took one of these in the morning for about two months and found they worked well. However, after about two months, I felt like they were no longer working for my body and they started to upset my stomach after I’d taken them. I then moved onto the Acidophilus Plus, which again worked for about four months and then the same happened. My body was in a much better place by the time, so I stopped using probiotics altogether and haven’t used them since.

4. Nutri Advanced – Vitamin D3 Lemon Melts

Ingredients: Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) (50µg), Mannitol, Xylitol, Sodiumcarboxymethylcellulose, Lemon juice powder, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Lemon flavour, Citric acid, Magnesium stearate, Flavour, Silicon dioxide, Steviol glycosides

She opted to give me the ‘melts’ to reduce the amount of pills I had to swallow a day. I take these every winter, as I notice a different in my mood when days start to get darker earlier. They taste pretty good too!

5. Alkalife – Alkaline water pH drops

Ingredients: distilled water, potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide. 

I took these until the bottle ran out. I don’t know how much these contributed towards my feelings of improvement, but I do think my body was quite acidic pre-diet changes.

6. Biocare – Vitamin A

Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), Antioxidant (DL-Alpha Tocopherol)

I took two drops in the morning in my smoothie. I used these again until the bottle ran out.

The supplement schedule was expensive, especially initially on top of paying for appointments and buying better quality food. That said, I definitely feel they greatly contributed towards making my body feel stronger, and over the years I have started re-taking certain ones if I feel a need an energy boost.

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