Food and supplements.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

I want to get the most out of the food and supplements I eat, and I need some help to figure out when to take what.

I usually eat sauerkraut and drink broth with every meal. With breakfast I take some cod liver oil, and I'm also planning on adding some digestive enzymes for a while. Between lunch/dinner and dinner/sleep I usually drink about 1 cup of home brewed kombucha.

Would it be better to just eat sauerkraut once a day? Broth once a day? Broth betweens meals instead of with? Digestive enzymes and broth together or not? I have a lot of questions like this, so please help :)

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on June 26, 2013
at 08:10 PM

You're doing like a kitchen sink kind of thing here. Which is dandy but it's best to try things elimination testing style.

If you're not familiar with it, basically, it's eating non-reactive/ non-inflammatory foods only (like AI protocol even if you're not AI) for about one month, then add something.

One thing to add is the fish oil, sauerkraut or whatever but ONE at a time. Keep it up if you don't react badly. If you do, then you know maybe something's off. Sometimes that means you can use small amounts or other times it's none.

If you do react, STOP. You can retest later after your symptoms subside and you have several days of clarity/ non-reaction. If you try that same thing a 2nd time and react, don't do it anymore.

I apply the same 'test' to supplements. If I know my trim is set (even keel) and try something but see positives, then I can guess that's a good thing to add.

Of course, if you're going for a specific goal in blood panels, you need to get pre- and post- tests.

It sounds like you're just trying for general health.

Personal references: I always do great with digestive enzymes before AI and after. It normally takes about 48 hours and suddenly my gut is much happier. I've tried several kinds and so far never had a bad reaction although I think some work a little better. You have to test it yourself. Likewise:

I used to do a fish oil supplement but that was before I was doing AI protocol. When I added fish oil, to my shock, I had an allergic skin reaction! Never had it before. I don't know at this point if it was THAT particular supplement (one from Costco) or if fish oil in general is a problem. I haven't retested it with another brand because it was a TERRIBLE reaction. I just can't eff myself up that badly on purpose when I successfully eat real fatty fish and crustaceans with no problem. Strange situation, perhaps, but I'm sticking to real food rather than the supplements there.

I eat sauerkraut daily, too, and notice a difference quickly as well. That's how 2 supplements and 1 food work for me.

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