Due to severe malabsorption (which I am on the path to healing) I need to supplement my vitamins and minerals. I prefer getting my nutrients from my food, but it just isn't possible right now. Are there other avenues for absorption of important vitamins minerals than digestion? I am currently using sub-lingual B12, bathe with magnesium oil and epsom salts, sit out in the sun (I design gardens, so this is easy - but I am STILL low on D!) ... can anyone think of other vitamins/minerals I need that I can get into my body via unconventional means?
I know this may sound silly, but it is serious! I've been diagnosed w/ anemia and hypothyroidism (both getting better since I started learning about the proper role of food in healing) and my gut problems are major after a gastric bypass 7 yrs ago.
Any suggestions/advice very appreciated. Extra credit for out of the box thinking. I need to get creative here! Thanks ever so...
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on March 13, 2013
at 11:48 PM
Sublingual D3 spray : http://www.amazon.com/Vitamin-D3-5000-IU-Strength/dp/B001W3D8GW
Tanning bed with correct bulbs for UVB.
Soak in a warm mineral spring weekly, (iron-rich, if you can find one.)
Sea salt foot baths?
D3, A and K are both fat-soluble, so you could try an oil-based supplement like a gelcap squeezed into a carrier oil, like coconut oil and rubbed on your belly/inner thighs (like you do with Progesterone cream.).
Vaginal suppositories (again used for Progesterone supplementation)are another option, with the fat soluble vitamins, but I would be careful, so as not to mess up your pH down there. YMMV!
on March 15, 2013
at 08:57 PM
I work on a site that evaluates supplements, so I've seen some products that are easy to use sublingually:
As Dragonfly mentioned, sublingual D3 is thought to work well. I prefer Carlson D-drops to that LA Naturals brand through, because the only other ingredient is fractionated coconut oil.
Now Foods has a cheap pure vitamin C crystal product that you could try sublingually. There's also some vitamin C products designed specifically for sublingual application, but I've never found one without questionable ingredients.
You could try more than just the B12 sublingually. While there's lots of B12/biotin/folic acid combo sublingual products, they seem to all have suspect ingredients. But I have found a few nice individual powder/liquid brands: Douglas Labs for B12, Beyond a Century for B3, and Life Extension for Biotin.
on March 14, 2013
at 12:32 AM
you can get iron infusions and vitamin c infusions. i do b-12 shots and sublingual vit d tablets. liquid vitamins are easier to absorb since your gut doesn't have to break apart a capsule. i drink fish oil. vitamin c, and l-glutamine . you can open probiotic capsules and put into water/juice. i also rub magnesium oil on my skin- especially my feet since they contain the largest pores on your body.
on April 28, 2013
at 11:03 AM
Using a liposome form of nutrient supplement such as Vitamin C or B will bypass the gut and pass directly into the bloodstream for 98% absorbtion. I use Lypospheric C and B and have found it to be fantastic, as I also have poor gut absorbtion. Vitamin C can improve so many functions in the body, my friend has been able to reduce his thyroid medication since using C as his thyroid is now working more efficiently. Google Liposome Nutrients and you will be impressed at this delivery system...far superior. All the best