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Trans-Dermal, Sub-Lingual, Eye Drops... I need suggestions for supplements that can be absorbed somewhere other than the gut. Any help?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

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 May 09, 2013
at 03:12 PM

Thank you for this Linda! I am very low in C no matter how much I take. I am looking into this

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:43 PM

I've heard of the vaginal suppository supposedly being the best way to take progesterone, so I guess it would work for other stuff too!

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on March 14, 2013
at 01:29 AM

I haven't done B12 shots yet, but I'm on board for trying it, I hear great things. I've never heard of iron or vit C infusions - very interesting! I will definitely pursue this. And I had no idea about the pores in the feet being the largest- really good to know! Thanks!

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HAHAHA! I asked for creative thinking! I never considered a vaginal suppository ... I think I'll exhaust the other options before I go there, but you win the extra credit!!! I am getting the sublingual D3 spray, thanks for the link. I like the idea of using my daily coconut oil body rubs (for soft skin!) as a way to get more vitamins ... perfect.

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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!

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on March 14, 2013
at 01:27 AM

HAHAHA! I asked for creative thinking! I never considered a vaginal suppository ... I think I'll exhaust the other options before I go there, but you win the extra credit!!! I am getting the sublingual D3 spray, thanks for the link. I like the idea of using my daily coconut oil body rubs (for soft skin!) as a way to get more vitamins ... perfect.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:43 PM

I've heard of the vaginal suppository supposedly being the best way to take progesterone, so I guess it would work for other stuff too!

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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:

Vitamin D

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.

Vitamin C

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.

Vitamin B's

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.

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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.

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on March 14, 2013
at 01:29 AM

I haven't done B12 shots yet, but I'm on board for trying it, I hear great things. I've never heard of iron or vit C infusions - very interesting! I will definitely pursue this. And I had no idea about the pores in the feet being the largest- really good to know! Thanks!

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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

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on May 09, 2013
at 03:12 PM

Thank you for this Linda! I am very low in C no matter how much I take. I am looking into this

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