When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I began seeing a specialist in autoimmune disease. She is an integrative/alternative endocrinologist (MD). Because Hashi’s affects thyroid hormones, it can in turn affect other hormones. Along with seeing the specialist came recommends for many different supplements.
I HATE taking pills. Who actually likes it? So I would try one for a month and see whether it made a difference. Despite doctor recommendations, I believe it’s important to tune into what works and what doesn’t work for you. One thing I definitely don’t take is a multi-vitamin. With the highly nutritious food you’re eating, it is generally not necessary.
There are some supplements I recommend from my own personal experience. I’ll list the “why”, and if you are experiencing similar symptoms, it might be an option for you.
If you are carrying around a lot of weight, chances are you experience joint pain. If you previously had a diet consisting of a lot of foods that can cause inflammation, this might be a supplement for you. Curaphen is a high potency form of curcumin (turmeric). It is completely natural and has been used for inflammation for centuries. Our western culture only recently caught on. I took this in the beginning and almost immediately it eliminated joint pain. It is a more holistic anti-inflammatory. Now, I only take this if I’ve been doing a lot of physical work.
In the past, I would take 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 in the winter months, as I’m prone to the winter blues. So imagine my surprise when a recent blood test showed my D3 levels were WAY below normal.
My doctor explained that some people don’t absorb D3 well, and most of us aren’t in the sun enough to get all that we need. My doctor recommended I take this K2 D3 supplement. Vitamin K2 has been shown to help with the absorption of D3. It’s also good for calcium absorption. My levels are now on the high end of normal, and I feel like this was the magic bullet for feeling depressed in ALL seasons.
K2 D3 should be taken after you eat breakfast as it absorbs best with fat. With all of the recommends here, if you purchase this on Amazon, you can set it up to have it delivered automatically (and the cost is a bit lower with a subscription).
Previously, I’d taken Melatonin, and it had no effect in helping with sleep. The type my doctor recommended was the “sub-lingual”, which basically means it dissolves and is partially absorbed by placing under the tongue. I have found that taking this Melatonin a few hours before bedtime definitely helps me to get a more sound sleep which in turn helps cortisol levels and weight loss! Note that most of the sub-lingual brands contain sucralose or some other sweetener. I’m not happy about that, but it is a very small amount, so it is Luminous approved.
While eating Luminous does provide most of the nutrients our bodies need, it is sometimes necessary to supplement for the way we live (less sunshine) and in some cases to help recover from the way we USED to eat (relieving inflammation). And if you’re sleep-deprived, it’s important to recognize that not getting a sound sleep or enough sleep can impede weight loss efforts. It can be confusing with all of the brands out there, so the ones I recommend are the ones that worked for me. I hope this helps!