Episode 445: What Supplements to Take on the AIP?
The Whole View, Episode 445: What Supplements to Take on the AIP?
Welcome back to episode 445! (0:28)
This week is all about supporting your health from the perspective of what you can control. And what you can work with medical professionals on to optimize your own health as much as possible.
Specifically, Stacy and Sarah will be discussing supplements on the autoimmune protocol (AIP) or have been previously and are now in more of a maintenance mode.
Stacy remembers when she first encountered coming across this topic while struggling with digestive issues.
She was not absorbing anything from the food she was ingesting. This caused her to have to re-nourish herself through the use of supplements.
She reminds listeners that what they go over in this show is not har-and-fast. As situations, health, and age change, your needs will change as well.
Both Stacy and Sarah are not medical professionals. So be sure to touch base with your doctor when taking your health into your own hands.
Sarah shares a comment from a member of the Patreon family that she feels sums up the approach she and Stacy takes toward this show. Today's Sponsor
One of Stacy and Sarah's favorite supplement brands, Just Thrive, agreed to sponsor today's show! (2:30)
They are currently offering Whole View listeners 15% off their order using code THEWHOLEVIEW or you can follow the link above.
Bacillus bacteria are particularly important for gut health, even creating an environment where other probiotic species (like the Lactobacillus in sauerkraut) can thrive.
Historically, we were exposed to Bacillus in dirt, but in our modern, sterile environments, Just Thrive probiotic has got us covered (no eating dirt necessary!).
Not only is Just Thrive a potent probiotic, but it also contains a novel strain, Bacillus indicus (HU36), that produces antioxidants and vitamins right inside of the intestines, including lycopene, lutein, astaxanthin, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, B vitamins, and vitamin K2!
It can help people with IBS symptoms, digestion, infection, healthy gut, cholesterol, and so much more.
The individual Bacillus strains delivered by Just Thrive have been extensively studied; plus, the good folks behind Just Thrive have published a human clinical trial showing these strains can reduce leaky gut.
They have 11 other human clinical trials ongoing, which is incredible to see in the supplement industry.
Other shows sponsored by Just Thrive worth checking out:
* 346: Can You Have A Healthy Gut If You Don't Eat Paleo
* 417: Vitamin K2 - Hype or Essential
Other shows on supplements:
* 61: Supplements
* 234: Will I Have To Supplement Forever?
A follow-up question from a previous show on Vitamin D inspired the topic of today's show. (12:42).
Listener Sarah says:
I am wondering what vitamin D supplement you recommend? When starting aip I was still taking my regular one but realized it had soy in it. I just listened to the vitamin D episode and realize how important it is for skin health. I need to get a new one and wanted to see what you recommend. I'm already doing Vital Proteins collagen, zinc, and fermented cod liver oil supplements. Anything else you recommend? I'm 3 weeks in and feel a lot better!! But I do miss eggs, chocolate, and rice cooked with homemade broth the most!! I love your podcast so much and get to listen to podcasts while I sew for my job all day!! You girls really made the day go by fast with your puns and science! Thanks for all the knowledge!
Sarah adds that she believes puns to be the highest form of humor and is glad that (listener) Sarah also enjoys them.
First, it's worth mentioning that Stacy and Sarah no longer endorse or recommend Vital Proteins collagen. (See Episode 430 for the details.)
Stacy mentions that the formula change in Vital Proteins, depending on listener Sarah's situation, might negatively affect her if she's trying to eliminate gluten contaminants from her diet.
Stacy also recommends a broth alternative that might help scratch that broth and rice itch!
Sarah starts off by letting listeners know that there are many soy-free Vitamin D supplements out on the market.
She wants to take Sarah's question and really talk about supplements on the AIP because it's gets asked a very common question. Taking Supplements While On AIP
Sarah breaks supplements while on AIP into four different categories. (18:25)
She reiterates Stacy's point at the beginning of the show that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to this or any specific list you should be taking while on AIP.
It all comes down to you and your body as an individual. 1. Missing From Modern Food Supply
This category is all about providing things that are really hard to get from our modern-day food supply. (19:00)
Sarah explains that our modern food supply is actually quite depleted of vitamins and minerals than at other parts in history.
Produce we get from grocery stores could have half the amount of minerals than what we would have bought 50 or so years ago. This she attributes to the depletion of soil over time.
A lot of this can be remedied by buying high-quality, organic if you can afford to. Or even buying locally grown.
The better quality dirt produce is grown in and the better quality food the animals consume all play into how much nutrients end up in the products we buy from the store.
Also, our food is washed so thoroughly before it makes it to the shelves.
Natural sources for many nutrients, such as bacillus bacteria, are from dirt!
Historically, this is something we would have gotten much more easily due to smaller industries and more home-grown dependencies.
Just Thrive probiotics are things we would have been exposed to originally that we just aren't getting from our modern food supply. 2. Food-Based Supplements For Nutrient-Dense Superfoods
These are nutrients from superfoods that some might have barriers against getting enough of. (23:10)
Stacy and Sarah have talked extensively about bone broth in the past as something that people are not getting enough of.
Sarah poses the question of what options you have if you don't like the idea of consuming bone broth or organ meat to get those nutrients.
Paleovalley is another trusted resource of Stacy and Sarah. They make a great Bone Broth Protein and Organ Complex for consumers looking to supplement those nutrients rather than directly to the source.
Smidge Liver Pills is another organ supplement that Sarah highly recommends.
Sarah has noticed it's been a lot more difficult to get organ meat during the pandemic. She has relied on supplements much more this last year.
Stacy also notes that she switched to Paleovalley organ complex a few months ago. She likes how diverse the supplement was.
Sarah and Stacy talked in depth about the benefit of seafood from a nutrient stand-point in Episode 415: Fish oil, Healthy or not?
Some people, however, don't like or can't eat seafood. For them, Sarah recommends OysterZinc or Cod Liver Oil.
In Episode 373: How Many Vegetables (Part 4) Powdered Veggies, Stacy and Sarah talked a lot about the power of freeze-dried veggies.
Episode 392: Are Mushrooms Really Magic? Part 2 is another great resource for nutrients that often met with barriers. Real Mushrooms offer a great supplement to fill that gap!
Fermented foods are another hurdle that can be bridged by a probiotic like the ones provided by Just Thrive.
Stacy adds to watch out for juices and pulps because you're not getting the whole form of the fruit and/or vegetable, so you may be missing out on some key nutrients.
She personally leans into smoothies as a way to "juice" without juicing. 3. Targeting For Severe Deficiencies
This doesn't necessarily mean targeted synthetic. It could easily mean targeting one of the prior mentioned categories to meet that shortfall. (43:02)
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