All of these supplements I continued during pregnancy. I would suggest speaking with your doctor before including them in your regimen if you are pregnant.
I am not someone who takes any supplements. And you shouldn’t be either. The trending powders and things on tick-tock. Please, don’t just order away because they're cheap and someone says they changed their life. Know why you’re taking it AND what's in it. Typically I see this a lot with protein powders. People just look at the price tag and buy it from Walmart. But then you may think you have a whey protein intolerance because you get so bloated and gassy after taking it. It may actually be that you just bought a crappy brand and it's not digesting well in your system. Because of its crappy quality. I don't want to knock Walmart BUT I wouldn't suggest you buy your supplements from there.
I spent years buying cheap protein powders and supplements. I bought many from Costco and Walmart. Because they were cheap. BUT I wasn't seeing benefits from them. Supplements are a great way to fill in the gap with your health. Most supplements can be filled with whole foods. Except for the post workout stack I will list below. But supplements are a great way to take the thinking out of it and fill that gap. But don’t just do that with whatever you can find. If you're going to invest in it. Then do it right. Why spend $30 for no benefit if you can spend $50 and there's a great benefit?
I came across First Phorm (which is where I buy all of my supplements now) a few years ago. I fell in love with the company because they actually cared about the people purchasing the supplements. Later I reached out saying I was interested in becoming affiliated with them and right away they hoped on a call with me to get to know me. They also have an option to get educated by their staff. Which I joined right away. So I learn weekly if not daily more ways to help other people. (like you)
You’ll find many supplement companies are about making the sale but not First Phorm. Their top priority is helping people where they are at. They will actually refund you if you don’t love their product. WHO DOES THAT!? I absolutely love that about them.
You can also reach out to them at any point with a question or guidance on how to further your progress or understand a supplement. That's pretty bomb.
Last but not least. Their products are top notch. They have explained in detail why certain things are labeled certain ways. It's because they don't want to be misleading or blindside you with anything. SO what you see is what you get. Their products are designed to solve problems. Not just a band aid effect. They educate well on all their supplements right on their website.
How can you know if a supplement is good quality? One thing you can look for is how it's made. If its low temperature processed, bingo. That's a gold mine. You want low temperature processed because it means the quality of the protein is not denatured. A Lot of supplements are high temperature processed. So think of a chicken breast cooked at a super high heat for half the amount of time. It's nasty. Probably with a lot of charcoal on it and super dry. Think of your protein powder being made that way. NASTY. So that is something I look for. Low temperature processed. Which First Phorms supplements (like greens and protein) are made that way. Yay for high quality.
The Supplement I take, how and why!
Prenatal's while pregnant:
I take it everyday typically with breakfast.
The Joy Bundle is the most comprehensive and complete prenatal health kit you will find anywhere. It is specifically designed to naturally supply your body with all of the micronutrients and essential omega-3's (DHA/EPA) it will need to help support your changing body and your baby's health and development.
Multi pack I take when not pregnant:
I took it everyday, typically with breakfast.
Micro Factor is a packet with 6 daily vitamins that promote a strong immune system and keep your body functioning optimally. The 6 vitamins are:
~ Antioxidant - Works to scavenge free radicals from your body which helps increase your immunity and supports healthy aging
~ Multivitamin - Supports healthy metabolic functions and energy production
~ Probiotic - Promotes a healthy gut
~ CoQ10 - Supports overall heart health
~ Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) - Supports brain, heart, and joint health
~ Fruit & Veggies - Supports healthy digestive and immune function
I take Opti-greens-50 everyday in a glass of water frothed with crystal lite lemonade. It has honestly changed my life. I used to have really bad bloating and afternoon crashes, not anymore.
Give your body the right nutrients to help build a strong immune system.* Having a strong immune system and gut is a good way to keep yourself feeling well and improve your overall health. approximately 80% of your immune system is located in your gut?
Opti-Greens 50 is an immune-supporting greens powder.* Every serving of Opti-Greens 50 is packed with 50 hand-chosen, gluten-free, alkalizing ingredients to help support a strong immune system.* Opti-Greens 50 has a diverse blend of natural fruits, veggies, and grasses to maximize the nutrients you’ll get in every scoop. To help you break down the food you eat, we also included a digestive enzyme and probiotic blend.* Each serving provides over 5 Billion CFU’s (colony-forming units) from 10 different strains of good bacteria.
This combination supports digestion and overall gut health, which may help with temporary bloating.* Bloating may signal that you're not fully digesting the food you eat.* Once you start taking Opti-Greens 50 supplements, you'll notice a decrease in occasional discomfort from bloating, so you can look and feel great!*
Post workout nutrition:
I take it frothed in a glass of water or in a shaker cup with water after every strength training workout.
This is the perfect place to start as proper post workout is the MOST IMPORTANT window in your training! It stacks Phormula-1 & Ignition together. Ignition will rapidly replenish glycogen which equates to muscle energy. At the same time, Phormula-1 is a rapid assimilation protein, which means it gets into the muscles very quickly and begins repairing them fast. You'll recover faster, reduce muscle soreness, muscles will feel fuller longer, and you'll feel better all throughout the day. If you train with intensity, Phormula-1 and Ignition will help you get the most out of your grueling efforts!
Additional Protein powder:
I love level-1 in my coffee or pancakes in the morning.
Delivers Sustained Assimilation*, Helps to Prevent Muscle Breakdown*, Helps to Promote Muscle Repair and Growth*
This protein is the best tasting, best mixing and most importantly highest quality protein on the market BAR NONE! A year in the lab and over a hundred rejected versions later: Mission Accomplished.
Level-1 is comprised of the Level-1 Matrix which is a bioavailable, sustained assimilation protein formula* consisting of Low Temperature Processed Cross-Flow Micro Filtrated Whey Protein Isolate, Low Temperature Processed Micro-Filtrated Whey Protein Concentrate and Low Temperature Processed Milk Protein Concentrate. The Level-1 Matrix is specifically formulated to deliver premium proteins in a sustained release which mimics the protein assimilation rates of whole food.* Level-1 uses only proteins that have been Low Temperature Processed to take extra precaution to not denature or damage delicate protein fractions. This helps with bioavailability and the preservation of the unique functional properties of the native proteins, which may help support your fitness goals. Level-1 also contains 5g of naturally occurring Branch Chain Amino Acids, the amino acids that help support muscle tissue repair and growth .* Level-1 also contains glutamine and glutamine peptides (at 2 grams per scoop) which makes up roughly 61% of the amino acid pool in muscle tissue.
Other products I love:
BEEF STICKS. Oh, my gosh delish
PROTEIN BARS. Yes. so yum.
I am affiliated with First Phorm so every purchase you make directly blesses me. So thank you so much for supporting me as I do my best to support and educate you. If you do make a purchase please let me know so I can help you with any questions and share some recipes if applicable.