Over the course of my personal experience with (and recovery from) chronic illness, I have literally tried hundreds of supplements.
During my trials with various products, I found many supplements to be only marginally helpful. However, I have found a handful of “winners,” and have decided to feature them on this page, since I often receive questions about which products I use to support my own health. I have grouped the supplements by category, though there is overlap between categories for some of the products.
Cistus is a natural antibiotic, antiviral, and biofilm-breaking herb. I have found it to be especially beneficial for improving dental health. You can read more about the many health benefits of Cistus in an article I wrote for ProHealth, "Cistus: A Natural Antibiotic, Antiviral, and Biofilm-Buster." I like to make Cistus tea using Biopure's Cistus loose-leaf tea, available at ProHealth.
Stevia leaf has been found to be extremely effective for killing Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. (1) I use a couple drops of a stevia leaf tincture by Biopure every day for gradually killing off Borrelia.
Biopure's freeze-dried garlic is a potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic. It may also help promote detoxification and improve blood sugar control.
Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin and Collagen Powder
Gelatin and collagen powder are rich sources of amino acids capable of soothing the gastrointestinal tract, repairing "leaky gut," and promoting healthy liver function, skin, and nails. Gelatin is also a great egg substitute in baked goods - I personally use it for making Paleo muffins, cookies, and breads. Vital Proteins is my favorite brand because their products are pure and from pastured cows.
Just Thrive Probiotic
This spore-based probiotic is unlike any other probiotic on the market. Rather than containing live bacteria (such as Lactobacilli or Bifidobacteria) it contains spores, a single-celled organism capable of growing into a bacterium. The spores are able to survive stomach acid and the pH of the upper GI tract and ultimately reach the intestine intact, where they "reseed" the gut. The probiotic strains in Just Thrive balance the immune system, kill pathogenic microorganisms, and even produce antioxidants! Just Thrive is great for treating SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), fungal infections, food sensitivities, and leaky gut.
A beneficial yeast that kills candida, mold, and pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Great for those with chronic candida/yeast overgrowth.
A spore probiotic that has antifungal properties.
Bone Broth Protein Powder
Bone broth protein and cofactors in a convenient powder form. Available in unflavored, chocolate, and vanilla.
Colostrum helps repair leaky gut, boosts the immune system, and fights infection, among many other benefits.
This silica-gel binder mops up toxins in the digestive tract. It’s great for quickly resolving adverse reactions to foods as well.
Bulletproof Coconut Charcoal
Great for binding mycotoxins, and for reducing food sensitivity reactions.
Circadian Rhythm Regulation
Blue-light blocking glasses
Optimizing your circadian rhythms is crucial for promoting healing and for building long-term health. One of the easiest hacks for syncing your circadian rhythms is to avoid blue light exposure at night. I recommend wearing blue-light-blocking glasses at least a couple of hours before bed, to minimize your exposure. This will ensure that you brain can make enough melatonin, which promotes restful sleep.
DefenderPad EMF Radiation Protection and Heat Shield
This pad contains multiple layers of shielding that block electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation emitted from your laptop, thus helping to protect you from the harmful effects of non-native EMFs. I spend a lot of time reading and writing on my laptop for work, and this pad has made a huge positive difference in how I feel after spending many hours working on the laptop.
Austin Air HealthMate JR PLUS Air Cleaner
I have tried three different brands of air cleaners, and this one is the absolute best quality one I have found so far. It is well-worth the price. When I was living in a moldy apartment, I am convinced that this air cleaner prevented me from becoming extremely sick.
Berkey Water Filter
I have been using a Berkey Water Filter for five years now, to filter all of my drinking and cooking water. It sits on the countertop and needs to be filled with water from the faucet. It comes with carbon filters that remove pathogenic bacteria, heavy metals, chlorine, pharmaceutical drugs, and pesticides. You can also purchase additional fluoride filters for removing fluoride. Available here:Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System with 2 Black Berkey Elements and 2 Fluoride Filters
Sperti Vitamin D Lamp
A growing body of research indicates that sunlight (and UV light in general) have health benefits independent of vitamin D, and that oral vitamin D may not function the same way in the body as does vitamin D produced from light exposure. This information led me to seek out a non-supplement method for raising my vitamin D. I found the perfect solution with the Sperti Vitamin D Light Box. It has raised my vitamin D levels and boosts my energy and mood when I am not able to spend as much time in the sun as I would like (such as in the winter).