Continuing the conversation that I started in Part 1 of this 5 part series. Catch up here!
The original question was, “Did an elimination diet help you manage your psoriatic arthritis?”
The short answer is YES.
The long answer is YES, but there were other key factors as well that helped me get my psoriatic arthritis in an extremely manageable state. In part 2, we explore supplements!
Supplements are a very important part of your treatment plan. Many people have mixed feelings on supplements.
Some think that if you’re eating a nutritious diet, or you’re taking medication, then you don’t necessarily need to take supplements . . . but that really is far from the truth.
With chronic illness, our bodies are constantly fighting off disease. If we are not replenishing what it’s already lacking, how can we expect our bodies to function normally? In a perfect world, we’d get all of our nutrients from our food – but I can tell you that 95% of humans aren’t receiving all the nutrients they need from their diets. Therefore,by adding supplements into a healthy diet and lifestyle, we can start to have a big impact on our overall health.
Below are the supplements that I currently take. I have changed regiments many times over the last few years. I know that I’ve written updates like this one or these ones. But my current protocol is REALLY working wonders for me.
Just as I say with diet, EVERY SINGLE BODY IS DIFFERENT. Therefore, we cannot expect that everyone will need the same supplementation. There are common supplements that will benefit most individuals, but it’s important to experiment and find out what works best for you. This is where working with a functional/integrative medicine doctor or a health coach will be extremely helpful for you.
Where To Buy
|N-Acetyl Cysteine||NAC is the precursor to glutathione in our body. These amino acids help support our bodies detoxification pathways. It also reduces inflammation and relieves pain.||Amazon|
|Nature’s Answer Alcohol-Free Cat’s Claw Inner Bark||Cats claw is an herb that helps reduce viral infections and cofacts such as strep A and strep B.||Amazon|
|Nutrex Hawaii MD Formulas JointAstin||Fortifies the endocrine and nervous systems. It also helps insulin resistance and repairs areas of the nervous system which may have been damaged by a virus.||Amazon|
|Pure Encapsulations – Zinc 30||Zinc strengthens the immune system and protects the thyroid from viral inflammation.||Amazon|
|Traditional Medicinals Organic Lemon Balm Tea||Lemon balm is antiviral, antibacterial, and strengths the immune system. It kills viruses, bacteria and funguses that may be inflaming the intestinal tract and causing food allergies.||Amazon|
|Gaia Herbs Nettle Leaf||Provides virtual micronutrients to the brain, blood and central nervous system. Also contains alkaloids which can reduce inflammation specific to viral infections.||Amazon|
|Vegan Safe B-12||Vitamin B12 strengthens the central nervous system.||Amazon|
|Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength Liquid Phyto-Capsules||Strengthens the endocrine and central nervous systems. Also reduces inflammation and relieves pain.||Amazon|
|Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol for Immune Support||Silver hydrosol helps maintain the bacteria in your gut and also helps lower viral loads in your body.||Amazon|
|Pure Encapsulations – l-Lysine||Lowers viral load and acts as a central nervous system anti-inflammatory||Amazon|
|Prescript-assist Broad Spectrum Probiotic Prebiotic Complex||Balance and support the digestive system, which in turns boots the immune system.||Amazon|
|Thorne Research – Bacillus Coagulants (Formerly Lactobacillus Sporogenes) – Probiotic Nutritional Supplement||I take a separate one because the Prescript-assist does not contain this strain and my own functional medicine tests have shown me that I need more of this strain.||Amazon|
|Pure Encapsulations – Selenium (selenomethionine)||Strengthens and protects the central nervous system. It also will repair damaged nervous near the skin.||Amazon|
|Nutrex Hawaii Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica||Rebuilds the central nervous system and eliminates heavy metals. Is great to be used as your daily “multi-vitamin”.||Amazon|
|Pure Encapsulations – Caprylic Acid||Caprylic acid is a natural immune booster! While antibiotics can kill off all bacteria in the gut environment — both good and bad — caprylic acid can actually do the opposite, helping prevent an imbalance between the presence of various bacteria.||Amazon|
|Designs for Health – L-Glutamine||Improves gastrointestinal health because it is a vital nutrient for the intestines to rebuild and repair.||Amazon|
|Designs For Health – Digestzymes||Digestive enzymes are an important process within our digestive system. Because of our lifestyles and diets, our bodies can be lacking these enzymes. Taking them with meals helps our digestive system work optimally!||Amazon|
|Life Equals Focus + Energy||I love this product because it helps give me a boost of energy, NATURALLY! It’s a great source of B vitamins and energy.||Life Equals
|Lemon||Lemon is a natural detox which helps support a healthy liver.||Doterra|
|Ginger||Ginger is wonderful for inflammation and helping to tame digestive issues.||Doterra|
|On Guard||On guard supports our immune systems.||Doterra|
|Cilantro||Cilantro is a wonderful oil that helps our bodies detox metals.||Doterra|
|Life Equals Multi-Vitamin||I personally get my multi-vitamins from Hawaiian Spirulina, but another GREAT option is this multi-vitamin from Life Equals.||Life Equals
|Nordic Naturals – ProOmega Lemon 120 gels||I used to take these religiously, but have since switched to a vegan omega. I’ve done this because I’m working to reduce my toxic and metal load. If you’re going to take a fish oil, this is the one I took for years and would suggest.||Amazon|
I’m SUPER picky when it comes to taking supplements. You have to be these days because there is a whole lot of CRAP out there. Read this past post about what to look out for when selecting supplements.
Above are supplements I believe in and take myself. I just want to explicitly mention that Life Equals is a company that I really trust and respect. They use quality ingredients and never add anything that’s not necessary. I take Life Equals supplements each day and because I believe in the product I was given discount codes to offer to my clients!
I’m not selling these products and I’m not trying to get you to sign up for anything! Because I believe in their products, I’ve become an ambassador to help spread the word. This in turn means that I’m able to help my clients get QUALITY supplements at a discounted price!
- If you purchase a monthly shipment of a supplement, you can get 75% off! Use the code CER75 at check out.
- If you make a one time purchase, you can get 30% off! Use the code CER30 at check out.
So whew, there you have it!
There are the supplements I’m currently taking and am doing really well on. I’d love to hear about what products you may be taking and feel are really helping you. Every body is SO different, therefore we all need different things. Comment below with your list of supplements!
Wishing You A Pain Free Day!
And because our world is super crazy, let me just leave this right here . . .
You should always consult your doctor before using any prescription, drugs, supplements or undergoing any treatments. The above statements have not been approved by the FDA, doTerra and any of the supplement companies listed. They reflect my own opinions and research.
Catch up on this “Managing My Psoriatic Arthritis” Ask Juls series:
This series was created after having been asked the question “Did an elimination diet help you manage my psoriatic arthritis?”.
Short answer – YES
Long answer – YES, but I’ve also done a lot of other things as well to help manage my condition. I focus on the following 5 areas to help manage my psoriatic arthritis.