Supplements? Vitamins Or Etc

FookEmo

Member
Was wondering if any of you had a supplement you take regularly. I am starting to take gummy probotics now and don't think they're making any difference
 

dogmom

Well-Known Member
I take probiotics regularly as I have an inflammatory bladder thing <not an infection> that can make me more likely to get a bladder infection and, since much of the health of the immune system stems from your gut, I do take the probiotics. The ones I take need to go in the frig. Probiotics should be alive and the best chance to keep them alive and more resistant to light, air and moisture <which happens every time you open the bottle>, is to keep them in the frig - unless- it says on the bottle that you -not- need to refrigerate. The ones I have also are non-dairy as I can't have diary. These: http://www.florajen.com/products-florajen.shtml is what I have.
I also don't want added sugar in my supplements and sometimes those cute, chewable-type supplements have sugar in them. For the same bladder reason I also ntake slippery elm and a cranberry alternative since I need to avoid cranberry which is very acidic, but I still want to reduce the chances of the bacteria sticking to the bladder wall.

My dogs also take probiotics though they usually have others one - strains that work well for people don't always have the same effect on dogs.

Supplements - unlike drugs - can take a while to build up in the body. Many times people are used to the fast action of a Western drug but that's because it's working on a symptom, not actually on restoring the body's natural balance and ability to heal itself. So supplements can take time to work, where you might see an effect. It might several weeks or months.

I used to take fish oil and a multi as well but I do canned sardines instead and most commercial multi's are too acidic for me at this point <some of the individual vitamins in a multivitamin capsule or pill, are very acidic - like vitamin C - ascorbic acid>
 

FookEmo

Member
I take probiotics regularly as I have an inflammatory bladder thing <not an infection> that can make me more likely to get a bladder infection and, since much of the health of the immune system stems from your gut, I do take the probiotics. The ones I take need to go in the frig. Probiotics should be alive and the best chance to keep them alive and more resistant to light, air and moisture <which happens every time you open the bottle>, is to keep them in the frig - unless- it says on the bottle that you -not- need to refrigerate. The ones I have also are non-dairy as I can't have diary. These: http://www.florajen.com/products-florajen.shtml is what I have.
I also don't want added sugar in my supplements and sometimes those cute, chewable-type supplements have sugar in them. For the same bladder reason I also ntake slippery elm and a cranberry alternative since I need to avoid cranberry which is very acidic, but I still want to reduce the chances of the bacteria sticking to the bladder wall.

My dogs also take probiotics though they usually have others one - strains that work well for people don't always have the same effect on dogs.

Supplements - unlike drugs - can take a while to build up in the body. Many times people are used to the fast action of a Western drug but that's because it's working on a symptom, not actually on restoring the body's natural balance and ability to heal itself. So supplements can take time to work, where you might see an effect. It might several weeks or months.

I used to take fish oil and a multi as well but I do canned sardines instead and most commercial multi's are too acidic for me at this point <some of the individual vitamins in a multivitamin capsule or pill, are very acidic - like vitamin C - ascorbic acid>

Wow didn't know probotics were so debatable when I googled up the refridgrated ones. Oh gosh I was thinking of trying apple cider vinegar but refridgrated vs non...oh my
 

dogmom

Well-Known Member
Supplements are a complex topic. The brand of ACV <Apple Cider Vinegar> I have at home is Bragg's - raw, organic, with the "mother". I cant use it but my dogs get it with their food. Once opened it goes in the frig.
 

dogmom

Well-Known Member
I've seen ACV capsules at the health food store. Have never bought them so don't know their efficacy.
Also be aware that some of the "typical" stores that carry supplements - Target, Walmart etc - were found that some of their supplements had little or no of what was labeled, to be -in- there; some had stuff other than what the ingredients said. This is why I only get supplements at my health food store/coop, through holistic vet or holistic pet supply shop <if for dogs> . True that health food stores can be inaccurate too, but I trust it more with supplements than the "box" or other store
here's a link to that finding: http://www.npr.org/2015/02/03/38357...general-targets-mislabeled-herbal-supplements
 

rayshow09

New Member
I take a couple supplements from Canada Drugs website, some OTC and some prescription. DH takes a different vitamin, at his doctor's suggestion.

And taking a B complex or fish oil supplement can make you feel better without doing any harm.
 
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