FAQ Supplements- Mommy Strength

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supplements can be confusing to the average person trying to lose weigh

This page will go over some of the frequently asked questions that I get about supplements. If you have a specific question not listed here please post it on the forum.

What is a supplement?

A supplement is something you take in order to ‘supplement’ your diet with. You may be missing certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, and taking a supplement will help fill that nutritional void.

Do I need supplement(s)?

Absolutely! There are 3 I recommend for everybody which I get into in the next FAQ, but it is virtually impossible for a person to get all of the nutrients that they need daily just through diet alone. We need to consume 13 vitamins, 70 minerals and trace minerals, 12 amino acids, and 3 essential fatty acids daily. The average diet does not even come close to supply this, especially when most people eat processed crap and very few fruits and vegetables.

average american eats like crap

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What supplements do you recommend?


The 3 supplements I recommend are a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement (if you’re pregnant or are trying to get pregnant then you would need a pre-natal specific vitamin), an essential fatty acid (EFA-Fish Oil) supplement, a vitamin D supplement.

With the vitamin it needs to be whole foods based other wise you are just throwing money away with synthetic brands. The EFA is basically fish oil.

The 2 that I recommend come from Isagenix. The vitamin/mineral supplement is called Daily Essentials and IsaKids for kids. It comes in both men’s, women’s and children’s formula (chewable).

For the Prenatal, the kind that I recommend and personally had my wife on, is New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal. It does have soy in it, but it is fermented. Watch out for unfermented soy in anything.

The EFA supplement is called IsaOmega Supreme. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil. And with this brand I don’t or haven’t heard any of my clients getting fish burps.

Vitamin D is one of the biggest deficiencies we face. If you live in the United States and were to draw a line from San Francisco to Virginia Beach, VA, everybody that lives north of that line does not get enough sunlight during the winter/fall months. The majority of people are deficient in it and don’t even know it. It’s best to get tested, but if not just know that the more north you live, or the darker your skin, then the more you are going to need it.

Please make sure you are taking a vitamin D supplement that includes vitamin K2 as well. I use a liquid vitamin from Thorne for it and take it 2-3 times  a day.

Nutritional Cleansing: 

NO NUTRITIONAL CLEANSING DURING PREGNANCY OR WHILE NURSING!!!

Nutritional cleansing before you get pregnant is fine and recommended no matter your weight. The most important thing is getting rid of the visceral fat, which is the fat stuck around the organs and soft tissues. This is the most damaging and toxic fat their is. Reducing it as much as possible for baby is very important.

A Nutritonal Cleanse is a system that works by removing impurities (aka toxins) from your body with nutrition. The majority of people who go on this type of cleanse (especially those who have struggled with weight loss all their life) experience amazing results and weight loss. Below are my before and after pictures. Now weight loss wasn’t my goal, I wanted to get rid of the toxins in my body. And YES! Everybody has them. They are unavoidable unless you live in a bubble. And obviously I achieved a significant weight loss. But after searching for years for a way to finally get a hold of the diet and nutrition roller coaster so many people are on I finally found it. July-August 2013 I took the challenge and implemented something drastic into my life that I have been looking for– not only for myself but for my clients. I’ve read the benefits and everything, but I never tried it because I couldn’t find the right one that has the right combination of quality product, with quality ingredients, proven scientific research, tastes good, and delivers results. But I finally did :)

The second 30-day Challenge Results: Down another 1.3% body fat

What toxins do in your body

How you can enter:

Enter the 30-day challenge through LBN and Improvement Warrior Fitness (New website will open up)

Enter Isagenix’s Big Contest the IsaBody Challenge. Click the image below. Isabody challenge is 120-days.

 

 

 

 

 Some supplements are really cheap and others are expensive for the exact same product. Why is that?

It’s not the same product. The ingredients in the supplement is what makes it effective. There are no regulatory organizations that govern over the supplement industry so they can pretty much do what they want, and make outlandish claims.

If something is really cheap there is a reason why. You get what you pay for applies towards supplements as well as many other things. Always read the ingredients. And do your own research. Make sure there is a money back guarantee if the product doesn’t work.

I’ve tried supplements before and it didn’t work? Why not?

Before I answer that please understand that supplements are not a magic pill. If your diet sucks, the supplement will too. Even if the supplement has worked for millions of other people.

You cannot eat crap all day and then take a supplement and expect magical things to happen to your body. Nutrition during pregnancy and during nursing are two of the most important times for the ultimate development of your baby.

Some people think that if they workout but not change there diet they’ll have their dream body in no time…. NO! That’s not how it works– the same thing with supplements.

They supplement your diet, they don’t replace it.

So if your diet sucks, then fix that first before buying any supplement. And I guarantee you will notice a change in how you feel for the better.

Another reason supplements might not have worked for you is you didn’t give it enough time. For instance glucosamine/MSM supplements that support and help joint and ligament health can take up to 6 months before you start noticing anything.

What about fat burners or weight loss pills?

I’m not a fan. If it is 100% natural, with all natural ingredients then I would say ‘yes’, the one my clients use and get the best results from is Isagenix’s Natural Accelerator. The ingredients are all natural. I use this supplement whenever I am doing a cleanse or just a cleanse day.

During pregnancy, don’t even think about taking a ‘weight loss’ or metabolic enhancer pill. 

Plus with these you have to watch out for added caffeine, not just in supplements but everywhere. Especially if you are pregnant. So if your one of these 3 cups or more of coffee a day routine– sorry you need to cut back for your health and baby.

Losing fat and weight after your baby is born comes down to a simplified formula- Eat a wholesome, nutritious diet, workout hard, and get plenty of rest and sleep (I know…. I know…. :). So if you are not doing this don’t think about getting one of these.

Caffeine

I know a lot of people do drink coffee and tea which does have caffeine in it. Regular coffee has the tendency to

  • cause an acidic environment (lower PH) in the body where baby is going to be
  • Dehydrate you (for every ounce of coffee, you need to drink 2 oz of water to make up for it (on top of the rule of half your body weight in ounces)
  • Increase blood pressure
  • Raise stress level
  • Caffeine crash

Green tea is better but during pregnancy you still have to watch the caffeine.

So making a switch to a ‘healthier’ version of coffee and tea is always an option. The coffee/tea I recommend, use and sell is infused with Ganoderma. Which is known as the “King of Herbs” and has been proven in helping all kinds of situations. Just google ‘Ganoderma and Pregnancy’.

Check it out here

But just because it is ‘healthier’ because of the Ganoderma doesn’t mean you can drink all you want. Caffeine is still a drug, and should be cut down to a minimum during pregnancy to protect you and baby.

As always check with your physician before starting any supplement.

Meal Programs

I’m sure you have seen the commercials or at least heard of and maybe even tried one of the more popular brands like Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast, etc….. A lot of their food contains carb fillers that are processed and taste like junk. We want more natural whole foods.

As of right now we only recommend one type of meal program. And that program is the  Personal Trainer Food. Personal Trainer Food was created by a former personal trainer for personal trainers. All the food is is a protein and vegetable. The food comes from a farm that also delivers to a farmers market. You can check out the Meal Movement here.

There is a video I created about it as well below when I got my first shipment

 

jason yun recommends meal movement for weight loss

 

Have another question not listed? Post it in the comments section and I  will answer it ASAP.