TIPS FOR TAKING YOUR NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© December 2010, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
1. Take them consistently. If you are unable to take them as recommended, take all the supplements less frequently (say, once or twice per day instead of three times daily).
2. Set up a simple, reliable way to take your supplements. For example, rather than open all the bottles each time, several short cuts are:
a) Fill small zip-lock bags with recommended doses of supplements. Keep these handy - at work, in your car, etc. In one evening, you can prepare a month's worth. Small plastic bags are sold at pharmacies.
b) Use a prescription medicine holder or Vitamin Chest (available at supermarkets or health food stores). Pour the contents of the bottles into individual compartments, and mark how many of each to take at what times.
c) Keep an egg crate on your kitchen counter, and fill it with six dayÕs worth of dosages.
3. Take your supplements before, during or after meals. If supplements reduce your appetite, take them after meals. If you wish to lose weight, it may be best to take them before the meal.
4. Substituting other brands of supplements is not recommended. The Endomet supplements have proven to give the best results. Problems with substituting include:
á Poorer quality. We find problems especially with some calcium/magnesium products, zinc, fish oil and vitamin D. This occurs even with very costly and fancy brands of these supplements. I am not sure of the reason, but some brands just do not work as well.
á Unable to match the formulas.
á Higher cost in some cases.
á Adding other supplements or ingredients can and often will upset the balance of your program and impair your results. If you wish to take other products, please check with me first.
á Food-based, fungal-based, vegetable-based, herbal and some other types of supplements do not work as well, in our experience.
5. Supplement may be stored at room temperature if you are taking them daily. Store supplements you are not immediately using in the refrigerator.
6. During a cold or flu, you may reduce or stop your supplements, especially if you are not eating regular meals. Extra vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc and Limcomin may help you get over a cold faster. When you feel better, resume your regular supplement program. Other remedies for infections are listed on this website in an article entitled Boosting Your Immune System.
7. Some people need to cycle the supplements. That is, you may take them for five or six days, and then skip a day. At one time, this was recommended for everyone. However, today many people feel best taking the supplements without skipping a day or two per week.
8. Rarely, supplements are not absorbed and come through undigested in the stool. This should not occur if you are taking GB-3 or Enz-Aid. This is an important reason for taking these digestive aids. If it still occurs, take more digestive enzymes, or supplements can be crushed with a pill crusher, or ground up.
9. Reactions to supplements. Supplements recommended are of high quality and purity. However, reactions to supplements occasionally occur. Reactions are often due to biochemical changes in the body, and these will pass in a few days. Reducing the number of supplement dosages each day, for a few days, may help reduce these reactions.
If you continue to react to the supplements, stop the program for two days. Then begin taking one supplement at a time, one tablet a day. If no reaction occurs in about 2 days, add a second supplement, once a day. Do this until you find the one that is causing a reaction.
A common supplement reaction is that magnesium-containing supplements such as SBF, magnesium and rarely Paramin can cause diarrhea. Reducing the dosage and/or substituting one or two Calcium tablets for Paramin usually corrects the problem.
GB-3 can also cause diarrhea or cramping. Always begin this product with only one tablet daily. Slowly work up to one per meal. If this is comfortable, you can work up to three per meal for at least a few months. GB-3 is a very powerful liver cleanser, and it kills yeast and other parasitic organisms. This is why it occasionally causes some diarrhea or cramping in sensitive individuals. Begin with less, if needed.
WHAT IF A PERSON CANNOT TOLERATE THE SUPPLEMENTS?
The usual cause is a Òleaky gutÓ. This means the intestine is irritated and so some undigested food or supplement components pass from the intestine into the blood stream and cause allergic reactions.
The answer is that one must:
A. Follow a nutritional balancing diet strictly for several weeks (no fruit, no wheat, no smoothies or powders, no superfoods). Also, follow the rest of the rules such as only 2 types of foods at a meal, and mono meals are even better, and the others listed at The Slow Oxidizer Diet.
B. Shine a red heat lamp on the abdomen 1 hour daily. This is very helpful.
C. Stop all herbs and nutritional supplements, as many of these irritate the intestines.
D. Do daily foot reflexology, especially on the intestinal areas of each foot.
This combination usually heals the intestine in a few weeks, and food and supplement reactions diminish or go away completely.
To read more about why these nutritional supplements are so important, read Supplement Use In Nutritional Balancing Science.