The Best Supplements for supporting a vegan diet
It’s no secret that the health benefits of switching to a plant-based, vegan diet are vast. As time goes on, the research and evidence become more and more clear, yet people are afraid of the unknown, and it can seem scary to cut out food that you’ve been consuming your entire life. So before I get into my favorite vegan supplements, I’d like to share with you the personal benefits I have seen from switching to a plant-based vegan diet.
#1 Better gut health
I have dealt with gut issues most of my life. Specifically acid reflux, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), and nausea, until I went plant based - now these issues are GONE.
#2 Better Immunity & decreased Inflammation
I also used to get sick a lot. For someone who worked out and ate “healthy” it was confusing. Now I see that even though I was being so-called healthy, my body was inflamed causing me to have joint pain and stiffness, and to get sick a lot easier. Now, I feel way better and get sick much less often.
#3 Stable energy
In general, my energy is really stable now. It’s easier to wake up early and stay productive throughout the entire day without dealing with a mid-day crash.
#4 Intuitive eating
Although I’ve been in fitness my entire adult life, I have never felt so connected to my body. My days of counting calories & macros are gone, I now listen to my body and eat intuitively. And guess what? I didn’t get any fatter! In fact, I think that I look better. Maybe it’s just my new attitude towards food and my body, but I’m happy and that’s what matters!
I really attribute this to cutting out meat, diary, & the processed foods that are made up from animal products since they always made me feel sluggish, heavy, and icky.
#5 glowing skin
Before I went plant-based, my skin was a disaster. My skin has never been great, it is acne prone and dry, but right before I went plant-based I was about to turn 29 and was suddenly seeing wrinkles AND the acne. I was freaking out. I decided that maybe this vegan thing would make a difference so I’d give that a try before I started taking desperate measures (lol). While my skin honestly didn’t completely clear up, my fine lines DID get a lot lighter and my acne did get much better than it was. And that alone is worth it!
#6 A Deeper Spiritual Connection
It literally feels so good to my soul. I feel a stronger connection to the earth and other living beings and it gives me peace of mind to know that other living beings aren’t suffering just so that I can sustain myself.
As far as my health goes, I attribute these benefits in part to the superfoods and supplements I have added into my diet. I have never been a huge fan of supplements. As a personal trainer of 10 years who worked in various gyms and studios, I have seen it all, and many supplements are TERRIBLE for you, filled with chemicals and additives and processed garbage.
These supplements that I am going to recommend are all natural, vegan, GF, non-GMO goodness. Adding these things into my diet has made being plant-based a breeze. I am able to fill in all the nutrient gaps (which you get on a non plant-based diet too), so that I can go throughout my busy life without worrying about nutrient deficiency.
If you are new to supplements, I recommend starting out with one and seeing how it affects you, then after a month or two add in another, and then so on an so forth. I also find that it is best to keep it simple. There is no need to be taking 10 supplements at once, just find 2-3 that you love and that help you to feel energized and healthy.
So here they are:
Vegan Protein Powder - Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens OR Genuine Health Fermented Organic Vegan Protein
I love and use both of these protein powders. They are pretty comparable as far as macro nutrients go and they taste the best to me. I always go for vanilla flavor because it tastes great in my Every Morning Superfood Smoothie, which I literally have every single morning of my life. Try out Genuine Health and get 15% off your entire cart when you use my code: Kellycollins at checkout!
Genuine Health Organic Gut Superfoods Powder
Gut health is everything. Science continues to show how essential gut health is for energy, immunity, mood, proper digestion, and overall health which is why I was so happy to find a supplement company focuses on gut health AND clean, high-quality supplements that are made so that your body can absorb them properly. This powder has 21 organic greens and superfoods and 5g of prebiotic fiber to maximize absorption, keep your gut healthy, and your digestion running nice and smooth! More recently, I have been adding this to my morning smoothie and I love it! Try out Genuine Health and get 15% off your entire cart when you use my code: Kellycollins at checkout!
A Great Probiotic - Genuine Health
Listening to a podcast about 6 months ago with the creator of the Silver Fern probiotics, something was called to my attention. If a probiotic needs to be refrigerated, how could it possibly make it past the heat and acidity and into the gut/intestines to do it’s work? A good probiotic means having a durable capsule so that all that good bacteria can actually make it into the gut! Since I am a Genuine Health Junky, there’s is obviously my favorite! I love their Women’s Mood Advanced Gut Health Probiotic. It has vegan, time-release ensuring that 10x more good bacteria reach your gut! Like I talked about earlier, gut health is essential for mood and emotional stability, and it’s amazing to see that a company like Genuine Health understands that.
Multi-vitamin - Ritual
I LOVE RITUAL. Seriously though, I tell everyone. This peppermint flavored women’s multi-vitamin is the best I’ve ever tried for various reasons. First, it is made up of the 9 vitamins and minerals that women lack most and even contains vegan omega 3s. They separated all of the nutrients into little beads (that look super cute) so that your body can properly absorb every little bit of goodness. This vitamin fills in all the gaps to help you reach peak nutrition. Another gold star for this product: it is subscription, so it is delivered straight to you on the very same day that your old bottle runs out. This means that you can stay consistent without even having to think about it. The subscription is $30 per bottle, shipping included. This is a GREAT deal you guys. A bottle of high-quality vegan omega 3s would be $30 alone. I have been taking it for 9 months straight and will continue to take it for as long as they sell it! Click here to try out Ritual!
Because we live in a day in age that is non-stop, it is important to make your supplementation simple and accessible which is why I love these vegan products. Comment below and let me know what your favorite vegan supplements are!
Thanks for tuning in!