One of my biggest spending weakness, besides books, are supplements. I am a tired mamma- so anything that promises more energy sounds alluring. Being a health nut at heart and a wanna-be herbalist, I do have to say that I love learning about supplementation. In many ways, I have seen supplements improve my life and my family’s. Unfortunately, with any passion comes extremes. And extremes can, at times, lead you into more expenses then necessary.
I honestly don’t want to know how much we have spent on supplements over the years. It would be too painful to bare. Whether it be a special detox program or a toothpaste promising to restore tooth enamel, I was a sucker for it all.
So now that our budget is down to the bare bones, I have wised up on my purchases. Here are a few tips to consider when you buy supplements…
Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional. Consult your physician before making any changes. This article is not intended to diagnose any medical conditions.
Labdoor.com. This is a 3rd party testing site. They rank supplements based off of the accuracy of their claim. I was absolutely floored when I found out that some of the most expensive supplements are not always what they say they are. This website alone has saved us hundreds of dollars. No joke.
When it comes to detoxes, do a water fast! It’s the best, most effective detox there is. If that is too extreme, green smoothie detox works well too.
Take advantage of Vitacost.com and their promo codes. Vitacost is great about having consistent discounts. I usually wait until they have their 15% or 20% off entire purchase before I order anything.
Buy supplements in bulk. Just like groceries, supplements bought in 3-6 month quantities, usually can save you quite a bit. Whenever Vitacost has a 20% off promo code, I make sure to buy enough supplements to last us until the next promotion. I also buy our herbs in bulk as well. Amazon usually has pretty good prices on loose leaf herbs.
Invest in essential oils. I know those little bottles can get pricey but good essential oils usually lasts a year or so. You can do so much with a just a few essential oils. Whether it be homemade toothpaste, cleaning products, skincare or just adding a few drops in your water for flavor, the possibilities are endless! I have even used Vitacost brand essential oils with great success and they are usually just $5 for 1oz!
Use food instead. Think about why you are taking the supplement and ask yourself if there is a food you can add to your diet instead. You would be surprised that some of the humblest ingredients are actually extremely beneficial.
- Try eating a few eggs and a banana instead of a protein shake.
- Eat sardines and walnuts instead of taking a bunch of fish oil capsules.
- Sprinkle nutritional yeast on your popcorn for a vitamin B boost and extra protein.
- Drink herbal infusions like nettle and alfalfa for a superior multivitamin.
- Add pink Himalayan sea salt or make sole for minerals and electrolytes.
- Drink homemade bone broth (or use it in soups and other things) for minerals, collagen and many other nutrients.
- Spread grass-fed butter (Kerrygold) on a scrumptious piece of homemade bread for your vitamin K2.
- Consume apple cider vinegar for all it’s amazing health benefits.
- Swallow a few garlic cloves for increased immune support.
- Juice ginger to make a ginger shot for gain in incredible energy and mental clarity.
- Drink green tea or eat dark chocolate for a pre-workout boost.
Did you know you can easily make your own supplements? There are a few different ways. You can make tinctures, capsules, sprays, cough syrups, infusions etc. You can even make probiotics by simply fermenting your own veggies or making kombucha. A few great blogs for this stuff are: Wellness Mama, Growing Up Herbal, and The Bulk Herb Store
Check out these videos from Shoshanna’s Kitchen
Remember, supplement companies spend thousands of dollars on marketing every year. Like anything else, don’t fall prey. It’s a very profitable business. Always start with cleaning up your diet first, then exercise, then supplement what’s needed.
Here’s to your health…and budget!