Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements & Herbs
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Supplements to Use During and after the hCG Protocol
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During Phase 2, many people find that they are tired and weak, especially if you are very active or have a physically demanding job. This is not unexpected, as your body cannot process your fat fast enough to keep up with daily activity requirements that exceed basic moving around. There are supplements that will help with that:
NOTE: Whatever you purchase, read the ingredients and ensure it doesn't have oil, sugar or starches added.
- Potassium: During the low calorie phase of the protocol, you are not getting sufficient levels of some vitamins and minerals. This can cause you to be tired & weak. The human body has more than 200 different types of cells, and those cells contain more potassium than any other mineral. Best known for its work in unison with sodium to regulate fluids in and out of the body, potassium is also closely associated with proper nerve transmission and cardiac functioning. Potassium is a mineral that works with sodium for proper electrolyte balance and contributes to heart muscle health, changes glycogen to glucose, and promotes healing. Potassium can also be used to treat stress, diabetes, hypertension, hypoglycemia, water balance and distribution, muscle & nerve cell function, kidney and adrenal function. Taken at 99Mg 3 times daily during the low calorie phase of the protocol, it will help provide energy and stability.
- B12: B12 helps with building red blood cells, and promotes energy. Taken as directed. If you are taking potassium and still having energy problems, then B12 may help you. This one has no sugar or starches in it and is safe for P2.
- Magnesium: The crucial health benefits of magnesium include solving or preventing osteoporosis, heart attacks, hypertenstion, constipation, migraines, leg cramps, kidney stones, gallstones and more. Magnesium is an essential part of the alternative health approaches of alternative medicine. It also is effective to help with inability to have a BM during the low calorie phase. Formula to calculate magnesium daily requirement: 2.5-4.5 mgs per day per pound of ideal body weight. Calculation not to be used for children, children are calculated differently.
IMPORTANT: If you have any kidney disease or kidney issues, do not supplement with magnesium. It can cause more problems, can cause kidney shut down, and be life threatening. Be very aware_ that if you supplement with magnesium and are taking any prescription meds, i.e., thyroid, insulin, blood pressure meds, anti-depressants, statins, and other meds, magnesium supplements can alter how these drugs work in your body. You need to keep a close eye on yourself and talk to your doctor in case you need to reduce or stop any meds. Also, don't take it too close to bedtime. It can keep you awake. You can use magnesium for help with constipation during the low calorie phase. It is also good for other phases and general use when not dieting. It can be very helpful for muscle cramping and pain during menstrual cycles and excessive exercise.
- Multivitamin: During the low calorie phase some people experience vitamin deficiency problems, generally because they already had one before they started. Use one with or without iron, depending on your needs. Alive multivitamin with iron & Alive multivitamin without iron.
- L-Glutamine: L-Glutamine is great for curbing cravings. 1/4 tsp or less placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve will curb cravings in a very short period of time, often less than 5 minutes. Glutamine represents over 63% of the amino acid content in the amino acid pool of muscle tissue. Intense training and exercise put greater demands on your body's need for Glutamine, making it a conditionally essential amino acid. Glutamine is the most common amino acid in the body and is key to the metabolism and maintenance of muscle tissue. Glutamine is also the highest concentrated amino acid in the muscle cell and acts as a primary shuttle for nitrogen from the blood stream to inside the muscle cell. Glutamine has a multifaceted role in human nutrition and is essential for the support of muscle tissue and immune function.
Supplements for Hair Loss/Thinning
Alopecia, which is hair loss, can be caused by many things, among them thyroid problems and rapid weight loss. Let me state here, **hCG does NOT cause hair loss**. The rapid loss of weight on the protocol, however, can cause the hair to enter a resting cycle, and shed heavily. This is a well-known side effect of rapid weight loss. It does not affect everyone, but if you find yourself wondering if skinny and bald or fat and hairy is better, then here are some ways you can encourage hair regrowth. This can also be used to have thicker hair even without losses.
Common causes of hair loss are:
- Telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is usually due to a change in your normal hair cycle. It may occur when some type of shock to your system — emotional or physical — causes hair roots to be pushed prematurely into the resting state. The affected growing hairs from these hair roots fall out. In a month or two, the hair follicles become active again and new hair starts to grow. Telogen effluvium may follow emotional distress, such as a death in the family, or after a physiological stress, such as a high fever, sudden or excessive weight loss, nutritional deficiencies, surgery, or metabolic disturbances. Hair typically grows back once the condition that caused it corrects itself, but it usually take months.
- Poor nutrition. Having inadequate protein or iron in your diet or poor nourishment in other ways can cause you to experience hair loss. Fad diets, crash diets and certain illnesses, such as eating disorders, can cause poor nutrition.
- Medications. Certain drugs used to treat gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure may cause hair loss in some people. Taking birth control pills also may result in hair loss for some women.
- Disease. Diabetes and lupus can cause hair loss.
- Medical treatments. Undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may cause you to develop alopecia. Under these conditions, healthy, growing (anagen) hairs can be affected. After your treatment ends, your hair typically begins to regrow.
- Hormonal changes. Hormonal changes and imbalances can cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, having a baby, discontinuing birth control pills, beginning menopause, or an overactive or underactive thyroid gland. The hair loss may be delayed by three months following a hormonal change, and it'll take another three months for new hair to grow back. During pregnancy, it's normal to have thicker, more luxuriant hair. It's also common to lose more hair than normal about three months after delivery. If a hormonal imbalance is associated with an overproduction of testosterone, there may be a thinning of hair over the crown of the scalp. Correcting hormonal imbalances may stop hair loss.
I have long been a fan of herbal remedies, as they often have less potential problems than medicines. Supplements can also be a very effective way to slow and reverse hair loss and encourage regrowth.
Burdock Root Tea Rinse
Recipe for hair loss and regrowth using burdock root tea
Adaptation made from recipe from 'Health from God's Garden' by Maria Treben
Get some Burdock tea, empty a bag into a cup of cold water and let stand overnight. Next morning heat slowly, simmer for a few minutes (heat on around med-low or 3 on a stove) and strain. Let cool and put into one of those plastic bottles with a tip on it (from hair color applications) or a spray bottle. Apply after shampooing and towel drying your hair, and massage into hair vigorously, getting it into the scalp and also massaging the scalp to increase blood flow. It will stop hair loss and encourage re-growth.
Supplements to Encourage Hair Regrowth
This is common. Rapid weight loss often causes hair loss. Don't despair!! If you are a woman, you may find that progesterone cream helps. I lost a lot of hair after my 3rd round. Applying the cream twice daily for 21 days (7 day break, then 21 more days) to my belly, arms, etc. (rotate locations) stopped the hair loss cold. In addition, or instead, you can take the following supplements to encourage hair growth:
Finally, you can massage your scalp with pure coconut oil with a few drops of rosemary oil in it to encourage hair growth.
You can't stop your hair from falling out, but you *can* slow it down, and make more grow.
hCG stimulates endomitrial tissues, and as such can aggravate uterine cysts, endomitriosis and cause or increase period cramps. Through 2 years of expermentation, I discovered that a progresterone cream can go a long way to minimizing these effects.
Fem-Gest Progesterone Cream has only a tiny amount of almond oil, and will not affect your losses in P2 (the low calorie phase). Take as directed. This product contains natural progesterone (900 mg per jar) that can bring relief from hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes and other symptoms of PMS and menopause.
FemGest is an organically based form of progesterone cream designed especially for women of childbearing years, perimenopausal and menopausal aged women and postmenopausal aged women. Using progesterone combined with soothing Aloe Vera gel and Grapefruit extract, FemGest is for those times when you want a supportive, soothing cream that harmonizes with your unique nature. FemGest - inspired by the natural rhythm of life.
Ingredients Ingredients: Water, Vitamin E Acetate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Grapefruit Extract, Octyl Palmitate, Cetyl Esters, Progesterone, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, Keratin, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Diazolidinylurea, Carbomer, Sweet Almond Oil, Triethanolamine, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylparaben.
Source of progesterone is Mexican Wild Yam.