Whats In My All-Natural Medicine Cabinet?

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Say goodbye to prescription medication! Here are 10 effective, safe and natural supplements for digestion, hormones and healing. 

Say goodbye to prescription medication! Here are 10 effective, safe and natural supplements for digestion, hormones and healing. | rootandrevel.com

I don't mean to brag, but I'm not on any prescription medications… Also known as the worst pick-up line ever. Never have I sounded more geriatric than with that statement.

All joking aside, this is actually a HUGE health accomplishment for me and one that just 2 years ago, I never thought I'd be able to say.

You see, when I was first diagnosed with IBS-C, I was put on some pretty serious prescription medications. The first one I tried had the complete opposite effect of constipation <puts head down in utter embarrassment> and cost me over $200 a month <hard pass>.

My doc then prescribed a less extreme medication, but it didn't seem to do much and carried just as heavy a price tag as the first. Both had warnings for pregnant women and children, meaning both classes of people shouldn't take these medications.

When I looked more into it, I realized this was because these prescriptions could seriously harm (even fatally) young bodies…

SAY WHAT!? Even if I am a full-grown, not-with-child woman, is this really the kind of thing I want to put into my body?

It got me thinking about the other prescriptions and medications I was taking, like birth control, and what kind of side effects these might also have.

So I tossed all my prescriptions in the trash, found a new doctor who focused more on natural, holistic remedies and nutrition, and what do you know…within a week, my chronic constipation (the same one that plagued me for nearly five years!) was completely gone.

A few months later, my other symptoms (think hormonal imbalances, fatigue, acne and irregular blood sugar) began to improve and, ultimately, completely disappear.

I am now 100% prescription free and I've never felt better! So what do I take instead?

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First and foremost, I eat tons of fruits and veggies, organic protein and healthy fats (learn more about my real, whole foods approach and anti-inflammatory diet ). But I also supplement my healthy eating (and regular exercise!) with…well, supplements.

So, if you were to look in my medicine cabinet, you'd still find a lot of pills. But the difference is, they're all natural supplements. As in, they're completely safe, have no negative side effects, and yet are just as effective (actually, even more so!) than those scary, expensive prescriptions I used to take.

Not only that but instead of just treating my symptoms, like prescription meds were doing, these supplements are actually healing the root cause.

Here's a peek inside my all-natural medicine cabinet:

Say goodbye to prescription medication! Here are 10 effective, safe and natural supplements for digestion, hormones and healing. | rootandrevel.com

Morning Supplements:

Evening Supplements:

  • Magnesium: Not only does taking magnesium at night help you relax your muscles and sleep better, but it's also been proven to improve constipation AND balance hormones, particularly cortisol, insulin and thyroid (all of which I struggle with as a result of PCOS and hypothyroidism). I take 2 tablets of Metagenics Mag Glycinate every night.
  • 5-HTP: Over the past two years, I've had horrible bouts of debilitating nausea that suddenly hit me when I was incredibly happy and excited (think my wedding, vacations, parties…all the fun stuff!). Talk about a buzzkill. After many tests and prescriptions and conversations with my doc, she recommended I try taking NOW Foods 5-HTP, which is a natural alternative to anti-anxiety medications. She thought my nausea might be a result of a rush of hormones like adrenaline that weren't able to be properly metabolized because of my congested liver and adrenals. There's no way to know for sure if that's right, but I can say that ever since I started taking this supplement, I haven't had any nausea and so far, it's the only thing that's worked for me! (I also recommend taking Gin Gins if you feel nauseous, as they really help alleviate symptoms in the moment).

As-Needed Supplements: 

  • Digestive Enzymes: I take digestive enzymes, like NOW Foods Super Enzymes, after every meal, especially meals that contain a lot of protein, gluten or dairy. It really helps reduce gas, bloating and indigestion, plus digestive enzymes help your body absorb the nutrients from your food.
  • Ayurvedic Herbs: Every day, I thank my lucky stars that I e-met Stephanie Morish. She turned me onto ayurvedic herbs as a way to treat the awful acne I got after going off The Pill. For nearly a year, my face was covered with hundreds of skin-colored bumps, particularly around my chin and cheeks, and I felt awful about myself every time I looked in the mirror. It was horrible. And then Stephanie suggested I take LifeSpa Organics Liver Repair and Manjistha, which helped her clear up the same kind of acne. Within 2 months, I'd say my acne is 90% gone (cue the hallelujah chorus!!) and I'm hoping that after another month or two on this supplement, I'll finally have clear skin again!
  • BONUS: EstroDIM: After going off The Pill, I struggled with estrogen dominance with my PCOS. I couldn't believe how quickly this issue was solved–just one month on Ortho Biotic EstroDIM and my estrone levels went from a staggering 262 (normal is below 100) down to 12. All with just a natural supplement of cruciferous vegetable compounds. Crazy!
  • BONUS #2: Spearmint Tea: Not only did I struggle with estrogen dominance after going off The Pill, I also had bouts of excess androgens (the male hormones, like testosterone, that cause acne, weight gain, facial hair, etc.) and elevated AMH levels. My doc recommended I drink spearmint tea a few times a day. Can you guess what happened? My AMH levels dropped from 13.89 (normal is between .76 and 11.34) to 4.73 after just 1 month of drinking the tea, and my testosterone dropped from 1.7 (normal is between 1.1 and 2.2) to 1.1.

So that's it! These supplements are the ones I've found to be most effective for my specific symptoms. But every body is different and has its own set of issues and responses. For example, Matt no longer takes any of his medications, like omeprazole, antacids and Flonase, and now relies on natural supplements, like berberine, slippery elm and glutegenics. He says this is the best he's ever felt!

I strongly recommend finding a holistic doctor who practices integrative medicine, or a naturopath, who can work with you to help you treat your conditions naturally.

What's in your medicine cabinet? Share your favorite natural supplements in the comments below!

As a reminder, please note that the information provided on Root + Revel is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. 

Also, note that in certain cases, prescription medication is literally a lifesaver and the advances we've made in Western medicine are nothing short of incredible. But prescriptions are not the only option, and it can be worth exploring natural solutions as part of a comprehensive health plan. 

25 thoughts on “Whats In My All-Natural Medicine Cabinet?”

  1. Hi Kate, thanks for all the great articles and information you provide. Its very enlightening. I particularly love the DIY section. In reading this article, I wanted to put out there something about about people with thyroid issues; they should not take or eat any cruciferous vegetables raw. The goitrogens further inhibit the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine and promote additional hormone imbalance. It is safe however to eat them steamed or cooked, although we know cooking takes almost all nutrients out of vegetables. This does not reign true for people with normal thyroid dunction.

  2. I notice you’ve linked extensively to Amazon. Yesterday I got an email from a reputable functional MD cautioning on the risk of counterfeited supplements (among other things) when buying online and from unverified vendors. I buy supplements from various online sources, so I now have my antennae raised more than ever. One product I had bought looked legit, but the seller I had purchased thru on Amazon seemed…shaky. I decided to email the manufacturer directly with lot number, UPC, etc., to verify its authenticity. Got a prompt reply that it appears to be a valid lot and that the seller has purchased products directly from them. I intend to carefully continue buying from Amazon, preferably when the product is sold by the manufacturer rather than a third-party seller that I cannot look up and verify. Just a heads up for your readers to be careful.

    1. Thanks, M.J. That’s great information to know – how awful that people are counterfeiting supplements! Ugh. It’s definitely ALWAYS important to check the source of anywhere you buy from! Appreciate you sharing.

  3. Hi Kate, do you take your magnesium with dinner or at bedtime? I’ve only been taking the magnesium for a couple days now, but I swear I’m already waking up less stiff and sore! I’m very happy that I found your blog. Your suggestions have been very helpful. Thanks!

  4. Hi Katie,

    I’ve been dealing with PCOS for many years as well and I have recently gotten into a more holistic approach to healing. I’m hoping to go off birth control soon (under the watch of my doctor) but for now I would like to start adding some supplements into my diet. I was wondering if you could recommend a multi-vitamin to begin with? I want to ease in without overwhelming myself with all the pills- I know me and if it feels too daunting I might just bail. Thank you!!

    1. Take a look at Pure Encapsulations O.N.E. multi. The ingredients are better than most, and it’s just one capsule a day to give you a good base for any additional sups you need.

  5. I am having weight issues. I am not able to reduce weight. Also I am always under stress and taking medication for depression. What should I do and what natural supplements should I take

    1. Hi there, I’m so sorry but unfortunately, I do not. I’d recommend finding a holistic doctor or naturopathic doctor who can help you. Good luck!

  6. Hey Kate,
    So I’m currently taking meds for PCOS. I have that non-traditional, probably inflammatory kind. I have a couple of questions about your medical methods. Did you simply throw out all medications at once, or wean yourself off them one at a time, replacing them with supplements? Also, do you have an article or advice about understanding your blood work/what kind of blood work you should ask for? Thanks!

    1. Hey Chloe–what meds are you taking right now? In my case, I was only taking birth control pills for PCOS, so I stopped taking those immediately and replaced them with natural supplements that my doctor recommended. I definitely recommending finding a holistic or naturopathic doctor to partner with and help you come up with a custom treatment plan. Here’s a post that goes into blood work a bit more: https://rootandrevel.com/manage-pcos-symptom-free/ Hope that helps!

      1. Right now I’m taking Metformin and already went off birth control because it was making me crazy. I actually left my previous doctor because she said is was not realistic for me to go off birth control and it was very unlikely that my instability of mood etc. was due to the pill, she wrote me a prescription for Zoloft. So I left for another doctor. That doctor was a little more understanding and gave me an alternative to the pill. To force a period, I take one a week supply of prometrium/progesterone every other month. I also take a magnesium supplement and sumatriptan for migraines. I’ll look for a doctor who is willing to pursue natural remedies with me, instead of simply writing another prescription. Thanks

        1. Hi, Chloe: Wow, I’m so glad you found a new doctor. The pill is not a treatment for anything, especially not mood disorders. It’s amazing that any doctor would prescribe that. Prescription medication can be necessary and even life-saving in many situations and we’re lucky to have it. But it’s so overprescribed these days without ever addressing nutrition, exercise and lifestyle, which is SO important to our health. I’m glad you’re approaching your health from that standpoint now!

  7. Ok, so I’m embarrassed to say I can’t remember if you were one of those I follow because of PCOS but if you are, then I wanted to ask you about the fish oil supplement you prefer. The one you have linked to has soy in it and being that I have PCOS, I avoid soy like the plague, as well as a few other problematic foods. Have you tried other fish oils that don’t have soy? I can get on Amazon and find all I want but I would rather consider the brands chosen by the people I read blogs from. Thanks!

    1. Hi, Natalie. Yep I do have PCOS, but I’m in “remission” now as I’ve reversed all of my symptoms. A little bit of soy will not harm you, especially as this brand is non-GMO, but if you avoid it 100% of the time, there are other fish oil brands that will work. I actually now take Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil instead, which doesn’t contain soy. It does have more of a taste, though. Here’s a link: http://amzn.to/2iuzV9B Hope that helps 🙂

  8. Hi Kate! This has been so helpful I also suffer from elevated AMH levels as well as estrogen dominance and excess androgen. I had no idea that spearmint tea helps. I just discovered your blog a few days ago and I am obsessed. Literally been reading it nonstop.

    1. Hey Andrea! So glad you found some help here. Spearmint tea is AMAZING for lowering androgens, so definitely give that a try. I can’t wait to hear what else you find helpful here. Please do keep me posted on your progress!

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