The word supplement means something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. Drilling down on what a dietary supplement is, good ol’ Merriam tells us that a product taken orally that contains one or more ingredients (such as vitamins or amino acids) that are intended to supplement one’s diet and are not considered food. Digging down into the net worth of the supplement industry shows numbers from 1.5 billion British Pounds in the UK to the global dietary supplements market size was valued at USD 151.9 billion in 2022. That’s no small potatoes. Are you amongst the average spender of around $56 a month on supplements, or are you someone who thinks you can get all you need from food? Years ago, I read the book THE END of FOOD and it did change my view of relying on food as our everything. Not only because of the choices that we make–you know, what you choose to put in your basket at the supermarket, order from the take-out or restaurant menu, or eat as a meal or snack. Even if that was exceptional, Thomas Pawlick the author of The End of Food wrote in his book a compelling argument summed up from his in-depth research that the vitamin, mineral, and nutritional content of food is in shocking decline – a decline that is coupled with an equally shocking increase in the most noxious, often outright toxic contaminants in our food. Hmmm, so where does that leave us?
I talk about how to eat all the right things on this podcast and radio show, and I know that you’re doing your best to shop the outside aisles of the supermarket, limit the amount of super processed foods that are so tempting to grab and eat, but how does the decline of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in our food affect our health? The list is long … there’s arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and joint pain that can happen from a lack of vitamin D, and selenium. Heart disease and a lack of micronutrients that are imperative to our own antioxidant system have shown up in the research. Cancer and DNA damage to cells are talked about in the medical journals with a list of nutrients that include iron and zinc, and the vitamins folate, B12, B6 and vitamin C being needed. Diabetes and unbalanced blood sugar needs the trace mineral chromium which is not found in any sugary food – so what on earth are you to do? Well, this is truly where taking supplements come in. Can you uplevel your health without? Possibly if you have the time and patience to eat enough zinc-rich foods to get rid of those white marks on your fingernails, which could take more time than you realize, like months and months. Or you take zinc picolinate, citrate, malate and have the deficiency resolved in a shorter amount of time – oh and that’ll also have positive knock-on effect of that is that could also digest your food better because the hydrocholoric acid produced in your stomach that relies on zinc for its production. In other words that heartburn that you take antacids for might just go away because the cause can be that don’t have enough stomach acid, not too much – all this while you watch the white spots fade. The effects of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients are far-reaching. But what should you take?
Daily emails flood my inbox of what to take for a bloated belly, sore knees, hips, or joints of the fingers, or to help someone sleep, and what can they take to feel better. I get it, if there was something to take to stop the essential tremor I have in my head, I’d do it. Sometimes the answers bring more questions. While I love your emails and questions, the volume of late led me to think this was worthy of an episode to break down this often very confusing topic to what can work for you, and why.
So today on EAT THIS with Lianne, Take This supplement (which is the name of my own supplement line) and why with the rows upon rows of choices, what is worth handing over your money for. And also why got decided to bring out my own supplement line, what goes into it and most importantly, how supplements can enhance your health and life.
Choosing a supplement isn’t easy. Some don’t go there and others are very happy and even excessive supplement shoppers. I’ve seen the bags and bags of jars and bottles that clients have purchased after reading that it could be the answer to their joint pain, sleep issues, digestive problems, or prevent what they saw their parents suffer with. I started my nutrition training in 1996 and have worked with hundreds of supplements and companies and if it made my head spin, I can only imagine how you are dealing with it. After all these years, I have learned what worked for most of my clients, and what really didn’t. I’ve spent hours and hours in seminars and courses put on by supplement companies to understand their formulas and what to use when. That meant that I recommend from a deep level of understanding, and trust that they are going to get results. Many clients have had life altering positive results, which I’m very proud of.
As with all things, companies get bought out, formulations change, and that has impact so I’ve found. Relying on one brand, or a specific product from a company became more difficult. As the dynamics and formulations change as does everything from the energetic signature to what goes in it and its beneficial effects changes right along with it – and often not for the better. So, I became frustrated. Making the recommendation of a client spending $100 to $200 on supplements as a part of their protocol and them not work isn’t of value to anyone. So then I started to do a method of energetic testing to see what resonated with clients. Like muscle testing that Dr. Davis Brockenshire who we’ve had on a bunch of times does, knowing what your body needs can come from symptom analysis, but it can also come from understanding the overall picture of your emotional, physical, and energetic state, and that takes expertise. More on that to come. I found the most commonly needed minerals, the strain or strains of probiotics, vitamin C, and minerals that worked for the majority of my clients, and from there dove into having my own line so I could reliably recommend supplements that have the most impact on every aspect – physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically for all ages and stages of life. TAKE THIS by Lianne is my passion project. It took years to put together as the formulation of supplements needs careful consideration for the body’s capacity to heal and be healed with a synergistic blend of bioenergetic alchemy and superfood-based cellular support. Each product has been designed to have a profound impact on our vital force. That’s energy that a person has that you can’t necessarily touch, but do feel and impacts the mind and body and their ability to heal itself.
Many supplement lines are mass-produced, containing low-dose, low-absorption and energetically-void ingredients. Each of my products is produced in small batches and contains energetically rich and carefully sourced ingredients. Each works with the body to heal cells, improve cell function, speed cell renewal, increase energy and actually alter how we feel and how we age. These are not like any products that you will find on the shelves at big box or mass retail outlets.
The TAKE THIS By Lianne line is comprised of seven products which have been developed for use by the whole family. I created the BOOST BOX that has all of them in it. Then I also created packages like the Vibrant Skin Trio is made up of three products that have been designed specifically to support and strengthen skin, hair, eyes and nails. This powerhouse trio helps to restore skin health on a deep, cellular level (where most damage occurs) and supports the growth of new, healthier cells over time. Healthy, glowing skin is a validation of our internal life force. I also have created the Mood and Memory Boost package to give the most important nutrients for mental health and the common memory decline that can happen and drive you nuts! The Immune Boost package really gets that army in tip top form as supplememts like vitamin C, vitamin D and probiotics touch the key aspects of supporting immunity. And then for all the parents who want to pull their hair out over feeding their kids, the Picky Eater Package helps to make up for what could be missing from a restricted diet as well as give minerals to help support a health appetite. They’re all packaged to help you decide easier based on what you’re after.
Let’s talk about some of the products, to answer the most common questions that I get.
My faviourte product of my line, and one that I take every day without fail is SKIN BOOST. It has been designed to support anti-aging by targeting the vibrancy of every cell, inside and out. We know that our skin is a window to our internal health. If we’re glowing and clear on the outside, it’s a good indication of how things are functioning on the inside. As the largest organ of the body, skin needs powerful and specific nutrients for optimal cell renewal, repair, and clarity. And that is precisely what SKIN BOOST offers.
Here are some of the key benefits:
The liver has two phases of detoxification, and it’s easy for them to get out of sync and show up on the skin as blemishes, infection, and inflammation. Organic Kale Sprout Powder and Organic Schizandra Berry Juice Powder help the body’s detoxification process by taking a load off the liver so it doesn’t have to send toxins to the skin to eliminate them. Spirulina has a very high concentration of magnesium and chlorophyll and has been shown to be effective at helping remove toxins from the blood. It also binds to heavy metals to get them out of the body efficiently. Organic Beet Juice Powder supports detoxification and helps to purify the blood and liver, thereby promoting cellular vibrancy.
Accurate gene expression can be affected by internal and external stressors, the environment, poor nutrition, and hormonal imbalance. SKIN BOOST helps protect each cell against these stressors and encourages healthy cell development. Organic Broccoli Sprout Powder helps balance female hormones that, when out of balance, can cause blemishes, dullness and cellular stress. Organic Barley Grass Juice Powder and Organic Acai Juice Powder both protect the cellular DNA from destruction by neutralizing the effects of oxygen free-radicals, and by improving the body’s ability to deal with stress. Organic Parsley Powder and Organic Pomegranate Juice Powder are both shown to have an impressively positive impact on cell death (apoptosis) in various cancer cells, including skin cancer. Camu Camu is used for immune support, fighting inflammation, gum health, eye health, mood and more. Organic Blueberry Juice Powder contains anthocyanins, which has remarkable antioxidant power. Organic Beet Juice Powder helps protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress.
Lastly it helps to Renew
Accurate cellular renewal is the foundation of youthful skin which is supported by each ingredient of SKIN BOOST. Spinach Leaf Powder contains amino acids, carotenoids, potassium, iodine, magnesium, iron, Vitamin C, A, E, B Complex, lutein, zeaxanthin, iron and Vitamin K, which are alkaline in nature. As such, they help maintain the proper pH balance in the body creating a healthier system overall. Chlorella’s cleansing action on the bowel and other elimination channels, as well as its protection of the liver, also helps promote clean blood and bowels. It supports the elimination of molds from the body and promotes growth and tissue repair while increasing the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Freshwater blue-green algae, Spirulina, has one of the most nutrient-dense profiles on earth making it the ultimate superfood for nourishing all cells. Organic Beet Juice Powder is known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, decrease vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and contributes to the prevention of numerous chronic diseases.
SKIN BOOST is a naturally bio-available, nutrient-packed green, red and blue whole-food supplement, containing 100% organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, powdered juices, botanicals and enzymes.
This product is also called Kid Boost – it has all the same health benefits and the nutritional heavy-hitters that can be a challenge to get into your kids. I called it Kid Boost for those kids who need it, but also for adults who want their cells to behave more like when they were kids and keep those gene expressions that you don’t want, on the off switch. So it really is suitable for anyone and everyone. It’s sweetened with stevia and tastes more of the berries than of the greens and kids and adults love it. I mix it in a small glass of water with my Alka C and Physica’s Liposome B Complex every morning.
You’ve heard me go on about gut health, how incredibly important it is to overall health and that includes mental health, and your microbiome – those good bugs that need to be in the billions in your gut often need a boost. BIO BOOST has been designed to support the overall microbiome, both internal and external. While most don’t link skin health, immune health, and mental health with the proper functioning of the digestive system, it’s a vital part of the body’s ecosystem that must be in balance for not only immunity, but proper elimination and recalibration of the good bugs that live in your intestinal tract and promote the ongoing proliferation of healthy bacteria. This balance, in turn, contributes to healthy, glowing skin, may help weight loss, improve mood and some mental health conditions, helps keep your heart healthy, and may reduce the risk and severity of certain allergies, like eczema in infants.
When was the last time that you took antibiotics? Or drank a scotch, whisky, gin and tonic or had a glass of wine? Or ate something sugary? All have impact on your gut, and not for the better. After antibiootics, the microbiome upset caused by antibiotics can be felt for months after they are ingested. The Lactobacillus Sporogenes strain (also known as Bacillus Coagulans) found in BIO BOOST survives stomach acids, bile and antibiotic therapy. It can be taken in very high doses to quickly flood and re-balance gut flora, up-regulate and support immune function, gut balance and overall health.
BIO BOOST helps to maintain optimal bowel transit time and offers assistance in cases of gastrointestinal distress. If you’re constipated, have diarrhea, dysbiosis from Candida that I talked about in ep 97 or IBS, this is my go to. Did you know that our skin is covered in bacteria, and in healthy bodies this bacteria, or microbiome, is more good than bad. Stripping the skin of beneficial bacteria can lead to or worsen infection. The ecosystem of the human body has billions and billions of bacteria
As well as supporting digestion and elimination, bacteria in the intestinal tract are important for the absorption of nutrients, production of B vitamins and Vitamin K, controlling yeast and bacterial overgrowth and assisting in the body’s immune response.
BIO BOOST is a shelf-stable probiotic that survives antibiotics and is an essential addition to any healing strategy.
Dosage for adults (12+): 3 capsules daily, with food.
Children age 3-12: 2 capsules daily and the capsules can be chewed or swallowed with food.
Children under 3: start with 1 capsule a day, given on a spoon by opening the capsule and pouring out the contents. Take with food.
In the case of digestive issues, after a course of antibiotics or an immune challenge, follow this three-day FLUSH protocol and then continue with daily dosage as described above. Suitable for those 12 and older.
|Day 0||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3|
|Evening – 12 capsules before bed||Breakfast – 3 capsules
Lunch – 3 capsules
Dinner – 10 capsules
|Breakfast – 3 capsules
Lunch – 3 capsules
Dinner – 8 capsules
|Breakfast – 3 capsules
Lunch – 3 capsules
Dinner – 3 capsules
Continue with 3 capsules a day as your daily dose.
BIO BOOST is a shelf-stable probiotic that survives antibiotics and is an essential addition to any supportive health and healing strategy. It is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and BPA-free.
One of the unsung heros of supplements is vitamin C. It helps so much from repairing any cellular damage to your arteries to healing the cut on your skin. So along with just a powerful vitamin C powder, my Take This by Lianne ALKA C is a unique formulation that contains Vitamin C, macro and micro minerals that include calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and selenium. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that can only be obtained through diet. It is a powerful antioxidant, required for more than 300 metabolic functions in the body.
Restore cellular growth
Vitamin C plays a critical role in skin and tissue growth and repair. It supports connective tissue by building collagen, and supports the adrenal glands through the formation of anti-stress hormones. Speaking of stress, vitamin C is also extremely effective at helping the body deal with all kinds of stress and is used up quickly whether your stress is emotional or physical from pain and injury. A lot of the time, higher therapeutic doses of Vitamin C, like from 3000mg and above can lead to diarrhea and that means you loose a lot valuable trace minerals. So the buffered form of vitamin C can be assimilated at higher doses and gives essential trace minerals to support energy production, cellular repair and aid in healthy immune function. This goes into my morning drink at various doses depending on what I’ve got going on. If I use a whole teaspoon which is 4000mg, I might end up with loose bowels, but if I’m fighting a cold or infection, my body gobbles it up. Kids LOVE this because it’s an effervescent drink that tastes super yummy.
Adult dose (12+): ½ teaspoon once to twice a day, mixed in water. Increase during times of sickness or stress.
Children under 12: ¼ teaspoon once or twice a day, mixed with water. Increase during times of sickness.
If loose stools or diarrhea are experienced, reduce the dosage by half.
ALKA C is a mineral-rich, high-dose buffered and alkalizing Vitamin C powder that, when mixed with water, is a delicious effervescent drink. It is non-GMO, contains no corn and is BPA Free.
Nourish the whole person–both men and women.
I’ve never been one to recommend a one-a-day muti vitamin, although people love that insurance policy. By popular demand, I came up with Adult Boost, that kids can take too, just in lower doses, and it’s far from true that just any old vitamin-and-mineral formula will do. This ultimate phyto-nutritional and mineral multi-nutrient complex offers a boost of bio-availability for maximum absorption and utilization of all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients it contains. Amino acids that act as neurotransmitters in the body, are essential for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Phytonutrients provide potent health benefits from antioxidants to enhance the immune response, improve cellular communication, and help with detoxification. Minerals are needed for the production and proper utilization of endocrine hormones. For example, the amino acid L-tyrosine combines with iodine to form thyroid hormones. An important job for two key ingredients in Adult Boost.
Dosage for adults (12+): 3 capsules daily, with food.
Children age 3-12: 1 capsule daily, with food.
Start by taking one Adult Boost capsule a day and increase to 3, over three days. Take with food. If taken on an empty stomach, you might experience a skin flush from the B vitamins that will fade after 20 minutes.
Adult Boost can be taken with all other supplements including KID BOOST or SKIN BOOST.
Adult Boost does not contain wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, eggs, dairy, artificial colour or flavour, sugar or toxic preservatives. Suitable for vegetarians in a veg capsule.
Nourish with superfoods, antioxidants and purple and green plants. Feed the body and mind.
Kids big and small are growing by cellular breakdown and renewal of bones, the immune system army getting stronger and their brain and nervous system learning to lay new pathways each and every day. All of that growth potential needs to be nourished by the right vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, superfoods, and enzymes.
Whether you have a picky eater or not, getting the nutritional heavy-hitters into your kids can be a challenge. The most powerful foods are those with intense colours like greens, reds, blues, and purples. KID BOOST has it all: Organic Kale Sprout Powder, Organic Broccoli Sprout Powder, Organic Barley Grass Juice Powder, Chlorella, Organic Acai Juice Powder, Organic Schizandra Berry Juice Powder, Organic Blueberry Juice Powder, Spirulina, and Organic Beet Juice Powder. All of these superstar ingredients support detoxification and help to protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from various stresses; environmental, physical and emotional.
Dosage for adults (12+): 1 scoop mixed in water or juice, daily.
Children age 2 -12: ½ scoop mixed in water or juice, daily.
KID BOOST is a naturally bio-available, nutrient-packed green, red and blue whole food supplement containing 100% organic, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO powdered juices, botanicals and enzymes.
When I first started testing clients, I was amazed that every baby and child, and most adults needed more minerals. That drove me to come up with Cell Mins. A play on words of cellular minerals that are a blend needed by every fiber and process of the body. The form of these minerals, in what’s called a tissue salt, work like a magnet to help attract more minerals from food. They amazingly they help to balance both deficiencies and excesses. I’ve seen incredible results in babies, toddlers, and children, especially in normalizing appetite. The most commonly noticed benefit is an increase in appetite especially in the case of picky, selective or resistant eaters. In the 20 years that I’ve been a nutritionist, every child that I’ve ever tested has needed Cell Mins.
Cell minerals are well known to increase the constitutional health of a person, and who doesn’t want that? It’s suitable for every member of the family.
Dosage for adults (12+): 30 drops twice a day, into the mouth or in a small amount of water.
Children age 3-12: 3 drops for each year of age, twice a day. Drop right into the mouth or a small amount of water and give by syringe or drink from a cup.
Children under 3: 2 drops for each year of age, twice a day. Drop right into the mouth or a small amount of water and give by syringe or drink from a cup.
Cell Mins is free of wheat, yeast, corn, soy, gluten, eggs, dairy, artificial colours, flavours, sugar and toxic preservatives.
Sunshine D3 + K2 Advanced Nanosphere Technology™ Liposome Spray
If you haven’t heard of the benefits of vitamin D then you’ve been living under a rock. My TAKE THIS by Lianne Sunshine D3+K2 is a yummy spray that has the most positive reviews on SproutRight.com. Why a spray, so it gets into your body easier – well into the receptor sites or parking spots that your body has waiting for it. Vitamin D3 is required for the absorption of minerals like calcium and magnesium and Vitamin K2 is needed to direct the minerals to the right place. The Advanced Nanosphere Technology™ in Sunshine D3 + K2 greatly increases the absorption and assimilation of both vitamins. This fancy pants technology protects these valuable vitamins from stomach acids and bypasses the liver to ensure that the highest concentrations reach a variety of target tissues like bone, intestine, muscle, brain, skin and immune system cells.
There is overwhelming evidence confirming that the safety of vitamin D is dependent on adequate vitamin K2 (the MK-7 form). K2 can prevent bone loss associated with estrogen decline, especially in menopause. A number of trials have shown that the combination of K2 and vitamin D3 is more effective in preventing bone loss than either nutrient alone.
Adult dose (12+): 10 sprays daily, or as advised by your healthcare practitioner. Take away from drinks and food.
Children under 12: 1 to 3 sprays daily. Children under 2 years, give 1 spray daily for 5 of 7 days. Age 3 and older, give 1 to 3 sprays daily, away from food and drinks.
Sunshine D3 + K2 is free of wheat, yeast, corn, soy, gluten, eggs, dairy, artificial colours, flavours, sugar and toxic preservatives.
And to round out my supplement line of foundational supplements, is Omega Boost. Yep, you guessed it, it’s a fish oil, so not for vegans and vegetarians unless you’re ok with it.
Omega 3 fats–DHA and EPA Nourish are needed in higher levels during pregnancy, childhood and for anyone who doesn’t eat fish at least three times a week. It’s needed for memory, focus, and concentration to name a few things. OMEGA BOOST contains both EPA and DHA from fish oils giving a high value of absorbable Omega-3 fatty acids known to protect against a range of illnesses; including inflammation, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, mood disorders and some forms of cancer. All of our cells need EPA and DHA to hold water, vital nutrients and electrolytes for proper cellular communication. You know that your cells chat with each other, right? Accurate communication is key to disease prevention of virtually every chronic disease, especially cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.
Fish oils play a large role in brain function and are associated with ADD/ADHD, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. DHA is particularly important during pregnancy and the first years of a child’s life. Studies suggest that people who eat large amounts of fatty fish oils may have lower rates of depression, suicidal tendencies, and violence. This is because omega-3 fatty acids are thought to affect serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate and enhance mood.
Dosage for adults (12+): 2 soft gels a day, with food.
Children age 3-12: 1 soft gel every other day. Bite a hole in the soft gel and squeeze the oil into the mouth or chew soft gel.
Children under 3: 1 soft gel every 3 days. Bite a hole in the soft gel and squeeze the oil into the mouth.
OMEGA BOOST is free of pesticides, PCB’s, dioxin, hexene (manufacturing solvent) and heavy metals including mercury and has a green and eco-friendly Three Phase Molecular Distillation Process.
We are living in a time, culture and geography that demands additional support to our daily food intake. We need to help our bodies in being able to deeply heal and transform, adapt and resist all that comes at us from our genetic and learned patterns. This all begins deep within the cells, and that’s why I go on about eating the healthiest choices, and taking the most absorbably supplements. I created this line to deliver the support that we all need for the vital transformation of body, mind and spirit.
The body ultimately knows how to do what it needs, and also how to heal. Adaptation happens all the time and further to food, the additional support of supplements can be a game-changer. Each product was formulated with careful consideration given to the body’s capacity to heal and be healed with a synergistic blend of bioenergetic alchemy and superfood cellular support.
As if these aren’t enough, a spoiler alert for you as you’ve been listening is that we’ve got a new product coming out soon so watch this space for that!
Alright, a bit of a science lesson there with all that these supplements do for you as well as what each vitamin does for your body.
If you still have questions, I have a free 15 minutes “help me choose what I need and the dosage” call so we can talk it through and get insight on what is the priority with what’s going on.
Thanks again for your emails, your texts and messages, I hope all this helps you to choose better and put your money where you get the most value, now and in the future.