Our top 5 supplements plus 1 bonus that helped us

by purelytwins

Hey luvs,

Welcome to another Purely Talk with us.

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This video is way over due as it was one of our top questions we received during our gut healing journey that we did a year ago. “What supplements do we recommend for gut healing, better digestion and skin?” Today we are answering that question.

Our top 5 favorite supplements for better gut health which leads to overall better health!

purely twins top 5 supplements for better gut health

We’ve learned so much about supplements and how our bodies handle them. Keep in mind that every person will have different results with supplements depending on what level of health you are in, low on any vitamins, etc. but we feel just about everyone would benefit from a few of these.

We hope this helps you in your journey to better health starting from the inside! Again here are the brands for probiotic and digestive enzymes we like.

We go over in the video more about why we love each one and why we feel they are worth it.

Enjoy the video.

top 5 favorite supplements for better gut and digestive health with purelytwins

Top 5 supplements to improve your overall health:

1. Magnesium

2. Fermented Cod liver oil

3.  L-glutamine

4. Probiotic

5. Digestive enzymes

And for the bonus supplement :


What exactly is gelatin? Gelatin is just a processed version of a structural protein called collagen that is found in many animals, including humans. Collagen actually makes up almost a third of all the protein in the human body.

We feel taking gelatin regularly has helped a lot with our skin and digestive issues plus improved our hair and nails! Gelatin helps with other amazing things like collagen, joints, good source of protein and helps to digest foods.

We like the Great Lakes brand. Another good brand is Bernard Jensen. Of course having bone broth is a great way to enjoy the benefits of gelatin as well.

Lately we’ve heard that most people eat way too much omega-6 fatty acids while not getting enough omega-3s. Plus most people do not eat enough saturated fats and instead eat too much low fat foods. Most people are out of balance with their amino acid intake (building blocks for protein).  If you look back on what our ancestors ate it would be no surprise as they ate every part of the animal. They did not have boneless/skinless meat options back then. So it makes sense that most of us do not get enough gelatin naturally in our diet.

We know taking gelatin is not for everyone, and that’s fine. But if you are suffering from poor gut and digestive health we highly recommend it.

How we eat gelatin:

We first started off eating it like this

Then upgraded to these recipes:

Sugar- free Marshmallows   Check out our video making marshmallows.

Protein Mush

Single serving pancake 

No sugar mini cake

Bone Broth 

Avocado pudding

And our purely fitters know how we eat it mostly now as we shared our daily breakfast in the club.

supplements to help heal your gut and have stronger digestion

Interested in more about gelatin and the other supplements we mentioned, read these articles below:

Gelatin, stress, and longevity 

Gelatin smoothie plus why to drink gelatin

Therapeutic effects of gelatin

Benefits of gelatin 

Benefits of fermented cod liver oil 

Why I don’t take fish oil

Separating fact from fiction on cod liver oil

Benefits of magnesium are far greater than imagined

11 Miraculous ways magnesium heals mind and body

Magnesium and signs you are deficient

Benefits and side effects of l-glutamine

Glutamine a healing supplement

As we mentioned in the video, we are still taking these supplements to this day. And plan to continue them for a little bit longer. Though we have this feeling that most of them we will probably continue to take for the rest of our lives. We’ve seen just such improvement in our overall health, that we plan to continue to supplement with them in our daily diet. Though, we have another feeling that our improvements were not just from these few supplements but also from eating mostly real foods and giving our bodies time to heal!

Of course we will keep you updated if things change or if we find something else worth sharing 🙂

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What is one of your favorite supplements to take? Do you like taking supplements?   Do you see an improvement in your health with any supplement? Share your purely thoughts below.


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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 16, 2014 - 9:03 am

I take most of those, too!
Love Natural Calm (only use 2-3x’s per week)
Sometimes take fermented codliver oil, but mostly just a high grade fish oil
Probiotic in form of sauerkraut and kombucha
And digestive enzyme if I eat something super spicy, or I know will upset the tummy.
I don’t take glutamine, but I’ve heard that it’s a good one, too!

Lily January 16, 2014 - 11:45 am

I tried the Calm Magnesium the other day to help with general health and digestion…and it had a terrible laxative effect on me immediately despite only having half a dose, with food! How is it supposed to help with digestion if it makes it worse? Any recommendations?

purelytwins January 16, 2014 - 12:24 pm

well every body will react differently, just try smaller dosage and see how you do. Calm contains magnesium citrate which to some can be a litter harsh, even for us it can be. So majority of the time we take magnesium glycinate as it is a little less harsh but still works.

Megan (The Lyons' Share) January 16, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Thank you for this – always so helpful to read about what others take, and the articles you linked were very informative. I, too, take magnesium and L-Glutamine, as well as occasional digestive enzymes and probiotics. But I take fish oil instead of cod liver oil, so I liked reading the article about why cod liver oil may be better!

purelytwins January 16, 2014 - 1:22 pm

so happy to hear that you enjoyed the articles Megan, we always like to provide as much information so everyone can be educate themselves to make their own choices 🙂 So happy to hear you like magnesium and glutamine too!

Lily January 16, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Ok great! Turns out my dad just picked up some magnesium glycinate, so I will try that instead.

purelytwins January 16, 2014 - 1:44 pm

great! that should hopefully help you better!

Heather @ Better With Veggies January 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

I’m so glad that you have found the combination that works for you! You’re right that it’s so personal, our bodies just seem to need different things sometimes. 🙂 My favorite new supplement is Biotin, a vegetarian-sourced supplement that helps hair, skin, and nails. My nails were so brittle and now they are finally getting stronger!

purelytwins January 16, 2014 - 1:45 pm

awesome Heather, so happy to hear it!

Natasha January 16, 2014 - 3:01 pm

I suffered for about two years from a lot of stomach/digestive problems due to over-exercising and under eating for an extended period of time. Because I cut out a lot of foods from my diet, I literally could no longer eating them without either going into a food coma or feeling extreme discomfort for hours that would leave me in pain on the floor; I was in the worst situation and didn’t know what to do for a long time so I just coped with it by avoiding a long list of foods.
Well, when I FINALLY went to my doctor for a checkup I broke down and told her all the issues I was having (I really hate complaining about pain, I’m not sure why), and she recommended I take a probiotic.

Soooo basically I have been taking Align probiotic for about 6 months now, and OMG it was re-awakened my life. I can literally eat anything I want and it won’t bother my stomach ever! It is the most amazing feeling ever to not have to feel tied down by food choices. I’m pretty sure that Align is one of the best probiotics out there, and I’m seriously never looking back until I feel fully healed (because they are sorta expensive lol but def worth it to me!).

I never dreamed that I would be able to eat a huge, greasy pizza and not have to take a nap or feel my insides being ripped apart! 🙂 lol!

Other than that, I take vitamin D in the winter months (as I live in Michigan) and occasionally take a multivitamin. I have given up on protein/workout supplements…I find that if I am in DIRE need of taking workout supplements, then I’ve been working out too much/too hard than my body needs, but that is just my opinion!

Love this post!
Have a great day!

purelytwins January 16, 2014 - 5:27 pm

Natasha so happy to hear that probiotic has helped you with your digestion and being able to eat foods again!! yay!!

Yanet January 16, 2014 - 4:45 pm

hello lovely ladies…
wondering what supplements are you currently taking, if any, to help you regulate your period?
I quitted taking the pill few months ago and due to that I haven’t had a period and I really want to go in a natural way to get them back…
any information would be greatly appreciated…
thank you

purelytwins January 16, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Yanet, taking the supplement Vitex helped us (took about a god 3 months), reducing our overall stress, and eating lots of healthy fats – would be some things that helped us with periods.

Yanet January 17, 2014 - 9:26 am

I think I must add some healthy fats into my diet, thank you for the reply, will definitely look into that 🙂

Meg @ A Dash of Meg January 16, 2014 - 8:08 pm

we are talking MY PASSION HERE LADIES!!!!!! SKYPE ME SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED THIS POST! SO PROUD OF YOU BOTH! and stunning picture of the two of you – you both look breathtaking! I love my sisters!

purelytwins January 17, 2014 - 7:41 am

yes will skype soon, we will be in touch with a date 🙂 xoxo

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) January 18, 2014 - 2:27 pm

i love the stache shirts! i tried fermented cod liver oil 1.5yrs ago and it was not a good fit for me. i took the minimum dose and it still gave me nosebleeds and pimples between my brows?! i went back to my nordic naturals fish oil. additionally, i take a calcium/vit d supp, a dr. ohira probiotic (1x am/pm), 1 cap zinc in the morning and 1 cap of evening primrose oil. that’s it 🙂

i love great lakes gelatin too but i only eat it when i make jellies. the texture is too weird for me otherwise lol

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