Getting the full benefit from multiple nutritional or herbal supplements and a food therapy program will ask some organizational effort from you. You can ensure the experience is as positive as possible by being gentle with your ability to adapt to changes. The busier you already feel, the more important this is.
There is definite benefit this focus on improving your health. Every minute that you spend focused on your new healing protocol you are also actively intending to heal. This is not only empowering, health studies show that a focused, positive mental state and the visualization of healing greatly improves outcomes.
Making an Excel chart or even just a pencil sketch chart showing the scheduling of your product protocol can help a lot. I personally have used an electronic calendar with reminders to keep my program on track.
Some products are best taken with food and some are best between meals. See below for more information.
Purge Drink - (Caproyl, Psyllium blend, Bentonite)
It is important to separate your supplements and/or medication from your purge drink by two hours.
Ideally, when you are using the purge twice a day, the doses will be separated by eight to twelve hours. First thing in the am and last thing at night are the most common times to take the purge.
Taking the Purge at Bedtime
When considering whether it's right for you to take it at bedtime, remember that you need to drink an extra eight ounces of water with the purge drink.
To minimize night time trips to the bathroom but still fit two full purge doses in, some people get creative. I have heard of some people even taking it in the middle of the night or extra early when they get up before their alarm to use the washroom.
If you choose to do this, try mixing up the liquids with the water, measuring out the psyllium separately and then keeping it by your bedside (or in the washroom) for combination in a shaking jar when you're ready. Having a small LED push light nearby will light your task without being bright enough to fully wake you.
If you leave the house very early in the morning and don’t have the two hours to wait in between the purge and eating breakfast you might consider packing a healthy breakfast “to go” and eating at work.
Vitamins/Minerals/Phytonutrients- with food
except- Cal-Mag which can be taken with food and or at bedtime to maximize benefit from its calming effect. It also has an alkalizing effect. If you have low stomach acid, it may be best to avoid taking it with meals as this can reduce digestion power.
Herbs- Both in tincture and capsule form, most herbs can be taken on an empty stomach for best absorption unless they are irritating to your stomach. For example, Olive leaf extract and Kolorex are often taken with food because they can cause discomfort for some. Many people can comfortably take them on an empty stomach. It's good to just be aware of the potential and then to experiment accordingly, adjusting if required.
Bitters- are herbs intended to boost digestion...these are ideally taken just 15-30 minutes prior to eating to prime up the digestive organs with the enzymatic juices for your meal. They can also be taken with the meal as you do digestive enzymes or if you feel indigestion after a meal, bitters can be taken to help ease discomfort.
Zymitol is a proteolytic enzyme meaning it eats excess fibrin in the body that causes inflammation. It does this best on an empty stomach - preferably during the day. If taken with food, some of the enzymatic power is wasted with unintended digestive action on the food.
Probiotics-Take probiotics away from food at least a half hour before or one hour after meals. Bedtime or first thing in the morning are good times, depending on when you take your 'Purge Drink.'
SBX can be taken between meals on an empty stomach if your intent is to maximize it’s cleansing potential or with food depending on which SBX benefits you want to maximize. If you use SBX on an empty stomach, probiotics can be taken at the same time.
SBX can be taken with food if you want it to complement nutrient absorption. Some people do take it this way as it is particularly helpful for assisting with iron absorption from food.
Stimulating vs Sedating- If you are planning to take a product at bedtime consider whether it might have a stimulating effect and vice versa if you are planning to take a product during the day which may be sedating.
This article discusses the importance of selecting additive free nutritional supplements.
Electrodermal Screening of Remedies
This allergies article discusses the Electro Dermal Screening approach which can be used to pre-assess the compatibility of your supplements with your unique biochemistry and needs. You can read a bit about it in the food allergies post.
If you do go for electro dermal screening to help you select your therapeutic products, it may be helpful for you to take a one or two day “fast” from all non essential supplements and medications before your test as it should increase accuracy in your results.
Keep in mind that with an immune/intestinal condition as sensitive and changeable as CRC , it is possible for compatible products to become not compatible and vice versa so regular testing is required.
A repeat test every one to three months is ideal during the early stages of your healthy transition. In addition to the EDS technology your health journal/diet diary is an essential base for any investigation into which supplements you tolerate best.