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    Primal supplements?

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    I'm somewhat new to the primal life, so I'm still kind of shaky on a few things. I've got the diet basics down; healthy fats and REAL foods are my best friend! However, I'm still severely constipated and suffer from acne, so something is still going wrong. I've never given the supplements/vitamins I take much thought, so I just wanted to hear your guys' opinions.

    Yes, I'm on an antibiotic, which I'm sure has done a number on my digestive tract. My acne is so bad that my dermatologist practically insisted on it. I was initially taking 100mg twice a day, but that made me insanely nauseated so he allowed me to lower it to 100mg once a day, which I have been sustaining for the past 3 months. I had an appointment just the other day where I practically begged him to let me discontinue them completely, but he strongly suggested that I just lower it to 50mg once a day, and see how that affects my skin.

    I technically haven't started taking the magnesium yet; it actually just arrived in the mail today. After reading this article: 5 Steps to Cure Constipation Naturally - Empowered Sustenance, I ordered it immediately. I've heard great things about magnesium on here too, so I can't wait to give it a try. Plus, I have been taking melatonin every night for the past year or so, which I just recently learned isn't great for your hormones, so I will be replacing that with the magnesium, which also helps with sleep (killing two birds with one stone ).

    What are your guys' honest opinions on what I'm taking? Are all of these good quality/necessary? Any others I should be taking? Thank you so much!

    Multivitamin: Standard Process - CatalynŽ GF
    1 with each meal.

    Antibiotic: Minocycline
    50mg, taken with a glass of water immediately after dinner. (Those were my dermatologist's instructions to help avoid nausea-- is taking a glass of water right after I finish eating doing anything to the digestive acids in my stomach?)

    Probiotic: http://www.ddsprobio.com/wp-content/...-Powder-01.png
    1/4 tsp dissolved in 1/2 cup water, taken 15 minutes before breakfast.

    Magnesium: Vitacost Natural Tranquility
    2 tsp dissolved in water, taken before bed.

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    I don't have any recommendation for more pills, but if I may...in my own experience, actual probiotics have always worked so much better than pills/powders. 8 ounces of Greek yogurt does the trick. I saw no differences with pills.

    You could also add some coconut oil to your diet. Along with the good fats it provides, many find it has a laxative effect.
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    Get some sun on your skin, it will help the acne and boost your D vitamin levels. Supplement with vitamin K2 as it compliments the job done by VitD. Magnesium is good. You also need to make sure that you are getting copper and zinc so unless you are eating liver, shellfish and kidneys once a week I suggest you do some research and incorporate these important minerals. Iodine supplemetation is also worth researching as most of us are deficient and Iodine is crucial to many processes in our bodies that keep us healthy.
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