Let's face it: we've all had that moment where we've stood before a dizzying collection of bottles, canisters, jars, tinctures, powders, oils, pills, capsules, tablets, creams and lotions and experienced confusion, overwhelm, and the frustrating thought…
…how and when do I actually take all this stuff?
Fear not. You can consider this document your go-to guide and handy-dandy Kion supplements cheat sheet for exact dosing, timing and more – no guesswork required.
Why Should You Take Supplements?
Of course, before taking a dive into the guide, let's briefly refresh why you would actually take any supplements in the first place, shall we? After all, if you eat your fruits and vegetables, expose yourself to adequate sunlight, get plenty of sleep, and stay well hydrated, your body shouldn’t really need a supplemental source of vitamins and minerals, right? Not exactly. In fact, here are five compelling reasons that you need to take dietary supplements, no matter how healthy your lifestyle may be.
1. Nutrient depletion in the soil. Modern farming techniques utilize fertilizers that actually deplete the soil of essential nutrients. Agriculture relies on the elements in the soil for absorption of proper amounts of minerals, and when this process is interrupted, the plant does not contain essential minerals and cannot form essential vitamins. And if the plant doesn’t have it then you’re not going to get it from eating the plant!
2. Your ability to absorb nutrients from food actually decreases as you age. So while growing children should absolutely be taking a multivitamin to support healthy tissue and bone formation, supplementation becomes equally important for the older population. Sure, you could just eat more food, but this introduces a problem with caloric balance. Beware that many medications also interfere with proper nutrient absorption.
3. Commercial harvesting, shipping processes, long-term food storage, processing, and the addition of preservatives degrades the nutrient content of food. Therefore, unless you’re eating a very fresh plant, it is a far different species at consumption than it was when initially harvested. In addition, compounds added to the food during many of these processes, such as MSG, saccharine, NutraSweet, Splenda, colorings, and flavors will increase your body’s need for nutrients to deal with these damaging synthetic derivatives.
4. Pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals found in the modern food supply are combined with chemicals in water, environmental contamination from elements such as degraded plastic, air pollution from carbon monoxide, lead and mercury. These synergistic elements vastly increase our need for extra vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to combat the formation of free radicals and the attack upon our metabolism and immune system.
5. Exercise increases nutrient needs. Are you an athlete or frequent exerciser? The vast amount of extra oxygen and energy used by active individuals will necessitate nutrient consumption that far exceeds the typical RDA of the average population. Consuming just the stated RDA can actually limit your athletic performance.
Finally, there is, of course, the age-old argument that our wise old ancestors didn't take supplements. This is actually not correct. If you look back to generations upon generations that have come before you, you'll see the use of items such as mortar and pestle to create fine, concentrated powders, oil extraction to create tinctures and medicinal compounds, root, leaf and stem teas to cure a variety of ills and a host of other ancient “supplements” that went far above and beyond simply eating food. We've just made things far simpler in modern times via the use of beneficial technologies such as encapsulation technology, tableting, oil distillation, dual water and alcohol extraction and a host of other methods that allow us to supplement in a far more efficient and easy manner than our ancestors ever could have. Interestingly, from dolphins to dogs to cats to chimps and even insects, we even see a host of self-medication and supplementation in the natural animal kingdom!
OK, now that you understand why supplementation is so important and so convenient – and, dare we say, very much necessary – let's turn to a few quick tips for using the Kion supplements, shall we?
How To Use Kion Supplements
These aren't your run of the mill supplements and there's a good reason for that! Each serves a unique purpose and fills the gaps we found in the supplement world's offerings. But not only that, we also formulate each of our products using the highest quality, research-validated ingredients so as not to add to the sea of poorly formulated supplements. Below you'll learn exactly how to use each of our supplements and you can click on their links to learn the specifics of each one!
Kion Flex: If you've had a difficult workout the day prior or you're excessively sore, pop 4-6 Kion Flex on an empty stomach – preferably in the morning on an empty stomach. If your stomach isn't empty in the morning because you're an early eater, simply save this supplement for the evening and take it before bed. If you're injured, up your dose to 8-12 Kion Flex.
Kion Colostrum: For nourishing the gut lining and supporting digestion and gastrointestinal health, take 4-6 Kion Colostrum in the morning on an empty stomach. If your stomach isn't empty in the morning because you're an early eater, simply save this supplement for the evening and take it before bed. If you are using a probiotic (we recommend this probiotic), take it at the same time as Colostrum for a synergistic effect. If you are struggling with an issue such as leaky gut, or you are an athlete preparing for hard and heavy competition (especially in the heat), take up to 8 Kion Colostrum capsules.
Kion Serum: Rejuvenate your skin and invigorate your complexion with twelve potent, all-natural and organic ingredients that have been expertly blended to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin firmness and elasticity, and even skin tone. A thin layer of Kion Serum should be applied to clean skin both morning and evening in place of or under your moisturizer. Use 8-10 drops for your face or 10-12 drops for your face and neck. Apply a thin layer when using on body or hair.
Kion Oregano: For immune support and detoxification, consume 4-5 drops in an 8-12 ounce glass of water upon waking, and also, if desired, before bed. If you can tolerate the strong oregano taste, water is not required, and it can be placed directly into the mouth. Kion Oregano is also a very good supplement to use when exposed to airborne pathogens while traveling (e.g. airplane, subway, bus, etc.) or when you've been around sick people. The same amount can also be used topically on fungi, athlete's foot, acne, warts, etc.
Kion Aminos: This is a relatively versatile supplement. Consuming 5-10 grams (the equivalent of 5-10 Aminos tablets, or 1-2 scoops of Aminos powder) before bed can assist with deep sleep. Consuming the same amount while fasting can stave off appetite cravings and hunger. Consuming the same amount prior to exercise can enhance blood levels of amino acids during exercise. Consuming the same amount each hour during long exercise sessions can provide a readily available source of amino acids to stave off central nervous system fatigue and muscle catabolism. Finally, consuming up to 20 grams after exercise can assist with muscle synthesis and recovery, and consuming up to 40 grams per day can provide great support when enhanced recovery is needed or protein consumption is low.
Kion Lean: To support normalized blood sugar and insulin levels that support a healthy weight and longevity, take 1-2 capsules prior to your largest meal of the day or your highest carbohydrate containing meal of the day (for many people, this will be dinner).
So that's it! Simple enough, eh? Just a bit of Serum, Colostrum, and Flex in the morning, a serving of Aminos to support your workout, Lean before dinner, and Oregano before bed. Supplementation doesn't have to be confusing or overly complex, and we trust this guide will give you exactly what you need to get started with zero guesswork.
If you do have questions, simply email [email protected] and we'll be right at your side with a helpful reply!