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How To Use Kion Supplements: Your Cheat Sheet For Dosing, Timing & More!

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 average 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 take pride in formulating each of our products using the highest quality, research-validated ingredients. 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: Flex is the ultimate recovery supplement, and can help you naturally banish exercise-induced soreness and joint discomfort. If you've had a difficult workout the day prior or you're excessively sore, take one serving of Kion Flex on an empty stomach – either first thing in the morning or at night before bed.





Kion Colostrum: For nourishing the gut lining and supporting digestion and gastrointestinal health, take one serving of 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, take it at the same time as Colostrum for a synergistic gut health effect.





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 once or twice per day. 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 one serving prior to exercise can give you the energy boost you need to get through a tough workout, without excess calories, sugar, or caffeine that can cause jitters or an energy crash. When taken post-workout, Aminos can help support muscle protein synthesis and recovery. They can even be consumed during long (>1 hour) workout sessions provide a readily available source of amino acids to stave off central nervous system fatigue and muscle catabolism. Kion Aminos also support fasted workouts by staving off appetite cravings and hunger.




Kion Lean: To support normalized blood sugar and insulin levels that support a healthy weight and longevity, take one serving 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!

43 thoughts on “How To Use Kion Supplements: Your Cheat Sheet For Dosing, Timing & More!

  1. For Kion Flex, I know it says to take on an empty stomach but do you have recommendations on how long you should wait to eat after taking it?

  2. I get up around 5am and take a colostrum on an empty stomach and then go right into my workout. Post workout I make a fruit smoothie with good protein in it roughly 2 hours later. Should I consume Thorne electrolytes before the workouts and save the Kion aminos for later in day or vice versa? I’m just not sure when to fit in the Lion aminos thanks!

    1. Hi Ray! When to best take the Aminos depends slightly on your personal goals. Are you looking to improve athletic performance and energy during your workouts? Then you can take 30 minutes prior. Or are you hoping for better recovery and muscle protein synthesis? Then we’d recommend taking withing 30 minutes of your workout, ideally 30 minutes prior to consuming your smoothie. Hope that helps!

    1. Hey Amanda! We can’t provide medical advice, so we recommend consulting with your doctor to see if the Kion products you’re curious about are right for you during pregnancy.

  3. I am tracking my macros and not sure how the Kion Aminos should be tracked. How much protein is in one scoop?

    1. Hey Jessica. Good question, but a little bit of a complicated answer 🙂 Technically there are 5g of protein in one serving of Kion Aminos. When tracking for macros, you could log it as 5g, but please be aware that the Aminos have a much higher absorption rate than dietary protein (eggs, chicken, etc.). So you’re technically getting more absorbable protein per serving from the Aminos than you would from most other food sources.

      Check out our FAQ on Aminos for more info on how the absorption rates compare.

  4. Hi what supplement would you recommend for what i think is a combination of hormonal and stress related hair loss? I am currently doing meditation and yoga so that is assisting with work related stress. Thanks

  5. My 17 year old son is in pretty good shape, but he tends to have anxiety and when he went to a couple of football camps last summer he got overheated, dehydrated, weak, dizzy, etc, and had to stop in less than 30 minutes at each camp. This same thing also happened in a game once the season started in the fall. We had his heart tested and it was completely normal, as was his blood work. He takes Vyvanse for ADD or ADHD. Someone recommended a product created by NASA called The Right Stuff. He also has an issue with keeping his weight down. Currently, he is ceasing to eating earlier in the evening and waiting to eat later the next morning (intermittent fasting). What would you recommend for my son’s overheating and dehydration issue, as well as his weight. He tends to have more fat around his midsection.

    Thank you.

  6. Hi y’all, so I’m getting surgery on my shoulder soon to repair some collarbone ligaments, I recently purchased the aminos and flex to start supplementing pre and post. Any order I should take them or emphasize the flex more than aminos after? Thoughts?

    1. Here’s a great guide:

  7. Hello
    I am a diabetic 46 Years old mom at this moment Diabetis is under control my A1C is 6.4; my question how Kion could help in keeping the blood sugar levels down .

    1. Hi Ingrid, Kion Lean can support normal blood sugar levels, but we always recommend speaking with your doctor about how it could help manage specific conditions.

  8. Is ok to take Kion Flex with coffee? I usually try to take it 30-60 minutes before coffee, but am unsure if this is an effective strategy.

    1. Hey David, Flex should be taken on an empty stomach. However, some black coffee would be just fine. If you add cream, butter or anything else I would stick with your original strategy.

  9. I’m a bit confused regarding amino acids and protein. It looks like you’re recommending EAA’s in place of any protein supplement. Is this correct? If so, how much protein does this product contain and what is it’s source? I’m a 54 year old former Ironman triathlete trying to win back all that muscle I worked off.

  10. Hello,I just ordered the EAA powder,my question s i take additional things like….niacinamide,thiamine taurine, B6 P5P,Biotin,Collagen,Tyrosine in a smoothie recipe that also calls for BCCA’s which i will replace with the kion aminos,is it ok to take these together in my smoothie recipe.

    1. Hi there, The only thing we recommend you don’t take Aminos with is other dietary protein or fat. (20 minutes before or 1-2 hours after). I would address any other concerns you have with mixing supplements with your physician.

      1. My protein powder has 18 amino acids in it …..Joe Dillon also recommends 2 omega 3 fatty capsules along with this shake….hmmm. Team Kion says do not take protein nor fat with aminos…what to do now??

        1. You could always try staggering when you take them… For instance, Kion Aminos make a great pre-workout as both fuel and to support muscle synthesis, and will absorb quickly to limit any potential GI distress during your workout. Then you could try the shake 1-2 hours post workout

  11. So when running a 3-4 hour Spartan race would you suggest taking aminos every hour? When would be the best time to take before a race or just a normal workout?

    1. Haha just saw my wife’s picture came with the email. I guess thats what you get when your using her computer.

    2. Kion Aminos are absorbed within 23 minutes, so about a half hour before your race should have you good to go!

  12. Does Kion have a multivitamin? I am a marathon runner and have Hashimotos ( of course). But find if I get good B vitamins, curcumin, vitamin D3, K2, ferratin, magnesium…. in a multi, I cut down on the clutter in my supplement cabinet.
    I take loads more than this, but looking for a good multi

    1. Hi Denise, Kion does not currently have a multi-vitamin. For products like this that we don’t currently carry, but feel are beneficial to our customers, we partner with companies we trust and have great relationships with. For a multivitamin, we recommend Thorne Multi-Vitamin Elite, which can be found here on the Kion website:

  13. Hi ben,

    How can you take the aminos during a fast without breaking the fast, I thought alot of the aminos especially leucine or isolucine. How is this possible? Also if that does not break a fast would any of craig dinkels products then not break a fast like the chlorella or afa?

    Thanks again


    1. Hi Sarah, Ben doesn’t typically respond to comments on GetKion. I’m very sorry for the delay! Somehow your comment wasn’t approved. Fasting is complicated, and people fast for many different reasons. While some may say that technically anything other than water will break your fast, the impact of something like EAAs on your fast is so small that it’s hardly worth mentioning. It’s really up to the individual how strict they chose to be, but we think the benefits outweigh any potential negative impact. As for Craig Dinkel’s products, we’re not familiar enough with them to comment. Hope this helps!

  14. Is it best to take the Amino Acids when you are ready to break your fast or during your fast? If it is best just before, how long should you wait to eat after you take it?

    1. Hi Josh, Aminos can be taken during your fast without breaking it if you’re looking to stave off appetite cravings and hunger. Use the guide to determine when the best time is for you to take it, as Aminos have many uses and benefits. It all depends on what your goals are. Hope this helps!

    1. Hi Jaime, thank you for your question. Please consult with your doctor about whether specific Kion supplements are right for you based on your pregnancy. You can find an ingredient list for all of our supplements by clicking “Additional Information” on the product page.

    2. Is it alright to take aminos right after the work out or run and then protein shake half hour after that? Or
      Should the aminos replace my protein shake completely?
      I clock a good 80 miles a week in trail running so my protein intake is Usually quite high.

      1. Hey Braden, thanks for your question! It’s totally fine to take your Aminos first and then a protein shake. Aminos are best used as a compliment to dietary sources of protein, and aren’t meant to entirely replace them. Enjoy!

  15. HI Ben,

    Really appreciate the wealth of knowledge you provide your followers. My question in relation to the supplements article is about osteoarthritis. For the record I’m a very active 55 year old male. I played competitive sports my whole life, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, cycling, etc. I had a successful medial meniscus surgeries performed to both knees. However, based on a recent MRI, there is obvious signs of Osteoarthitis. Yoga, cycling, hiking pose no real pain. I understand there is no fix for this but what supplement can you honestly recommend for me? Also, I have osgoode schlatters on both knees, of course. My osteopath recommends laser therapy to eliminate the inflammation around the joint. What do you recommend?

    Gary from Toronto

    1. Hi Gary, thanks for your question. As you’re probably aware, we are not doctors, so any advice given is not to be construed as medical advice. With that being said, I would recommend looking into Kion Flex as it can promote joint comfort, mobility, flexibility and support bone health with 16 different ingredients chosen based upon scientific data and traditional medicine.

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