May 1, 2014

My Daily Vitamin Routine | What I Take and Why I Take It

My Daily Vitamin Routine

Every time I take my vitamins, my husband looks at me like I have an arm growing out of my forehead. Granted, he gives me that look about 67 times a day, but it never ceases to amaze him how many pills I can choke down in one go-round. I have even been known to employ the help of those little pill organizers that you typically only see on the nightstands of the "over 65 set". Whatevs, I don't care. You know why? I generally feel good all of the time and I can count on one hand how many times I've been sick over the past 2 or 3 years. Yes, I take good care of myself and workout like a fiend, and I do believe that also contributes to my general good health, but I do know if I inadvertently miss a day of my daily pill routine, I swear I can feel it. Here's what I take and why...
  • Prenatal Multi +DHA | I started taking prenatal vitamins way back when I was trying to get pregnant. I continued with them all through my pregnancy and actually still take them. They work really well for me and I know I'm getting everything I need should I get baby fever and start growing a Mini Me anytime soon.
  • Super B-Complex | This one is relatively new to my routine. I started taking a b-complex about 6 months ago for my energy levels as well as my low iron levels and have noticed a huge improvement. Because I am so active doing high-intensity cardio and weight training 4 to 5 days a week, my doctor recommended upping my B levels. Vitamin B serves all sorts of purposes that you can find online or by talking to your doctor, but these were the primary reasons for incorporating it into my routine.
  • Calcium (w/Vitamin D) | Women ages 19-50 are recommended to receive 1,000mg of calcium each day (RDA). I used to get all of it from drinking milk and eating yogurt every day, but I haven't been as good about it over the past year or two. For this reason, I added a calcium supplement with Vitamin D (your body needs Vitamin D to absorb calcium) to my routine. I don't want to suffer from low bone mass and osteoporosis!
  • Vitamin C | Because the body is not able to produce Vitamin C on its own, I take a supplement. There is plenty of Vitamin C in my multivitamin, but if I am feeling like I'm coming down with something or I know I was around a sick person or a large crowd of people, I usually pop one of these bad boys. I also notice my skin looks incredible when I take the additional supplement.
  • Magnesium | This is another one that is relatively new to my routine and it is one of my FAVORITES. I started taking magnesium for multiple reasons but primarily for my "slow digestive track" *ahem*. I started listing all the things magnesium can help with and then I found this handy little breakdown online and it pretty much sums up all the amazingness of this mineral.
  • Biotin | This one isn't ground breaking. After I stopped breastfeeding my son, my hair and nails became very dry and brittle. Some of that is due to fluctuations in hormones, but I noticed a huge improvement in both when I incorporated a biotin supplement. 
  • Fish Oil | I've been taking a fish oil supplement for over 10 years for brain and heart health, but it also helps with my mild asthma.  

Obviously various vitamins and minerals can be used to treat a myriad of different things. That's why it is so important to discuss them with your doctor if you have never taken them before or have any questions. It's also important to check the specific dosage to see if there are any medications or even other vitamins that will have a negative or serious reaction. Here's to healthy bodies everywhere!

*** I am not a medical doctor, nurse or professional nutritionist or otherwise formally qualified in this subject matter. The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. Any supplement decisions should be made with approval of your health care provider. Please read my blog and use the information that you derive from it appropriately and at your own risk. ***

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