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Keeping it simple has been my usual approach to vitamins. By simple, I really mean, for years my approach has been nonexistent. I didn’t understand how vitamins worked, what they would do for me, or why I should take them. There is so much information out there it is absolutely overwhelming. Once I became pregnant, and started taking a prenatal vitamin that I knew was reliable, I was absolutely sold. I felt better than ever before. I noticed I didn’t get as tired as easily, and that my hair and nails were growing like no other. My skin looked clearer and I really couldn’t find a reason NOT to take vitamins anymore. In the past I would try and eat healthy and exercise but never really paid attention to supplementing my diet. Since then, I have started to experiment with adding vitamins to my everyday routine, more so than just a prenatal. It has been a long process and one of trial and error. As my body changes, and I read the reports from scientists, I try and adjust what vitamins I take.
For many years I foolishly thought I was getting enough vitamins from my diet. It wasn’t until I started logging my food that I realized I was sorely missing out on many of the foundational vitamins necessary to keep my body running at an optimal pace. Once I started supplementing vitamins into my daily routine I noticed I felt better, and had more energy. Not only did I feel better physically, but mentally as well. This was due to my prenatal vitamin, but it really made me reconsider my position on vitamins all together. If I could feel this good, what else might I be missing?
I don’t take every fad vitamin that hits the market, but I do feel that there is a vital and core three vitamins that can help everyone feel their best. A multivitamin, fish oil and a probiotic.
Do a little research and find a brand that you trust. Then give them a try and note how you feel. I would suggest at least a month before you decide if I vitamins and supplements are right for you, after consulting your doctor. I take my multivitamin as it provides central vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants. I know that I don’t get the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables daily, and until they make vitamin infused donuts I probably never will. Thankfully a multivitamin can help me fill the gaps.
Secondly I take an omega three fish oil that also contains vitamin D. Studies suggest that fish oil supports heart, bone and immune health. There is also a lot of evidence that fish oil can help regulate your mood and sleep patterns.
Lastly and the newest supplement added to my regimen would be a probiotic. Probiotics help maintain a healthy intestinal microflora, which in layman’s terms means that you will have a healthy digestive system. There are a lot of studies that suggest probiotics can help with your immune system and also those that suffer from allergies.
With spring in full swing, I try and stay up with my vitamins. It’s the only way for me to keep my body ready and healthy for this allergy season. It might not work for everyone, but these are the basics that I feel are the best.
When shopping for vitamins, you might find it useful to know that you can help a child in need with every vitamins or supplements purchase at Walgreens. Millions of children around the world are suffering from ‘hidden hunger’, a lack of micronutrients that can lead to disease and even death. In fact, 45% of all childhood deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. Walgreens is giving a portion of all vitamin retail sales to Vitamin Angels to help 100 million children in the U.S. and abroad get the vitamins they need to live well.
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