Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Ten Supplements I Cannot Live Without

I'm a psycho vitamin taker. I say vitamin, but I also take a lot of supplements. Ideally, I would be eating like a caveman cavewoman and get all my nutrients from my diet intake. I do try to eat a variety of fruits and veggies throughout the day, but my motto is you can never get too much of the stuff that's good for your body (ok, so technically you can, but you would have to eat something ridiculous like 47 oranges in a 2 hour period.) Here are my Top 10 Suppliments I can't live without! 

1.) A good multi-vitamin

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. I have tried several multi-vitamins in my search for one that is effective yet, easy on my body to digest. I have tried everything from Women's One A Day to Gummy Multi-Vitamins, and I can say that by far, my favorite is this Pre-Natal. Its a good sized vitamin that you take twice a day. Its really the only pill vitamin  that I have found that doesn't make me sick. 

2.) Omega Complex
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We have all heard the benefits of fish oil, and I really enjoy this one for a number of reasons. Not only does it have Omega 3 fatty acids, but Omega 6 and 9. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to aid in heart disease prevention, anti-cancer effects, immune function, neurological diseases, and joint inflammation. Omega 6 fatty acids aid in reducing symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, ADHD, hypertension, PMS, eczema, and MS. Your body cannot make Omega 6 fatty acids and you can only get them through food. Omega 9 fatty acids are non-essential because our bodies can make omega-9’s from unsaturated fat in our bodies. Omega 9 fatty acids are rich in oleic acid, which is also found in olive oil. 

3.) Probiotic. 

I recently began taking a probiotic and I almost immediately started to feel better. With all the antibiotics we take when prescribed by a doctor, not just the bad bacteria are killed-the good go as well. Your body needs the good bacteria to aid in digestion. I currently take one just before bed. The dosage consists of 3 pills, but I have seen many other options. 

4.) Calcium Supplement.

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If you haven't heard, first climb out from the fabulously decorated rock you live under, and secondly, get a calcium supplement! Women are especially at risk for osteoporosis and many people are choosing to forego one good source-dairy. Most supplements already come with vitamin D and magnesium added, you want this in a calcium supplement because it aids in absorption. And hey, those pictured above are DARK CHOCOLATE. Yum. 


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Ok, so here's the deal. You should be getting enough fiber in your diet. For women, that's 25 grams a day. That may sound like a lot, but really...it isn't. There are a lot of foods filled with fiber such as oatmeal (hello, fall), berries, bananas, pears, apples, beans, nuts, whole grains, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. I do supplement my fiber intake when I know I haven''t met my natural intake through a balanced diet by the end of the day. If you are interested in supplementing, my advice is to start slow. There are several fiber cereals that taste great and have a ridiculous amount of ifber, but there are also a few powder mixes and chewables available. 

6.) Cinnamon
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Cinnamon supports glucose utilization aka helps you metabolize sugar. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and has antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. Not to mention doctors have performed studies that show that just smelling cinnamon improves our memory and performance of certain tasks. Who doesn't love cinnamon?? 

7.)Vitamin E
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Studies have shown vitamin E might help prevent or delay the chronic diseases associated with free radicals. And it provides dietary support for healthy heart, lungs, and digestive function.

8.) Vitamin C

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Vitamin C has been in the spotlight for a while for its immune system support. Oh, and I just read that it has been used to treat scurvy...

9.) Antioxidant

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Helps make all those crazy free radicals inactive. I take this exact antioxidant daily and it helps with energy and overall well being. 

10.) Echinacea

Helps stimulate the body's immune system and wards off infection. I have a bottle of pills that I take only when I'm not feeling well. I also have ecinacea tea that I brew when feeling under the weather. 



Sandy said...

Hey! Thanks for visiting my blog today. Cause I get to come see yours! Love this blog! I'm a bIG supplement taker too. Mostly because I have a few medical issues that I'm working on curing...and I won't take prescriptions. I give my kids fish oil too- it's made a HUGE difference in their behavior! My favorite multi is by Herbalife. Love that stuff.

Allison said...

Thank you for visiting!! I have heard great things about Herbalife. I really want to try it!

RAnn said...

I've got to look for that Adora; my doc said to take calcium and I can never remember to do so, but who can forget chocolate?

Allison said...

Amen. I believe they come in milk or dark chocolate!

Jen@ADropintheBucket said...

I am with you, prenatal vitamins are the only multi that I have taken that don't "mess" with me. Which reminds me, I need to be better about taking them. Thanks for stopping over. I am excited I found your blog. I am trying to get a lot better about eating & exercising, and I have a sneaky suspicion that I am going to find some good tips here!

Allison said...

Thank you so much for visiting! Your comment is too nice! I look forward to getting to know you more!

Nicole @ Miss Mommy said...

Unfortunately, I don't take any vitamins or supplements :(. This post has inspired me to look into it thought - thanks :)

Allison said...

Thank you for visiting! Even if you just start with a few, they can make you feel better overall!

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