Since it is the new year, I decided to take a look at what supplements I am taking each day to stay healthy this winter. When it comes to supplements, there is no one size fits all. I spent the last four years of my life either pregnant or nursing. During that time, I took a prenatal vitamin (nothing fancy, just the GNC brand) and the occasional Iron supplement. This summer when I finally stopped nursing my son, I also let go of my multivitamin. As long as you are eating a balanced diet, most women do not need one.
In the summertime, I normally do not take any supplements. Between all of the sunshine, and fresh fruits and veggies, my body does not really “feel” that it needs one. Obviously, everyone is different but I try to get my vitamins through my food when I can.
Winter time is another story. I am up against 38 germ-y five year olds all day long. I don’t see the sun. I eat a lot more starch and a lot less fruit. I am tired and stressed, and my immune system is fighting a constant uphill battle. Each day, I take Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and a B Complex (I particularly like the one pictured). There is no one brand that I have to have but I do make sure that my vitamins are non-GMO.
What supplements I take:
Vitamin D: Everyone should be taking a Vitamin D supplement, especially in the winter. It helps your body absorb calcium (i.e. strong bones) and also helps to facilitate normal immune system function. Vitamin D can also help reduce depression and boost weight loss. The amount of Vitamin D that your body needs has increased in recent years, and not all multivitamins account for this.
Vitamin E: According to the National Institute of Health, “Vitamin E s a powerful antioxidant that may help reduce free radical damage and slow the aging process of your cells.” Basically, it can help fight heart disease and cancer. It also makes a great moisturizer. Sometimes, I will break open a capsule and rub the Vitamin E oil into my hands when they are really dry.
Vitamin B Complex: B Vitamins play an important role in helping our bodies turn food into energy. There are 8 B Vitamins, and they all play a different role in our bodies. B Vitamins help make new cells in our body, fight free radicals, boost HDL cholesterol, promote healthy skin, and reduces inflammation. It really just does it all!
Vitamins D, E, K, and A are fat soluble and MUST be taken with food to work properly. All other vitamins are water soluble, and do not need food to be absorbed.
I also keep an Iron supplement in my pantry but only take it as needed. If I notice that I am extra sluggish I may pop one for a day or two. I am also not one to shy away from a burger or steak, and usually a good red meat meal does the trick.
What supplements do you take? I’d love to hear!
While this is what I believe to be best for my body, I am not a health care professional. Please speak with your physician before beginning any new supplement regimen.
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