I couldn’t sleep last night and I don’t know why. I woke up at 330am and tossed and turned until 7:00 when I decided I may as well start my day. I went to get breakfast and work at a cafe for a few hours. I had avocado toast with a fried egg on sourdough, doused in local hot sauce, and a coffee. In hindsight, the coffee wasn’t my best idea because now I feel overtired, but strung out. Sigh. I’ll get over it.
Since I’ve had health on the brain, I wanted to share the daily supplements that I take. I must preface this post by stating I don’t think supplements are necessary for everyone. In fact, many of us don’t need them at all. In an ideal world, actual food is the absolute best form of vitamins and nutrients. There is no comparison. However, it’s nice to know we can rely on taking daily supplements if need be. Another important note, not all supplements treat us equally. One man’s meat is another man’s poison. I personally take the following daily supplements as recommendations from my integrative doctor based off of my blood tests. It’s things like getting these tests and and actual healthy recommendations to follow that really light me up. 😉 I HIGHLY recommend everyone does this!!! Many docs these days don’t give us the attention and insight we deserve. If your doctor can’t recommend diet and lifestyle changes for you to enhance your life with, find a new doctor. Or don’t, who am I to tell you how to live your life? I for one am so happy to have found one who places value on making me feel my best, naturally. It’s totally worth checking out the shape of your body and if it’s in need of anything. Lots of the time, you may be taking supplements you don’t even need. On the other hand, even though the following supplements are specific what I’m taking, they are generally good supplements to consider. The world of supplements, as the world of health, is always evolving. I could and likely will change up what I’m taking at any moment. But this is where I am now. So let’s dive in.
There is controversy over whether or not a multi-vitamin is necessary. As I stated early, with a perfect diet it’s not. But I like to live a balanced life, and sometimes choose pizza and beer over salad and green juice. For this reason, I find comfort in taking a women’s daily multi-vitamin. Women and men have different supplemental needs, so it’s important to make sure the one you’re taking is right for you. Research brands to see if your needs are being met. Here is one I have taken.
Oooh, I have a love affair with Vitamin B12. Out of all the supplements I take, it’s most important to me (right now). Around 8 months ago I found out that my vitamin B levels were SUPER low. I knew exactly why. For the past 2-3 years, I had seriously cut back on eating meat. I never labeled myself a “vegan” or “vegetarian” (I don’t like labels), but I enjoyed eating more plant based foods and didn’t eat meat often. The most common result of this is vitamin B12 deficiency. Many say B12 deficiency can be blamed on our nutrient deficient soil and not lack of animal foods, but eating meat will help with your intake. Being deficient in B12 results in fatigue, a general lack of enthusiasm, memory loss, altering moods, weakness and dizziness. No bueno my friends.
I immediately started taking a Vitamin B12 supplement, and my levels have increased. I love taking this feel good vitamin, which increases our serotonin and dopamine levels. I like to use a spray or liquid form over pill like this one, as it is instantly digested. Another update, I also eat meat more often and feel great doing it. So don’t be scared to change your diet, do what feels good.
I once did work for a client who had a Hemp products business. Through research I did for her, I learned so much about the wonders of hemp. Hemp is the most versatile crop and can reduce so much pollution! It is also a nutritional powerhouse. When my doctor told me I should be increasing my omega fatty acid intake, I immediately knew I’d opt for hemp oil. Other good sources include fish oil, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds.
I learned that I was deficient in Vitamin D. You can get your daily intake of Vitamin D from direct sunlight exposure, sometimes all it takes is 15 minutes (naked, if you’re into that). Though of course the time of day, where you live and the color of your skin are all factors that affect this. Being outdoors is the most natural way to get Vitamin D, and is how our body is naturally created to receive this vitamin. So you can stop listening to the media and put down the milk. But for those of us deficient for whatever reason, supplements will also do the trick.
I grouped these together because I take a joint supplement for the two. This is another controversial topic: many people advise against taking them together and advocate taking them separately. Do your own research and make your own judgment here. This is just what I do. Calcium is needed for healthy bones, muscles and teeth. Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, while magnesium is said to prevent the negative affects of calcium. I’m currently taking this in pill form, but will soon switch to Nature’s Vitality Natural Calm Magnesium with calcium. Do whatever floats your boat.
I’m not recommending anyone does what I do, but just sharing to spread the knowledge. We’re all here to learn, right? As always, use your own judgement. Take responsibility for your health by seeking out professional advice, trusting your doctor and doing your research. Food will always be the best medicine, but supplements are a great way to complement a balanced lifestyle.