Monday, April 16, 2012

vitamins galore!


I admit it.  I'm like an old lady.
With all of my vitamins, that is.  
 Seriously.

Over the last few years and because I was noticing changes within myself, I really took the initiative to be on top of my health, or at least try really hard.  I try to eat mostly healthy and get enough exercise, but I also take a lot of vitamins.  I figure it's the least I can do every day to living a healthy life, plus it's relatively easy. 

I couldn't do it though without my handy-dandy pill planner though.  


This is how I keep track of all my vitamins.  Without this, I wouldn't remember which ones I took and which ones I didn't.  I also take a couple different medications for my anxiety & migraines, so it helps me keep track of that, too.  

So, it's kind of like, you know you take a lot when taking them requires this.  My family makes fun of me, but it's just something I gotta do!  I also like this certain holder because the days are removable, so if I'm going out of town for just a few days, I can slip off the ones I need and I don't have to take the entire thing.  It's pretty nice. 


 
It looks like quite a handful, and it really is, but I don't take them all at once.  Some I take in the morning, others I take at nite.  It helps to break it up just a bit. 


Here is why I take each vitamin that I do.  There are lots of great ones out there I could take, but I had to narrow it down to just these, for now.

Nature's Bounty ABC Plus Multivitamin:  This has pretty much everything in it plus 400 mcg of folic acid.  Multivitamins are a great way to get all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Fish Oil 1200 mg I take 2 of these each day.  Back in the day I had super high cholesterol so I take this for cardiovascular health, plus it also helps with a ton of other things like skin and joints.  One downside to this - you have to get the burp-less ones or you will literally burp up fish taste afterwards.  Gross.

Super B-Complex:  B vitamins are great for energy.

Vitamin C 1000 mg:  I take 2 of these a day for overall immune health.  Because I'm a nurse and around all sorts of germs, I need to keep my immunity in high functioning order.  Most people can get away with taking 500 mg a day.  I take one before bed because I read doing this can increase it's effectiveness for some reason...

Vitamin E 400 iu:  This is a great antioxidant.  With all the pollution and crap in the air, soil, and water, I like to protect my body from it, or as much as possible.  It's also good for dry skin and just by breaking open a capsule and putting the oil on lips, feet, elbows, or anywhere.  

Biotin 5000 mcg:  I have been taking this for years for my skin, hair, and nails.  I have really noticed a difference in all three as well.  I love it. It also claims to work for metabolism as well, but I have never noticed a change in mine....shucks.

Milk Thistle:  This is for your liver.  It's not a real common supplement, but I take it because of how hard the liver actually works.   I want to keep mine in tip top shape, and I figure if this little gem can help with that, then why not.

Vitamins can get pretty expensive, but I like to get mine when there are BOGO deals or discounts.  I figure though if it benefits my health, I really don't care what the cost is though. 

If you have any questions about any of them or comments for that matter, let me know.  I have taken other vitamins and supplements in the past that I'm not currently taking, so I've been around. 

What kinds of vitamins or supplements do you take for your health and well being?

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6 comments:

Susan said...

Ah! You do the vitamin thing too! I have a ton that I should be taking... problem is that they make me feel sick unless I take them when I eat. Which usually means I forget to take them. I need the weekly thing like you have, so I can toss them in my purse to take with me! xoxo

Live Simply- Live Well said...

I take fish oil, calcium and a whole. They make my tummy hurt though so I take them right before bed.

Jenn @ PSP said...

Wow, this is so cool! Thanks for sharing about what the vitamins actually do - I think that's where I have trouble. I really ought to take more than just my gummy vitamin : )

Amy Powell said...

oh man, I really need to take vitamins, but I don't. I'm really impressed with your system!

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Pia said...

Ok, now I feel bad because all I take is Biotin for my hair. But I do think that taking vitamins is important, so thank you for reminding me. I'll have to buy some soon!