I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its client. All health related suggestions and opinions expressed in this post are all my own. I’m on a mission to get my healthy back this year. I turn 40 in April, can you believe it? I sure can’t. ACK!!! I used to take pretty good care of myself, but have slacked a lot the last few years. In 2014, I’m stepping up my healthy game. I’ve made drinking more water a priority, I’m sneaking in more fruits and veggies, and trying to get outside in the fresh air even in the cold weather. But another step I added in this week is to start taking recommended vitamins again. I seem to do a good job of taking vitamins during pregnancy, but then fall off the bandwagon once my baby is born.
Vitamins can be a great way to boost overall health and I’m committing to taking them again – but I won’t resort to another pregnancy to make it happen. This is on me. 😀 I popped into Walgreens the other day to restock my supply as all of my vitamins are grossly expired or empty. My baby is almost 4, so you can imagine how old my vitamin stash is. For the month of March, #WellatWalgreens products are buy one get one 50% off. Some vitamins also qualify for bonus rewards with your Walgreens Balance Rewards card. AND – through December 31, 2014, 1¢ from the purchase of every Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness product, up to $3 million annually, will support bringing preventative wellness services to local communities through the Walgreens Way to Well Commitment®.
Choosing vitamins can be very overwhelming. There are so many different types that I find it easy to say ah forget it. I have been reading up on the different varieties of vitamins, though, and following is my new vitamin regimen.
5 Recommended Vitamins to Improve Overall Health
Walgreens Multi-Vitamin A-Z– Honestly, I try to get as many vitamins and nutrients as possible by eating a varied, healthy diet full of brightly colored fruits and veggies. I know that I don’t always get what I need from food, though, so I’m taking a multi-vitamin to help make up for any deficiencies that are probably found in my diet. Please note – I am not a medical doctor. I’m sharing this information with you because this is what’s working for me. Do your own research and for heaven sakes – don’t think that if you start taking a multi-vitamin, you can stop eating healthy fruits and veggies.
Vitamin C with Rose Hips – Vitamin C is a healthy antioxidant that can help protect against the common cold and rose hips are supposed to help with arthritis. I don’t have arthritis as far as I know, but I have been having joint pain for a long time. My wrists hurt from spending too much time on my computer and I often have a small amount of neck pain from stress.
Vitamin D3 – Vitamin D is the new super vitamin – its benefits are highly reported in the news and can range from helping to prevent cancer and autoimmune problems to boosting the immune system. The best way to get Vitamin D is through sun exposure, but that’s not possible during the winter months, and honestly, with my fair skin, I try to stay out of direct sun as much as possible anyway.
Melatonin – I’ve been having headaches lately. I attribute them to lack of water and improper sleeping. I’m still woken up at least once a night by my youngest child. Often, after she wakes me up I stare at the ceiling for an hour or more trying to fall back asleep. I’ve never tried melatonin before, but I thought I’d give it a try and see if it helps me improve my sleep patterns and get rid of my headaches.
Fish Oil – There are lots of reasons to take fish oil. Scientific evidence suggests that it can help lower heart attack risk and triglyceride levels which is why my husband takes it. I don’t have a problem with high triglycerides or bad cholesterol, though. I have also read that fish oil can help with depression and memory in addition to lowering the risk of heart attack. I don’t suffer from depression or memory issues, per se, but I do have some pretty good mood swings. The omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil just do a body good. I organized my vitamins into an old lady pill box in the hopes that I will remember to take them. Since melatonin helps with sleeping, I take them all at night. I keep my little pill box by my toothbrush and that way I remember to take them. So why do I take vitamins? Well…I need to feel better so I can have fun with my kids! When I’m tired and stressed, it takes all of my energy to make it through the day doing what has to get done. I’m not a nice person when I’m grumpy and I’m grumpy when my body aches and my head hurts.
When I can only do what has to get done, I don’t get out to have fun. Enjoying the outdoors with my kiddos happens only when I’m feeling ok and am mostly caught up with life. I’m making positive changes this year so that I’m not a nasty grump of a mom – a person no one wants to hang out with. Taking care of me insures that we all have a better life. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying,
“If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” And I can tell you from personal experience how true that is.
And that my friends, is why I am committed to taking better care of MYSELF in 2014. I’d love to hear what vitamins you take and why. Please comment and share your wisdom. Thank you #CollectiveBias for encouraging me to reconsider my recommended vitamin regimen.