Tips on Vitamins & Vitamins I am Currently Using
We all want to live a healthy life, right? Eat right, work out, feel in shape, and of course take our vitamins. What better time to experiment with trial and error than in the comfort of you own home?
If you know me, you would see me at some point diving into a little bag or two and then turn to me and ask, "Nicole, what the hell are you taking??". Well, I have found that consistency with certain vitamins have helped improve specific issues that I face. Vitamins are a great holistic way to combat health concerns. Of course, I am not a certified doctor, so please use your best judgement & consult with your doctor first if you feel it necessary. Below are some tips that I personally have found helpful as well as the vitamins that I am currently taking on a daily basis. I have used trial and error with all of the below to find what works for me. So hey, it just might help you too!!
I have discovered that there are three main things to keep in mind; time, consistency, and brand. I have found that I can NOT take vitamins in the morning. It makes me extremely nauseous. For me, the best time to take my vitamins is after lunch or even better, after dinner. Consistency is key! Studies show that it takes at least two months before you can start to notice any sort of result from vitamin intake. So if you aren't noticing results over night, stick with it for at least two months and then make your decision to call that one quits. All brands are not create equal. Believe it or not, you need to find a vitamin brand that works for you. Some might think, a vitamin is a vitamin; what does brand have to do with anything? Well, I don't have a scientific answer for you, but with some common sense I have found that certain brands have additives, stronger or lower milligrams, and even various capsule types. Every BODY reacts differently, so experiment with the time you take your vitamins, how long you take them for, and the brand you use. Now, lets' get into my daily dose...
Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in the body and, in a nutshell, is an overall immune system booster. I take 1 a day but recently, I have been taking 2 for that extra oomph. I really like the Nature's Bounty brand and take the 1000mg capsules. A lot of people like to take the gummy versions but in almost all of the gummy brands that I have found, the first ingredient is sugar. That's a big no no for me. I'll save my sugar intake for some chocolate or pounds of cookie dough, thank you very much. But in all honesty, I simply don't feel comfortable taking sugary vitamins on a daily basis. I prefer the form straight up. Read more about vitamin C from a valid source here: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/
Apple Cider Vinegar
A few years back, apple cider vinegar was all the rage. Left and right you would see a new study showing which health concern this would cure next. Of course, some have been debunked and some have been proven but it is all relative to you and how your body reacts. Here are just some of the benefits from it. It helps regulate blood sugar levels, boosts weight loss, lowers cholesterol, and kills the harmful bacteria found in your body. You can incorporate ACV in your diet such as adding to salad dressing, or by simply taking it on a spoon. I personally like taking the pill form. I take 1 capsule of 500mg a day just to maintain some of the above. Read more about apple cider vinegar from some valid sources here: https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/health-and-wellness-articles/debunking-the-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-proven-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar#6.-May-boost-skin-health
Olive Leaf Extract
Ok, so this one isn't as common. It was recommended to me by a friend at a time when my immune system was at an all time low. When I was younger, I had mononucleosis and it weakened my immune system so drastically to the point where I had other health related issues arise. Mono is a very common viral infection and no I did not get it from kissing; I was in 6th grade. It prevents inflammation which helps with various infections. It also has antiviral properties. I take 1 capsule. Just a warning, it takes a little like a tree so swallow it fast. Read more about olive leaf extract here: https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-olive-leaf-extract-89489
This one goes hand and hand with the olive leaf extract. It is made up of lauric acid which can be found in coconut milk, cow & goat milk, and breast milk. Again, this vitamin helps with the immune system (are you seeing a pattern here?). In higher doses, it can be used to actually treat certain illnesses. Monolaurin has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. I take 1 600mg capsule a day. This vitamin can be very pricey, especially the brand I use. But, I have found that it has worked really well for me & is totally worth it. Read more about Monolaurin here: https://www.healthline.com/health/monolaurin#side-effects-and-risks
St. John's Wort
St. John's wort is a plant and it is used to naturally treat depression and anxiety. My anxiety is something that I try my best to hide but sometimes, it becomes crippling. Taking a supplement like this one is a great way to naturally help it without taking prescription medication. However, this is by no means a cure and does not show crazy healing affects. I have found that, overtime, it has helped slightly even out my temperament more than anything else. Please be mindful of this one though! It is shown to weaken the effects of some medications including antidepressants, birth control, and blood thinners. Do your research properly & talk to your doctor first if your worried about their possible interactions. I take 1 300mg capsule daily. Read more about St. John's Wort here: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/st-johns-wort-and-depression-in-depth
Above are just the consistent vitamins I am taking on a daily basis. I am always trying out different supplements and seeing what works and doesn't work for me. If you find that there is a vitamin that has changed your life or that you are loving, leave a comment below!