I am an active lady, short and simple. Since I am a Yoga instructor and Barre instructor, my line of work is physically strenuous and requires me to be in peak health. When my health suffers, so does my income, which is why it is my top priority to maintain a healthy mind and body through preventative measures. Alongside this, I am a full-time college student. Between juggling my career and education, my schedule can become incredibly overwhelming and often times, eating whole balanced meals goes on the back burner. Now listen ladies and gents and repeat after me, SUPPLEMENTS DO NOT REPLACE FOOD! I take supplements to fill in the gaps of my quick college meals, you can’t meet every health expectation every day. We are all human, and to hold yourself to that standard is highly unrealistic. Now I know a lot of you out there are skeptical of vitamins’ ability to actually perform, but the absorption of vitamins is intensified with consumption of food and liquids especially if they are high in vitamin C. In order to maximize absorption make sure to take your vitamins with a whole food and generous liquid!
MY VITAMIN ROUTINE
Apple Cider Vinegar– This supplement is amazing for those who can’t stomach the taste or smell of actual apple cider vinegar. I think apple cider vinegar is a must-have in any diet! It helps support water balance and the metabolism! Apple Cider Vinegar is also a powerful dietary PH balancer. When the body’s PH is unbalanced due to food consumption, the body can react in various ways, including inflammation, which in turn can cause acne. Lastly, apple cider vinegar does wonders for gut health and can aid in healthy digestion. A healthy gut is so important since 80% of your immune system resides there.
Hair, Skin, and Nail Vitamins– This multivitamin is great to help optimize your body’s natural processes for hair growth, nail growth, and skin cell turnover. I find that this multivitamin helps keep my more hormonal based breakouts at bay and helps me reach my full potential for monthly hair growth. I take the gummy kind, partly because it is easier for me to remember when they taste that good!
Veggie Omega- Omega 3’s are essential for the body. Omegas have been clinically proven to benefit and help maintain a healthy heart, joint, eye, and cognitive function. While I try my best to receive Omega 3’s from flax and chia seeds, I sometimes fall short. This is definitely a supplement you don’t want to skip out on. Even if you’re an omnivore, I would highly recommend the veggie omega over fish oil any day! Fish oil is an animal by-product, which goes bad much sooner than later since it oxidizes rapidly. By the time it reaches the shelves, it’s already spoiled. Not to mention, the fish they use are farmed in tightly crowded pools and fed synthetic foods. The veggie omega I use is by the brand Care/of and is sustainably sourced from algae plants, a great plant-based source that doesn’t spoil rapidly!
Iron– Iron is an important component of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen from your lungs and transport it throughout your body. Not having enough iron means your body can’t make enough oxygen-rich blood cells. When your body is deprived of enough oxygen-rich blood, its overall function (especially the function of the muscles due to myoglobin) is slowed and you will normally experience exponential fatigue. I have been anemic for quite some time now, so supplementing iron in my diet is a must! It’s not always easy to eat enough leafy greens daily to provide a sufficient amount of iron into my diet, so I use this bad boy to pick up the slack on my off days. I personally believe, whether or not you’re anemic, that if you are a woman, you should highly consider supplementing iron, especially if you have a heavy period. I also highly recommend this supplement to all my vegetarian/vegan readers since cutting out meat can mean running the risk of having an iron deficiency if you don’t plan ahead. I put my trust in the Care/of iron supplement due to their sustainable practices and reliable performance, not to mention no hidden nasties!
B-12– I cannot stress this enough, everyone and I mean EVERYONE, needs to supplement B-12!! Vitamin B-12 is a necessary component for the production of our DNA, the function of blood cells, and cognitive and nervous system processes. In today’s society, we can no longer rely on our diet to provide B-12 unless you consume small farm raised grass-fed beef (and even that only gives you slim amounts). Society used to be able to receive plenty of B-12 through their diet, since B-12 is found in soil, and many families used to have their own small gardens. B-12 was found on plants and consumed plentifully since light rinsing of produce kept the B-12 from being washed off. Now fast-forward to modern day society, where most produce is bought at a grocery store that demands power washing to “sterilize” the produce, so all the B-12 that was once there is now washed down the drain! So unless you like eating dirt, I would strongly suggest supplementing this into your diet!