My vitamin & supplement regimen
Before entering into a career in the natural health industry I’ll admit I wasn’t the savviest when it came to supplements. I had a very traditional nutrition education and a holistic approach to medicine was one that was no more than reading random articles and having occasional conversations with the Whole Foods Market Whole Body employees.
While I used to take a multivitamin and fish oil on occasion, I never did it habitually and I never really gave it much thought. And i never really knew what to buy. What brand, what supplement, etc.
For the past 6 months I’ve been taking the supplements below.
I don’t always take them all every day, or a full recommended dose (I think it’s good to give your body an off week now and again), but I can say that since taking them I’ve avoided full-blown sickness since July, I’ve been calmer and manage my stress better, and my hair, skin and nails have never looked better.
I’m definitely not calling myself a pro at vitamins & supplements, and everyone’s needs are different, but I thought I would give you a glimpse into my supplement regimen in case you’re also looking for a wellness boost and don’t know where to start.
- Rainbow Light Prenatal One (Multivitamin)
I’m taking a prenatal not because I’m having a baby (yet!), but because as a woman and athlete of childbearing years who is hoping to conceive in the next few years, filling the nutritional gap with some key nutrients (folic acid and iron) is a good idea. I like Rainbow Light because they are food based and contain no gluten, soy, yeast, milk, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish.
A little note: Vega One also has 50% of your DV vitamin & minerals, so on days I have a Vega One shake i’m not taking my multi as well. You can overdue it in the multi department, especially if you eat a nutrient-rich, whole food diet.
- Vega Chlorella
I could write a whole post just on Chlorella, but the short of it is that Chlorella is a unicellular, microscopic, fresh-water green algae, and a nutritional powerhouse. I take it either in tablet form or powder. It’s known to support immune system, among other things, and I definitely attribute my sick-free fall and winter to it. It also is known to support athletic recovery and muscle repair because of the levels of amino acids (building blocks of protein) and I know i’m reaping the benefits of that. A supplemental dose is also in 1 serving of Vega One, another perk!
- Gaia Herbs, Adrenal Health
Stress manifests itself in lots of different ways in our body and is the root of so many health problems. It effects our immune system, adrenal system, and more. If you know me you know I’m a bit “type A” — a perfectionist with my work, and terrible at relaxing to name a few attributes. I wish this product had been introduced to me years ago. When I take Gaia Adrenal Health I feel more balanced, less anxious, and sleep way better. It’s a feeling hard to describe but when I take it I notice. And, I like it! Highly recommend this product.
- Vega Maca
Maca is a food. It’s a root that’s native to Peru and has been used for hundreds of years by Peruvians as both a food and tonic. I don’t take Maca daily but always after a hard run, or when i’m dragging and need an energy boost. It’s known to balance, invigorate and energize the body (i can’t take this at night because it’s that energizing to me!). The balance is the part i’m most interested in, balancing and nourishing my adrenal system, especially after induced stress from sport. I recommend gelatinized maca over raw maca — you take less and cooking it allows easier digestion and absorption. ps. Vega One has 1 dose of gelatinized maca per serving:)
- Carlsons Cod Liver Oil
This is a supplement I’ve been taking for years. Fish provides our body with important essential fatty acids, omega – 3 and omega – 6, EPA & DHA, with aid in cardiovascular health, and more. As someone who doesn’t eat fish more than 1x per week, if that, I find supplementing my diet is important. I also definitely attribute this supplement to my hair, skin and nail health — shinny, strong, and grow like crazy.
Why Cod liver over fish oil? Vitamin D! Cod liver gives you a big dose of vitamin D, a vitamin we all need more of.
- Source Naturals Wellness Formula
This is a very new to me supplement, introduced by the lovely Elizabeth. She let me in on her little wellness secret on our recent trip to Vancouver. Earlier this week I woke up with that spacey head, sore throat, sickness-is-coming feeling and called her immediately to get the scoop on this. It’s basically a mega dose of herbs, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals. You take a crazy dose, like 6 capsules every 4 hours. I took them for 24 hrs. and i’m not even exaggerating, I went from feeling on the verge of full blown sickness to 90% top-of-my-game. Give me another day and I will have kicked this bug out of here. Better than any Tylenol, NyQuil, or any cold & flu medicine, buy this and only this and start taking it as soon as you feel wonky. You can thank me later.
I’m happy to expand on any of these if that’s something you’re interested in – just let me know! And please know you can always email me with personal health and nutrition questions any time.
Cheers to good health!