The ABCs of My Vitamin Regimen

Hello Glow Getters! I’m not sure if it’s because my friends and I are getting older (*insert senior citizen tears*) or the fact that we’re getting healthier (*insert sweat droplets*), but I’ve found myself having a LOT of conversations about vitamins and supplements recently.

I must admit that outside of a few Flintstones vitamins I popped at a friend’s house when I was a kid, I never really took vitamins growing up. It was only recently (in the past four years or so) that I began to think about vitamins at all, and when I did, I arrogantly assumed I could just get them from a colorful diet. While the food you eat is super important to your health and should be your prime source of nutrients, unfortunately, you’re most likely not going to get all the vitamins you need from the food you eat on a daily basis. Besides the fact that you’d have to eat a buttload (no pun intended) of food per day to get all of the nutrients you need, other environmental and lifestyle factors such as soil quality and working desk jobs can prevent you from reaching your daily quota.

Today, I’ll tell you about the vitamins and supplements I take on a daily basis and why. While I’ve chosen my specific regimen based on the needs of a 30-something woman, the amounts and types of supplements I take daily can be beneficial to many, regardless of your gender, age, or diet.

  • A good multivitamin: A good multivitamin is key, unless you want to reserve an entire cabinet for every vitamin you need in your body every day. “Good” multivitamins will cover your alphabet vitamins (A, B, C, and so on), as well as others you may not have thought of, such as potassium, selenium, and manganese. I’m partial to the Garden of Life RAW brand vitamins, because they’re extracted from whole foods and not made in a laboratory. In addition, they don’t include any fillers in their vitamins, which is very important to me. My multivitamin: Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW One for Women.
  • Vitamin B: Vitamin B is responsible for a whole host of bodily functions, such as metabolism, stress response, and energy. It’s seriously an overachiever. (It’s also really good for helping to get rid of hangovers, should you get those sorts of things.) I take vitamin B for all the reasons I listed above, and for the additional benefit of folate, which is particularly important to women of childbearing age, especially those trying to get pregnant. While I am decidedly NOT trying to get pregnant at the time, I want to make my womb as healthy as possible for when the time is right. Although there is some B in my multivitamin, I feel it’s important to get a bit more. My vitamin B: Garden of Life Vitamin Code RAW B-Complex, which covers all the B bases.
  • Probiotics: It’s my personal belief that everyone can use a good probiotic. I was introduced to probiotics by a great doctor I had a few years back who recommended them as a way to resolve ongoing digestive issues (heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, etc.). I cannot thank her enough for the impact that offhand suggestion has made in my life. In fact, I can (and will!) write an entire post about gut health one day because it is so important for every function of your being. In the meantime, just know that a healthy gut is a happy gut. Probiotics help balance your gut flora and can address gastric issues, vaginal health, depression, urinal health and more. They’re also especially helpful after a round of antibiotics! My probiotic: Renew Life Ultimate Flora Womens 90 Billion.
  • Maca Root: I’ve waxed poetic about maca root before, so I won’t subject you to that again. I will say, though, that I am still as in love with this supplement as I was when I first started taking it. While I started taking it in powder form, I’ve since switched to a capsule. My maca: Now Foods Raw Maca 750mg.
  • SAMe: This one won’t be applicable to everyone, but it is especially relevant for those that suffer from mood disorders like myself. I have always battled with depression, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also developed a particularly nasty case of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), commonly known as “crazy bitch syndrome.” Ok, nobody calls it that but me, but if you’ve ever experienced PMDD’s symptoms (either for yourself or as an unfortunate victim), you’d know that’s an accurate description. SAMe helps balance moods, and as a bonus, it helps with joint health. As someone who does a lot of high-impact plyometric exercises, I find that nice as well. FYI, this supplement is expensive, but so worth it. My SAMe: NatureMade SAM-e Complete.

As I said before, the vitamins and supplements I’ve mentioned here are all the ones I take on a daily basis. I’ve tried various brands and dosages of each, and have found that the ones I currently take work best for me. The amount you should take (or if you should take them at all) may vary.

What vitamins or supplements do you take on a regular basis? Would you like information on other vitamins?  Share in the comments!