February 8, 2012

Workout Wednesday - Vitamins and your health

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For me, one of the most neglected areas of health has been that of taking a regular daily vitamin. There are all sorts of arguments for and against it, but, for me, I think it's an important part of my diet because I'm not sure I'm at the place where I'm getting sufficient vitamins and minerals from my food intake. Having said that, I'm working on it, but for now I believe a vitamin is in order.

When I was working on getting pregnant, I was a good patient. I took my pre-natal vitamin regularly before, during and a bit after pregnancy (while breast-feeding) but once my babies were weaned it seems I was too. I never seemed to keep up the habit of taking a vitamin on a regular basis. However, just like most of what I've been writing about on Wednesday's this year, I've decided to change.

In the past few weeks I took up reading about vitamins and their importance and mainly why I should be interested in my intake level. The assumption is always that because we eat, we receive the vitamins we need and so why take extra. The truth is, with the types of diets most of us eat, we don't get nearly the nutrients our bodies need. Our bodies tell us in various ways such as: Fatigue, loss of appetite, or chapped lips. These occur when the body does not have enough of the "B" vitamins it needs. As a woman the vitamins and minerals I need to be concerned with most are: Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C & E; B vitamins (folic acid, B6 & B12); Vitamin D; Vitamin K.

Knowing this information I decided to start on a water-soluble (easier on the system) vitamin that contains all the necessary nutrients as a dietary supplement. What I've found is that coupled with my new exercise routine and my water intake, I now have more energy throughout the day and more focus to get my varied tasks done.

I am not a doctor, so I cannot recommend any dietary supplement for you. Which is why I haven't even given you the name of the product I'm using. We are all unique and have different needs. You, along with your doctor, should determine what your particular needs are and how to address them. Here are a few articles to help get you started:

Essential Vitamins for Women at Every Age
Best Vitamins for Women
Daily Vitamin Intake Chart

What are your thoughts on this? Do you take a vitamin? Why? I'd love to hear some feedback on this topic.

If you're just joining the conversation, here is a link to the previous Workout Wednesday posts.

Next week: Body Part Targeting


Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I've recently started taking a vitamin supplement after many years of only doing so sporadically. I am taking one that is formulated to help with macular health. Since my mother and aunt have both developed macular degeneration, I'm trying to do whatever I can to help prevent it. I figure it can't hurt anyway!

Additionsstyle said...

When my daughter was younger I used to take a vitamin daily to keep my immune system strong and for overall health. Now that she has gone away to school, I have not been very good about take a regular vitamin. Thanks for the reminder, I think it's time to get back on track.
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