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The Sunny Six is a bi-monthly feature of six of my favorite items. These items are essential to my well being as a wife, mother, grad student, human, nerd, and whatever else I feel like being that day. If you fall into any of those categories, or none of those categories, I hope you find some of the items featured helpful to you. This features six vitamins and supplements women should take daily.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist – just a health conscious and avid researcher trying to be my best for my family so I can be around for a looooong time. Please make sure to check with your doctor before starting any new vitamin or supplement regimen. I hope you like the products I recommend. Sunny in June may collect a small percentage of sales from the links on the page.
In a Friday Introduction I posted a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I’m extremely contradicting. For example, there will be times where I don’t let my kids watch TV ALL DAY because I need them to go outside and be kids – but then there are other times where we’re literally watching TV from the waking moment until bedtime and they have goldfish for dinner. So, in contradicting fashion -- I prefer all natural, homeopathic options instead of taking medicine… yet I’ll eat all the GMOs, sugar, and high sodium food, but I label myself as healthy because I love going to the gym, working out, and being active with my kids.
Now that I am pregnant, I still continue to take a buffet of vitamins and supplements. Of course, I gave a list to my doctor and he cleared it, but it IS hard to keep track of all the things you’re taking. So, every Sunday, I take my handy dandy Pill Organizer, and I drop a vitamin (according to the serving size) in each section, and voila! All I have to do is remember to take them! PS – how cute is the grapefruit?! Unless you track every single thing in every single ingredient in your food (or you have terrible eating habits, like me), you’re probably missing out on some essential vitamins.
Vitamin C is necessary for your immune system, of course. But it’s also needed to heal wounds and repair and maintain bones and teeth. Are you concerned about aging prematurely? Vitamin C helps the body make collagen, the stuff in your skin that makes you look young. These are my favorite you can get them at any drugstore.
Calcium with Magnesium helps build and support strong bones and nerve and muscle function. But did you know it helps maintain heart rhythm too? For most women, their total amount of bone peaks between 25 and 30 then at around 35 women start to lose bone. It’s important to take preventative measures while your bones are still strong. Men are able to get osteoporosis too, but that occurs much later. These are the ones that I take, they are available at any drugstore.
Omegas (Fish Oil) are important for maintaining a healthy heart. If you’re a not-so-healthy eater, it helps reduce the development in plaque in the arteries. If high blood pressure runs in your family, adding Omegas into your diet or taking it as a supplement will help lower your blood pressure and reduce triglycerides (bad fat). These are a little bit more expensive than what you can get at the drug store or grocery store because they don't have an aftertaste. You need to be careful with Omegas because if you burp, you can get a fishy tasting burp. gross.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that is good for your digestive system. This bacteria is GOOD bacteria that makes you have happy guts! You can get probiotics in yogurt or as a fruity drink in the produce section but I prefer them in pill form. Probiotics help move things along in your body BUT it also helps with eczema, preventing allergies and colds, and it helps with keeping your vag healthy! I swear by these.
Vitamin B12 is needed in to keep nerves and red blood cells healthy. Low Vitamin B12 is linked to fatigue, weakness, memory loss, and other problems with your nervous system. Low Vitamin B12 is more likely for people over the age of 50, but as a young-ish woman I like to take it because it helps with my anemia and gives me energy that coffee can’t. These are the brand I love, you can find these at any drug or grocery store.
Hair, Skin, and Nails Formula (Biotin) is necessary for post partum recovery. After I delivered my kids, my hair was tired, dry but greasy, but lifeless and it was just…blah. My nails were another story – they were dry, brittle, dull, and thin like paper. My face was pallid, broken out, and gross. Once that postpartum hair shed happens (around 4 months, for me) I found that taking a biotin supplement not only helped my regrowth but also my eczema as well. I found the best results with this brand of Hair, Skin, and Nails Formula.
Do you have anything you do daily to stay healthy? Eating right, going to a fitness class, or using a specific vitamin/supplement? Share/Link it in my comments, I'd love to check it out!