“Let food be thy medicine…”
But sometimes, we just don’t eat all of the right foods all of the time. So we supplement.
The supplement world is confusing as HECK. I mean, there are so many powders, pills, and chewables out there. It’s like, “where do I even begin?!” And then you have TV doctors and Mom Bosses shoving their products and “expertise” in your face so it gets even more confusing. That’s why I keep things simple and eat a colorful, balanced diet as often as I can. But there are some things that are just plain challenging to get from your diet – or challenging to get enough of – which is why I’ve decided to share my supplement routine with you all today.
Please keep in mind that while I do have a nutrition background, I am not a doctor. And I am especially not your doctor. If you want to start a new supplement, you should consult your physician to see what works best for you.
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I love my collagen peptides and I have been singing their praises for quite some time now. Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that your body produces but as you get older, your body produces less and less of it. Bummer! You can get collagen in this powder form or from whole foods like: bone broth, salmon, leafy greens, citrusy fruits, eggs, and berries.
Collagen is essential for healthy skin, hair and nail growth, and it supports bone and joint health. I like to use the Vital Proteins collagen peptides because it’s tasteless (I just toss a scoop in my coffee and go!) and it’s Dairy Free, Gluten Free, and no sugar is added.
Vitamin D is, by far, my favorite vitamin. You get the majority of your Vitamin D by spending some time in the sun but it can be difficult to get enough in the winter. Because I live in Chicago where it’s grey skies 90% of the winter, I need to supplement with a vitamin. However, since I spend a lot of time outside when it’s warmer, I will discontinue during the summer.
Vitamin D is responsible for calcium absorption (strong bones!) & can prevent chronic fatigue or seasonal depression. Vitamin D just makes you FEEL good and happy! That’s why it’s called the sunshine vitamin (and because, duh, you get it from the sun).
While it is certainly best to get your vitamins from foods, multivitamins help bridge the gap. Nobody has the perfect diet 100% of the time so you’re likely deficient in something. I take a multivitamin to prevent deficiencies and to allow me some flexibility in my diet 😉 If you are deficient in a particular vitamin or mineral, speak with your doctor to determine the best course of action.
Omega 3-6-9 are your essential fatty acids which means your body cannot produce them on its own and you need to obtain them from diet or supplements.
Many Americans are deficient in Omega 3s which are essential in supporting cardio health and eye health. You can get Omega 3s walnuts, spinach, anchovies, sardines, and brussels sprouts (so it’s no wonder why we’re so deficient – EW!)
You can get omega 6 + 9 from cooking oils (olive, grapeseed), nuts, and seeds. The omega 6 and 9 fatty acids are responsible for healthy nerve function (so, your brain), healthy skin, and overall health.
And that’s all for the supplements I take! Like I said earlier, I try to get most of my vitamins and minerals from the foods I eat. However, that’s not always good enough, so I supplement my diet with a powder, chewables, and pills. I keep my supplement routine short and sweet so that it’s easy for me to remember to do every morning.
Remember: you should consult with your physician prior to adding supplements to your diet. It is especially important if you are pregnant or nursing.
What supplements do you take?