If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of workout stories these past few months. And you likely haven’t seen me sharing as many indulgent meals as I used to in the past. The reason for that is simple:
I’m done not taking my health seriously.
I’m getting my house in order by making sure I’m eating right, working out, and giving my body what it needs. 2018 is going to be an incredible year for me, and I want to start it off strong.
In addition to eating well and working out, I’m also making sure that my supplement game is on point. While I do not believe that supplements should be your main source of vitamins and nutrients, I do believe that they are incredibly helpful for bridging gaps in your diet and solving for any deficiencies you might have.
A lot of people seem to be all or nothing with supplements. My personal opinion is to use food as my main source of fuel but supplement with supplements when recommended by my doctor. The supplements I take are ones recommended to me by a medical professional to help my body get more of what it needs.
It just so happens that the supplements that were recommended to me are very common supplements recommended to a lot of women my age. I wanted to share the three health supplements I’m taking in hopes it can start a conversation between you and your doctor on if there’s any supplements you should be adding to your diet.
Please note that I am not a medical professional and supplements are medicine. What works for me will not necessarily work for you, so make sure to chat with your doctor before adding any new supplements to your diet.
Three Supplements I’m Taking for a Healthy 2018
I think of a daily multivitamin as an insurance policy. It’s there to cover me if I miss out on getting enough key nutrients via my diet on any particular day.
I use to take gummy vitamins and loved them because they tasted like a treat, but thanks to braces, I’ve had to give them up. I kept putting off finding a new multivitamin until my doctor told me at my last physical that my iron levels were on the low side of normal. He said that the best way to get my levels up was to add a multivitamin that contains iron to my daily routine. Done and done.
Fresh Thyme’s vitamins are incredible quality and affordable too. I love that they offer a daily vitamin specifically for women that includes things like biotin (great for skin and hair) and folic acid (a nutrient the CDC recommends all women of childbearing age should be taking just in case they get pregnant). Like I said, it’s good insurance.
I actually added D-3 to my diet two years ago after my physical at that time showed I was deficient in Vitamin D. My doctor told me I was not alone, and that the vast majority of Americans (around 75%!) are deficient in Vitamin D.
Chronic Vitamin D deficiency is tied to a lot of bad diseases. We’re talking things like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. He recommended I take 2,000 mg of D-3 a day and that we’d recheck my levels the following year.
I am a huge fan of NOW and have used their products for years. After leaving my doctor’s office I bought NOW’s D-3 capsules and started taking them daily. I’m happy to report that a year has passed and my D-3 levels are back up where they should be.
Yearly physicals are such a blessing. They let your doctor catch small things before they become big problems. If you’ve been putting off getting a physical, please don’t wait any longer. Your health is your most important possession. Treat it as such.
Pro and Prebiotics
You guys know I am all about gut health. I dealt with a bad case of IBS in college (that thankfully hasn’t resurfaced!), and quickly realized the havoc an unhealthy gut can wreck on your life.
At my worst point with IBS I was unable to sleep at night because my stomach was so bloated and I was in so much pain. My GI recommended I look into a daily probiotic and I’ve taken them ever since.
This year I want to step up my gut game by also adding prebiotics to my routine. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria your gut needs, and prebiotics are the food probiotics require to thrive. Think of it like prebiotics < probiotics < healthy gut. If you have time I’d recommend researching the importance of pre and probiotics. I’m a big believer that everyone should be taking a probiotic.
I have some probiotic brands that I absolutely love, but prebiotics are new to me, so I decided to do a little research. Ora’s Trust Your Gut Pre and Probiotic blend appealed to me because it doesn’t require me to buy two different products and its shelf stable. Convenience for the win! I’ve just started taking them and am excited to see what my body thinks.
Save 33% on vitamins at Fresh Thyme!
If you’re looking to stock up on some vitamins for a fresh start to the New Year, make sure to check out Fresh Thyme’s big sale. Now through Wednesday, January 10th all vitamins are 33% off. And after wandering up and down my local store’s six aisles of vitamins, I can tell you they have an incredible selection of brands and products. You can find all the supplements I talked about today there.
If you haven’t heard of Fresh Thyme before, it is a health-focused, cost-conscious grocer that started in the Midwest and is now expanding and spreading like wildfire. They have over 60 stores in 10 states and will be adding Pennsylvania as their 11th state this year.
Their stores are bright, organized, and incredibly colorful. It’s a lot of fun walking up and down the aisles. I also love that they have an app you can search to find extra discounts on the products on your shopping list.
To see if there’s a Fresh Thyme near you, check out their store locator.
Questions of the Day: Do you take supplements? If so, which ones? Have you shopped at Fresh Thyme before?
Thanks to Fresh Thyme for sponsoring this post!