My Vitamin Regimen

Hey Guys! So, as a college student living in the dorms, I’ve become fixated with coddling my immune system to combat any and every illness imaginable. Since the college diet of cafeteria food with a smattering of granola bars rarely supplies all the vitamins and nutrients a healthy body needs, I’ve taken matters into my own hands. How? Through a healthy regimen of a plethora of vitamins.

Without further ado, here is a list of the vitamins and supplements I believe are most essential to a healthy, balanced body.

1. Women’s One A Day

This pill is just a basic staple. Women’s One A Day contains a heathy portion of a plethora of vitamins. For that reason, this is my #1 most essential vitamin.  It provides a persons full daily value of several vital vitamins including Thiamin,Riboflavin, and B6 which all aid the body’s conversion of food into fuel through a conversion of carbohydrates to glucose. It also contains 250% of the body’s daily demand of vitamin B12 which is important to blood and nerve health. Also, It is reported that 40% of Americans age 26-83 are vitamin B12 deffecient and as people age their ability to metabolize B12 declines. Therefore, the large dosage in Women’s One is super adventageous.

2. Probiotics

The second most important pill I take each day is not in fact a “vitamin”. Rather, probiotics contain a good kind of  bacteria that is naturally found in ones intestinal tract and some foods. Most importantly, Probiotics boost a persons immune system dramatically. Not to mention they are also know to aid gut and vaginal health!

3. Vitamin D3

Vitamin D is so essential to our health that our bodies actually produce it on their own, but only after being exposed to sunlight. As a native Wisconsinite, I only get access to direct sunlight about 5 months of the year (if I’m lucky). For this reason, I began compensating with Vitamin D3 chews. The most important purpose of D vitamins are their ability to maintain calcium levels in the body and phosphorous levels in blood to support strong bones.  Also, a lack of Vitamin D can lead to depression, fatigue, and poor immune system health.

4. Hair, Skin, and Nails

The benefits of this one are pretty obvious. Biotin is the nutrient in these vitamins that aids hair skin and nail growth. However, some Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamins also contain other helpful nutrients. Mine also contain vitamin C and E which act as antioxidants in the body. As we all know form all the Dotox trends floating around, removal of toxins can help skin health and weight management. For that reason Vitamins C and E are perfect additions to a Hair, Skin, and Nails complex.

5. Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA’s)

These pills are not actually vitamins at all but actually they’re a dietary supplement I recently started taking. They are directly related to the body’s amount of Omega-6-Fatty acids which are know to combat cell damage. For that reason some studies have shown CLA’s playing a part in cancer prevention and the lowering of cholesterol. Also, CLA’s help maintain the glucose/lipid metabolism which can aid fat burn.

If you examine your diet, it won’t be hard to find vitamins and nutrients that you are lacking. Some of this can be remedied by improving one’s diet. Yet, the greatest advice I can give is to listen to your body. Reoccuring aches, cravings, mood swings, and fatigue can all indicate nutrient imbalences. So, do some research and don’t be afraid to try something new!



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