2/20/17

My Current Vitamin Routine



Okay, so I've been really meaning to write this post for awhile, but for some reason or another, I seem to keep putting it off. I put it on my to-do list for this week (again), so I'm finally going to sit down and get it done. Today I'm sharing with you my current vitamin routine!

A little background: I figure it might help to share with you a little background so you can understand why I take what I take. I've struggled with pretty much every type of headache you can imagine, plus migraines for years. As I've gotten older, they seem to have gotten worse. I also struggle with anxiety, joint pain, general fatigue, and a host of other issues (that's as far as I'm elaborating for today...I have some other post ideas on my never-ending to-do list that will explain even more). I've also struggled to find a doctor that will listen to me adequately, or treat the issues I struggle with. I have always preferred a more holistic approach anyways, but since doctors won't listen, I've done my best on my own (the perfect example being my headaches & migraines). Through some experimentation, I've come up with a vitamin/supplement routine that seems to work fairly well for me. I can definitely notice a difference when I take my vitamins consistently, versus when I don't!


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and you should always refer to a medical professional for any advice and/or guidance. I'm just sharing with you what works for me. It might work for you....it might not.


Vitamin C - I've always been a big fan of vitamin C, and even when I didn't follow much of a vitamin routine, I always tried to take some vitamin C. I used to take a gummy version, but the ones I loved were reformulated and now they're coated in sugar and horrible. I don't know how anyone can stand those kinds?? Right now I'm taking a 500mg version from Target. Works for me!

Vitamin D3 - Vitamin D has so many benefits, I think you'd be hard-pressed to not find some way it could benefit you. It's good for your bones, your eyes, lowering blood pressure, etc. And if you live in a colder climate that sees the sun sparingly, it's definitely worth taking. I take 2000iu currently.

A multivitamin - I take a gummy multivitamin because I'm five. Well really, I take one because that's where my whole vitamin routine began and it's simply become a habit. It also contains a little of everything so I don't have to take a million separate pills. I currently take the Vitafusion ones and as long as they don't coat them in sugar, I will continue to do so!

B Complex - I also take a gummy B complex. B is supposed to help with your energy levels, so I continue to take it for that reason primarily. Being someone who is chronically exhausted, I can't say that I've seen much of an improvement, but it's become a habit so for now, I'll stick with it.

Fish Oil - I take a fish oil supplement mainly for the heart benefits. It's hard to find one that is decent, that doesn't cost $$$, and I recently switched from one that was pretty up there in price to the Target store brand version. I haven't been taking it long enough though to recommend it!

CoQ10 - I take CoQ10 to help with headaches and migraines. I can honestly say that since I've been taking this consistently, I have seen a significant reduction in the frequency of my migraines and other headaches (I pretty much get them all). They haven't gone away completely, but at one point I felt like my head hurt every single day in some way or another, and that is no longer the case. CoQ10 can get pretty pricey, but in my opinion, it's definitely worth taking. I've found a fairly affordable option on Amazon which is what I currently take and I really love it!

A probiotic - I struggle with a lot of digestive issues. Let's just leave it at that for now, shall we? I've been bouncing between different probiotics, trying to find the perfect one for me (that also doesn't cost a million dollars), and right now, I'm taking Digestive Advantage. I've tried a few different probiotics and I can definitely say that I notice a difference between when I do, and do not take one! PS - there is currently a clippable coupon on Amazon for the one linked above. It's way cheaper than in store (at least where I live)!!

Magnesium - this is another one that I take to help ward off headaches/migraines. I also take it for joint pain/health. I definitely think it's helpful! I've switched to a Target version of this as well. Since I have a red card (dangerous and lovely at the same time...), I can get free shipping on all my vitamins, so between Amazon and Target, I've got everything covered fairly easily!

Zyrtec - I struggle with allergies, so Zyrtec is a must for me. However, I stopped taking the name brand ages ago because you can get a years supply of the generic for LESS THAN $20 on Amazon. Amazing!!

Chamomile - this is a supplement that I take as needed. I take it for my anxiety, and occasionally for digestive issues. I think that on most days, it really helps. It's fairly affordable too, which is definitely a bonus. I generally start with one capsule as needed, but sometimes I take two. If I feel that two doesn't help, that's usually when I bring out the passion flower (see below).

Passion Flower - like I said above. This is another one that I take for anxiety. I don't take it every single day - only as needed, but I think that it really helps when I do need it. This one is a bit more pricey, but since I don't take it every day, it's not really that bad. I can honestly say that taking these two supplements has really helped me manage my anxiety, and I love that I'm able to do so more holistically.

Okay so that's my vitamin routine - exciting, no? I figured that it might be interesting to some of you out there. I know that I found a lot of guidance online when I was trying to get into a better routine. Like I said above, this is simply what works for me, and I'm by no means an expert! I am however, a huge advocate of more holistic pathways whenever possible, and I welcome constructive conversation in the comments!

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