I’ve been sharing with all of you how Jesus carved a path to health in my life. And I think if I was reading that, I’d want to ask “what does a path to health look like?” In my case, that path included two years of medical treatment and lots and lots of lifestyle changes that I made over the course of several years (with just a little bit of kicking and screaming on my part), but Jesus wasn’t stopping there. It also looked like emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. He touched every area of my life and healed me in ways I never imagined possible.
So while my health is not perfect now, I am blessed beyond measure. And because I get all excited about it (and because just maybe it might help someone else), I’m going to share with all of you the lifestyle changes I was asked to make to take care of myself and live a healthier life. And since I already told you guys that I consider a vitamin and supplement routine to be an act of worship I’ll start there.
I’m not a medical professional, so this is just me talking with you about some vitamins that I really like. Definitely talk to someone with an actual medical degree before making any lifestyle changes. And I’m linking to some of my favorite brands, because I can’t resist telling you about my favorites. There’s no affiliate commission, though. This is just me and you sharing life.
So without further ado… below is a list of vitamins I take everyday to feel my best.
Daily Vitamin – I can be a little obsessive when it comes to finding the right vitamins, and let’s just say I shopped around for this one. When deciding on a treatment plan, my specialist didn’t actually prescribe a daily vitamin, but after learning more about nutrition I decided to add one to my routine to cover my bases. Rainbow Light Women’s One a Day is my favorite because it’s food based, is a blend of vitamins, minerals, herbs, superfoods, and enzymes, and doesn’t contain any additives, which means in a nutshell that our bodies are more likely to put the good stuff to use and less likely to pee a whole bunch of nonessential fillers out. On top of that, a lot of stores price it at $35.00 for 150 tablets which means it comes out to $7.00 a month, and I’m nothing if not budget minded.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C, along with vitamins A and E, selenium, and zinc, is an antioxidant. It helps protect and repair cells from damage caused by toxins in our environment or toxins that are produced by our own bodies when we break down food or exercise. My doctor prescribed 2,000 mg a day broken up into two doses to help my body get rid of the bad stuff. I still take this dose as 1,000 mg of vitamin C powder with breakfast and a packet of Emergen-C (also 1,000 mg vitamin C + a whole bunch of B-vitamins) with dinner.
Omega Fatty Acids (Fish Oil) – My doctor prescribed 1,000 mg of fish oil twice a day, which contains essential fatty acids that reduce inflammation and promote better brain and heart health. After taking a more expensive supplement, I researched brands and switched to Nordic Naturals Complete Omega 3,6,9 product, and I’ve noticed that this product has no aftertaste unlike some cheaper brands. Carlson is also a brand that comes highly recommended by doctors.
Digestive Enzymes – I read about these in 90 Day Immune System Makeover and after talking to my specialist about it, I decided to take Digest Gold by Enzymedica. Basically digestive enzymes are produced by our pancreas to break down the food we eat into molecules our bodies can actually use. A lot of times when our bodies are stressed by illness, we’re not able to absorb nutrients as well as we should. Taking a digestive enzyme supplement really helps the process and takes some of the stress of our bodies. They also really help if you’re lactose intolerant or have a hard time digesting certain foods. I took an enzyme with every meal when I was sick, and now I take one a day at dinnertime.
Quercetin – Quercetin is a natural antihistamine that reduces allergic response when we take it regularly over time. My doctor prescribed it to help reduce inflammation and help my body flush out toxins. I take 500 mg twice a day. I’m not really brand loyal with this one. I just grab whatever’s affordable at a store I trust like Whole Foods or The Vitamin Shoppe.
Milk Thistle – Milk thistle is an herb that helps support liver function. My specialist prescribed this at the beginning of my treatment to help prevent liver damage from all the medication that I was going to be taking. I actually still take at least 175 mg twice a day, because it’s safe for long term use. My favorite brand is Nature’s Way.
B Vitamins – B-vitamins are probably the most important vitamins we can take, because our bodies need them to do pretty much everything our bodies do, including turning food into the energy we need to keep moving and producing neurotransmitters so that our brains can function. Not an overstatement. When I was sick, my doctor asked me to take a broad spectrum B-vitamin, because many times illness causes us to need above and beyond the average daily dose. Now that I’m healthier, I get my B-vitamins through my daily vitamin in the morning and a packet of Emergen-C at night.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is another super important one, and apparently most of us are deficient now that we live modern lifestyles that reduce our time in the sun. After years of telling everyone that I didn’t need to take a vitamin D supplement, I had a blood test done and found out that I was super deficient. So now I take 4,000 IU a day in the form of a drop on my tongue (it’s best absorbed when mixed with oil, so a lot of brands sell it as a liquid). Vitamin D helps regulate our hormones and support our immune system. My hormones and my immune system are much happier with it.
It seems pretty simple when I type it all up, but adding this routine into my daily life has made a huge impact. And I’m grateful beyond words that God would reach out and teach a willful hardheaded person like me how to take care of myself when it was the absolute furthest thing from my mind and the last thing I was interested in doing when I asked Him to heal me. He is a good Father indeed.
I’m pinning more of my favorite vitamins and supplements on my How I Got Healthier with Vitamins Pinterest board, and I wrote more about my battle plan for health and the nutrition basics of how I got healthier earlier.
With much love (as always),
OK, your turn … do you take vitamins and supplements or do you prefer to just get all the healthy stuff from your food? If you take vitamins, do you have a fave?
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