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The Vitamins & Supplements I Take Every Day!

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Vitamins and supplements can be controversial topics. So, let me just start this post reminding everyone that I am not a doctor. This post is just about what works for me and may work for you too. Please remember to consult with a medical professional before taking any kind of vitamins/ supplements. 

Anyway, I have SO MANY thoughts and opinions about vitamins and supplements this post could easily be 10 pages long. To avoid boring you all to death here’s just a little summarized version:

  • I believe you can get most of the nutrients you need on a daily basis by eating a healthy, balanced diet (unless you have a medical condition preventing this). Since my food can vary from day to day and especially on the weekends I like to take vitamins so when I don’t eat so healthy I’m still getting proper nutrients and my body stays in balance. That being said, DO NOT think you can eat doughnuts, pizza and chips all day, then take vitamins and think you’re meeting your nutritional requirements. Getting nutrients from food should be your main goal and vitamins just there to make up for any deficit. 
  • I think going to your doctor and getting a full blood panel done is one of the most beneficial things you can do. It’s important to know if you are deficient in any area where vitamins could really help. I personally got this done a few months ago before starting my current vitamin/ supplement regimen.

  • I really think people who exercise at high intensity 5-6x/ week can benefit from vitamins and supplements to enhance performance, improve recovery, prevent injury…etc. I know for me during my marathon training finding the right vitamins/supplements saved my life.
  • I’ll admit I take some vitamins simply in the hopes for better hair, skin and nails and guess what I actually notice a difference.

If you want to chat more about my opinions on vitamins/ supplements please shoot me an email: liveleaneatgreen1@gmail.com …I’d love to chat! For more on the science behind vitamins and supplements this is a great article

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Vitamins I Take Every Day:

Vitamin D- Vitamin D plays a big role in bone health! I am very susceptible to stress fractures (thanks running) and when I got my blood panel done my vitamin D levels were on the lower end. I immediately started supplementing Vitamin D to help keep my legs healthy. Vitamin D is also known to help boost your immune system and fight against depression and anxiety.

Probiotics- Probiotics contain “good bacteria” that help keep your gut and stomach healthy. Probiotics can help with digestion, increase immunity and can really help with allergies. I personally take probiotics to help me stay healthy working in an office environment and with my TERRIBLE allergies. For more info on probiotics click here.

Multivitamin- During marathon training I was getting sick every couple of weeks and for the life of me could not understand why. After doing doing some research (aka Googling) I decided that I needed to start taking a multivitamin specifically geared toward runners. I got introduced to The Runners Multivitamin which uses organic real food sources for their nutrients and have never looked back. I notice a huge difference in my running performance and have not been sick in 5 months. 

Biotin- aka Vitamin B7- It’s very rare to actually be deficient in Biotin so you really probably don’t need to supplement this for general health. HOWEVER, Biotin is alleged to promote healthy hair, skin and nails. It’s crazy but I noticed baby hairs all over my scalp star growing when I started supplementing this and my eye lashes even got longer.  

B-Complex Vitamin- A B-complex vitamin gives you all 8 of the B vitamins in 1 pill! B vitamins help with energy production, boosting your immune system and increasing your metabolism! Ever since I starting taking a B-complex vitamin on a regular basis I’ve cut my coffee intake from 3 cups/ day to 1 in the morning! Maybe it’s just a placebo effect but I really do feel more energized.

Omega 3- Fish oil pills contain omega-3 fatty acids which help to help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, decrease inflammation and keep your brain healthy. I have a family history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol so even though I eat healthy and exercise I’m all about taking omega’s as an extra precaution. 

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Supplements I Take Every Day:

Vega Sport Performance Protein- I used whey protein for years and it started upsetting my stomach so I finally made the switch to plant based protein. One serving of Vega Sport has 30 grams of protein, 6 grams of BCAAs and glutamine, plus tart cherry, turmeric, and probiotics which help reduce recovery time. Honestly, this is the only plant based protein I think actually tastes good…in fact I crave this stuff! I use this after long runs, yoga sculpt classes and lifting weights. It really has helped me build lean muscle and recover faster thane ever.

Nuun Hydration Tabs- Nuun tabs contain the electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium) which help alleviate cramps, help muscles function, communicate and burn energy efficiently. PLUS unlike other electrolyte tabs/ drinks these is no crap, chemicals, sugar anything- just clean ingredients. I use Nuun tabs religiously on long runs, after hot yoga and when I just want something yummy to drink.

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen- This stuff is incredible! I originally started taking this for the beauty benefits like healthy hair, youthful skin and stronger nails. While it works wonders in the beauty department it’s also been a game changer for exercise recovery. Collagen helps maintain and restore protein in the muscle and can help with join pain/ discomfort. I use 1 scoop of collagen a day and simply add it to my Vega Sport protein shake. This stuff will dissolve in anything, even just plain water and is tasteless. 

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Your Turn,

This post took me awhile to write. It felt kind of taboo writing about vitamins and supplements like they were something bad I’m taking.

At the end of the day who really knows if vitamins and supplements are beneficial or not. There really hasn’t been enough research done to prove one way or the other.

I’m really curious to hear your opinions!

 

  • Do you take vitamins/ supplements on a regular basis?
  • If so, which ones?
  • Are you totally against vitamins/ supplements? Why?

 

 

++This post is NOT sponsored by any of the brands mentioned. These are just the products I use daily- Thank you!

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply Shaniece August 18, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’m so happy that you discussed this topic because many people have misinterpretation about supplements. I swear by them and I wished I started using them a long time ago when I was running track. Since I added Herbalife, which are natural supplements to my diet I feel so much healthier. Everyone have different opinions on supplements, but I can honestly say they work for me and I have the physical results to prove it. I love this topic Diana!
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    • Reply Diana Becker August 18, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      RIGHT!! My old regret on vitamins/ supplements is that I waited until I felt like shit/ wasn’t getting results to start!

  • Reply Allie @ Miss Allie's Kitchen August 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I AM SO GLAD I READ THIS POST! Pinning right now. Who knew there was a specific multi for runners? And I didn’t know probiotics support immune functions, too. This is really helpful, girl!

    • Reply Diana Becker August 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Allie the runners multivitamin is amazing! I think I linked it in the post but I’ll do it again here. And for probiotics YES having a healthy gut can help you fight off so many bugs 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this post. http://www.therunnersmultivitamin.com/pages/supplement-facts

  • Reply kerri mcgrail August 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I am all about the Vega Sport and Nuun! They were both so key in my marathon training! I love the taste of vega sport too- I can’t decide if I like chocolate, mocha, or vanilla more! I really want to get some bloodworm done just to check on all my levels. I definitely think using supplements can be beneficial to any healthy diet!

    • Reply Diana Becker August 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      I’m so boring but I haven’t tried any flavor of Vega other than the berry. I fell in love with it and just can’t bring myself to try the others. Out of those 3 which is your favorite?

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy August 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    I haven’t tried Vega Sport yet but I love the original Vega Protein powder with all the greens in it! Great that they add turmeric and tart cherry juice too, which is great for recovery!
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    • Reply Diana Becker August 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Right? I was so impressed with the ingredients in Vega Sport! I’ve loved its recovery benefits so far!

  • Reply Emily August 19, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Ooh wow, taking B Complex sounds like it would be good for me as well as the marine collagen. I don’t take vitamins regularly but I imagine it would be really beneficial if I started too.
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    • Reply Diana Becker August 23, 2016 at 9:36 am

      B vitamins are so good for energy and if you eat a vegetarian/vegan type diet it’s even more important to get vitamins like B12 🙂

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado August 19, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love vital proteins!! I need to start taking more vitamins though!
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    • Reply Diana Becker August 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

      OBSESSED with vital proteins! I’m going to try their Beauty Green formula next!

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv August 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I take Vitamin D and a multivitamin every day and also usually mix collagen into my oatmeal, too. I agree, it’s totally tasteless and seems to have some great benefits!

    • Reply Diana Becker August 23, 2016 at 9:30 am

      I love mixing collagen into my overnight oats or just throwing some into a smoothie or my coffee!

  • Reply Aya @ A Healthy Story August 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Such a great post! I take a few supplements as well (under the direction of a nutritionist) and have definitely noticed a difference in my overall health and energy levels. I love love love Vital Proteins collagen peptides and have those almost daily in a breakfast smoothie. I also take Vitamin C, D, a multivitamin and Quercetin (for a chronic sinus/congestion problem). Plus a probiotic.

    • Reply Diana Becker August 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Aw thank you so much! It’s so important to get direction on what to take from a doc or nutritionist!

  • Reply Chrissa - Physical Kitchness August 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    This is so so so helpful! I need to get me some biotin! Actually, I love all your suggestions – I already do the Vit D, probiotic and multivitamin but I would love to amp up my game. Can’t wait to try collagen too!
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    • Reply Diana Becker August 23, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Biotin really is a game changer for your hair and nails! I just buy it from Trader Joe’s and it works great 🙂

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