Friday, January 11, 2013

A B12 C D

So as per my last post I really want to be healthier this year. Or as healthy as I can be while still having to be exposed to the endless cycle of elementary school germs and viruses.

I eat what I consider to be a pretty well balanced and healthy diet.
I don't really eat much in the way of junk food or processed foods.
Though I'm sure there's always room for improvement.
But for the most part, I think I'm on track when it comes to what and how much I'm eating.

I finally got back to the gym this week and it felt so awesome.
I'm definitely an adrenaline junkie and really enjoy working up a good sweat.
It was also so great to see all the ladies and regulars back in class.
I think I missed the camaraderie more than the actual exercise.
I work out with such a nice group of women.
Who knew that an all women's gym would be so social, motivating and fun?

Speaking of fun, it's a shame that I derailed my health kick by indulging in one too many glasses of wine with a girl friend last night....oops..
But I also kind of needed that after being cooped up all during the holidays.
Though I really wish I could somehow find the will power to always stop after my second glass of vino..
But then again, grapes are an antioxidant after all ;

Anyhow aside from my diet and exercise I really want to do whatever I can to help boost my immune system.
So I take a few vitamins each day.
The question is, what should I really be taking and how much?
Currently I take 1000 iu of Vitamin D.
And Multi vit see above re: emergen-C.
Sometimes I take an Omega fish oil capsule.
Sometimes Calcium and Magnesium with Zinc.
and occasionally I'll take Pro- biotics.
is this too much?
or not enough?

Anyhow I'm just curious what other woman take when it comes to supplements.
Tips? Suggestions?


Lynn said...

Ugh, who knows? I always wonder if the stuff I'm taking is just one big placebo. But I do take it, anyway...guess there's something to be said for the placebo effect!

I stopped taking a multivitamin ages ago as I read that you shouldn't take iron and calcium together, as they prevent the absorption of one another. Also, apparently the new research is that your body can only absorb a maximum of 300 mg of calcium at one time, so taking a bigger pill isn't worth it, and taking your pill with a calcium source, like say a glass of milk, also isn't worth it. GAH.

Iron should be taken with vitamin C, calcium with vitamin D, apparently we all need more b12 and omega oil, my head is spinning.

So! Now I take:
* half a calcium pill (because it's 600ml) with 500iu Vitamin D in the mid-morning
* other half of calcium with more vitamin d in the afternoon
* iron with vitamin C with my dairy-free dinner, or if I have dairy at dinner, just before bed.

I don't have room in the schedule for anything else!

Sonia said...

I take a multi-vitamin, cod liver oil, wild salmon oil, pro-biotics, echinacea, cranberry (for urinary tract health) and mag-citrate (to prevent migraines). I'll pop some ColdEscape when I'm sick or feel like I'm coming down with something, as well as some lysine.