We all know the importance of taking supplements and vitamins, but how many of us actually practice what we preach? Not me. I have cabinets full of trendy supplements, pills, herbal drops, and powders. You name it, I have it somewhere in my medicine cabinet, even ones to improve your mental capabilities. But, as with most things, I take said miracle supplement for a week and then forget about it.
This new year I’ve done my research and committed to an easy, straightforward supplement routine that gets down to what my 21-year-old body really needs.
Here are the top supplements we should all be taking. Happy pill popping!
When a cold outbreak swept through the population in high school, we all chugged Emergen-C, a vitamin C super drink. It would help stop symptoms after they started. Now, I’m realizing that the better option is just taking one vitamin C pill a day to ward off colds before they can begin.
Vitamin C is one of the safest nutrients. It’s water soluble, meaning you can’t take too much. Feeling a bug coming on? Triple your daily intake. It strengthens your immune system, prevents cardiovascular disease, and can even prevent skin wrinkling.
As women, we all hear about losing bone density as we get older. The best way to combat this is to take calcium supplements early. You need calcium to maintain strong bones and have proper muscle function. You only need 1,000 mg a day, so one pill should do it.
Vitamin B Complex
A B complex vitamin is a group of eight vitamins with super powers. They help increase your energy level, break down fats and proteins, and aid metabolism. Pause. Yes, I said aid metabolism. Sounding good yet?
About five months ago, my stress level was off the charts. I had a boyfriend deployed in Afghanistan, a college graduation looming, and pressing work deadlines. All of the stress was having an effect on my body in a scary way; my long, thick hair was thinning by the day. Even though my friends swore that they couldn’t see a difference, I could. That’s when I started taking biotin. After only a month, my hair was back to its normal self, my nails were stronger than ever, and my skin felt great. Every woman should be taking this supplement. I swear by it.
If you are lucky enough to have never experienced a UTI, you’ll wanna keep it that way. If you have had one in the past, you know how horrible they are. A surefire way to ward off UTIs is a daily cranberry extract intake. It will help keep bad bacteria out of your bladder and protect your cells from damage.
Pro tip: When your friend tells you to chug cranberry juice to fight against a UTI, or to lose three pounds, don’t listen to her. Cranberry juice has more sugar than your grandmother’s holiday pie. Take the pills instead.