Friday, April 6, 2012

Fitness Fridays: Vitamins

**This post is based on my own ideas and thoughts about vitamins based on my own research and advice from my doctor. I am not a nutritionist or doctor; any changes to your own vitamin regiment should be discussed with your doctor

One of the questions I get the most by email is what vitamins I take and what brands I use.

When I received my Celiac Disease diagnosis (almost FOUR years ago!!!) I was in poor health, which you can read more about in this post. But in addition to all of that, my vitamin levels were ALL out of whack! After years of my body not absorbing nutrients, I was ready to start my body on the right track!

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Rainbow Light: Magnesium Calcium + and Women’s One; Vitacost: Vitamin D3 and Folic Acid

This is my current regimen and I’m hoping to add some Omegas to this lineup when I make my next Vitacost order – more on this later.

Both of these brands are gluten free, but I still check every bottle before I buy.

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I take the Mag Calc first for bone health and second for shin splints! A month into taking Mag Calc my shin splints were noticeably better and when I stretch the way I should, they’re non existent. One thing about this one though, it turns my pee BRIGHT NEON GREEN/YELLOW!

The Women’s One is a good mix of basic vitamins and Probiotics. It’s gentle on the stomach, although I always take it with food. I first received this from Women’s Health magazine for a piece they were writing over a year ago. I fell in love with the ease of this Daily vitamin and continued taking it.

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My doctor tells me that in this day and age, nearly everyone is deficient in Vitamin D. I don’t get outside as often as I would like and in my most recent physical, my bloodwork showed a deficiency in this area. My Women’s One does have Vitamin D, but it’s a small amount. Vitamin D is essential for bone health as it promotes calcium absorption and has also been shown to reduce inflammation.

Folic Acid is one of those Mommy vitamins. No, I’m not pregnant. BUT I do hope to be at some point within the next five years! Being efficient in Folic Acid can help prevent a host of birth defects in babies. Folic Acid also helps your blood health, it helps keep anemia at bay!

Other supplements I take on a daily basis:

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Chia and Protein!

To learn more about Chia, read here.

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So where do I buy all my lovely vitamins?

Well, I used to buy them all at Whole Foods. And eep! That was expensive. Then one of Parrish’s friends, Loren, texted him a picture of all the supplements he and his lovely wife take. I made a comment about how expensive that must be and he replied with what I am now calling the Treasure Trove of vitamins.

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Vitacost! Aside from LITERALLY sending me emails everyday, I have been pleasantly surprised with this new option for buying vitamins! In my last shipment here’s what I ordered:

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Desert Essence shampoo: $4.87

Desert Essence conditioner: $4.61

Emergen C: $7.79

Vitamin D3: $4.99

Folic Acid: $6.19

No Gii protein bars: $33.67 - - $2.81 a bar!!!

Body Brush for dry brushing: $4.16

I was BLOWN away by the savings! I’m not even going to tell you what I’ve been paying for my shampoo at Whole Foods but double this price still doesn’t cover it. Since I spent over $50, I received free shipping.

And no, I am not affiliated with Vita Cost in any way. Just a happy shopper.

I also had my friend Loren refer me and we both received a $10 off coupon! If you go to Vita Cost and end up wanting to order, email me and I’ll refer you too!

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Alright, that’s a wrap!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave it in the comments!

And can I just say that when I woke up this morning I thought it was Monday?! Nope, it’s Friday silly.

COUNTDOWN TO MY BIRTHDAY!!

TWO DAYS! WOO HOO!

Check back on Sunday for a special Birthday GIVEAWAY for you! It’s pretty bubbly Smile