A Daily Dose
Yesterday Chad noticed vitamins on our grocery/to-do list and asked what they do for me. Why do I take them?
Little does he know this has been a topic of a great deal of thought lately. Deciding what and how much to take is like most things, open for much debate. I learn what I can, listen to my body and in 2 weeks I will talk about all of this with my doctor when I go in to have bloodwork done to test the gluten free and thyroid connection.
Chad and I never really got around to continuing the conversation but if we had this is what I would have told him.
I’m confident that the foods I eat give me a majority of the nutrients that I need but some supplements may be necessary even when eating a nutrient-dense, whole-foods diet.
Why do I think these supplements are necessary?
- I’m high risk for osteoporosis (family history, sex, age, race and frame size)
- adequate amounts of protein
- supporting gut health
- performance and activity level support
The what and why of my daily dose:
- HCL – assists the body’s natural stomach acids in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, especially protein, vitamin B12, calcium, iron
- Calcium – bone strength This is one of those supplements that are up for serious debate. I’ve taken calcium for years and it was recommended by a world renowned osteoporosis specialized doctor. Honestly, I’m a poster child for osteoporosis and I’m afraid not to take it.
- D3 – regulation of calcium absorption and is important in maintaining healthy bone structure
- Multivitamin – no diet is perfect
- Probiotic – good bacteria” to improve and maintain the health of your gut and immune system
- Degestive Enzyme – important for your digestion. I was not aware of how necessary enzymes are to every cell in your body—not just for digestion but for all physiological processes. Dr. Mercola explains it well.
- Protein – plant-based protein powder with BCAAs and glutamine to repair and build muscle, improve strength and reduce recovery time
Is it perfect? Actually, right now it feels like it is. Are the supplements permanent? I don’t know but I think my body will tell me when I need to make a change and for reassurance my annual bloodwork will give me more information to make the best decisions for my overall health.
I mentioned that right now this feels perfect. It was with the help and tremendous amount of support from my friend, Lindsay, that I’m able to say that.
I am not a licensed nutritionist or medical professional. The information shared is based on my personal experience, what works for me, research and consulting with my doctor.
On the Menu
Nutty Chocolate Baked Oatmeal
Red Lentil and Chickpea Burger (salads and wraps)
Farmer’s Market Cobb
Walnut, Avocado and Marinated Portobello Salad
Empowered Noodle Bowl
Big Green Sandwich
Enlightened Miso Bowl
Classic Glow Bars
What supplements do you take regularly? What are your thoughts on taking calcium?
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