Vitamins—Who Needs ‘Em?

Vitamins—Who Needs ‘Em?

A while back I was refilling my SUNDAY through SATURDAY supplement case when my daughter entered the room. You take ALL those things…every day? she exclaimed. I felt like I was being interrogated and needed to make my case. So, one by one, I explained what each supplement was and why I considered it important to include in my daily regime.

When springtime rolls around, many of us turn our attention to our “winter bodies” and feel compelled to make a renewed effort to pursue better personal health. This pursuit often includes taking nutritional supplements.

Here’s the long list of the supplements I described to my daughter which I have become convinced are necessary for my optimal wellness:

For General Health

  • Multivitamin
  • Vitamin C (taken 8-10 hours after my multivitamin because the body can only hold onto so much vitamin C at a time)
  • Vitamin E
  • Calcium citrate with Vitamin D (again, taken 8-10 hours after my multivitamin because the body can only absorb so much calcium at a time)
  • Omega-3 Fish Oil
  • Probiotic

For Joint Discomfort/Inflammation

  • Glucosamin with MSM
  • Haluronic acid
  • Bromelain

While my supplemental regime may be judged costly at first glance, a single co-pay at my doctor’s office would set me back $30 and my insurance company another $70 or so. In addition, if I can avoid the cost of sick-related downtime on top of that, I’d consider the cost I incur up front to be nominal.

If you’d employ a daily “pill box”—left by the kitchen sink, or somewhere where you can’t ignore it—you will find that you will be more consistent in your dosing, setting the stage for much improved wellness the whole year through.

In the grand scheme of things, I’d rather invest in my personal health than add to my health provider’s bottom line. How ‘bout you?

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