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Hi friends! I hope everyone’s weekend was wonderful and your week is off to a great start.
I few months back, I shared a picture on my Instagram stories about the vitamins I take each day. I received a lot of questions about what exactly I take and the reasons why I take them. So I wanted to finally hop on here and give a little explanation about my daily vitamins and what they help.
Before reading, please take careful note that I am NOT a doctor or physician and do not claim to be in any way, shape, form or fashion. These vitamins work for me, but as always, should you have any worries, you should consult your doctor or physician before taking any of these and you should never take more than the recommended dose.
1. Evening Primrose Oil – This is kind of a “help-all” vitamin. I read about it when I was looking at health tips on Pinterest one day and became interested in all the benefits it has for women. I researched it a little further and discovered it helps with a myriad of things including skin health and anti-aging, regulating hormones and blood pressure and helping to eliminate chronic headaches, just to name a few. I initially was drawn to it because of how it was said to help chronic headaches. Before I started taking this, I was taking at least two extra strength Tylenol (and sometimes more) every single day because my headaches were SO bad. I would be in excruciating pain to the point where I would wear sunglasses indoors to try to get away from the light and get my headaches to subside. I started taking this vitamin back in January of this year and since then, I’ve noticed a significant decrease in the amount of headaches I get on a regular basis. Whereas I used to take a minimum of two extra strength Tylenol every day, now I maybe take two every couple of weeks, at the most. I take collagen peptides as well, so I’m not sure how well the evening primrose oil is helping for my skin and hair, but it certainly isn’t hurting it in any way. Both my skin and hair are healthier than they have ever been and I’m so happy for it! As someone who has struggled with eczema for years on my face and my hands, I am really pleased with where my skin is now at this point. (Make sure to also check out my post Collagen Peptides and Why I Take Them to learn more about how these help with hair and skin health!)
2. B12 Vitamin Gummies – My Paw-paw used to run marathons and would always tell me about how his friends would take B12 shots to help their energy levels when they ran. I always thought that was really interesting but also always said I would never need to do anything like that because I had TONS of energy. During college I literally slept 3-4 hours EVERY night and would be 100% good to go in the morning. I would go to the gym at 11 or 11:30 at night (when I knew it wouldn’t be crowded) to run and workout. I would get home at 12:30, shower, do homework, get ready for bed and pass out around 2 or so, only to wake up at 6 to get ready to go to work and school for the day. I had SO much energy in college and although I’m still young, I definitely can’t do that anymore. I now require a whole lotta coffee and a nap to get anywhere close to how I used to be haha. Around October of last year, we had a big conference we were hosting at my old job. We were all super busy and I found myself getting more and more tired each day. I decided to start taking B12 vitamins to help give myself some stable energy each day and was really happy with the results! It didn’t give me a huge jolt of energy that would last an hour or two and then wear off like coffee or an energy drink, but rather helped me have a level amount of energy throughout the day and helped me feel just overall better.
3. Cranberry Vitamins – I learned about these back in January as well, around the same time I learned about evening primrose oil. I remember I had been looking up vitamins that women should be taking in their 20’s and evening primrose oil and cranberry vitamins were the top 2 mentioned on the list. Cranberry vitamins haven shown to be effective in supporting women’s vaginal health and helping to prevent UTIs. (It has also been shown to support prostate health in men and help prevent UTIs as well.) If you’ve ever had a UTI, you’ll know they are NOT. FUN. They are also extremely common in women so if taking cranberry vitamins everyday will help prevent them, I for one am ALL for it. They also have them in gummy form if you have trouble swallowing pills. These are larger than normal pills, be aware.
4. Probiotic & Prebiotic Gummies – I’ve been wanting to start taking probiotics for years now, I’ve just never actually sat down and started researching which ones I want to take. I’m someone who always likes to do their own research, I never just go off of what someone tells me. So when I finally started poking around and looking for a good probiotic to start taking daily, I came across these and figured I would give them a try. I’ve been taking these for about a month now and I’m really happy with the results so far! Probiotics are good for your gut, so to speak. They’re known to support your intestinal health, digestive track and promote good bacteria in your body to keep things in check and in balance. Plus, these gummies are SUPER easy to take! They taste delicious and you only have to take one per day.
5. Vitamin C Jelly Beans or Emergen-C – Finally, we come to vitamin C. Back around February, Jordan and I actually both decided to up our vitamin C intake. We had just moved and I had just started a new job and had no sick days yet, so the LAST thing we needed was to get sick. So as a precautionary measure, we both started taking Vitamin C jelly beans. About 3 weeks later, COVID started to infiltrate into the United States more and more so we bought a couple boxes of Emergen-C, just to have on hand. We knew Vitamin C was going to be harder and harder to find as COVID worsened in the US so we wanted to make sure we had enough for a month or two in case we couldn’t find it. Well we are certainly glad we did because about two weeks after we purchased it, you couldn’t find Vitamin C ANYWHERE. It was sold out of stores, it was sold out online, people were bidding for it on eBay and paying extraordinary prices for a bottle of Vitamin C. So we were very thankful we had enough to last us at least for a month or so while we stayed in and did our best to stay healthy. I was JUST able to get Vitamin C again at the grocery store a few weeks ago after not being able to find it anywhere for nearly 2 and a half months! So I bought a bottle of these Vitamin C jelly beans and a box of Emergen-C, since sometimes we opt for the jelly beans and other times, we’ll opt for the Emergen-C. They both are Vitamin-C, but the Emergen-C has a much higher dosage of Vitamin C than the jelly beans do.
So there you have it! Those are my 5 daily vitamins I take and a little insight into why I take them. Again, this is just what works for me so make sure to consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about whether or not these vitamins would work for you.
Thanks for reading lovelies and I hope you all have a wonderful week! Until next post, Xx.