Vitamins & Supplements

Before I start this post, I want to preface it by saying that I’m (obviously) not a medical professional. I’m going to be sharing the various vitamins & supplements I take on a (mostly) daily basis, but I’m by no means suggesting that these are best for anyone & everyone.

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I used to be a fan of the good ol’ gummy vitamin. Actually, I’m still a fan, I just go through phases where I buy them & times when I don’t. Besides occasionally taking a gummy multivitamin (just FYI, I usually by the Up & Up brand from Target), I take a handful of other vitamins & supplements. My downfall is that I’m pretty bad at remembering to take them each day, but when it comes to mind I’m sure to do so.

First up, Viactiv.

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I take Viactivs daily as a calcium supplement. I’m sure most of you know, calcium is important for bone health. I was able to purchase a big bag of chocolate chews at BJ’s for around $9.00, so if you can buy in bulk, it’s definitely a better deal than buying the small containers at the store.

The next three supplements, I was able to sample from Swanson Vitamins.

When I was offered the opportunity to order a few products from Swanson, vitamin B-12 was at the top of my list.

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This actually wasn’t my first time taking this vitamin. I took B-12 a few summers ago, when I went to the doctor with complaints of a general lack of energy. B-12 is great for energy & cardio health, & after ruling out any other medical problems, the doctor suggested I start taking some extra B-12. While I haven’t been taking it regularly since then, I’ve definitely noticed it’s positive effects since starting it up again.

I’ve already sang the praises of GoodBelly as a form of probiotics, however you can also get probiotics in pill form.

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Probiotics are of course important for maintaining/improving digestive health. I try to remember to take one of these pills every night after dinner.

Lastly, I’ve recently started taking biotin.

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Biotin is a supplement that helps to grow healthy hair & nails. I haven’t been taking this regularly enough to see any definite results, but I want to make it a priority so I can really gauge if it’s working!

One of the reasons I used to “shy away” from taking extra vitamins & supplements is because of the cost. Luckily, I was exposed to websites such as Swanson, which offer their products at a low, affordable cost. (Plus, if you sign up to receive e-mails from Swanson, you’ll also be alerted when they are offering special deals & discounts!)

I know it’s not necessarily “good” to take any & every supplement you can get your hands on; too much of a good thing does exist. When deciding on what vitamins & supplements I wanted to incorporate into my diet, I assessed what I was hoping to accomplish by adding supplements, & chose accordingly.

Do you take any vitamins or supplements regularly?

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Swanson products free of charge, however all thoughts & opinions are my own.

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