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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Power Up!

Vitamins are important-or at least that's what they tell me. It would be great if I could get all my nutrients in my daily diet, but lets be reasonable here...we can't eat full servings of fruits and veggies everyday! That's why I take a multi-vitamin. I also take calcium for strong bones and glucosimine for my knees. The glucosimine takes about a month to build up in your system, but once it does...your achy joints will thank you! It's great for runners. The glucosimine is nice because I can actually tell that it's working. I feel the benefits. However, I don't feel any better or worse when I take the multi and the calcium. I just assume they are good for me.

I'm always trying to catch the latest news or studies about vitamins...I mean, what if there is something really great out there that I'm not taking?!? Before I got married, I was obsessed with making sure my skin was perfect for the big day. I wanted to be all glowy...you know, the blushing bride. So when I saw Olay Vitamins Total Effects 7x that were supposed to make your skin glow, your nails grow and your hair shine, I knew I had to try them. Each box came with 30 days worth of supplements...each contained a multivitamin, vitamin E, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic with green tea. Now I wasn't really sure what all that stuff meant, but I figured I'd give them a shot. So I religiously took them every single day for a few months up to my big day...and you know...I did have a good skin day on the day of my wedding. Who knows if they were really the magic they claimed to be. I don't pay too much attention to good or bad skin/hair/nails days and their connection to whether or not I've been taking my daily vitamins, but I'll sure welcome more pills if they make me look better.

Those Olay supplements have since been discontinued...maybe because they just didn't catch on or maybe because they were a bunch of BS. Who knows...but I'm curious...
What vitamins or supplements do you guys take?
Do you really notice any difference?

6 comments:

angie said...

I take a multi and glucosomine too. Plus Vit E. Iron when needed. Zinc and Vit C (or Airborne) during the winter.

Kel said...

Nope, I don't take vitamins or anything else for that matter. I look at them when I go to the store and I read about them, but in the end I pass them up because I just don't know.

Sometimes, on rare occasions, I will decide this is the one and start taking it then I forget one, then two, then next thing you know I've forgotten to take them for a month and ... well you get the pattern. I'm just not that good with it. Oh well!
PS...let me know if you find the perfect one.
~K

Kel said...

Nope, I don't take vitamins or anything else for that matter. I look at them when I go to the store and I read about them, but in the end I pass them up because I just don't know.

Sometimes, on rare occasions, I will decide this is the one and start taking it then I forget one, then two, then next thing you know I've forgotten to take them for a month and ... well you get the pattern. I'm just not that good with it. Oh well!
PS...let me know if you find the perfect one.
~K

Amy said...

Well, I'm conflicted... I always hear that you just urinate the vitamins right out... so, sometimes I'll go on a kick and take a multi-vitamin and glucosamine, but mostly... I don't.

I do eat an orange everyday for Vitamin C, though. And I attribute that single orange to keeping me healthy.

Rhonda said...

Amy is right, you pee most of those vitamins out when you take them because your body can only absorb small amounts of them at a time...however, I've heard that if you take vitamins with aloe vera juice it increases your absorption...or I've heard that you should/could take your vitamins 2-3 times a day to keep them constantly flowing through your body...I personally think that eating a colorful diet full of fruits and vegetables is the best way to control your necessary nutrient intake. However, your skin always looks flawless in the pics anyway, so perhaps you don't need to worry too much at all! But if that's your main concern eating lots of walnuts, flax seeds, and salmon (omega-3 fatty acids) helps with strong and beautiful skin, nails, and hair.

Dana said...

I just take multi-vitamin w/ extra iron. Like you I don't notice if I've felt better after taking them but I need to look into taking the glucosomine for the achy joints.