Vitamin and Supplement Guide for 2020

Vitamin and Supplement Guide for 2020

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Most people want to be healthier, but don’t know where to start. They try their best but feel like they don’t have enough time to make the healthy changes they want to make. Even if you don’t have time for anything else, one small change you can make is to start taking vitamins and supplements to improve your overall health. As with any modification to your healthy living plan, you should consult your doctor about vitamins and supplements you plan on taking before you begin. Only your doctor can advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation. Here are some vitamins and supplements you should consider adding to your routine.

Multivitamin

Everyone should be taking a comprehensive multivitamin. Modern foods are processed so much that even if you are eating a healthy diet, you may be missing out on necessary vitamins and minerals. Stress levels and toxin exposure in your everyday life can also affect how your body is absorbing vitamins from the food you eat. You can do extensive testing to stay on top of what specific vitamins you are lacking, but the best course of action is to add a multivitamin to your daily routine.

Multivitamins are crafted to fit specific lifestyles and can account for things like age, gender, and activity levels. Be sure you do some research to pick the vitamin that will fit your lifestyle and support your health in the best way possible.

Omega-3

Omega-3 supplements can help lower the risk of diseases like cancer, arthritis, and heart disease because they work towards reducing inflammation. These fatty acids also work towards improved brain function by aiding in memory and cognition abilities.

One thing to look out for when finding an Omega-3 supplement is the source. A lot are extracted from fish, which isn’t necessarily bad but may mean they contain mercury. Find a mercury-free supplement.

Probiotics

More and more, healthy living means focusing on your gut health. Almost 80% of your immune system and 95% of your serotonin production happens in your gut. The bacteria produced in your gut is essential for your overall health. Probiotics help to support healthy bacteria production and keep everything in balance. Focus on taking a broad-spectrum probiotic that doesn’t need refrigerated so you can travel freely without worrying about missing out on your supplements.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is so crucial for your body. Your body makes vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, and that vitamin D is then converted into a hormone. The chemical reactions in your body depend on appropriate vitamin D levels to control metabolism, growth, and mood. Vitamin D helps your body have good heart health, bone strength, and cancer prevention. Your immune system also relies on vitamin D.

Most adults are vitamin D deficient, even if they are taking a vitamin D supplement. Too much vitamin D can be harmful though, so be sure to consult your doctor before adding too much to your regimen.

Other Supplements

There are so many vitamins and supplements out there that you need to look into your health and understand which ones will better support your health. Some people are even leaning more towards homeopathic remedies like CBD to help aid in their health. There are pros and cons of marijuana use, so be sure you are fully aware of all the information before making any changes.

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Author: Terri

My name is Terri and I live in an urban area in central Georgia, USA. I'm a mom to three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 2 lovebirds, and other small aquatic pets. My hobbies include photography, reading, binge-watching movies, crocheting, D.I.Y. projects of every kind, gardening, hiking, glamping, and camping. I love to travel and go sightseeing. My coffee pot is my lifeline.

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