Nutrition

A vital visit to the nutritionist


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I have never taken Vitamins. Should I?

I’ve never ingested a vitamin. Okay, I tried gummy vitamins at a friend’s house when I was like 10, and my mom made me take fish oil once (but I hated the way it tasted and promptly spat it out).

Before you start lecturing me, just know I totally get it. After my literal vitamin deficiency was brought to my attention by my co-workers—who have mounds of vitamins surrounding their workspaces—I got to thinking: Am I living my best life?

Aside from being the most millennial-sounding question to ever leave my mouth, it’s something I’ve really been wanting to address. Does my skin or mood suffer without me even noticing? Is my digestion as good as it could be? Am I as happy as I could be? Okay, let’s pause the existential crisis for a sec.

It was about time that I take my vitamins by the horns (guess that’s a saying now)

Where have probiotics been all my life?

A prebiotic is like a catalyst, which is going to nourish the probiotics and improve the quantity and diversity of gut organisms. Honestly, I’m a little relieved that it’s this easy to get my gut on track—but also like, how did I not do this before now?

Omega-3s are everything

I’ve heard a lot of talk about Omega-3s (see: my previous spat with fish oil, which my mom said would make my hair grow), but nothing too specific, so this is where I really wanted some informed intel.

“Omega-3s have been linked to the maintenance of a positive mood, cardiovascular health, and already normal triglyceride levels.

I’m naturally prone to feeling high levels of daily stress, and I definitely don’t eat enough fish in my normal diet, so this is an alternative I’m totally down for.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D-3 to support my moods during the dreary winter season that insists on coming every year (even when I ask it not to).Vitamin D isn’t too abundant in food, either, so this supplement is a lot more necessary than I originally thought.

 

B-12s or be squared during workouts

Since a lot of grains incite a bad meeting with the bathroom for me, I’m missing out on the energy that carbs provide—and it really shows mid-HIIT sesh when I’m pretty close to seeing the light. To replace that energy boost, you need to supplement with B-12 and folic acid.*

I could also supplement folic acid (which helps the body make new cells and can help maintain normal red blood cell production) via my diet by upping my intake of green leafy veggies, beans, and some baked goods. Looks like I’ve got my office-lunch meal plan for all of 2019—and the supplements on my desk to match.