My vitamin and supplement routine

Before I jump right into this post, I need to put up the usual disclaimer letting you know that the pretend Fisher Price doctor’s kit I owned as a child does not make me qualified to dish out medical advice.  However, the vitamins and supplements that I am about to discuss all work well for me.  If you are interested in taking any of them yourself, just run it by your physician first. 🙂

 

Since my medicine cabinet is overrun by lotions, creams, and other girly things, I keep all of my vitamins on my bathroom counter.  It is certainly not the prettiest display in the world, but seeing them serves as a reminder to actually take them.  Consistency is definitely key when it comes to taking vitamins, and I have to say that I have actually been very diligent about taking everything for at least five months now.

Here is everything you’ll find on my counter…

 

Alive Multivitamin

1.) Women’s Multivitamin

Even though I follow a very healthy and varied diet, I still think it is important to take a multivitamin- especially one that is targeted to women’s specific needs.  The one that I prefer contains the usual vitamins found in a multivitamin, and it also has twenty-six fruits and vegetables, green foods, mushroom enzymes, antioxidants, lutein, resveratrol, and plant-based calcium.  My body seriously shouldn’t be lacking a single vitamin!

 

evening primrose oil health benefits

2.)  Evening Primrose Oil

If you suffer from hormonal breakouts around that time of the month, you might want to look into taking evening primrose oil.  I find that it works wonders as far as combating hormonal acne.  It is also supposed to help with healthy hair growth, inflammation and joint pain, and even reduce the symptoms of eczema

 

hyaluronic acid health benefits

3.)  Hyaluronic Acid Plus MSM

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is beneficial to the joints which is important to me since I have lupus.  HA and MSM are also thought to have an anti-aging effect, so that’s obviously another big motivation for me to keep taking these!

 

DGL health benefits

4.)  DGL

DGL can be used to treat heartburn and indigestion.  Even though I had pretty bad heartburn with both of my pregnancies, I only started to take DGL (which stands for deglycyrrhizinated licorice) right after I gave birth to Addison.  Since it is an herbal extract,  I didn’t want to risk taking it during pregnancy.  You’re supposed to take two tablets before each meal, but I usually only take it before breakfast and dinner.  I haven’t experienced any major heartburn issues in the past few months (although that could also be due to the fact that I am no long pregnant), so it seems to be pretty effective.

 

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5.)  Digestive Enzymes

If you’ve been reading The Grass Skirt since the beginning, you might remember how I used to rave about digestive enzymes.  Well, I am still taking them religiously over three years later.  If you want to learn more about why I think they are so important, you really should read my original post.

 

HUM Nutrition Runway Ready Review

6.) HUM Nutrition Runway Ready

I call these my glamorous beauty vitamins- and not just because they come from Sephora.  Here is the description from the website:

HUM’s vegetarian Red Carpet formula includes the perfect balance of GLA, ALA, and Vitamin E. Made from bio-available nutrients from black currant and sunflower seeds, Red Carpet’s healthy essential fats support fuller, shinier hair and glowing skin. It works to support the skin’s glow through increased skin moisture and protection, while supporting fuller, shinier hair through hair follicle support.

What woman wouldn’t want those benefits?  I am especially fond of taking them right now because I am suffering from postpartum hair loss (more on that in an upcoming post), and I am trying to combat it in any way that I possibly can.  Since I started to take these, I actually have noticed that my skin is more moisturized.  I’ve even been able to lay off using a heavy duty moisturizer during the day. (These are the moisturizers that I use for day and night if you’re curious, and you can see my full review of them here.)

 

I realize that I take a lot of vitamins, but like I said up top, they all work for me, and I feel absolutely great!  I am curious to know what you take (if anything), as I am always interested in learning about new ways to improve my health and well-being.

Have a wonderful day!

erin

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4 Comments

  1. I just starting taking the Alive brand of multi-vitamins and I like that there is no colored overcoat on the actual pill – YAY! I take a good handful of supplements per doctor’s order too. I live in a desert, so I am big on sun protection, but then I lack that key vitamin with protecting myself with clothing and sunscreen. I would rather take the vitamin than risk skin damage. I need to check out HUM. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I love the Primrose oil idea!!! I get horrible breakouts so this is something I can’t wait to look into!

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