I’m heading back to Toronto today after a fabulous weekend in Chicago – I’ll tell you all about it on Wednesday. But until then, how does a giveaway (and a quick chat about supplements) sound? Good? Yes I thought so too.
So I used to take a multi-vitamin everyday with breakfast. I didn’t really know much about vitamins or minerals back in the day, I just took it because I was too old for Flinstone chewables and thought I needed a little extra yabba-dabba-doo. Okay I’m totally kidding – I just thought popping a pill packed with good-for-you vitamins and minerals was a good thing to do, ya know? And it is. But last year I looked at the ingredients list of my multi: hydrogenated oils, artificial colors… say what?! In my multi-VITAMIN. Little did I know that many commercial vitamins contain all this added junk: colorants for a more appealing look, coatings for easier swallowing. No thank you. So I ditched my multi and yup, you guessed it: got to learning.
I did some research online (which taught me a bit) but have since learned a tonnnnnn about vitamins, minerals and other supplements since beginning my program. I’ve already read hundreds of pages, studies, articles on the subject and to be honest it is the most challenging area for me: remembering the names, knowing the difference in functions and knowing how we put them into practice in our everyday lives. It’s confusing and a lot of information – but I love it nonetheless. Among many things, I have learned that legit vitamins (without any junk) do exist and I’m excited to partner up with Swanson Health Products today for a chance to get your hands on some legit goodies.
I think you know that I don’t undertake any changes (be it food, fitness or otherwise) without doing my research. I questioned the paleo diet; I questioned CrossFit; I questioned long distance running; the list can go on. So I took the same approach with incorporating vitamins, minerals and supplements into my life but have since incorporated all three.
Of course I aim to get everything I need from real food but with the processing of our food and our modern ways, nutrients are lost and I need a little extra help in order to feel and perform my best. More often than not, I believe the right kind of supplementation is a really beneficial thing.
Vitamins: I currently take a B complex (this one) at breakfast and dinner. B vitamins play an important role in our cell metabolism and many bodily functions. B vitamins are most abundant in animal products.
Minerals: I also take 30 mg of zinc (this one) in the morning and 270 mg of magnesium (this one) every evening before bed. Zinc is a trace mineral with many functions (athletic performance, skin, energy). Magnesium is a soothing mineral (helpful before bed) and also helps treat inflammation. I also use magnesium oil on my knees (darn running) and take baths in epsom salt (which is also a magnesium derivative) to keep inflammation down.
Supplements: I use protein powder in my post-workout smoothie almost daily – it has certainly helped with my muscle recovery and it is delicious. I also recently started taking 2 to 3 grams of BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) pre and post workout. I believe the BCAAs (I take these) are further aiding in my muscle recovery, growth and repair. They are also a lot more practical (and budget friendly) than devouring a steak.
So that’s what I have been taking/doing at this point in time (it might change) and what I am doing might not work for you. Please consult with a practitioner before making changes in order to determine what works for you and your body. But when it comes time for you to buy some vitamins, minerals, supplements, natural body care products, essential oils, herbs… Swanson has got you covered!
To celebrate Swanson Health Products‘ 45th anniversary, they are offering one Little Honey Bee reader a $45 gift certificate to shop til ya drop – well, until you spend $45. Swanson features thousands of health products and the giveaway is open worldwide until Thursday evening. Please enter using the Rafflecopter below.
Good luck and I’ll announce the winner on Friday!
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