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.

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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.

Supplements

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.

BCAAs

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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17 thoughts on “Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements… oh my! And a Giveaway!

  1. Lauren

    I am still very much learning about supplements and only take a probiotic a few times a day at the moment. I think I would benefit from a B Vitiman and Magnesium though. Amazing giveaway! Hope you had an amazing weekend!

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  2. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

    I take vitamin b too and im waiting for my magnesium to arrive. Have you tried finding pure vitamin k? I cant seem to !

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  3. Caitlin

    How funny, I was just in Chicago this weekend as well! I take a multi before bed and drink protein powder, but I may need to look into taking magnesium and epsom salt baths.

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  4. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    Yes! I am constantly rethinking my supplementation routine as well. I love my Cooper Complete multi-vitamins (they’re so expensive that I ask for them for my birthday from my parents – ha! And I only take 1/2 a dose because I believe I’m fully covered by the food I eat, but the multi can be a good blanket or catch-all, for me). Also do magnesium and B-complex like you, plus a few more on and off (digestive enzymes, fish oil, sometimes biotin, sometimes probiotics). Have never tried zinc … innnnnteresting ….

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  5. Jordan Leigh

    Oh man supplements overwhelm me.. There are so many companies out there claiming to be something that they are not! But luckily, I have people like you to help guide me ;) I actually have really liked this brand, I take the bone health and hormone support and actually can tell a difference. I’ve bought brands in the past and, to be frank, would see all my money literally flushed down the toilet. No Bueno. This would be an awesome 23rd birthday present for me! (yea, I like supplements instead of presents) Thanks Amy!

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  6. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I love AOR and Thorne supplements. I have tried to reduce the supplements I’m taking but I never stray from my probiotics, omega 3s, vitamin C, digestive enzymes and Natural Calm (yay Mg!). I add in for various other things as needed like Bs, iron, liver support, yada yada yada.

    This is such a great giveaway lady!!

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  8. sue

    i have always been unsure about whether i should be supplementing my diet with anything extra and am always glad to learn something new! thanks for sharing what you know and i can’t wait to hear more about what you learn in your new program!

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