HEALTH | VITAMIN CHECK

9 Nov 2014

health, vitamins, life,

 
How many of us can honestly say we eat healthy 24/7? Correction - how many of us can honestly say we live a healthy lifestyle - exercise, diet etc 24/7? I know I don't, in fact my choice of diet has always been quite questionable. I was prescribed oral antibiotics by my doctor for my skin and after dealing with the side effects for a few months I decided I didn't want to take them any longer.

I started researching to try and find natural ways to calm my skin and clear the acne. The first point of action was to increase my water intake. I definitely have not been a water advocate - just tasted so bland and downright bland but the benefits of drinking water are endless. I try to drink at least 1.5 litres a day (really aiming for 2) but I have to start somewhere.

The next point of action is my diet - still a work in progress but after researching I realised I may not be getting all the nutrients my body needs. This is where vitamins/supplements come in to play - depending on your lifestyle/diet you can take vitamins to 'make up' for the nutrients you might not be getting in your diet. I already know I'm anaemic and iron tablets are a MUST for me, the other vitamins I discussed with my GP and decided to give them a shot. I do have other vitamins but I do not take them regularly enough to include in this post - I think the vitamins displayed are ones that most people are familiar with.

*Omega 3 - Improves skin health by helping to alleviate symptoms related to skin disorders, help prevent cancer, improves cholesterol by lowering triglycerides and elevating HDL (good cholesterol) levels, improves menstrual health by reducing the pain associated with PMS and menstruation, improves mental health by helping to insulate nerve cells in the brain, allowing these nerve cells to better communicate with one another.

*Iron - Taken to improve the lack of iron in the body. E.g. anaemia. Most people get all the iron they need from their daily diet but for those who are anaemic - iron supplements are recommended.

*Evening primrose oil - Improves skin disorders, PMS, asthma, it can also be used for weak bones, chronic fatigue syndrome; some people even take it for irritable bowel syndrome.

**Cod liver oil -  Thought to help relieve joint stiffness associated with arthritis, has a positive effect on cardiovascular health, and can help repair wounded teeth, nails, hair, and skin.

*Multivitamins - If you do not have a balanced diet that includes fruit and vegetables, a multivitamin may be beneficial as nutritional insurance.


*Please consult your doctor before taking any vitamin - as they can give you specific advice on whether is its necessary for you to take them and if so which vitamins would be beneficial for you.

**I do not take cod liver oil and omega 3 at the same time... I just included some of the vitamins I have in my stash for pictorial purposes :)

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