My very good friend named Valerie has been taking pre-natal vitamins for years. Is she planning on having a baby anytime soon? Nope, she is not even married or dating anyone. She is, however, very good at taking her herbal supplements. She takes Vitamin E, Prenatal Vitamins, all sorts of daily vitamins and even a special one to keep her nails and hair strong. At first I thought she was crazy, but the more time I spent with her, I realized that I needed to start taking health supplements as well! Especially since I have become a vegetarian, I need to get the right amount of vitamins and minerals. For a long time I haven’t been able to donate blood because I don’t have enough iron in my system. There is a really cool test to see if you have the right amount of iron – you take a nickel and scratch yourself with it (gently!) on your face and if where you scratched turns gray, you don’t have enough iron. But if you can’t see anything, it means you have enough! Since I don’t eat meat I feel like natural supplements were made for me.
There are some really cool vitamins for your hair and nails (mentioned above) and Valerie has seen vast improvements in her nail strength especially. She likes to keep her nails long and pristine, and the vitamins really helped her nails.
Apparently you need to take prenatal vitamins for a year until you get pregnant for the effects to be realized in your pregnancy. I am not a planner, especially not to plan a whole entire year ahead of when I am going to get pregnant, so I should start taking them now, and I will be covered. Right? I certainly hope so. I have also heard from a number of people that they are just really good for you to take anyways, even boys!
There are so many different kinds of health supplements that it is pretty overwhelming sometimes.
First you should know that not all vitamins required by adults are required by animals. Isn’t that fascinating? I mean, it totally makes sense because we eat different things, thus we need different things, because nature intended it that way. But still, I never really thought about it. Also, there are consequences for getting too much of one vitamin as well as not getting enough of the vitamin!! So there is a delicate balance of enough to not enough vitamins. Doesn’t that sound kind of overwhelming? Well it doesn’t have to be! At least it shouldn’t be!
Here are your options:
1. you can not care about vitamins (not a good option in this day and age of overly processed and fast foods)
2. you can go to the doctor to find out what nutrients you are deficient in and then take individualized supplements.
3. you can regulate your own diet and keep track of your supplement intake. Then figure out what you need —then individualized supplements
4. you can take a multivitamin that covers the daily essentials that you need
Number 4 seems pretty reasonable, no? The main problem I have with multivitamins is that the pills are too big for me to swallow all of the time. I get really panicked when I have to take a pill bigger than ibuprofen, so I definitely need to cut them up, which makes me feel like a baby. But I am willing to do anything to get the recommended amounts of vitamins. And they may seem expensive when you initially buy them, but usually you can find a few hundred in one bottle, which ends up being a great deal.