Thursday, 25 April 2013
A-Z Challenge,Staying Fabulous and Fit after 50.V is for Vitamins.
I go through phases when sometimes I take lots of different vitamins depending on what I read is good for you and sometimes I just can't be bothered as they don't seem to do anything for me. I would like to have more energy, brighter skin and a healthy digestive tract. So what vitamins should we be taking?
1. A good mulivitamin.
2.Fish oil supplement, omega 3 fatty acids.
Works as an anti-inflammatory.
3.Vitamin D, since we don't see the sunshine very often here we may be deficient in vitamin D. A blood test will tell you if you are. Being deficient in Vit D could lead to an increased risk of heart attack,Parkinson's disease, high blood pressure or Alzheimers
4.Calcium, Taking a calcium supplement could decrease your chance of having Osteoporosis.
5.Magnesium. Low magnesium levels can cause migraines,fatigue,and high blood pressure.
Instead of taking a supplement, two servings of pumpkin or sunflower seeds will give you your daily dose.
I also found one I haven't heard of before it's called Resveratrol, it's the antioxidant found in red wine, which is what they were talking about when we were told drinking red wine was good for you. I think I'll just stick to my glass of red wine it's probably cheaper and more enjoyable.
As with everything consult your doctor before taking anything new.
We could write down our symptoms that lead us to taking a supplement or vitamin and keep a diary to see if anything is improving. Or have our blood tested to steer us in the right direction to what vitamins we are lacking.
Apart from seeking out what vitamins we should be adding to our diet perhaps we should be looking at what we eat and how we can add more healthy foods. There's always a lot of talk of cake on twitter and on blogs and while cake is lovely and scrumptious it doesn't really do much for our health and welfare. As long as we are eating healthy a little of what you fancy does you good, just not too much of it.
All those vitamins aren't to keep death at bay, they're to keep deterioration at bay.
I gotta tell you, right at the top of my list would be taking vitamins. I know that over the years doctors have said they're ridiculous and all that. But I started taking my vitamins at an early age. And I take them every day. Every bloody day! So I think that's number one. For whatever reason, I feel active and pretty good at my age.
Do you take any vitamins that you can feel the benefits from?