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Start The New Year Off Right: Vitamins You Should Start Taking

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Even just a few years ago, it seemed simple. Eat healthy, exercise, and of course, take your vitamins. These days lines are much more blurred with all the variety of vitamins available on the market. It can be quite overwhelming to walk into a pharmacy and scan all the shelves without any idea which to take.

The truth is that even with the best dietary intentions, we likely still don’t meet all our nutritional needs. Our vitamin deficiencies can be checked through a blood test, but that is generally only done yearly and who likes to get their blood taken? Not me.

If you’re looking to only start by taking a few vitamins, here are some we recommend incorporating into your daily routine. Just make sure to consult with your physician about the right dose for you.

 Multivitamin: Take it! It acts as an insurance policy for nutritional gaps.

 It’s worth exploring for a good multivitamin, fit for your age group.  It helps our bodies get a variety of nutrients at once. It acts as an insurance policy to help fill nutritional gaps for those of us with less than stellar diets. Personally, I take these Women’s One A Day, also available for men Men’s Once A Day. Just make sure you’re not taking too much of one nutrient, especially if you’re taking other supplements as well.

Vitamin D : Take it! It’s important for bone health. The vitamin is also hard to get from food.

From the advice of my doctor and those of several of my friends, if there is one vitamin most people need to take to some extent it’s Vitamin D. It plays an important role in bone health, as it’s a critical ingredient in allowing us to absorb calcium. It’s not present in most foods we eat, and though sunlight can help, we rarely get enough, especially in the winter months.  It is also said to help with preventing dementia and heart disease. You can take it as a soft gel, a delicious gummy, or a liquid.

Calcium:  

 Studies show that many people are not getting enough calcium to grow and maintain healthy bones. Not getting enough calcium significantly contributes to the development of osteoporosis in later years. Calcium intake needs to start at a young age because we reach our bones reach their maximum strength and density between 25 and 30 years old. Make sure to pair this with vitamin D as the body needs it to absorb calcium. It’s available in a variety of formats such as soft gel and gummy.

Folic Acid: Take it, even if you’re not “trying” to get pregnant.

If you’re pregnant or looking to become pregnant, it’s critical to ensure you get enough folic acid into your body. And even if you’re not looking to get pregnant, just note that many pregnancies are unplanned. Folic acid, also known as folate, helps prevent serious birth defects of the spin and brain in the developing fetus. Take it on its own in tablet form or as part of a prenatal gummy.