It is a new week and I am happy to put last week behind me. The plague that hit our house hit me the hardest. Running mileage got pushed back in the beginning of the week in order for me to get better. I really hate having to rest and not run. I also hate being sick and know that in order to get better that means knowing when to step back, take a break, and rest. After several doses of Delsym, Dayquil, Nyquil and Black Elderberry Syrup, by the end of the week I was finally feeling human again and was able to make up some miles on two great runs on Saturday and Sunday.
I talk a lot about running, fitness and how I stay in shape. A big piece of that to me is what goes in my body. What you eat plays a vital role in staying in shape and being healthy. Some believe that if you eat correctly you do not need to take vitamins or supplements. Though I eat a clean and balanced diet the majority of the time, I do take vitamins and supplements to aid in my overall health. A couple of supplements I take benefit me as a runner. I only take what I know works for me and that I feel is appropriate with my lifestyle.
Here is what I take and why:
Women's Ultra Mega One Daily by GNC: Some multivitamins ask you to take two or more pills to equal the recommended serving size. What I like about this particular vitamin is that I only need to take one pill. This vitamin is "Ultra Concentrated with 37 important nutrients. Provides 20 vitamins & minerals at 100% daily value or more." I have been taking this specific vitamin for a few years.
Magnesium: The first year I started running I was hit with Runner's Knee. After I got through that episode (which by the way sucked) I started taking Magnesium. Magnesium is said to play an essential role in maintaining bone mineralization, muscle contractions, and nerve impulses. Being a runner my bones definitely get a pounding. With Magnesium supporting bone and muscle health it is an important supplement for me.
Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM: Chondroitin builds and repairs cartilage. Glucosamine possesses anti inflammatory properties and may relieve pain. MSM is a sulfur that aids in supporting tendons and muscles. Together these three help to aid in joint mobility and flexibility. After a long run I sometimes get knee pain. I started taking this supplement to see if it would offer me any relief. Yes, it works for me! If I have had a long run with a lot of hills I may take an extra pill as the serving size is three pills a day. I typically take one pill daily and I do notice a difference.
MegaRed Omega 3 Krill Oil: This is a new one I just added in. This supplement supports heart health. What was also appealing to me is that Omega 3 fatty acids are thought to boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs as well as offer relief in stiffness and joint pain.
Melatonin: I have never been a good sleeper and can have periods of insomnia. It is frustrating and exhausting. When I was pregnant with my first son that insomnia only got worse. With the approval of my physician at that time I started taking Melatonin. I have been taking it now for six years. It is not a miracle pill but I do believe it has helped aid in better sleep for me.
Yes, that may seem like a lot of pills to take. I do feel that each one of these is important for me and my lifestyle. Between my pills and Miss Vixen's pills (my sweet, old dog) we have our own pharmacy going on. For me, I just want to be sure I am giving my body all the good things it deserves. Supplements can play an important role in health if used correctly. I want this body to be strong, healthy and fit for years to come. It is my job to be sure I am being good to it in every way I can; on the outside and inside!
Do you take vitamins or supplements? If so, what do you take?
Disclaimer: All opinions are proudly my own. In sharing this post I am telling the reader what I choose to take for supplements that fit my lifestyle. In no way am I recommending anyone to take what I do. Please consult your doctor before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.
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