Sunday, 2 March 2014

2014 Resolution #5

Resolution #5 - Nutrition - Take Vitamins Everyday

This next resolution doesn't really seem like a big deal. I don't take a lot of vitamins as I believe that you can, and should, get most of your vitamins and minerals from eating well. But I do take a few and I must confess that they have been sitting in the cupboard, untouched, for a while. So now it's time to get back on track.

From Yahoo

There's lots of information about what's hot and what's not in the vitamin and supplement world. ( And if you are wondering what's hot this year, check out this article from Yahoo for the 5 most essential vitamins for 2014.) I take 3 different vitamins as recommended by my doctor for a middle aged woman.

Vitamin D3 -  It is responsible for strengthening the immune system, enriching muscle strength, building strong bones as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory. Sun exposure is one way to get Vitamin D. ( It's almost impossible to get enough through food.) But given this long dreary winter, a Vitamin D supplement is necessary.

From Healthy Living How to

Next up is Omega 3 Fatty Acids.They boost your immune system and improve joint and cardiovascular health. Skin, hair and nails benefit from Omega 3 and it is said that memory and attention, skills as well as mood are enhanced.

From Exhibit Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut, other seafood, flax seeds, walnuts, kidney beans, cold-pressed olive oil, pecans, leafy green vegetables, and winter squash . I try to eat more fish, add flax seed to breakfast oatmeal as well as smoothies and cook with olive oil but I also take fish oil supplements. One draw back of these supplements is the after taste. If this is a concern for you, look for supplements that have a special coating and indicate no fishy aftertaste.

From Pinterest
The last supplement I take daily is a calcium and magnesium tablet. Calcium is responsible for our bone and teeth health. As a middle aged woman, osteoporosis is a health concern so getting enough calcium to keep bones strong is important.

Taking magnesium and calcium together was recommended by my doctor. According to ehow, "Magnesium aids in the absorption of calcium in the body. This allows the calcium to enter the system faster, resulting in a quicker response to any bone or tissue ailments needing extra attention. The combination of the two elements working in harmony leads to a overall bone health and a number of other beneficial outcomes."

So, this morning I am moving theses 3 health boosting vitamins and supplement bottles next to my coffee cup. As I grab my mug, I will be reminded to focus on my health and will begin my one-a-day habit.

Resolution # 4 Update - Happiness -Plan a Family Card Game Night

We not only played cards and Head's Up with the kids, we had a family movie night and we went bowling as well! What fun!

Colourful bowling balls!


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