Tuesday, July 29

The Smart Girl's Guide To Vitamins

Vitamins, Probiotics, and Omegas... oh my! It's overwhelming standing in the supplements aisle of the health food store, isn't it? But let's not make excuses. As a GIRLBOSS you need to be informed. A smart girl doesn't wait for someone to hand her a fistful of vitamins and tell her, "take these". A smart girl does her own research and then finds a better way. One that works for her schedule, her tastes, and her life!

Today I'm breaking it down for you. The vitamins you need to be taking each day, what they do, and why you need them. Then I'm going to tell you about how I get all my vitamins in each day in a simple way! Because I know you're busy like me. And ain't nobody got time for chocking down 15 pills every morning! Let's dive in...

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Let's start with the basics. I'm going to call them the LUCKY 13. These are the 13 vitamins considered essential for proper body function. These are nutrients that helps your body carry out the everyday processes necessary for LIFE! They help your cells make energy and support your muscles and bones. Sounds important right? Yeah, it is...

THE LUCKY 13
Vitamin A (supports vision, your immune system, and your cells)
Vitamin C (supports your immune system, among other things)
Vitamin D (helps your bones absorb calcium and phosphorus)
Vitamin E (destroys free radicals, helps prevent against heart disease)
Vitamin K (helps keep you from bleeding too much)
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 (everything from healthy skin to memory, these are powerful!)
Biotin (Biotin works miracles for your hair and nails)
Pantothenic Acid (energy production and fat metabolism)
Folic Acid (helps the body produce new cells like red blood cells, reduces birth defects)

What about minerals? We know those are important too? Here's a few that you should be including in your daily intake...

IMPORTANT MINERALS
Calcium (supports your bones and vitamin absorbtion)
Chromium (important for metabolism and synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and proteins)
Copper (supports your connective tissue health, hair and eyes, brain stimulation)
Iodine (supports proper thyroid function)
Iron (carries oxygen to your blood cells)
Magnesium (detoxifies, regulates temperature, increases energy, can soothe nerves)
Manganese (supports healthy bone structure)
Zinc (immune boosting)
Phosphorous (hormone balance, digestion, energy)
Molybdenum (detoxifies)

That all sounds great right? Right! Healthy and happy bodies here we come. But we aren't done yet! Did you know that the state of your "gut" (aka intestines) can affect all kinds of systems in your body? Including your immune system?! Makes sense then that we should be keeping our digestive tract in tip top shape. We can do that by taking Probiotics. I know you've heard about them but what you might not know is that probiotics that are no encapsulated against stomach acid are destroyed when they hit your belly before they can even get into your intestines. We need those little bugs to stay alive and make it through so how do we do that?

NATURALLY ENCAPSULATED PROBIOTICS
There is one type of probiotic that is naturally encapsulated and can withstand the intense acid in our stomachs. It's called Bacillus Coagulans. You don't have to be able to pronounce it. But you do need to get it into your gut! ;)

GET YOUR GREENS
Don't forget your greens! Phytonutrients like Chlorella, spiraling, spinach, and wheatgrass help keep your body alkaline, support your immune system, and help detoxify your system.

For the busy and frazzled GIRLBOSS, Adaptagens are a must-have! You may not be super familiar with these bad boys but they are a GAME-CHANGER! These little babies support your immune system when it's under stress. They also help your body deal with environmental stress (read: your crabby boss, the fact that you only ate coffee till 3pm, how you never get more than 6 hours of sleep, etc). They increase cognitive function and help promote a sense of calm. Sounds great right? Here's a few good ones...

ADAPTAGENS
Maca Root (supports libido, energy, hormone regulation)
Reishi mushrooms (supports the liver, fights aging)
Astralagus (Anti-viral, helps allergies, supports immune system)
Ashwagandha (Super anti-oxidant, fights free radicals)
Gingko leaf (Supports mental health)

This is a great start. But if you're a girl who is ready to take control of her health you're not done. Our bodies need antioxidant rich foods like Acai berry, pomegranate, camu-camu, goji berries and more! You can pick these up at the health food store and add them to your smoothies or oatmeal. Or... you can take them all at once with all your vitamins, minerals, adaptagens, and probiotics like I do!

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Still with me GIRLBOSSES? Great! I'm so proud. But I expected no less. You are go-getters. You are  constantly learning and trying to be the best version of yourself that you can be. You want to give your body every advantage you can so that you have the energy and gung-ho to go out there every day and CRUSH IT! I get it, I'm a GIRLBOSS too. And because I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on dozens of supplements and have to choke them all down every morning, I get everything listed above in this blog post in a once a day supplement called Shakeology. I make a smoothie with some almond milk or fruit juice, a packet of Shakeology and some ice and I'm done! It tastes like a milkshake, it nourishes like a handful of supplement pills. Actually, it nourishes BETTER than the pills because Shakeology's vitamins and minerals and good stuff is all in WHOLE FOOD form. The fruits and veggies and super foods are all carefully dried at temperatures that won't destroy the enzymes and then turned into a powder. They add some protein in it and a little stevia to keep things sweet and in less time than it takes me to reheat my coffee (for the 4th time! Why can I never drink a cup before it goes cold?!) My smoothie is made and my body is rejoicing as I bathe my insides in healthy goodness.

So that's how I make it happen everyday. I'm happy to hook you up with Shakeology if you want to give it a try too! Just visit my shop and take a look. And even if Shakeology isn't something you want to try, I hope this helps you get a better idea of what your body needs each day to run at optimal levels! Stay healthy babes! xo. 
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