Everyday Beauty Supplements.
I always think it’s more important to watch what goes in to your body, rather than on to it – so I try to eat well and nourish my body rather than just slathering on the skincare. I take a lot of supplements because my immune system is a bit of a wimp, and also because I think they do a lot of good in a lot of ways. I look a whole lot better when I’ve been looking after myself, basically.
I take quite a few supplements – some a few times a week (as and when I remember) and some daily, and I’ve pretty much figured out what makes a difference, so I thought I’d share my findings.
I get low on iron all the time, to the point where I’m constantly sleeping, feeling super shivery and cold in the evenings and crave chocolate non-stop – it’s horrendous. What’s worse is that the iron tablets don’t agree with me, so I have to take the liquid stuff! It tastes like licking a metal railing – vile. I just get the Spatone Natural Iron, and mix it in with some strong juice or my morning smoothie. I got the apple flavoured stuff recently, but it’s just as gross as the original – you would think that by 2015, we would have iron that doesn’t taste like iron, but nope.
Anyway, I definitely think women should be taking iron supplements because it just doesn’t seem like we can ever get enough. I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I do eat spinach etc. that’s packed with iron and I still have to take the supplements daily. Just my thoughts!
I always remember to take a multi-vitamin each day, it’s kind of programmed in to me as my mum is obsessed with taking supplements. I think I just get whatever is on special in Boots, but usually the High Strength ones. I know you need vitamin C to help with the absorption of iron, and this is basically everything in one handy pill.
I used to get ill all the time until I discovered the goodness of B Vitamins! If you constantly feel drained, run down, find it hard to get up in the morning even after a good nights sleep, get some B Complex in you. I have both B Complex (for energy) and High Strength B6 (for hormones and to reduce tiredness – this is in the B Complexion but I sometimes just take one of these instead) and they work so well.
I always know when I need more B vitamins because my mouth starts getting sore and I get ulcers. Every so often, especially through winter, I’ll buy a pack of the Vitamin B12 Patches – these are AMAZING and I cannot recommend them enough. If you hate taking tablets, always forget or just need a big dose of Vitamin B, these are for you. You put a patch on (they’re small, pink patches – I tend to place them on my hip bone) for 24hours once per week, and you get 6weeks worth in the pack.
They are life-changing, highly recommend!
Cod Liver Oil
I remember my biology teacher at school once saying that if you take one vitamin, make sure it’s Cod Liver Oil. I just get any old cheap ones at Boots as my supplement obsession really does get expensive, but I know some people like to pay more for these and get fancy ones so you don’t get fish burps. My mum always made us take these as a kid so I’m used to the fish burps, but I try to take them while I have a meal to avoid it. I once bought High Strength pills and they were HUGE, and I couldn’t swallow them so now I just take two normal sized ones when I remember. Great story, huh?
Evening Primrose Oil
My mum convinced me to start taking this recently, to help with hormones and my hormonal acne. Since I’ve been taking it, my skin has really cleared up – but who knows. I’ve only been taking it a month or so but I know a lot of people swear by it, so I’m keeping at it!
That’s pretty much it for everyday vitamins, I think that’s enough to keep me going and feeling my best. I rarely get ill now, and I know what works for me and when it’s time to take it.
Are you a supplement fiend?