Last Updated on January 3, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Do you take nutritional supplements? Which ones should you take? And are they even important? These are all questions I’ve heard over the years, and I have to say that my perspective has done a 180 since becoming chronically ill with Lyme disease and several autoimmune issues.
As a child, my parents gave us a multivitamin every morning, usually with a glass of orange juice. My mom always cooked delicious and nutritious meals, and my parents were health conscious. I’m so thankful for that!
I grew up believing that taking my daily vitamin supplement would improve my health.
Out of innocence I took my excellent health for granted.
Marriage And Having Babies
Later, after getting married (to my amazing husband), I had 4 babies in 6 years.
At that time I was careful to take my prenatal vitamins, hoping they would help give the proper nutrients for our babies’ development. I soon learned too, that pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on your body if you aren’t extremely proactive about living a healthy lifestyle.
Even so, I cherished those precious years when our kids were young and dependent on us for everything. I loved the baby stage!
Sometime after our family was complete I became busy in a different way, with toddler playgroups and ballgames, music lessons, trips, and a full-time teacher career. It was during this time that I stopped taking my daily multivitamin.
Because I was young and healthy I thought eating a healthy diet was enough.
Chronic Illness And Supplements
Now, just a few years later and my health and life have changed so much. I take anywhere between 25 to 40 supplements per day, out of necessity (depending on what issues I’m dealing with at the time).
I’m continually learning more about the importance of buying quality supplements and no longer choosing the generic brand or buying whatever is on sale like I used to.
If I could share one piece of advice with you that might help it would be this: Be proactive about making your body the strongest and healthiest it can be. Don’t assume that just because you’ve always been healthy, you’ll always be healthy.
I realize some times we can’t control the hand we’re dealt, just like when I got Lyme disease. But if we can do anything to prevent illness and disease, let’s do it!
Here are some things you can do right now to stay healthy:
- Eat a variety of healthy, whole foods, rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and protein.
- Get plenty of quality sleep each night.
- Find effective ways to deal with stress, such as going on a walk or talking to a friend.
- Work out regularly.
- Take high-quality supplements.
What do you think about nutritional supplements?
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If you enjoyed this, you’ll want to read:
- 5 Reasons To Take Nutritional Supplements
- 4 Nutritional Supplements Everyone Should Take
- 7 Reasons To Take Probiotics For Better Gut Health
- What Are Probiotics And Where Can I Find Them?
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