Creating a healthy habit – Vitamins

Creating a healthy habit such as taking your supplements can be hard, not because it is unpleasant, but rather because you simply forget. You might even have given up altogether. However, there are a few ways to make sure you remember to take them, and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

Back to basics

Taking a handful of different supplements every morning can be daunting. Start with a basic multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains everything from vitamin A through to zinc, such as Centrum. Add an Omega 3 capsule, and you will have covered the broad basics.

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist

You may have a condition that warrants extra supplementation in some areas, or contraindications with some of your medications. Be sure to consult your doctor or pharmacist on what you should take, and when. Include all your medications so that any health conditions you may have, will be taken into consideration. You may find that your pharmacist will recommend an extra dose of vitamins or minerals, that you can buy in addition to your multivitamin.

Visual reminders

You can set an alarm on your phone, or place your supplements near the items you use around the time of day you need to take them. Your omega 3 and your probiotics, for example, may go next to the kettle in the kitchen, as you are meant to take it with your breakfast. Another vitamin can be kept next to your toothbrush, as you are meant to take it before bed time, or a few hours after your meal.

Another great way to keep track, is to make use of a pill box that you refill according to each day.

Back up

Buy two bottles of each supplement you are using. Then keep one set in your drawer at work. If you forget to take it at home, you can take it at work.

Use your supplements as a reference in your diet

Consult the information table on each of your supplements, and research which vitamins, minerals and healthy fats are found in which food groups. If you keep a food diary, you will quickly learn which nutritional values are lacking in your general diet. This is an opportunity to either adjust your diet, or adjust your supplementation.

Remember, too much of anything can be bad for you as well.

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