Like many of you, I was completely confused about what vitamins and supplements I should be taking. It seems like there's so much information to absorb that it can get overwhelming quickly. Couple that with some vitamins should be taken with food, some combined with others, some on an empty stomach, and some not with others. Ahhh! I happen to be a fan of Dr. Oz, so I often listen to his recommendations and then read/research and ask other people about what they are doing. Here's where I am now with my vitamins and supplements.
I take the vitamins/supplements pictured above every day. But, I've built up to this slowly over time. I started over a year ago just taking a multivitamin and using protein powder in my shakes to help repair and build muscle. Then, when I started doing the Live Fit plan, Jamie Eason recommends adding Fish Oil (1000mg) and BCAA (branched chain amino acids), so I added those too. (Read more about those here.) The BCAA is the bottle of "Twinlab Amino Fuel".
Dr. Oz recommends Calcium Cocktail (Calcium 600mg + Vitamin D 1,000IU + Magnesium 400mg) - I still need to add in the magnesium. He also recommends Astragalus (200mg 2x per day).
I talked about Biotin here before and now take it to help aid in hair and nail growth. It's working! (Thank you for all of your comments!)
I recently added Alpha Lipoic Acid (300mg) for cell damage repair for weight lifters.
Probiotic Restore Ultra contains the “good bacteria” that can boost your immune system and improve your digestion and much more. Dr. Oz website actually mentioned the Advocare brand by name stating, "Of the products tested, AdvoCare’s Probiotic Restore is one that contained the amount of CFUs promised on the label." which is why I purchased that brand.
Nighttime Recovery Amino Acid & Herbal Supplement (400mg) for muscle repair and growth.
So, what does taking all this look like in my daily life?
(oops! that Vitamin C should say "Calcium")
Every week I portion out my vitamins and put them into my pill holder. (I got mine at Target). I couldn't keep it all straight without it! I keep the two nighttime supplements separate and my multivitamin gummy in the jar because it will dry out and get stiff if you put it into the holder.
I put the BCAA (it's a liquid) in my water bottle when I workout and I drink my protein shake after my workout. I like the orange flavor the best and like the taste of it. It's a syrupy consistency and one serving is 3 tablespoons.
I keep everything right in the kitchen on the counter.
Below is the information I've read from Dr. Oz on the vitamins/supplements:
I ordered my Advocare Probiotic Restore and Nighttime Recovery through my friend Niki Riat.
*Please talk to your doctor about what's right for you before you start taking anything. -Megan