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My Daily Vitamin Regime

A few weeks ago I posted on my IG story about my daily vitamins and I got a lot of DM’s about which ones I take (and why), so I wanted to do a full post on it today!

To me, it’s so important to take your vitamins to get the nutrients your body needs to function on a daily basis.

While I try to eat a healthy diet, I know that on some days my vitamins are the only way I’m truly getting what my body needs.

I have read many health books over the years but this one, in particular, Jumpstart to Skinny by Bob Harper, is my favorite. I’ve learned a lot from his book about health in general… and think you will too!

While I will say I am not an expert, dietician or nutritionist at all, the vitamins below are the ones I take that are right for me.

Here are the vitamins I’ve been taking daily for over a year and why (and if you’re interested in learning more you can click the links!)…

Prenatal Vitamins

I started taking prenatal vitamins when I got pregnant with Ariah- and never stopped. When you are pregnant, they are obviously a MUST for added nutrients for the baby (especially the folic acid for the brain!)

No, we are not trying to get pregnant (at the moment), BUT they still provide incredible nutrients that help to grow my hair and nails super long and healthy.

And did you know: Surprisingly, doctors suggest to start taking prenatals at least a year prior to trying to conceive, so if you’re thinking of having a baby- or currently pregnant- make sure you start them asap!

Calcium

I take Calcium because it is so important for your immune system to keep you protected from sicknesses and other diseases… especially this flu season! I am not playing any games this year when it comes to taking my Vitamin C!

Probiotic

Probiotics are very important for your gut health and overall digestive system because they provide the “good bacteria” your gut needs. They can also help with belly fat, weight loss, and for women, they are also great for your vaginal health to keep everything functioning down there.

In a nutshell, Probiotics are great for fighting and preventing any bacteria or infections!

Fish Oil

I started taking capsules of fish oil when I first read Jumpstart to Skinny. While it sounds kind of gross, fish oil is for one thing really good for your heart. It’s also really helpful for those who work out a lot to combat soreness and joint pain <<— perfect for Mike, too!

B-12

Depending on your diet, you may be B-12 deficient and don’t even know it! Many vegetarians don’t get enough B-12 because it’s naturally sourced in animal proteins such as red meat. B-12 helps to keep your iron levels steady which helps you to not feel fatigued and cloudy-headed- and as a mom, I need all the B-12 I can get!

Turmeric

Turmeric is an amazing root plant that helps to fight inflammation in our bodies. You can take it in capsule form, via an oil or get turmeric powder and mix it with hot water, lemon and honey for one heck of a wake-up shot! It’s a goldish-yellow color- that WILL stain your fingers FYI– and is actually what gives curry its color! Other ways turmeric is good for you: heals your liver, boosts brain functionality and acts as an antioxidant… seriously, it’s a miracle worker.

Collagen

I like to put a scoop of collagen peptides from Vital Proteins into water or tea for hair, skin, & nail health! Plus, this berry flavored one is delicious!

Biotin

We’re back to the B vitamins… and this time we’re talking B7! It’s super effective for healthy looking skin, hair, and nails. Not only does it strengthen brittle nails but it helps to give hair and skin that beautiful glow we all want, too!

Are these some of the vitamins you take too? Maybe you were considering one and now you’re going to give it a shot! Whatever it is- and especially if you have a favorite vitamin that I haven’t tried– I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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5 Tips For Healthy, Gorgeous Hair

Let me start by saying that I’m definitely not an expert on hair- BUT my hair has been through so much growing up, that I’ve definitely learned a thing or two. Finally, it’s at a length I love- and believe it or not, I haven’t even had a trim since March!

When I was in high school I wore my hair straight almost every single day- and washing it every two days! For whatever reason, I didn’t embrace my natural hair as much back then- but I do now!

I’ve grown to truly love and appreciate my natural hair- curls and all!

And during my pregnancy, my hair growth just took off! It was probably a combination of prenatal vitamins, tons of water and a few new hormones, but it just grew and grew.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years that have really helped improve the health of my hair… as well as help it grow much longer!

  1. Stop Washing Your Hair!
    Being a new mom, I hardly have time to myself in the shower anyway, so I only really wash my hair once a week (sometimes I even go longer)… Can you say, “Hello, dry shampoo?!” I know some people may think that’s gross- and they just can’t do it- but if you’re trying to grow healthy hair this is my number one tip! When I stopped washing my hair as much I truly started noticing a huge difference in the growth… and it does save so much time when getting ready every day!
  2. Put Down the Heat!
    Like I said, I used to straighten my hair every.single.day… looking back now I cringe at the thought of doing that! Today I wouldn’t dare! In fact, I’m pretty strategic when it comes to putting heat on my hair! I use a blow dryer once a week to diffuse my hair so that I can wear it curly for a couple of days, then I flat iron it once the curls aren’t so cute anymore and start to get frizzy. I can wear it straight for at least three days before I wand the ends and use a lot of dry shampoo at the roots to get it through the week!
  3. Use Sulfate-Free Hair Products.
    I use sulfate-free everything on my hair! About a year ago, I switched to the Redkin sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and LOVE how soft and smooth it makes my hair. I learned that products with alcohol are really bad for your hair because they dry it out so I try my best to stay away from those products to keep it healthy and beautiful.
  4. Masks Aren’t Just For Your Face
    I like to switch up my hair masks and try different ones, but my go-to is the It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask. If I just really need something natural… or if I’m running out… I’ll run to the kitchen and make a coconut oil & honey hair mask. I just spray my dirty, dry hair with a spray bottle full of water to get it wet, then start rubbing the mask throughout literally every strand of hair. Don’t get too crazy around the scalp because it will leave your hair greasier in the end even after washing it out.I really focus mainly on the middle and ends then tie it up in a bun with a shower cap and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing it out. I like to wash my hair twice to make sure everything is really out! Do this once a week and you’ll  have soft, hydrated and bouncy hair too!
  5. It’s What You Sleep On
    It may seem funny, but sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase really helps too. You could also sleep with your dry hair in a scarf or t-shirt… but NEVER a towel! I have been doing this for a few months now and omg I am noticing such a difference on my ends. Honestly, they’re not as brittle and dry as the used to be, I don’t have that many split ends anymore, and the soft pillowcase really helps me get the extra few days out of my hair <— which you know I love!

 

*Photo Credit Belongs To: Leigh Clifton*