We're nine days into the new year and I've already failed at my resolution of taking a daily vitamin. But there are still 356 days left for me to right my wrongs.
I just want my body to feel better, and although I plan on eating nutrient-rich foods, I'll probably need some help along the way. That's where vitamins come in.
Want to take the plunge with me? Follow these tips!
Tip No. 1: Pay Your Doc a Visit
Before taking a new supplement, you should always consult your doctor. He or she can tell you if you're deficient in a certain nutrient (vitamin D and iron deficiencies are especially common), which vitamin ingredients you should avoid high concentrations of, and if anything in that supplement regimen you're considering could interact negatively with your current medications. It's always better to be safe than sorry, my friends!
Tip No. 2: Get the Right Vitamins
Now that you've gotten the OK from a doc, it's time to make an informed decision about which vitamins to buy. Research different brands online and follow up with your doctor to see whether they recommend multivitamins (a one-and-done sort of method) or a variety pack of supplements.
Ritual is a brand dedicated to maintaining transparency when it comes to taking vitamins; the origins of the nine ingredients in each capsule are detailed on their website (the magnesium comes from Pisa, Italy, if you're curious). Also, the packaging is just so damn pretty, which makes it a little easier to remember to pop a vitamin twice a day. Ritual Vitamins, $30 a month, ritual.com.
Or, if you want something more customizable, try out Care/of, which lets you build your own daily vitamin packs. The website lets you browse by need, whether you're looking for a brain-booster (bacopa, rhodiola), an energy jolt (iron, vitamin B12), or something to clear up your skin (evening primrose, astaxanthin). See more about Care/of pricing at takecareof.com.
Tip No. 3: Schedule Your Dosage
Now that you have your vitamins, you just need to remember to take them! Set an alert on your phone, choose a specific time of day, or even jot down reminders in your planner. These are just temporary pushes to keep you on track until taking your daily vitamins becomes a habit.
Tip No. 4: Pick a Spot
If you hide your vitamins among a mess of other medicine bottles, you'll forget they exist. Instead, place them somewhere highly visible, like your desk, the bathroom sink, a kitchen counter, or your bedside table. And if it helps, store supplements in a cool pill case, just for the extra-fancy feels.
Tip No. 5: Don't Lose Faith
When you accidentally skip a couple days of vitamins, don't get discouraged. It's OK! Just take a deep breath and tell yourself that you'll get back on track tomorrow.