If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (@themoderntulip) you have noticed I've cleaned up my diet and I'm working out regularly now. I like to share tid bits of what I'm eating or doing to give you ideas and feel inspired yourself! Along with my workouts and eating cleaner I've regularly started taking supplements and vitamins.
A lot of questions in the "health" department seem to be about supplements and vitamins because I think we are all a little curious about what to take, when to take it and why. Here is what I use daily. Please keep in mind, I take these because they work for me.
Prenatal (or multivitamin)
I've never stopped taking my prenatal because it's packed with everything a woman needs! You can simply take a multivitamin to get the majority of what you need too. The only reason I prefer a prenatal over a multivitamin is because it's packed with tons of folic acid. When you are pregnant that is important for the support of your baby's development and prevent birth defects. In general though, folic acid is good for a woman's body to help with red blood cell growth.
I've been taking both olly sleep and olly beauty for a little over a month now and I'm loving both of them. The flavors are so yummy! The Olly Beauty is ruby red grapefruit and it is packed full of Biotin which is great for hair, skin and nails. Even my husband has noticed how long my hair is getting - praise Jesus! Doesn't it feel like your hair gets to a point and just stunts out? I'm finally getting passed that. The Olly Sleep is blackberry, mint and it is great for an awesome night of beauty sleep that this tired mama needs. The melatonin and amino acids help to calm and relax you.
Fish Oil is packed full of Omega-3's and helps to maintain your triglyceride levels, which is great for your heart and reducing your risk for heart disease. I eat fish at least once a week for dinner, but it never hurts to get a little extra Omega-3's in!
This is what I'm most commonly asked about. I take BCAA's before every workout and sip on them while I'm working out. It's a powder you mix with your water and it helps support muscle growth, helps you to recover from an intense workout and replenishes your electrolytes. This is my favorite so far that I've tried. Mango is soooo yummy!
I drink a protein shake immediately after my workout to replenish the muscles that I just tore.It helps build lean muscle and helps your muscles to recover post workout. This is the particular brand I buy on repeat because it tastes just fine and is a decent price point. I will occasionally drink a protein shake as a meal supplement too, but it's not my favorite thing to do. I'd rather eat something yummy and packed full of protein :)
And of course, make sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You should drink at least half of your body weight in water a day. I currently weigh 127lbs and I drink 90+ oz a day. A little more never hurt anyone :) Straight up water is best, but y'all know I love me some Mio and I add it to most every bottle of water I drink. My favorite flavor is Tropical Fusion.