Are Vitamins Essential to a Healthy Routine?
This post is sponsored by Walmart, but as always all opinions are my own.
I’m very conscientious about the food that I buy and cook for my family. I also strive for my family to be as healthy and fit as possible. So naturally, I’ve questioned the importance and necessity of taking a daily vitamin and if it is an essential part of a healthy routine.
Recently on a shopping trip to Walmart, I spotted the vitamin aisle and I started thinking… the whole vitamin conundrum is something that I probably need to investigate and really decide if a vitamin regimen is right for my family.
After doing some simple Google research, I found several reasons why taking a daily multivitamin could be important for my family.
- Studies show that taking a daily multivitamin can lower the risk for all types of cancer.
- Multivitamins give people a sufficient amount of both vitamins and minerals that their current diet may not be providing.
- Eating enough food to supply your body with the recommended daily value of nutrients your body needs is possible, but not easy. You’d really need to be vigilant about what you eat and keep track of exactly what goes into your mouth. If you’re busy and on-the-go like most of us, you may have a hard time doing this, in which case a multivitamin may be right for you.
I eat a pretty wide range of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. However, there are some weeks where I might eat sweet potatoes like they’re going out of style and not touch a tomato and vice versa. So, I don’t know that I’m actually getting the variety of vitamins that are important for my daily health.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be a good idea for me to take a daily multivitamin; like One-A-Day Women’s, and I think it is even more important that my children take one. I’ve shared on many occasions how downright picky they are, especially when it comes to healthy foods; like fruits and veggies. My plan is to start them on a daily multivitamin for children; like Flinstones Gummies Complete from Walmart, to fill in any nutrition gaps in their diets and to promote overall wellness.
Dr. Oz recommends taking half a multivitamin in the morning and half at night because you urinate out soluble vitamins in 12-16 hours; two doses will help keep blood levels steady. The Flinstones Gummies Complete recommend two gummies for my children’s age, so I’ll have them take one in the morning and one in the evening.
Dr. Oz also recommends women of reproductive age to take a multivitamin enriched with 400-600 mg DHA omega-3 at least three months before conceiving and throughout pregnancy. He reports that it can reduce a child’s risk for autism by 40 percent, serious birth defects by 80 percent and childhood cancers (those that strike between ages 2 and 6) by 65 percent. Since 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned, taking your multivitamin daily, whether you’re thinking about motherhood or not is a good idea. If you do become pregnant, you’ll need to talk with your doctor about other prenatal vitamins.
It is important to keep in mind that even though you are taking a multivitamin, you shouldn’t all of the sudden pay less attention to your diet. Every effort should be made to get as many vitamins and minerals out of actual foods as possible. 🙂
Something to think about….
What’s your take on multivitamins?
Are daily vitamins part of your healthy routine? If so, which ones and why?
What healthy products do you commonly buy at Walmart?
Enjoy your weekends!