Vitamins. Do we really need them? Are they just some crazy marketing ploy that the vitamin industry has made up so that when we take them, we feel a placebo effect rather than any actual benefit?
I’ve always known I should be taking a supplements. I mean, surely adding a heap of vitamins and minerals to your existing diet can’t be bad for you right? Well, I never actually got round to buying any vitamins, let alone, looking for some. So when Holland and Barratt ever so kindly offered to send me some to test out, I couldn’t resist.
I was seriously intrigued by whether they would actually help me in any way and if I would feel any different. So when the fabulous package of vitamins arrived, I was instantly drawn to the heap that talked about ‘radiance’ on the label. I mean, who doesn’t want to be radiant?! And the beginning of my month long trial commenced.
So what did I discover?
Week one, I didn’t really feel any different. I took them regularly and slept the same, felt the same and my body did the same stuff it’s always done. Not so exciting.
Week two, I started to wake up before my alarm. Now this doesn’t sound like a lot, BUT if you have ever lived with me, then you know I LOVE a good snooze. AKA I can’t get out of bed. I’m always tired and really struggle to leave my comfy slumber. So, when I woke up before my alarm, rather fresh and ready to get out of bed, I was rather startled! I mean, this never happens to me! I put it down to the vitamins as nothing else had changed in my lifestyle.
Week three was pretty much the same and so was week four. I continued to wake up a little earlier and feel fresher than before I had started taking the vitamins. Nothing else really happened but this positive change was enough for me to want to look into taking more supplements and what my body needed.
So I ended up at the doctors, chatting about some health bits and bobs and after a little blood test, found out I was really low in vitamin B12. This is where your bodies ability to produce red blood cells isn’t what it could be so you need to either eat some more red meat and/or take a supplement. So then I’ve started taking a B12 supplement and that’s where the real difference kicked.
I’ve had more energy, felt more positive, am still waking up early and feeling good and randomly have been pooping more. I know you didn’t need to know that but I felt it was important to share. I’ve even been feeling less bloated as apparently lacking in B12 can cause digestion problems. So all in all, taking supplements is the way forward. If you can at all, speak to your doctor to see if you can get a general health check so you know specifically what you need to take. If you can’t do that, there are a whole host of multivitamins you could try (as they say though, always speak to a doctor before starting to take anything! I’m just a mere blogger who has no medical knowledge!) so why not give it a go?
I’d love you to leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve had any similar experiences of taking vitamins and supplements and if you had good results, looking forward to reading them.