Vitamins and Supplements the Kids & I Take Every Day

Good morning friends!  Happy MLK Day to you all!  If you are off today, make the best of it, if not, make it a great day anyway!

*Also, before I get into today’s post…please know I’m not a doctor/nurse/caregiver.  These are simply just my opinions.

I wanted to write a short post on what vitamins and supplements the kids and I take every day.  Why just the kids and I and not Brock?  Well, because Brock doesn’t take anything…#TypicalDudeProbs.  I have always thought health was equal parts interesting and super important.  I took nutrition courses my third and fourth year of college because the science behind nutrition has always amazed me; so much so, that for 5 minutes, I thought about being a dietician.

I don’t really think anyone gets all the nutrition they need from food these days, unless you are eating a perfectly balanced menu every single day.  I didn’t really start giving the kids vitamins until they entered the petri dish known as school.  Also, I never thought to give them probiotics (partly because I never knew they were freakin’ magic) until Mason was 3 and having lots of constipation issues (sorry, TMI) and we were literally trying everything to get him regular (FYI…he’s still not, but it’s much better than it was).  So basically I learned and still am learning as I go, but I have done my own research and looked at 5 million reviews on what we take.  There is still a lot to learn and if anyone has any suggestions for additional vitamins and supplements, please comment and let me know.

I’m breaking this down by morning and night, though most of what is taken of a morning is taken by me.

Taken in the AM:

Mason (5 years old)–1 elderberry gummy (We use a brand called Nature’s Way and Sambucol).

Brayden (10 years old)–1 elderberry gummy.  (We use a brand called Nature’s Way and Sambucol).

Mary (like I’m going to tell you my age!) — 1 Vitamin C (1000 mg, Nature’s Way), 1 Vitamin D3 (5000IU, Naturewise) 1 bio-identical testosterone trochee (1.5mg).

Taken in the PM:

Mason–1 elderberry gummy (Nature’s Way or Sambucol), 2 Immune C with zinc and echinacea gummies (Lil Critters), 2 multivitamin gummies (Garden of Life My Kind Organics), 1 probiotic (Garden of Life Organics).

Brayden— 1 elderberry gummy (Nature’s Life or Sambucol), 2 Immune C with zinc and echinachea gummies (Lil Critters), 1 probiotic (Garden of Life Organics).

Mary–1 elderberry gummy (Nature’s Way or Sambucol), 1 probiotic (Young Living Life Nine), 1 Vitamin C (1000 mg, Nature’s Way), 2 hair/skin/nails vitamins (Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair with biotin/folic acid/fo-ti/zinc and paba), 1 progesterone trochee (30mg) and 1 Kavinace Ultra PM (NeuroScience, adrenal, GABA support and sleep aid).

In the fall and winter the kids usually take more than what they would take in the summer on break.  Usually during the summer months, they will just take their probiotics.  Also in the summer, I will go down to 1 Vitamin C a day and stop the elderberry.

One thing we will never stop, no matter what season?  Probiotics!  I cannot stress it enough that everyone should be taking a good probiotic.  The more strains of bacteria the better.  My Life Nine from Young Living has 9 (if it wasn’t obvious haha) and the kids’ have 5, but there are some out there that have even more than 9!  My advice is to do your own research and find which one is right for you.  I would start by googling brands that have 9+ strains and then dig into ingredients, cost and reviews.  Gut health is so crucial for every day healthy living.  It’s kind of our foundation to health.  Getcha gut healthy, getcha self stayin’ healthy!

There are several more supplements that I would like to start taking like a good organic Fish Oil, but I just haven’t taken the leap yet!  I also bought Zinc to have on hand, but haven’t been taking it regularly since my hair vitamins have zinc in them.  I also know the kids take a lot of gummies and I hate that they are consuming extra sugar because of it, BUT if it gets them to put some vitamins and good stuff in their bodies that pizza,  pretzels and organic lunchables can’t deliver, I’m here for it.

Just a helpful tip, lady to lady….the Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair vitamins are LEGIT and worth every single penny.  Do you know how many hair and nail vitamins I have tried???  Well, let me tell you, I’ve tried at LEAST 10, ranging in price from 80.00 to 6.00 and I’ve never seen results.  Hair Sweet Hair is literally the ONLY vitamin in it’s category that has started new hair growth for me, all over my head.  Also, my nails grow at lightening speed and could be used to cut ….pretty much anything.  How did I find out about this gem?  My blogging friend, Cristin over at CristinCooper.com.  Side note: she’s one of my most favorite bloggers ever and hilariously funny…also, she’s from NC, so she’s already winning at life in my book.  But get the vitamins, they are so good.  So, so good!!

So, that’s it!  I know it may seem like a lot, and as Brock would say, our kids may as well be 80 year olds with day of the week pill holders, but let’s face it, most kids eat like crap.  Yes, mine will eat berries and PB and green beans and occasionally a bite or two of broccoli, but as a general rule of thumb, I think it’s important to try and supplement when possible.

 

Just as a recap, here are the brands I use for our daily vitamins/supplements:

Kids:

Garden of Life Organics Probiotics

Lil’ Critters Immune C with Zinc & Echinacea

Nature’s Way (or Sambucol) Elderberry

Garden of Life My Kind Organics Multivitamins

Me:

Nature’s Way Vitamin C 1000mg

Naturewise Vitamin D3 5000IU

Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair

Young Living Life 9 Probiotic

Nature’s Way (or Sambucol) Elderberry

NeuroScience Kavinace Ultra PM

Testosterone 1.5 mg (bio identical hormone)

Progesterone 30mg (bio identical hormone)

 

Most of these items can all be found on Amazon or even at a local Fresh Thyme, Whole Foods or a local specialty “clean” store.

You CAN NOT buy the hormones I take over the counter.  You will HAVE to talk to a doctor that specializes in bio identical hormones and have lots of blood work done to find out if you need hormones or not.  Balancing hormones is very important for optimal health, but it’s NOT something you can do alone.  Please reach out to a doctor that specializes in this and do your own research when considering these options.  If you are local to Indiana, and are interested, please send me a message or comment and I can give you my doctor’s information.

I hope you all have a great day, and I’m gonna leave ya with my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote….”The time is always right, to do something right.”

xoxo

 

 

 

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Things I Love Tuesday!

I’m laughing at the title of this post.  I’m so original, I know.

Here are a few things I’m loving/obsessing over/liking/needing lately:

Honest Shampoo/Body Wash:

This isn’t anything new per se, because we have used this for a while, but the way we are using it is new!  We used to use it as a body wash only, but now we (all four of us!) use it as a shampoo, body wash and face wash!  Can you imagine going on vacation and taking 1 bottle of this and that’s IT!?  We only took one bottle on a mini vaca to Cincinnati and it was amazing only having one item to pack that was for all of us!

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LipStickHeelsAndABaby Blog

So the creator behind this amazing blog is Jessica Fay and I think I want to be her.  Her blog is all about fashion, makeup and hair for mommies and mommies to be and also includes tons of product and retailer reviews!  She’s teaching me how to perfect the stack of bangles on my wrist every day, and how to become a master at creating a wicked cat eye.  I can only imagine what her closet looks like…..

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Tiffany’s Boutique

I went to school with Tiffany and she recently opened her boutique this past winter.  Super cute, trendy, classic styles and amazing prices.  She also carries jewelry and other cute accessories!  I recently was in and bought two super cute shirts and the floral baseball tee I bought may just be one of my favorites right now!  Find her on Instagram at Tiffanys_boutique_avon and Facebook at Tiffany’s Boutique.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contouring Kit

I’m such a newbie at contouring, but I pretty much fell in love with it at first cheekbone swipe.  I know there are several ways to contour, and a powder contour is only 1 way, but wow….I love what I have seen so far.  To finish off the look, I add a little MAC blush high up on my cheekbones and put a few different shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette on my eyelids.  I’m pumped to learn more about this!

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Young Living Thieves Oil, Dew Drop Diffuser and KidScents Mighty Vites

It’s no secret to those who know me best that I have a problem with germs.  You have kids, you say?  How can you be scared of germs when you have kids?  Well, I don’t know.  I never was afraid of them until I had kids.  Who knows.  Anyways, Young Living to the rescue because it’s back to school time!  I’m purchasing a second diffuser called a Dew Drop diffuser to keep on the second level of our house.  One of the boys can’t sleep….throw some lavender into the diffuser, one of them gets a cold, throw in thieves oil (I joke that I would bathe in thieves oil during flu season and I’m only partially kidding), one of them needs motivation to clean their play room, throw in some peppermint or lemon.  I’m also buying the KidScents Mighty Vites vitamins for our 7 year old.  I dig natural.  These are natural.  In turn, I dig them.  I have taken a few of the vitamins and supplements from Young Living myself and I really like the quality!

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If you are a newbie to natural, 100% pure essential oils, and have never heard of Thieves oil, go here!  (If you are interested in trying this, please contact me at bskmek@hotmail.com.)

PS…In my opinion, EVERY parent needs a bottle of thieves during cold and flu season….teachers too! You will thank me later!

+Please remember, I’m not a doctor and cannot treat or diagnose any ailments. The opinions I have on Young Living are my own.

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