This post about supplements I include in my routine is sponsored by NOW®. I’m so excited to be working with NOW for 2022. I’ve been a customer and fan of the brand for many years. And today, I have a big giveaway from NOW for you too.
Hello, my friends! How was your weekend? I’m making my way through the list of questions I’ve received from my blog-reader survey and the subject of supplements came up quite a few times.
And here’s the deal with supplements: They are supposed to supplement what you’re already doing. They are not supposed to be the only way you approach your overall health. In fact, here’s the official definition of the word “supplement” from Google:
… something that completes or enhances something else when added to it.”
Exactly. Supplements are not the primary way to get healthy, but they can help you complete your overall health, if you’re already doing your best otherwise.
Truthfully, you don’t have to take supplements or use any type of “extra” if you feel fine, healthy and energetic and don’t think you need them. However, when you are trying to optimize your diet, supplements can provide extra support in some areas and can enhance what you are already doing. And I have a lot of areas where I feel like I need a little boost or would enjoy some enhancement. Anyone else?
Today, we’ll get into which supplements I use regularly and why, most of which are from NOW. And before that …
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Let’s get to the supplements …
Five supplements I include regularly in my routine
1. Topical magnesium spray for supporting nightly wind-down
This first one is technically not a supplement, but I feel like it’s worth mentioning here, because it’s part of my evening routine.
I’ve been using topical magnesium spray for several years, and it’s a constant in my life every night. Every once in a while, I spray it on Dave too, when I feel like he needs it.
So, why magnesium? You’ve probably heard a lot of people talk about taking baths with magnesium flakes or Epsom salts for soothing purposes, so essentially, I do the same thing, only using topical magnesium spray.
Here’s how I use it: Each night, I spray about 5 to 7 sprays on my bare stomach after my shower in the evening, then I rub it in and let it dry. It takes literally no time at all, and it’s an easy part of my night-time routine.
This is a simple thing I do daily, and I can’t go without it. I’ve recommended topical magnesium to a lot of people who need some support with their wind-down routine, and that’s because it’s an incredibly easy addition.
2. Plant-based protein powder for replenishment
People always wonder whether you need to down protein shakes to be fit and have muscles, and the absolute answer is “no.” You don’t need protein powder. And if you eat enough protein in your regular diet with mostly whole foods, you may never need a protein powder at all. But I do need more protein, I love a good protein shake, and so I have one five days a week. Protein powder is one-hundred percent part of my overall healthy lifestyle, and I’m good with that.
For a long time, I was using a different brand, but I decided to give NOW’s plant-based protein complex a shot starting at the end of 2021, and now (pun intended), I love it. Dave loves it too. It’s a pea-protein complex (pea, quinoa and hemp) with 22 protein per scoop and BCAAs, and it tastes great mixed with nothing but water. My favorite flavor is the chocolate mocha.
I’ve been drinking protein shakes about 30 minutes after my workouts for forever, so my body craves them. I try to get the majority of protein in my diet from regular food, but I love a good shake and often need those extra grams of protein to round out my loose goal for the day of 100 grams of protein.
Also, for me: I lean on protein powder for convenience. The way my schedule works, I don’t have a chance to eat a meal for about two hours after my workout, so drinking a protein shake gives me enough replenishment to last until I can sit down for lunch. This is a good use of a supplement right there. And this protein powder from NOW® Sports is really well priced, tasty and has a decent line-up of ingredients, with a just a little bit of stevia for sweetness. It’s also vegan and free of other artificial sweeteners.
3. Collagen peptides for skin, gut and joint support*
There’s a lot of talk about whether taking collagen as a supplement works or not. My stance is that I think it works for me, and so I use it regularly. I add two small scoops of collagen to my morning tea latte every single day, and I’ve been doing that for years. I like the powdered or peptide version, rather than a pill, and it dissolves into my morning beverage without a trace.
So you may be wondering: What is collagen? Collagen is actually the most abundant protein found in the human body in your bones, tendons, muscles and even skin.* As you age, you produce less collagen, so that’s why I think it makes sense to take it as a supplement, especially as you get older.
I rarely have any joint issues or gut issues, and I’m very pleased with my skin too. While I can’t be sure that taking collagen is the reason, I have a good feeling that the extra collagen I’ve been taking for years is certainly supporting my healthy function and systems overall.* And I’ve heard from other people who start taking collagen that they notice the benefits very quickly.
Once again, collagen is such a simple part of my routine, because I just add a couple of scoops to my morning tea that I’m already drinking. I recently switched over to the NOW’s Collagen Peptides Powder, and I’ve been very pleased with it. It’s non-GMO, soy free, dairy free, corn free, nut free and egg free. And the price is right too.
Find the NOW® Collagen Peptides Powder here.
4. Omega-3 with vitamin D-3 for immune health and cardiovascular support*
I take a lot of vitamins daily. And I’ve been taking some of them for a long time, but others I added during the pandemic, when I was trying to really support my health and immunity.*
When I had a physical a couple of years ago, my doctor said that while my vitamin D levels were in the normal range, they were on the lower side. And even though I think I get a decent amount of natural sunlight, I decided to add vitamin D-3 into my arsenal and have been taking it since. Vitamin D supports your immune system and is also a big part of having healthy bones.* You can get vitamin D from some foods, like fatty fish and egg yolks, but to be on the safe side, I supplement.
I’ve also been taking some sort of fish oil or omega-3s for a long time. Fish oil has been shown to support your cardiovascular health, and it can also support your overall immune system too. When I found a combo vitamin from NOW with both omega-3s and vitamin D-3, I loved that I could take only one of those a day, rather than two different pills, so that’s what I do now. The pill isn’t the smallest, but I can down it easily with a big gulp of water.
5. Zinc and vitamin C for immune support*
I know I’m not the only one using vitamin C and zinc these days, right? Even Dave takes these ones with me, because we’re all trying to stay well.
Taking vitamin C can provide added assurance that you’re doing everything you can to maintain optimal health.* You know what I mean?
And what about zinc? Zinc is an essential mineral that you can get from food, but you can also supplement. You need zinc to support your immune system and it can even help in healing wounds and more processes in the body.* I was surprised to see how many functions are compromised when you are deficient in zinc, even things like reproduction — yikes.*
I like this combination pill from NOW that has a ton of vitamin C and zinc too in one small vegetarian capsule. It’s an essential part of my supplement routine. And although this may be designed for seasonal wellness, I plan to take it all year long.* Also, zinc is one of those supplements that you don’t want to take too much of, and this pill has just the right amount to avoid overdoing it.
Find the NOW® C-1000 Zinc Immune capsules here.
And those are my favorite tried and true supplements from NOW.
Other supplements I include in my routine …
- For the last maybe 10 years, I’ve been taking a prenatal vitamin daily.
- I sometimes take an iron pill, but I’m actually out right now and need to get a new one, and I’ll likely order one from NOW.
- For the last few months, I’ve been taking a targeted hair growth supplement from another company, and I truly can’t tell if there’s a difference yet, but I’ll report back in a few months, when I’ve given it more time to work. We shall see.
And that concludes the list of supplements I include regularly in my routine. I hope you found it helpful.
But I also hope this post gives you a little push to assess where you are and where you may need support. You don’t have to take a million supplements to be healthy. But you may be able to enhance certain areas of your health that need a little extra boost with some smart supplementation.
Enter my NOW $300 e-gift card giveaway!
Are you ready to enter to win this huge giveaway for a $300 e-gift card to NOW?
I’ll choose one lucky winner, over the age of 18, who resides in the United States for the $300 e-gift card, which you can use on anything on the NOW site. And you can even use my discount code, WEST, at check-out for 20 percent off. And if you don’t win, you can still use my discount code on the site here. May I recommend any of the items I’ve suggested above as a great place to start? (But let’s remember that supplementation is definitely a personal commitment, and you should check with your healthcare practitioner before adding anything new to your routine.)
To enter, do each of the following:
- Leave a comment on this blog post below. Your email will not be shown publicly.
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- You must be at least 18.
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This giveaway closes this upcoming weekend on Sunday, March, 6th.
That’s it! Thanks for supporting A Lady Goes West and a great company like NOW and reading my post on the five supplements I include regularly in my routine.
Have an awesome week, my friends!
Disclaimer: Thanks again to NOW for sponsoring this post. While I was compensated, all of these opinions are totally my own, but I think you know that. Thanks, NOW! #NOWWellness
Questions of the day for you …
What is one supplement that you can’t live without?
What is one supplement that you’ve been wanting to try?
What do you want to buy from NOW if you win the gift card?
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.