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@twoey68 (13651)
United States
July 22, 2009 7:40am CST
My Mom is always telling me to take different vitamins for different things. She says they'll help make things run better and make me healthier. The problem is there are so many different ones that I have no idea what most of them do. So for those of you out there that are more up on vitamins and what they do...what are the best ones to be taking? Is there ones for increasing metabulism, energy and circulation? Isn't a all-in-one kind, like one a day, the same thing? My second question is for those that do regular exercising...what is the best exercise to do for all over fitness that will show results sooner than most. I try to keep up with exercises but if I don't see any results after a couple weeks I get discouraged and quit. Any suggestions? [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@roberten (3131)
• United States
22 Jul 09
Somebody's getting fit! Good for you, two. On the vitamins, all you really need is a good multi-vitamin. Before you start to take them, I suggest you go see your doctor and tell 'em about your plans to get healthy and then ask his recommendation for vitamins and exercise program. You will be able to get a lot of the nutrients you require in your diet. I am sure the two of you can come up with a great plan together that will be both effective and beneficial. Good Luck!
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I take vitamins sometimes too but I try to eat more healthier foods mainly though. I exercise also and sometimes I do not see results either but I can sure tell that my body feels better afterwards. I say to stick with and you will see results sooner or later. I am not sure what is good for enrgy though, that is safe for you to take.
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@MNRFOLEY (223)
• Australia
23 Jul 09
Hello twoey68, I know how keeping ourselves healthy can sometimes be so demamnding. It is easier to tell other people how to do things to keep them in tip top shape but when it comes to our own self it's a struggle. Anyway for your first question I know there are a lot of vitamins out there so what I do is just take a multivitamin supplement that contains practically everything that others offers just a little of everything is ok I suppose and it is easier just pop in one tablet a day and then I take just another pill my vitamin C intake helps me avoid getting the annoying flu. Now for Question 2 I too struggle doing those exercises but eversince I got this CD demo like the ones you see on TV but the one I got only focuses on an exercise program/routine called Circuit it is easy just takes 30 minutes a day it is specifically designed for busy people who cant go to the gym and it tackles the cardio, abs etc. Maybe you can just look for something like this in fitness shops I assure you it is really easy and fun and you can just do exercises in the comfort of your own home. Have a great day, Stay healthy:)
• China
23 Jul 09
i think your mom is love you very much. i so happy for you have a good mom like this work is importances,but health better importances than everybody hope you are health!
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
23 Jul 09
The vitamin question I can answer; exercising...Well...Working on it! Walking and swimming are my favourites. I take a multivitamin each day, along with two calcium/magnesium tablets and two fish oil omega 3 capsules. My doctor has advised me to take iron because I have low ferritin and vitamin C to work with the iron and basically after all that I pretty much rattle when I walk like a pill bottle!
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
23 Jul 09
My body doesn't process vitamins that are for hair, skin, and nails very well. So I take extra of those. I have had this problem since my gallbladder was taken out. If I stop, my hair starts to fall out, my skin looks bad and my nails are thin and breaking all the time. If you are fine and your diet has all the vitamins and minerals, you may not need any. Shoulder exercises, don't go more than 5 lbs weights, but shoulders get muscles the fastest. I recommend watching fit TV and finding a show with the type of exercises you like and just keep at it. It takes one month to create a new behavior and 3 months to make it a part of your life. Giving up after 2 weeks will get you no where. You would not believe the serious muscles and body I had after 12 weeks. Go for a walk with friends every day or join some kind of Mall walking club. Put music on and dance. It has to be something you enjoy and will keep on doing and love. It didn't take 2 weeks to get you in the shape you're in and it won't take just 2 to get you out of it and into better shape. Find something you really enjoy and go for it!
@cobra1368 (704)
• United States
22 Jul 09
First of all, rather than stressing about trying to find the right vitamins, have you considered eating right and getting those vitamins in the best way possible...through your food? More veggies, lean meats, fruits. No processed crap, only limited dairy, grains and carbs (I don't eat any bread, pasta, rice, oats, wheat, or milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.). NO SUGAR (except what is found in fruits). Manufactured vitamins will only do so much for you. Your body is not capable of absorbing all of the nutrients in vitamins, because they are not in the proper form for absorption. So, more salads, less pizza! On to exercising...you need to give it more than two weeks to start seeing results. Results won't be clearly visible for at least a month, unless you have a lot of weight to lose. However, I see the quickest results with running for my cardio, combined with weight training. Right now I am doing a DVD called "Get Ripped and Chisled with Jeri Love," and it is killing me! But walking or running a couple of miles every day or every other day, and doing weight training two or three times a week, and NOT GIVING UP, will give you the results you are looking for! You have to look at it as a lifestyle change, not a "quick fix." Because if you look at it like that, then you will stop as soon as you think you've done enough, then you will be back in the same boat in no time, wanting to lose the weight again. Why not stay on track for life and keep your body in shape? I am just now figuring this out for myself after years of going through bouts of exercising then quitting. Dieting then quitting. It is irritating to have to keep coming back to the starting line. Now, I just try to make the best choices for myself, I have learned to say "no" to the candy and baked goods that are sometimes brought into work, and I make up my mind to do a particular type of exercise that day, and I stick to it! If I decide later that I don't want to do that particular thing, I will at least go walk the dogs or something, so I can say I did something that day. I have to admit it is going well so far. I am only a week in, but my jeans are already fitting a little looser, my energy is up, my muscles are sore (in a good way), and I am starting to feel much better about myself. If you can be strict with yourself for at least a month, you should be over the hump and be able to stick with the plan for an active, healthy lifestyle. Make healthy choices for yourself, but also allow yourself an occasional treat. You don't want to deprive yourself of the things you love. That is counterproductive. I hope this helps you. I am not a nutritionist, dietician, or personal trainer. This just comes from years of researching this stuff for myself. And these are the conclusions I have reached.
@celticeagle (119823)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jul 09
A multi- vitamin is a very good choice. Look for one with no wax or any kind of preservatives and additives. It would take volumes to run through all the ones you need, how much and why. There is a good book out there though if you are really interested in learning about the nutrients your body needs. Earl Mindell just came out with a new version and you can get it at Amazon.com. As far as your other question goes I think walking is a very good exercise. Be sure your posture is good for if it isn't you are wasting your time doing any exercise for you are just hurting yourself. Good breathing is important and walking briskly and then slower for about 30 minutes will give you a good cardio workout. And you should look into some type of weight training. Good luck!
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@dlr297 (5418)
• United States
22 Jul 09
If you go to a Health Food store the people that work their will be able to help you pick what you need. I always stay away from the synthetic vitamins, and go with the natural ones. Almost everyone is deficient in Vitamin D. Most multi vitamins use D2 because it is cheaper to produce, and it is basically useless. what our bodies need is vitamin D3 and you can get it seperatley for about 10 dollars for 100 capsules.and that is one thing that is good to take everyday for overall health. The only days that i do not take them are the days that i can get in the sun, and i get my D that way Salba is another thing that i take everyday. It is a whole food, and it is a good source of fiber. among other things. Just 2 tablespoons added to a glass of water every morning and then again in the evening. some of the other thins that i supplement with are Magnesium/Potassium, COQ10 and i take a product called glucobiotic supreme because i am diabetic. The multi-vitamin that i take is by Life's Fortune and it also has minerals in it along with the vitamins.
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
22 Jul 09
Most nutritionists and doctors will tell you that you would do better eating a healthier diet than taking pills. Fresh fruits and veggies are better and the darker the better. If you need to take vitamins for most people the all purpose multi vitamin is good. If the doctor says you need more vitamin D you can take some extra of that. I've known people who took mega-doses of all sorts of vitamins. Trouble is most of the "extra" is filtered out through the kidneys. Our bodies will only accept so much. As for the exercise - walking is easy and good cardio. Also any core strengthening exercise is good for general like pilates. Of course there are exercises for specific areas too. Maybe check on medical sites like WebMD which has good info on topics.
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@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I would much rather eat healthier than take vitamins or supplements and that is what I am trying to do. I have been working on it for the past year. A slow go for sure. In fact I have started an article on healthier living on my blog if you would like to refer to it in my profile. It isn't going very fast but it is going. As far as exercise, the best I have found for myself is walking. I do not do it as I am supposed to do but it is the best for me. I have a WII and WII FIT and they are wonderful exercise if I will just do it and so much fun! God bless you!
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Don't take all that stuff unless your mom is a health practitioner. All you need is a healthy diet, lots of water and a little exercise. A multivitamin is a good idea but not always necessary. If you want to increase your metabolism eat right and get exercise.
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@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I have often wondered about the great Vitamin debate myself. I honestly do not know which is the best to take. Currently, I am taking prenatal vitamins but in the past my physician has recommended a multivitamin such as centrum for women. I did take these and ginseng before getting pregnant. I have replaced them with the prenatal vitamins for right now. A good brisk walk is the best exercise according to my doctor. It give you a great cardio without stressing out your joints too badly. I would always walk with ankle weights on and using those small hand barbells for my arms. I have cut this back since being pregnant though but I plan to get back into it after the baby is born!
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
25 Jul 09
ONE-A-DAY vitamins are fine, but I find adding a B Complex vitamin really helps. It improves memory, stamina, and overall energy. It is a complex of several B vitamins all rolled up in one. As for the exercise question, you might look into the Kettlebell. It is sort of a dumbell with a handle and you can get them in any weight desired (I have a 5 lb one) Weight bearing exercises are great for sculpting body parts and for overall health as this will also help strengthen muscles and ward off bone loss as we age. The Firm sells one that includes a DVD with a workout routine for any exercise level from aerobic to more physically challenged like beginners, elderly, and plain couch potatoes.
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@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Well I don't exercises but basic stretching, yoga if you will, helps keep the body limber and it helps keep me active. Plus I'm not as sore after some good physical labor. As for vitamins, there are a lot out there, but was talking to an herbalist and he said that some vitamins or supplements can cancel out the other. I noticed a tremendous difference in myself when I started drinking apple cider viniger everyday. I just feel better. The herbalist that I spoke to said continue doing that because it helps detox your body, helps your body absorb the good things from your foods and it also helps your body like lower your cholesterol. I've been drinking it now for about 4 months and I"m amazed at how much better I feel. I have thought about vitamins again, but again I would check them out first. Some of the brands on the market never break down in your system and they just pass through, so you aren't gaining anything from them.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I take the generic version, store brand, of 1 a day for women - had a PA tell me years back that's what she takes and for half the price they have the same exact benifits. Works for me :) I also take extra B for migraines and garlic for colds, gingo biloba for brain work, and echineasa for emune system.
@suzzy3 (8357)
23 Jul 09
If you eat five portions of fruit and veg a day,swim,run,walk and enjoy life ,Taking to many vitamins with out knowledge of what they do or even if you need them.Go to a health professional and ask them if you are lacking in anything.If you overdose on vitamins they just clog up your system make you constipated or high blood pressure ,it can be very dangerous or do nothing at all.It is just spending money and gambling with your health.If you play a sport that should be enough 30 minutes four times a week.Tablets won't do any good at all if you don't need them,if you feel run down go to your doctors and he will let you know if you need to take anything.
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• United States
23 Jul 09
A pharmacist once told me that you can take all the vitamins you want, but if your body doesn't need them, you just pee them out. The best kind of vitamin is the real thing...lots of fresh fruit. It beats having to eat the artificial ones
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
23 Jul 09
I take one a day for women because I have a lot of bladder problems. I also take vitamin C 250mgs. for this same reason. I also take vitamin B1 100mgs. everyday because I have such a problem with itching skin. I started a discussion about vitamin B1 not too long ago and I only got one response from it. You might want to check it out. I also do some form of exercise everyday. I try to walk three times a week. I think it's good over all exercise. Believe it or not, horseback riding is good over all exercise, too. I've been riding since I was seven years old and I'm now fifty-seven. I used to ride everyday but now I only ride once a week out at the therapeutic riding center where I volunteer. I have a horse but he's not broken to be ridden yet. I know horseback riding is not for everybody and not everybody can afford a horse, though. I also think swimming is a good over all exercise. I hope you find something that works for you. Kathy.
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
I just do stretching as I wake up, some minutes in my work to have regular functioning of my nerves and vital organs. I eat fruits and vegetables everyday and I feel my body light and has plenty of energy. If I encountered ailment, my body recoversas fast. Pray every now and then, feeling the presence of God is with you at all times. This adds vitality in our day to day living.
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