HEALTHY LIFESTYLE · AUGUST 2018 L The Benefits of Vitamins et’s face it, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a lot of work. Between exercising, eating right, monitoring your sleep patterns, exercising your mind, and trying to live a life, the last thing you want to think about is adding another item to your daily to-do list. Your life is full. We get it. But there might be one very important element you’re leaving out that could mean the difference between striving for better health and living with better health. Taking vitamins could go a long way to boosting your immune system (Hint. Hint. Not getting sick as often.) and increasing your energy levels (Yay! You can finally watch a whole movie from start to finish!). Tiny vitamin pills pack a mean punch, and that could be enough to get you going in the right direction without impeding on your valuable time. So, what do these magic pills and capsules do for you? If taken correctly, they can do plenty. 03 01 No more forgetting names at luncheons. No more forgetting where you put your keys. Small things like that could make a huge difference in your everyday life and could improve your job performance. Give you energy that lasts throughout the day. There’s nothing wrong with that. Use them wisely, and you might see a big difference in your energy levels soon. Initially, this might be a slow process, but over time, you will start to see a positive change and will wonder why you hadn’t started taking vitamins regularly. 02 They convert more of your foods into energy. That’s a plus in our book. That will boost your brain power and the ability of your body to withstand exercise. Both are a win for you. They can help you to improve short- term memory. 04 They will help your muscles get stronger by providing needed nutrients to the body. We burn energy and nutrients in everything we do. That’s precisely why it’s crucial that replenish our bodies. Vitamins are one of the best ways to do that. They’ll also give us the amounts of vitamins we need that we wouldn’t normally get from the foods that we eat. 22 HEALTHY MAGAZINE 05 Your skin will appear healthier. Who wouldn’t want smooth, glowing skin? There’s a lot to love about vitamins, but like with any other medication or substance you take, do consult your healthcare provider before you start. Some prescription medications and vitamins should not be taken together. Also, don’t be alarmed if you experience nausea shortly after you start taking vitamins. Most often that’s a sign that you should take your vitamins with food. You wouldn’t want to swallow them on an empty stomach. Talk to your physician. Find out which vitamins you can benefit from and watch as your body heals itself with natural elements.