How do you expect it to work if you don't take it?!

Of course it makes sense… in order to get the benefit from taking supplements, you actually have to TAKE the supplements!  This may seem intuitive, but it’s not.  I know from personal experience how easy it is to fall off the wagon.  We all have busy lives, multi-tasking, juggling many balls… usually it’s us who we take care of last, so it’s not unusual that often times remembering to take our vitamins is no small feat.    I talk alot to women about “compliance”.   Being compliant means following directions and being consistent… it means adapting a program and sticking to it.  Easier said than done, I know.

The key is to figure out what works best in your daily routine, and make sure it’s something you can commit to.  With over 20 years of supplement-popping experience, here’s what works for me:

  • Tips:
    • I take my vitamins in the morning and night
    • I leave the bottles ON my bathroom counter in clear view – and I take my vitamins before I brush my teeth – it’s become part of my routine.
    • I also find that taking vitamins with juice makes it easier for me to swallow – the taste of the juice masks the taste of the vitamins, and the more viscous (or thick) the liquid is, the easier it is to swallow the supplements.
    • The other thing I do is sort out my supplements in one-week batches using pill containers (the kind you buy at a drug store with a different compartment for each day of the week).   I found that the more supplements I took, the more time consuming it became unscrewing bottle caps several times a day.   This way, I count out a one-week supply in advance, and it’s a huge time saver!
    Do you have any tips you can share?
    Until next time,
By | 2009-07-08T10:25:35+00:00 July 8th, 2009|Women's Health|1 Comment

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  1. Karen July 13, 2009 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    I find that the best way for me to take my supplements (I take 6 per day twice daily) is to sort out my morning pills when I take my evening pills. That way I sort when I have time (at night before I go to bed) and I don’t have to sort when I am in a hurry (the morning).

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