Pill Popping

5 Sep

The Must Haves

By Alya Alyssa Kattan

It seems like everyone is popping pills these days.  And no wonder-there are pills to make your hair grow longer and thicker, skin more youthful, to curb your appetite, to cure all kinds of diseases, etc…  For SUPER health and to look and feel as young as possible, consume the following MUST HAVES vitamin supplements daily!

Dr. Oz’s recommendations:

A Multivitamin

A study of 3 million people revealed that less than 1% of the participants got enough essential vitamins from diet alone. That’s why you  must take a multivitamin; it also helps prevent heart disease, breast cancer and colon cancer.

The Dose

  • Look for 100% of the daily value of the 12 essential vitamins and minerals – like vitamins B, C, E and zinc. Note: Only women who are menstruating need a multivitamin with iron. If you are post-menopausal or a male, you do not need a multivitamin that contains iron.
  • Take half in the morning and half at night to ensure a steady supply of these vital nutrients.

The Calcium Cocktail

Calcium is a necessary supplement for strong, healthy muscles, bones and teeth. You need to take it in combination with magnesium (to prevent the negative side effects of calcium) and vitamin D (to help the body absorb calcium) in order to get the maximum benefit.

The Dose

  • Calcium (600 mg) with magnesium (400 mg) and vitamin D (1,000 IU)
  • Take dose with a full glass of water, 2 hours after eating. Calcium can block the absorption of other supplements and prescriptions, so be sure to take it separately.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.  Most of us don’t get enough vitamin D from sunlight, especially if you live in a northern climate or are dark-skinned. Vitamin D may also play a role in preventing certain cancers, including colon, uterine, breast and endometrial cancers.

The Dose

  • 1,000 IU – this dose can be included in multi-vitamins, so make sure you read labels carefully.
  • Vitamin D is fat soluble, so it works better when taken with a little fat. Try taking it at breakfast with milk or yogurt.

Fish Oil
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids called DHA and EPA which are essential for optimal functioning of the heart and brain.  Click here for guidelines on buying fish oil with the necessary levels of DHA and EPA.

The Dose

  • Your daily dose must contain 600 mgs of the DHA omega-3 fatty acid.
  • Take fish oil with breakfast to avoid “fishy burps,” a side-effect some report when fish oil is taken on an empty stomach.
  • Many fish oils recommended refrigeration to keep them from spoiling. Check the label carefully.

7 Responses to “Pill Popping”

  1. Lubna September 5, 2011 at 3:42 PM #

    Hi alya what ones do you suggest? Name brand etc!?

    • ayouna September 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM #

      Hi Lubna, I recommend Boots brands!! They are safe and trustworthy!

  2. Noor September 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM #

    Nice! i always take an extra iron pill during my period week, i get really low in iron!

  3. Melissa D'Souza September 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM #

    have you heard of taking biotin vitamin’s for hair? http://www.drugstore.com/natures-bounty-biotin-1000mcg-tablets/qxp82125 I’ve just started this 2 days ago.. what do you think?

    • ayouna September 8, 2011 at 2:48 PM #

      I love Biotin for the hair!! i have been taking it for a month now and i’m using the Nature’s bounty you posted, it definitely speeds up the growth process and makes it a tad thicker, its great! Personally I take 1 tablet omega fish oil, 1 tablet hair, skin and nails vitamin and 2 tablet nature bounty biotin a day. I always stick with Boots brands!

    • alyasfitclub September 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM #

      Hi Melissa! Xx ❤ My cousin is taking it and her hair has doubled in thickness. The adequate intake (AI) level of biotin is 30 micrograms for adults over 18. The U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) is 300 micrograms daily. Many people use doses of up to 2500 mcg safely. Start with a smaller dose and then increase slowly as necessary. If you do encounter side effects at higher doses, reduce your intake this should be enough to make these side effects go away. Because it is water soluble, excess amounts are secreted through urination so biotin levels do not build up inside of your body. If after reducing you’re still suffering, stop using immediately and see a doctor.
      Are you taking medication? It may interfere with your body’s absorption of biotin and cause you to require more. Also are you taking any other vitamins? You need to be careful-Vitamin B5 when consumed with a high dose of Biotin lead to a critical condition called eosinophilic pleuropericardial effusion in one documented case. The condition disappeared once vitamin use was stopped.

  4. Katie Haney September 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM #

    Which ones do you take?

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