Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to take my health into further consideration. My health has never been poor overall, but it was definitely not as good as it could be. I’ve always teetered around having a low iron count, but never fully diagnosed with the condition. Still, I’ve always had a lot of the problems that come with a low iron count, like constantly feeling cold, random tiredness, headaches, and damaged skin. Eventually, I became tired of my friends and family constantly running away from me when I touched them with my cold hands and decided to actually do something about it.
Everyone takes vitamins as a little kid. I remember having a tub of the Flintstones chewable ones by my sink every morning as a kid. I would sometimes sneak another in the morning, just so I could eat another because they were so yummy. As you get older, rest assured, they may not taste the same, but they’re just as helpful. A little over a month ago, I began using vitamins from Care/of, one of the many order-to-door vitamin companies. I did my research and cost evaluation and after some thought, I decided they were the best company for me.
My first pack was a bit big and I got 11 pills, from Garlic to Iron. I have since narrowed it down to 6, but it was good to get a bit of a head start. Using the referral codes (mine is jcdgye for up to $40 off!) really helped me get started. Their app sends me notifications at 8AM each morning reminding me to go ahead and take my vitamins because while they have definitely become part of my routine, I do occasionally forget things in the hustle of getting out the door. As an added bonus, the little compostable packets that their vitamins come in each have a fact of the day on them, which is a nice way to wake up in the morning.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a healthcare pro. I wish I can tell you exactly what vitamins do and that they’re the greatest thing known to man, but I can’t make those promises. I can say how I personally have been affected by them and how much I love using them in my daily life. There is a lot of research surround vitamins and their efficacy, but even if they do nothing for me and just help me feel better, I am happy to keep taking them to improve my mind and body, kinda like a placebo. I will say, do your research into what you’re taking because you never know what is in the product. My mother (the actual healthcare pro) did tell me that supplements may be more effective if I go into the doctor and have bloodwork done, but as someone afraid of needles, I’ve put that off for now.
As a part of this new wellness journey, I didn’t want to make drastic changes to myself. Instead, I want to implement new aspects of my lifestyle that would not only make me healthier, but also happier. Taking vitamins, especially my iron pills, has allowed me to enjoy travel more because I don’t have to constantly shiver when I get off the plane. Instead, I’m enjoying getting off and being able to retain some warmth. Walking around all day in 35 degree weather in New York isn’t as painful or frigid as it once was, which is a beautiful thing.
Wellness is about much more than vitamins and a fun app to track my progress. It’s about working towards a better tomorrow, as much as that is humanly possible. Subscription boxes like Care/of and Ritual make that easy because they make sure that you constantly have vitamins and never miss a day. Ritual is a bit different from Care/of as it is a multivitamin for women, while Care/of provides dedicated vitamins for each part where a person sees a deficiency. I’ve created a ritual of my own that takes care of my body and its needs, so that I can function at 100%. I’m going to continue taking vitamins and supplements into 2020 because they make me feel good. Self-care is one of the wellness additives I’m bringing into 2020, and if you’re interested in learning more about vitamins, feel free to check out Care/of, Ritual, and even these articles from Vox and Harvard about vitamins!