Health/Fitness

Vitamins 101

I take a handful of vitamins all throughout each day.  I’m a vegetarian on a college budget, so I know I can’t afford to have a vitamin enriched meal every time I sit down. Vitamins are extremely affordable and one bottle will last you quite a long time.

Before I started taking vitamins, I would notice many things seemed off balanced and I knew my lack of nutrients was playing a factor. When I first began trying to decide what vitamins to take, it was all very overwhelming. All the vitamins will work wonders for your body, so how do you choose which one is right for you?

I’ve broken down the vitamins that are most beneficial to anyone.

Now, I do understand that not everyone is comfortable taking vitamins or a pill of any form. The vitamins that I take are all natural, but I will add a list of foods and beverages that will give you the same benefits as well.

Vitamin A

I take vitamin A because I have sevre asthma, and thyroid problems run in my family. Vitamin A is known for combatting both of these diseases. It will also help conquer mesntratual side effects and fertitlity imbalances in both male and female. It is also used to help with vision and treating eye disorders such as catacts and glaucoma. Some of the foods that contain vitamin A are fruits, vegetables, eggs, whole milk, butter, meat and oily saltwater fish.

B12

I love taking B12. After a few weeks of consistently taking this vitamin, I noticed changes in my body. B12 is known to boosts energy, mood, concentration and immune system. It is also used for memory loss and is know to help fight the development of Alzheimer’s disease. If you apply it directly to the skin, it will help with psoriasis and eczema as well. Some foods that contain B12 benefits include chicken eggs, swiss cheese, mackerel, crab

Fish Oil

Fish Oil pills are something I have taken for year. It gives your skin a natural glow and it helps with your complexion. It is often taken to help with heart and brain health. It also helos with diabetes, asthma nd weak bones. It gives the body omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot product on it’s own. It will also reduce pain, swelling and blood clots. Some foods that contain a generous amount of fish oil include salmon, tuna, sturgeon, bluefish, trout.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is my favorite vitamin to take. Generally, I get a cold everytime the weather changes from hot to cold or vice versa. Since I started taking vitamin C habitually, I have not suffered from a single cold. I prefer the chewable version of this pill. The citrus taste is an instant burst of energy, and so I typically take it first thing in the morning. builds your immune system, builds white cell count. Vitamin C can also fight stomach ulcers and depression. Foods that contain vitamin C are citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, freshly squeezed orange juice.

Vitamin D

I have very frail and fragile bones. My arms are the same size the entire way up. I’m also terribly clumsy and uncoordinated. So, I take fish oil to help develop stronger bones. Vitamin D supports weak bones, bone pain, bone loss and it helps prevent fractures. I also have very brittle teeth too, and vitamin D helps to support strong teeth as well. Vitamin D is found in fish, sardines, dairy products, juice and cereal.

Biotin

Biotin works wonders for your hair skin and nails. Since I have started taking this vitamin, my skin has become more durable and less oily. My nails are terribly weak from constantly getting fake nails. Since taking this vitamin, I have noticed my natural nails are strengthening and growing stronger than before. I also have damaged hair from constantly dying and putting heat on it. My hair has become noticeably shinier and stronger as well. When taken orally, Biotin is known for fighting hair loss, brittle nails, skin rash in infants, diabetes and mild depression. Biotin can be gained through consumption of mushrooms, tuna, turkey, avocados, egg, salmon.

Fenugreek

Now, these pills are quite large, but I just tell myself it’s because they contain so many great things. Fenugreek will help with digestive problems such as an upset stomach, constipatopm, loss of appetite and inflammation of the stomach.  Fenugreek can be found in cheken, curries, legumes and potatos.

With hundreds of vitamins on the shelf, you are bound to find the ones for you that will fit your lifestyle and personal needs. This list is just a few of my personal favorites that have helped with my daily health and wellness.

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The Little Things

 

A single dose of gratitude can go a long way. I tend to forget to take a little time out of my day to simple reflect on the little things that I take for granted. 

Yesterday I learned about Epidermolysis Bullosa. also known as EB, it's a painful condition that makes your skin sensitive - it's so sensitive that it's compared to butterfly wings. A documentary, The Butterfly  Child, is about 14-year-old Jonathan Pitre who has this rear disease. Only 1 in 50,000 has this disease, it causes blisters in the skin because of a defect in the mucosal membrane, which results in making the skin extremely fragile. A simple task such as taking a bath or even touching someone results in excruciating pain. I couldn't imagine having this disease, let alone bear the pain caused by it. I can't believe this child has spent his entire life going through this and still manages to smile. He strong-hearted, caring, compassionate and he has definitely opened my eyes.

Not being able to take a relaxing bath never crossed my mind.

Not being able to touch someone never crossed my mind.

I'm guilty of taking the little things for granted, are you?

 

Just Keep Swimming...

Maybe it’s my inner pieces talking, but swimming is the greatest thing in the world. There is nothing I love more than being completely engulfed in water and the feeling of water gliding between my fingers. And I would wear chlorine as perfume.

Okay, yeah maybe that last part isn’t so normal.

Since it’s summer, I encourage you to get out there and go swimming at any opportunity you can get. Not only does it relieve stress, but it’s also proven to be one of the best weight-loss exercises you can do. Also, to all of my fellow asthmatics, it will do wonders for your asthma. Growing up, I could never participate in sports simply because my lungs wouldn’t allow it. Swimming was something I could turn to help build the strength of my lungs while being active.

And the best part is you don’t sweat!

And lucky for you, since you are a student at Oklahoma State University, you have total access to the Colvin Center, which is equipped with two pools. There is a large pool inside will multiple lanes to do lap as well as a deeper section for diving. There is also another pool outside that has a few lanes to do laps, a whirl pool and a shallow area for games such as water polo. 

Here are some interesting facts and statistics 

And if you are interested, here are some fun and effective workouts you can try next time you take a dip in the pool!

Keep in mind that everyone is different, and some workouts aren't for everyone. If you feel yourself struggling miserably, then lighten up! Working out is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. Feel free to checkout our Pinterest account to find more swim workouts that are suitable for you at https://www.pinterest.com/okstatefrc/

Make Happiness a Habbit

Life isn’t easy, curve balls are thrown our way left and right, making it difficult to keep a smile at all times. Life is hard sometimes- but hey, that’s what makes it worth it, right. We all make a few left turns down the road, so when we finally get right (no matter how long it takes) a celebration is definitely well worth it. If you’re ever feeling a little gloomy, this is for you. I’m young but here’s a few tips to help you focus on your happiness – treat yourself, remain grateful, and get rid of clutter.

It sounds simple because it is simple.

Treat yourself

            If it makes you smile, go do it – whatever ‘it’ may be. Go to the grocery store, find your favorite ice cream and treat yourself. I’m addicted to shoes, so if your bank account allows it, go find the perfect pair of shoes. For some reason, when a baby smiles - I smile. It’s contagious. So, I recommend spending time with family they have a special place in my heart, and no one can make me laugh like they do. If you don’t want to be bothered, turn on Netflix and watch movies and television shows until the sun goes down.

Remain Grateful

            We’re all human so we aren’t perfect, and we often forget two simple words to express our gratitude. Thank you, it’s only eight words but we often forget when things aren’t going our way – I’m so guilty of this. Take 5 - 10 minutes out of your busy day to write 10 things that you’re grateful for, just to remember that things aren’t as bad as they seem. Everyone once in a while, we only need to see things in a new perspective to create a new strategy. Give it a try – gratitude promotes happiness.

Get Rid of the Clutter

            I promise I’m not OCD, but anytime I get stressed I start to clean. Miraculously, my desk is clean, my room is clean, my bed is made, and the pile clothes that I’ve neglected to fold-up are folded nicely in the correct drawer. It just helps me stay calm and I’m able to focus on my tasks for the day. There’s something about unnecessary clutter that drives me insane when I’m already having a bad day. It works for me, hopefully it’ll work for you.

7 Commandments To Reach Your Summer Goals

 

 

“This summer I’m going to wake up every day at 5 am to run.
“This summer I’m not going to have any fast food.
“This summer I’m going to look so good that when people come back for classes I’ll be like a celebrity.”

We’ve all made those goals.

It’s always so easy to get inspired to better yourself. But finding that inspiration at 5 in the morning, or when someone offers you free french fries is not so easy.

So we present you with the 7 commandments to reach your summer goals. You’re welcome.

1.     You are what you repeatedly do.

I know mornings are hard and sweating is gross. But you have to do it and be sure to do it with a smile. Pretty soon, waking up and going to workout will become second nature. You’ll even feel weird if you don’t workout.

2.     Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher.

If you spend time with people that are constantly negative and make you feel bad about yourself, then leave them. You don’t need their grumpy attitude to cloud your happiness. Surround yourself with people that have the same goals as you and want to see you succeed.  Find a workout buddy or join a fitness class to make new motivating friends!

3.     Showing up is half the battle.

Okay, so, you only hit the snooze button three times today, you didn’t brush your teeth and your socks don’t match. But hey! You are working out while everyone else is being lazy and sleeping. So you rock. You’re already up and ready, so you might as well put your all into your workout. Nobody ever regrets how hard the worked out.

4.     Establish every goal.

Make everything a goal! That way every day you can at least accomplish something! Have a goal to not hit the snooze button. Make a goal to not eat any extra sugar all day. Make it a goal to at least put on your running shoes!

5.     S L E E P

Never, ever, ever put off sleep. If you need a nap, you take it. You deserve it. Lack of sleep causes fatigue, irritability, weight gain and you won’t have a decent workout. With a little creativity and a dash of desperation, you can turn anything into a bed.

6.     Be selfish

This is YOUR goal. Don’t let other people interfere with you becoming happier. If you have to say no to a night out for dessert, don’t feel bad. If you can’t stay out as late because you need to get up at 7 a.m., then do it! This is all about you!

7.     Failing to prepare is preparing to fail

Mornings are hard enough as it is. Try and map out everything from what you will eat that day and when, when you will workout, and what workouts you will do. This will help you stay focused and consistent.