Vitamins were the sort of thing I always casually knew I should do, but I did it haphazardly in the past. Starting about three months ago, I would track whether I took a vitamin every day, and at the end of the week list how many days I remembered to take a vitamin. It's been 7 out of 7 pretty much every week since then.
The first vitamins I picked up in Seoul were chewable vitamin C tablets. I was pretty tired and run down at that point and wasn't sure why, so I changed my diet a little, started doing more walking, and started taking vitamins and my energy picked up quite a bit. I don't know how much of that was the vitamin C, but since then a couple times I've felt a little under the weather I took two of them that day, and my energy has been pretty high.
I was just about out of vitamins, so I bought some more here in Hong Kong. I got vitamin C again, and I was also looking for something for joints since I had a knee injury in the past. I was looking for some L-Glutamine which I heard was good, did a little casual research on, and it seems good:
It is also known that glutamine has various effects in reducing healing time after operations. Hospital-stay times after abdominal surgery can be reduced by providing parenteral nutrition regimes containing high amounts of glutamine to patients. Clinical trials have revealed that patients on supplementation regimes containing glutamine have improved nitrogen balances, generation of cysteinyl-leukotrienes from polymorphonuclear neutrophil granulocytes, and improved lymphocyte recovery and intestinal permeability (in postoperative patients), in comparison to those that had no glutamine within their dietary regime, all without any side-effects. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutamine#Aiding_recovery_after_surgery
Yeah, that sounds like a winner to me. The store I went into didn't have any, but they did advertise fish oil capsules as being good for joints. I'm not sure if it is, but from what I've seen fish oil looks like a positive thing without any real downside so I'm going for it. Fish oil seems to be a natural anti-inflammatory, which is good. Inflammation is a big problem with joint injuries.
Especially when I'm traveling in foreign countries, I try to buy vitamins from a doctor's office, pharmacy, or reputable health store. It might cost a little more, but I'm hoping better ingrediants mean a higher absorption rate and less chance of bad stuff in there. Maybe it doesn't make a difference - not sure, I still have to learn more about this. Next time I run into a nutritionist or biochemist, I'm going to ask about where they buy their own vitamins and why.
"A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system." -John Gall
I built a pretty good daily tracking template, and I evolved it over time. It's serving me pretty well now. I'd like to show you the evolution.
Version 0 - I realized that tracking my time would be a good thing. I started writing down just one or two things per day.
Here's what my first day of tracking looked like:
26 May - Success
In a reply to a reader, I found myself elaborating on things about Vitamin D3 that I didn't go into in my post. My answer is a bit tinged by my own worldview, a bit off-topic (surprise!), and opinions are solely my own, but don't let that dissuade you from doing your research into this powerful vitamin.
Glad to meet a fellow D-bomber who doesn't parrot the party line of kidney damage (which happens with non D3 types). I've only taken 4,000-8,000 IU for about 3 years (depending on if I forget to take that 2nd one per day) with no supplemental sunlight and last I tested my levels were only at 55 I think. I use Carlson's Vitamin D 4.000 IU Cod liver oil gelcaps. After seeing your dose I definitely have to up a notch :D. It's funny but anything over 20 or 30 I think in the 'conventional' medical paradigm worries the docs who aren't in on the benefits of D3. They always tell me of kidney damage and that one new england milk study (which used d2 instead of d3). I'm not immortal but ever since I've started C-D bombing as I call it (1-2k grams Vit C per day and 4-8k IU Vit D per day and maybe triple that when sick) I have only gotten sick once a year or so if even that. Now doing some no/low carb action to supplement that been feeling great so far - recovered from near metabolic syndrome myself.
W-in-H: D-bombing is a most fitting descriptive :) It's heartening to meet another soldier that has seen beyond the entrenched view on recommended Vitamin D3 doses.
D FOR DISRUPTOR
Don't get me started on the establishment. They're dogged by super-slow regulatory processes, research bias, and a legal minefield around consumer protection (that last one we need, without the mission creep). To that, add the preventative nature of D3, the fact that it's not Rx, and all those faulty studies, and I'm not surprised they'd shirk at recommending higher doses. They're also liable if their recs go wrong, so why mess it?