Expensive Urine.

My Father-in-law is a retired medical doctor. Whenever I ask him about vitamins and supplements, he usually says “you should eat your vitamins,” or more colorfully, he tells me that I’m “just making expensive urine.” That always cracks me up, but I think he’s mostly right. I loved those chewy Flintstones vitamins I ate as a kid, but it’s been a long time since anyone handed me a chewable after breakfast. Since I left home, swallowing a handful of giant pills seemed like another needlessly complicated thing to add to my morning routine. 

Well…quarantine changed all of that. Yes, I’m cooking all my meals at home, but that doesn’t mean the meals are healthy. Plus, we’ve been drinking wine with dinner on most nights. During the summer, it felt fine, but with holidays around the corner, I want to look and feel my best before I get buried under the inevitable slide of eggnog and sugar cookies. 

So, I started taking some vitamins. HUM vitamins, to be exact. I probably ignored vitamins in the past because there were just too many options. A literal alphabet of them. Vitamin C? B12? Magnesium? Is fish oil even a real thing people take? This blog is about presenting you with options that are easy, not complicated. 

The first vitamin I started taking was the HUM Glow Sweet Glow gummies. They’re made with hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, which are all ingredients I’m familiar with in my skincare routine. A little extra hydration never hurt anyone, and it always improves my skin. 

The most immediate benefit I noticed when it came to vitamins? My nails and hair! HUM’s Hair Sweet Hair vitamin gummies had a lot to do with it. Two a day, taken with or without food, encourages hair growth and pigment production for better color. The Red Carpet supplement has all the same benefits, but with an added bonus of black currant seed oil for better skin. I won’t be near a red carpet anytime soon, but it would be nice to feel good enough to step on one. 

The Daily Cleanse is more about how you feel than how you look, which was what made me start taking vitamins in the first place. They’re packed with algae and herbs known for their cleansing properties like chlorella, beetroot, and red clover. There’s also zinc in it, which is proven to help with acne. The Skinny Bird is a good way to help with the last five pounds it feels like we’ve all been trying to lose. It helps to gently curb your appetite, and it works! 

I'm just going to say it, Goli’s Apple Cider Vinegar dummies taste like apple not vinegar. I love them. ACV has a long list of purported health benefits, like weight loss, lowering blood sugar, reducing cholesterol. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to drink apple cider vinegar, but I promise you these taste a lot better. 

This is my take on supplements now: They’re not meant to be a substitute for a healthy diet. I think of them more like an insurance policy. If you’re eating a cheese plate for dinner and washing it down with a bottle of wine on the daily, the vitamins aren’t going to stop you from bloating or breaking out. No judgment about the cheese plate by the way, I’ve totally been there. Think of vitamins as an additional support system. Something that gives you that healthy glow, whether it’s noticeably better skin, a slimmer profile or less hair breakage in the shower. 

It’s super important to take care of yourself as we head into flu season. For me, the simpler the regimen, the more likely I am to follow it. And lastly, I’m not quite sure when most adult vitamins came in gummy form, but I’m here for it!