Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam
@lisahannam

Here’s why I’ve become a vitamin junkie

I never used to be this way. I would psshaw even the odd multivitamin and say that I get all I need from my diet – and there are a lot of experts and research that support that. But since working at Glow, interviewing dietitians, health researchers and the makers of supplements, who always come armed with their own third-party research, my tune has changed. Now I’ve become a multivitamin junkie.

One Sunday morning as I was prepping my vitamins and supplements for the day, I wondered if all the pills were too many. I posted a photo to Instagram of my multi (fill in any dietary gaps), iron (my doctor told me I was low), krill (for minor joint pain) and vitamin C (just in case for cold season), asking my followers what they took as a check-in for myself. I was expecting people to say they don’t take anything and to shame me out of my new obsession. But instead they just shared the supplements they’re taking, along with a few reasons why.

Since then I’ve added magnesium and vitamin B6 (limiting this to just 100 mg because I may get some from food and too much for too long can cause nerve damage). My period has been getting wonkier since I was 35. And even though my doctor told me everything was normal and healthy after a blood test and an ultrasound, I started reading about short luteal phases (the second half of your period). And it seems to be working. I’m back to my regular 28-day schedule, and experiencing less PMS symptoms.

vitamin-drip-miley-cyrusMyley Cyrus’ Vitamin Drip selfie

I’m obviously a convert now. So when I had the opportunity to chat with a nurse from the Adelaide Health Clinic in Toronto about Vitamin Drip, I went for it. It’s basically an IV for vitamins. You may remember Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Miley Cyrus Instagramming their drips. Here’s what I learned.

  • My diet is A-okay. And because of that, I don’t need the trace minerals a multi-vitamin provides.
  • To stick with the dose of B6 that I’m already taking and not to go higher.
  • Keep taking krill and iron, as per my doctor’s recommendations.
  • Change my magnesium to a calcium-magnesium combo (or at least take them together). They are competing nutrients that need to be digested simultaneously.

I was offered to try a customized Vitamin Drip treatment. Because of my healthy lifestyle and diet, I wasn’t lacking anything specific. I could get a general immune-boosting drip for the winter, but as someone known to faint with needles, I left without trying it.

–Lisa