Supplements for Runners and a Genuine Health Giveaway!
Seriously. How are we at Wednesday, guys?
It may feel so unusual because I treated my Monday night like another weekend evening. I headed up to Toronto to speak at Allegra’s running clinic at the Running Room.
The chat was on staying motivated in your training. From there, I headed to meet some fellow Digital Champions for the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon for an evening run with the Toronto run crew, Night Terrors.
It was a late night and on Tuesday morning, I headed to work in a mad rush to make it on time, but not without grabbing two of my morning mainstays – coffee and omegas.
Coffee to keep me alive. Omegas to keep me moving.
I rarely take medications, but I supplement with a few items:
Omega 3 Joy by Genuine Health – As an athlete, I search for reasonable and natural ways to reduce inflammation Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation, support the nervous system, clear your skin, give heart health and good vision, provide enhanced cognitive function and effective digestion and nutrient absorption.
I don’t eat enough fish, so this little supplement keeps me rocking in my training. This is the best fish oil I have taken, and I’ve been trying brands for over 3 years.
Probiotics – When I am training hard, I eat a lot of food. Probiotics help me digest it well so I can keep racing hard. It also helps me to absorb the nutrients from the food I am eating.
Iron – I use a low dosage prescribed by my doctor. Female runners are particularly prone to iron deficiency and I try to keep my levels at a healthy amount by taking iron, eating leafy greens and indulging in red meat at least once a week.
Vitamin D – This supplement is vital for health. I dial back my dosage in the summer because I am outside more but during the winter, I take 4,000 IU’s of Vitamin D every day to support my health, boost immunity and keep me smiling.
That’s it! I try to get most of my vitamins from food, but these are a few that my doctors, naturopaths or health professionals have recommended for me.
I would love to share some of my omegas with you because I seriously do think they are the best. I’m giving away a bottle of Omega 3 Joy to a reader. To enter, just leave a comment telling me what you supplement with/why you don’t supplement and I will pick a winner next Wednesday.
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I drank Good Belly (a probiotic drink) there for a little while. It was fantastic! Perhaps I should add a probiotic supplement on the regular.
Just started reading your blog and I love it!! Was recommended from a friend and I have already passed on the website to other running friends 🙂
I have also tried various omega 3 pills over the past few years as I don’t eat enough fish. I find a lot of them are too fishy for my liking though. Would love to give this one a try! I also take vitamin D and a multivitamin every morning. May speak with a naturopath as to how much vitamin D I should take as I’m sure more would be beneficial for me.
Thanks for the great blog and inspiration!
Hey Kiki, one thing I forgot to mention with this is that I keep it in my fridge and I have had NO fishy repeat. It is a good quality one for sure.
Jessica Wismer says
I love omegas and probiotics! I take both every day because like you I’m not a big fish person and the probiotics help with weight loss and gut health! I also take Vitamin D in the Winter as I’m not outside as much and vitamin B from time to time.
Allegra Young says
Ooh, super helpful to hear about a good brand of fish oil. I was taking one for a while that even though it claimed it was a “no taste” pill, I would beg to differ. It scared me off them for a while, but it’s great to hear about a brand you like!
And thanks again so much for coming out to chat to the crew! It was so great to have you 🙂
Omegas are the one supplement I always try to use – I can always tell that my body (and my mind!) are working so much better when I take them. And I’ve loved every product by Genuine Health that I’ve tried, and I’m sure the Omega3 Joy is fantastic. GH just makes the best products & supplements! Really glad to hear you like them. I haven’t tried their probiotics yet, but I think I might add them to my list to try next.
Paul Mora (rungeek) says
I don’t take any supplements outside of a multivitamin. I used to take fish oil; not sure why I stopped. After reading your blog, maybe it’s time to give your suggestions a try. 🙂
Running for Berries says
I like to take fish oils, probiotics, calcium/vit D and Tumeric. The probiotics and Tumeric are for my stomach- digestive and anti inflammatory, calcium and D for my
Bones since I am a runner and don’t do much dairy and fish oil for omegas
David Prang says
Omega 3s, 5000 mgs of Vitamin D, a multivitamin, and zinc daily. Added zinc in Jan, but rest have been for last 4 years or so. Rarely sore from most w/outs, and rarely ill. I’ve never really noticed a fishy aftertaste in O3’s but will try Genuine Health ones next time I’m shopping. Love the blog!
Iron! I always feel like I don’t get enough and I can def feel it on days I feel sluggish. I didn’t know there was a chat at Running Room!
I take a probiotic, CytoCalm (magnesium, 5HTP) and Unda numbers all from my naturopath!
Brad Henry says
I take 5000 IU of D daily. its hard to quantify it but I just feel better when I’m consistently on it. And I noticed that when I’m feeling slightly sicky I always feel much better a few hours after having some.
Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) says
Ummmm is that Yonge Street Running Room? Were you there Monday? I was also there Monday?! But at 7pm – I was talking to the Learn To Run Group. How did we miss each other?! Tres Sad!!
Krysten – This kills me…I was there at 6:30…. SERIOUSLY. We need to plan a time in the near future where we DON’T miss each other, I want to hear all about your trip!
I love reading your blog! Such great inspiration for a newbie runner!! 🙂 I always take a multivitamin, fish oil and vitamin D. Great suggestion about probiotics, i think I’ll look into them!
I am a new runner! Always worked out, weights, cardio, power walking! I use Genuine Healths Vegan Protien+ (I am vegetarian not vegan though!), 2000 IU’s of D3, 1000 of C, 1000 of B12 & really need to get more omegas in my Life! I also use Genuine Healths Greens+ ………………Love these products!
I have never used supplements because I didn’t know which ones were beneficial to runners! I am glad to have read your post because I am giving consideration to Omegas now. I eat some fish but definitely not enough and it is great to know all of the benefits of this healthy fat! Thanks for the post 🙂
As a truly baby runner I’ve never taken supplements before. Now that I’m running enough to actually need a little bit of recovery I’ve just started looking into what I need to stay healthy, strong, beastly, etc. As someone starting from supplemental scratch what would say are the most important one or two to get going with? Thanks for the advice (and the giveaway!).
Laurel C says
I take a fish oil and B vitamins, but this looks like a really good supplement company! I’ll have to check them out
Dai "The Moose" Manuel says
Great post! Love using Omega’s in my own supplement routine as well.
I use Chondritin and Omega 3s and a multivatimin to supplement my diet. 🙂
Love your blog.
Lynn D says
I use a multivitamin and Genuine Health Protein +everyday…. I also use Omega 3… but I’d rather use GH Omega Joy. I know its a great brand!!!!
Lynn D says
I use a probiotic, B complex, cranberry,omega 3,(I’d rather use omega 3 joy) COQ10,minerals, Genuine Health vegan protein +, everyday to keep me energized while spending time with my 3 grand children… they also get a multivitamin!!! Your brand is one of the top 3 in the country!!!
I take Vit D and B complex.
Terry Edwards says
I take a multivitamin year round and I take a probiotic in the winter months to help ward off sickness. I’ve tried a number of different other things like Omega, C, D, Magnesium but I’ve never felt that “boost” from taking any of them. Maybe it’s the quality of the products I’ve buying?