The S-EX-Y Diet Supplement Plan
by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. author of Eat Your Way to Sexy (Harlequin Nonfiction)
Editor’s Note: For each New Year, New You post we’ve asked our a Harlequin Nonfiction and fiction author to share their New Year’s resolution. For today’s post authors Elizabeth Somer and Robyn Carr have shared theirs!
“I know my partner finds a strong woman sexy, so my resolution for 2012 is to train hard every week in order to kick his butt in a 100-mile bike ride we’re planning for next summer!”
“My resolution rarely changes. Aside from losing the SAME 10 pounds year after year, I also resolve to be relentlessly happy, optimistic and positive.”
Even with an iron clad New Year’s resolution, it can be near impossible to eat a perfectly balanced, nutrient-rich diet every day. Multivitamins are a great way to fill in the gaps and keep you on the path to a healthy, more beautiful you. The general rules for choosing a good multivitamin are:
RULE #1: Choose a multiple vitamin-mineral preparation, rather than several single supplements, unless prescribed by a dietitian.
RULE #2: Choose a preparation that provides 100%, but no more than 300%, of the Daily Value for the following:
Vitamins. Vitamins K, B1, B2, B6, and B12; niacin; folic acid; and pantothenic acid. (Don’t be fooled by large doses of vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and niacin since they’re added only because they are inexpensive, not because extra is better.)
Minerals. Copper, iron and zinc, and 50-200 micrograms of both chromium and selenium, 5 milligrams of manganese and 75-250 micrograms of molybdenum.
RULE #3: Vitamins C, D, and E can be consumed in amounts greater than the Daily Value, but you may need separate supplements to reach these higher doses.
RULE #4: Avoid supplements that contain useless substances, such as inositol, vitamin B15, PABA, or nutrients in amounts less than 25 percent of the Daily Value.