As most of you know, I am quick to share my favorite sporty finds. And while I often ask my interview subjects for beauty and fitness secrets, I tend to stay away from my own personal health routine and issues. I played soccer in college and since my soccer career ended I’ve always stayed pretty physically active (please read about my epic summer injury if you haven’t already!) But what I never really talk about is how I maintain my health. One key secret is I take daily supplements from Pure Encapsulations to help with some deficiencies and to make sure my body is getting everything it needs to function at its very best.
I haven’t always been a super healthy eater. I definitely have gone through different phases in eating. I’ve counted calories, I’ve tried juicing, and I even accidently became vegetarian when I first moved to New York. But it wasn’t until I found out I have chronic kidney stones that I really had to monitor what I was putting into my body. I also had to tone down how hard I pushed myself while I was going through a ton of testing.
In October of 2013, I spent the weekend in LA helping my friend move. I drove home that Sunday and I definitely didn’t feel wonderful, but I just figured it was a little cold and the culmination of being over-served at the bar the night before. As I got back to San Diego, I ran a couple of errands to prepare for my own move that was coming up and hit the sack. I woke up around 3 AM shaking so violently that I could barely get to my phone. I knew I had a fever but I had never shaken that violently before so I was really scared.
I waited about an hour before I decided I needed help. I tried calling my parents but neither of them were picking up the phone so I made the decision to call 911. It felt silly but I knew something was very wrong. When the paramedics got there they helped me out of bed and to the couch where they found my vitals to be incredibly off, to the point where I needed to go to the hospital. Finally my mom responded and came to meet me.
At the hospital they administered fluids and antibiotics but we had to wait until the morning for my test results. It came back pretty early that morning that I had gone septic. My heart was pumping toxic blood to all of my organs. I had a serious infection. After several more rounds of IV antibiotics, they were able to get my vitals stable and I was able to go home. My nephrologist kept a close eye on me and it was determined that I had a kidney infection that I let go for too long and that’s how I ended up with blood poisoning.
I spent the next 15 days in bed at my mom’s house and missed my Big 12 Championship reunion at Colorado. I was super happy to be on the mend but disappointed that I didn’t listen to my body and let it get that sick.
My point in sharing this story is that while I post a lot of yummy recipes and appear to always be traveling, I focus a lot on what’s happening inside my body to keep me healthy. It isn’t always fun to share a personal story or talk about how to stay healthy every day but I think it’s important to tell people the whole story.
I’ve spent a lot of time in casts, on antibiotics and under anesthesia, and those had some negative affects on my body. After the blood poisoning ordeal, I consulted with a doctor on supplements. We took a look at my blood and saw some areas where I had some deficiencies. I had never been a fan of supplements, but I have to say I have seen such a difference in my health. I push myself hard in workouts and with my work schedule and I truly haven’t been sick more than maybe twice in the last couple of years. I used to get sick all the time.
A staple in my routine are Pure Encapsulations daily multivitamin, B complex, D vitamin, Omega 3 and magnesium. I recently read an article on magnesium. It regulates key functions in the body (like sleep) so honestly give it a try because it’s one of the supplements where I feel the most improvement. During the last couple of years I’ve tried several different brands of supplements and vitamins because I literally thought they were all the same. It actually wasn’t until my friend (a total hippie and natural guru) informed me of all the fillers in supplements and how even the casing can be bad for you. I had NO clue!
So that’s when I found Pure Encapsulations, and as the name suggests, these supplements are free of hidden fillers, coatings and artificial flavors. You may not know that horrible taste when you take some vitamins if you haven’t taken them before, but my favorite part about these supplements is that they don’t have that! They taste like nothing, which makes it so much easier to stomach. Also, some supplements hurt my belly or made me feel overly full. I don’t get that feeling from Pure Encapsulations either.
While my main focus is on staying healthy and keep my energy up and my sleep consistent, I also like the improvements I’ve seen in my skin! Apparently all those people weren’t lying about the benefits of vitamins and fish oil! I’ve seen such an improvement in the texture of my skin. Just the other night, my mom said my skin looked glowing and I didn’t have any make up on!!
Check out Pure Encapsulations. You cannot buy them without consulting a doctor, so maybe check them out and ask your doc. It’s so important to take care of our bodies. Make sure you chat with a doc about what you need to come up with a plan to help you be your healthiest.
I hope this helps some of you! It’s not my normal post, but as a blogger I think it’s important to get personal sometimes. Daily supplements from Pure Encapsulations are just a part of my daily health routine, but I can’t say enough good things about them so just wanted to share! Now get out there and watch some football 😉
**please note this post is sponsored.