How To Make A Habit Of Taking Your Daily Supplements
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Create A New Habit: Remembering To Take Your Vitamins

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Statistics show that nearly half of all U.S. adults will start the year with a goal to improve at least one area of their life.

Not surprisingly, many of the most popular resolutions center on healthy behaviors, such as losing weight and exercising more. In fact, most of Dr. Cooper’s 8 Healthy Steps make the list – stop smoking, eat healthier, drink less, etc.

Dr. Cooper’s Step 4 – Take the Right Supplements for You – may not be a resolution that automatically comes to mind. However, it is a perfect place to start your quest for a healthier year.


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Most people don’t maintain a nutritious diet and, therefore, could benefit from taking supplements to help address nutrient inadequacies. The ease of the task and the benefit to health make it a great option for a New Year’s goal.

Where to Start

If you aren’t currently on a supplement routine, a good place to start is with a comprehensive daily multivitamin and Advanced Omega-3, or a variety of supplements to support optimal immune function.

A multivitamin helps provide key vitamins that may be lacking in your diet. In addition, Omega-3 is one of the most well-researched supplements on the market. It benefits heart health, brain health, and overall inflammation in the body.

Omega-3 is naturally found in fatty fish. Salmon, anchovies, sardines, trout, and Pacific oysters contain higher levels of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA while also being lower in methylmercury. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 encourages adults to eat 8 ounces of seafood (and 10 ounces for those who consume 2,400 or more calories per day) each week. However, the report notes that almost 90 percent of adults do not meet the recommendation for seafood consumption, so taking omega-3 fish oil supplements makes sense.

How to Make A (Vitamin) Habit: Six Steps To Success

Here are some tips to help make taking your multivitamin and omega-3 a new habit that will last.

  1. Portion out your daily dose of vitamins and supplements one week at a time in a handy pill container and leave it in a prominent place as a visual reminder.
  2. Stack your habits. Combine taking your vitamins with a daily task, such as brushing your teeth after dinner or eating breakfast. Taking your vitamins at the same time each day will help the action become a habit.
  3. Use technology to set up an electronic reminder (email or text alert) on your smartphone to remind you when it is time to take your vitamin.
  4. Buy two bottles of multivitamins so you can have one on your desk and the other wherever you store your prescription medications. That way, if you forget to take your vitamins during your usual time, they are always conveniently nearby for when you remember.
  5. Set up a monthly subscription box of the dietary supplements your household takes. Keeping a steady supply of vitamins on hand ensures you will not run out and will be a gentle reminder to take your supplements consistently. You can set up an auto-shipment or call 888.393.2221, and we will be happy to assist you in establishing a recurring vitamin subscription.

The median time it takes to establish a new habit fully is 66 days, although researchers who study habit formation found the time required took from 18 to 254 days. Start your resolution now, and you’ll be on your way to healthier habits in no time.

As always, we recommend talking with your doctor about which vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements are best for you.

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Article provided by Cathy Sides, director of customer relations.

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