New Year, New You: Take Charge of Your Health

We all want to look better, feel better and live better – and just weeks into the New Year, it’s the ideal time to commit to these goals.

In order to achieve a healthier you, it’s important to focus on specific areas that may be preventing you from feeling your best. That may be weight loss, stress reduction, healthy eating, exercise or another aspect of your life.

It also helps to understand how vitamins and minerals can play a role in looking and feeling your best. Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients performing hundreds of functions such as bone building, immune bolstering and healing of wounds. When you experience a deficiency, it can affect you in many ways.

For example, one of the most classic causes of feeling sluggish or having low energy is an iron deficiency. Also, vitamin D and B vitamins have a vital role in energy, and a deficiency of either of these vitamins can cause fatigue. Supplementing with adequate doses of these nutrients can help boost your energy, which often is low during winter months when some of us don’t see a whole lot of sunshine.

Sleep. We all need it and want more of it. This vital bodily function is so very essential to just about every aspect of our well-being. If you experience poor sleep habits, supplementing with various nutrients can help — iron can help improve energy, melatonin helps naturally restore your body’s clock so you essentially relearn when bedtime should be, magnesium makes all of our cells function properly, and vitamin B12 can be effective in decreasing symptoms of neuropathy, which are typically worse at night and are quick to ruin a good night’s sleep.

Looking and feeling good requires not only being energized and well-rested, but also having healthy hair. We hear from countless patients, men and women, about their concerns over thinning hair and hair loss. Vitamin D and iron deficiencies may be at the root of the problem. Replenishing these nutrients can lead to noticeable improvements, but patience is a virtue here! Also, biotin can help improve hair health and nail growth, as it contributes to creating keratin, a protein that protects cells against damage and stress.

Like so many of us, you may have overindulged during the holidays and now are getting serious about shedding those unwanted pounds. Filling nutritional gaps with the right blend of nutrients can help this process. Eating a well-balance, nutrient dense diet can leave you less likely to crave junk food and more likely to have the energy and focus to establish healthy habits, including a regular exercise routine.

We all have different diets, lifestyles and health histories, which make our nutritional needs unique. It’s important to talk with your doctor about your health, get the appropriate tests completed and then determine how to fill any nutritional gaps safely and effectively.


Romy Block specializes in Endocrinology and Metabolism and is mother to three active adolescent boys. Arielle Levitan is a Doctor of Internal Medicine with a special interest in Preventive Medicine and Women’s Health.  She is a mother of three teen agers. As professional women with active family lives, they recognize that people often neglect their own health needs and are uncertain about what vitamins to take. Each person is different in her diet, exercise and health history, and will benefit from different nutrients.  After years of advising their patients about the proper vitamins to take,  Drs. Block and Levitan created Vous Vitamin® to provide people everywhere with quality vitamins that are suited to their individual needs. They are authors of the award winning The Vitamin Solution: Two Doctors Clear Confusion About Vitamins and Your Health (She Writes Press, 2015). Take your personalized vitamin quiz now to get exactly the right vitamins for your needs.

The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products offered by Vous Vitamin® are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Nothing contained herein is intended to be a diagnosis or constitute medical advice.  The symptoms described in this Blog may be a result of a serious medical condition which requires medical treatment.  You should consult with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned in this Blog and before beginning any vitamin or supplement regimen.

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