I am so inspired by all the amazing ways my friends are taking care of themselves. I truly believe the better we take care of ourselves the better we can be agents of change. My self care activity of the day is to take my supplements and make it easier to keep taking them by laying out a week’s worth. I was inspired by my neighbor who believes that remembering her supplements is saving her life this winter. I really don’t like to take pills. I prefer to get my nutrients from whole foods. Usually though by this low point of the winter I feel I need some supplements, no matter how well I am eating. One definition of the word supplement is “something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole.’ One of my main vitamins is Vitamin D3, which most people who live this far from the equator are deficient in that vitamin. The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are extensive: increased risk of illness or infections; excessive fatigue and tiredness; bone pain and lower back pain; depression; poor wound healing following surgery, injury or infection; low bone mineral density; hair loss, and muscle pain. The best way to get vitamin D is by getting sunlight directly on your skin. This is the best form of vitamin D and you can not overdose on Vitamin D this way. Vitamin D is hard to get just from your diet but is a fairly cheap vitamin. I usually take between 2,000-5,000 mg a day, especially in the winter. I also have been taking Iodine, a B-complex and essential fatty acids. The iodine helps my hormones stay balanced and keeps my thyroid functioning. The b vitamins help with high stress levels. And the essential fatty acids help my joints and skin stay supple. with all the colds and flu bugs going around, I am going to add some oregano oil and extra vitamin C and zinc to my routine. What supports you feeling complete or whole this time of year? What supplements help you feel your best?