Prenatal vitamins: Before bed with a small snack
Women who are pregnant need folate (vitamin B9) to help keep their developing baby healthy. Of course it’s best to get yours from folate-rich foods like asparagus, avocados, and Brussels sprouts, and leafy greens such as spinach and lettuce, but your doctor will likely prescribe a supplement. “Many women report feeling nauseated when pregnant, and prenatal vitamins may make this worse,” Weinandy says. To avoid this: “Take them with a small snack before bed, so if they do make you feel nauseous, you can sleep it off.” Learn more about the vitamins you need to take at every age and stage now.
Vitamin D: With the same meal every day
People who are low in vitamin D may be at higher risk of brittle bones, some types of cancer, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. D is known as the sunshine vitamin because your body produces it in response to sunlight. If you live at a higher latitude, you may not get enough sun in winter to produce enough of the vitamin—and it’s hard to get the D you need from fortified foods (such as milk). That can mean you need to supplement. “Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin so you should take it with fat,” Weinandy says. “There is no right or wrong time to take your D, as long as you do it with food. Take it at the same time every day so that it becomes a habit,” she says. “The same advice holds for the other fat-soluble vitamins—A, E, and K.” Are you getting enough D? Check out these 9 signs of vitamin D deficiency.
CBD: Early morning
Cannabidiol—the oil extracted from some types of marijuana—is all the rage these days. People tout benefits like relief from pain and anxiety; unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD won’t make you high. It comes in many forms—rubs, teas, oils, liquids, powders, and pills. CBD is best taken on an empty stomach so time it around periods of not eating, such as first thing in the morning, suggests Los Angeles sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, author of several books including The Power of When. Learn more about CBD oil here.