My cousin requested a quick recommendation of books and vitamins that I take every day. Thought I would post what I had written to her. Enjoy!
The Trifecta of books
3. Good Calories, Bad Calories (This book is a monster, but not a single wasted word; 20-30 hour commitment)
This book is a beast but worth reading. Its an investigative expose that got so big that it turned into a book, this author has gone on to write 2 more books about health after this, I've read all of them, but this is the best one. He wrote a shorter version of this book without all of the intense scientific references called "Why we get fat and what to do about it" (a 10 hour read instead of a 20 hour read). If you feel like you can't read all of "Good Calories, Bad Calories" you can get that one instead. But I have read both and prefer the larger one because I like all of the information.
Vitamins and supplements
Every woman should get their thyroid tested. And make sure you get a full panel. A lot of doctors will only test TSH and T3 levels, but it is important to get a full panel, since people that have the inflammatory disorder, Hashimotos Disease (This is what I have), can have inflammation for up to 10 years before they actually start having thyroid dysfunction. It is good to know if you have inflammation so that you can take steps to reducing your inflammation such as starting an autoimmune diet, reducing your exposure to mercury, etc. I have high TPO levels and high TSH when I am under stress and at the peak of my work related chronic injuries (increased inflammation in my body).
Make sure you get these things tested: