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A good Multivitamin when volunteering in Uganda?

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I will be volunteering for anywhere from 3-6 months next summer in Uganda. The organization I am volunteering for states the diet that will be provided as such:

"During placement you will have locally available foods such as matooke (bananas), rice and vegetable with tart flavor pickle two times a day, 8:30AM and 7:30 PM. There will be a snack in afternoon which you can expect beaten rice, puff corn and roasted peanuts etc. Sometimes host families may offer different items such as noodles, meat (if you are a non-vegetarian)"

Generally my body doesn't get much out of pills; I don't take vitamins because I've never gotten any sort of benefit from them. But the best brand of Multi I've ever taken was Nature Valley, so maybe I should look into another brand that has better absorbency. Also, since I have Celiac, my body doesn't always do a fantastic job of absorbing things, so I need something that's really going to just go full force into my bloodstream without passing Go or collecting $200.

What are your recommendations?

Must be gluten-free.

Thanks!

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Really, no replies yet?

Ok, I guess I'll do some clarifying.

I generally follow a pretty high raw veggie diet. I doubt I'll break, out in Uganda because of the sun, low calories, and high activity (not healthy, but gets me clear), but I really am concerned about my general health because I follow this diet. This is going to be a drastic dietary change, and I don't want my body to go into shock of some sort, or to inhibit it's maximum functioning. What should I use to replace the veggies and the meat in my diet, at least temporarily? What do you guys suggest?

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First of all, good for you for getting out into the world and making a difference! That sounds like quite an incredible experience you have ahead.

For the most part I am not a huge fan of supplements, but in your case it actually sounds like a pretty good idea. I do take a multivitamin about 4-5x/week. I take vitamin code men raw one-a-day. I feel fantastic with it, and unlike some more mainstream-commercial vitamins, it has no fillers/additives etc. You'd obviously get the women's version.

http://www.vitacost.com/Garden-of-Life-Vit...W-One-for-Women

There is a great price. Buy two bottles and bring along; it also has the benefit of one of the most powerful probiotic strains we know, Saccaromyces Boulardii.

Fits in with the raw, vegan, gluten-free deal.

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That is wonderful of you. :thumbsup: Wish you all the best on your trip. I feel liking coming too.

Sorry not much knowledge on multivitamins, ask a chemist/doc?, tell them about your body's needs and that you're going abroad.

Just seriously look after yourself, you'll most probably be consuming a lot of water, Just coming back from serious heat abroad, I felt thirsty more than anything. Water is my favourite drink forever. :w00t: Still a long time until your trip so you have plenty of time to find a good multivit'. take care

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Whoops. I don't suppose a mod could move this to the vitamin posts?

Thanks :wub:

Sure, no problem ;) Next time if you want a topic moved, just use the "Report" button, all the mods will get a message then.

Good luck in Uganda, what a great experience!

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I'm not sure if it's gluten free but I use One A Day Teen Advantage for Girls and I can totally tell the difference when I take it and when I don't. It's supposed to help promote healthy skin (it says so right on the box/ in the ads) and I have found that when I take it my skin does look better. I don't always eat great and my immune system seems to suck so I think this helps me a lot and it might be worth considering.

Peace ;)

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