26 Jul


*I would like to preface this blog by saying you should absolutely NOT take any of these supplements or vitamins without talking to your doctor. Every time I have started a new regime it’s been cleared by a doctor. This is simply a plan we have worked out together for ME. It does not mean it is right for you. If you are interested in adding any of the substances below, please talk to your doctor FIRST.*

I’ve gotten laughed at, scoffed at, and pointed at often for the amount of supplements/vitamins I take. It all started in college when I went to a nutritionist (I was a vegetarian then and my mom wanted to make sure I was getting enough nutrients). I got my blood tested and everything was fine. She did recommend I take a multivitamin and a calcium supplement just to be on the safe side.

Over the years I’ve packed on more supplements. I heard dietitian after dietitian say they recommend women take a multi, calcium, and fish oil, so one more was added. Several years after that I started running, so I started taking Glucosamine Chondroitin.

Last year I was at a big crossroad—I was getting sick very often. This is something I’m used to as an asthmatic sufferer (plus allergies), but it’s not something my employer or fellow employees were used to. Asthmatics are more susceptible to illnesses, especially the flu and any respiratory illnesses. Of course, that doesn’t really make your co-workers feel any better when you are calling in sick. I went to my doctor and a naturopath. I also started using the neti pot. The only medicine I’m on now for allergies and asthma are my inhaler and a nose spray, which is a huge improvement from when I was younger. I also take the following vitamins and supplements—

CoQ-10—helps maintain a healthy cardiovascular system

Fish Oil—Omega 3 fatty acids, possible anti-cancer effects, aids brain function

Calcium with Magnesium—I don’t drink milk so this helps with building strong bones

Vitmain D—helps calcium absorption and some say it can affect your mood

Women’s Multivitamin

Glucosamine Chondroitin—maintains joint health

Bioavailable Iron—I don’t eat red meat and women loose iron during their periods

I haven’t been really sick (well, except for a food poisoning incident that doesn’t really count) for at least six months, and it seems like it’s easier for me to fight off something if I feel a cold coming on. Exercise and good whole food also helps. 🙂

Again, I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. Please talk to yours before taking any of these as it is possible to take too many vitamins, and something could interact with medicine you might be taking.


One Response to “Supplements”


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