I’ve always pulled back from everything labeled as ‘supplements’.
I think I associate ‘supplements’ with protein shakes, steroids, and other body-building products. A-Rod takes supplements, not me.
When I hear ‘supplements’, I think this:
But in reality, I have something of an obsession with supplementing my diet. It’s getting a little out of control.
The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?
Yeah. That’s what I take before bed every night. Finding a pill box large enough to hold this many pills took some serious shopping around.
I can’t help myself! Have you ever read what vitamins claim to be necessary for? It’s very compelling stuff.
“Tell me,” I hear you ask “why Magnesium?”
Oh, let me tell you:
‘Magnesium is an essential mineral and plays an important role in energy metabolism, protein synthesis, neuromuscular transmission and bone structure.’
Holy crap! How have I held myself together without magnesium?? Better be sure to get a healthy dose every day!
And have you heard about electrolyte water? It’s my new drug. I know it might be a full-scale placebo effect, but I’m loving every minute of it. Ever since I started drinking electrolyte water during and after my workouts, I feel far less dehydrated, meaning I have a lot more stamina.
Who cares if it’s all in my head if it makes my head say I can push my workout a little bit harder?
And finally, there’s the fish oil and probiotics (which are only grouped together because that’s how I associate them. They’re the supplements that live in the fridge.) I’m totally hooked on fish oil and probiotics.
Gentlemen – you’ll want to skip the next paragraph.
Ladies – True story: Ever since I started taking fish oil and probiotics daily, I haven’t had any PMS (and I have a long, storied history of crazy-lady PMS). After the first month of taking fish oil and probiotics daily, I actually suffered a momentary pregnancy panic. It was time for me to be getting PMS-y and I wasn’t bursting into tears for no reason even at all! I have no idea if it’s the fish oil, the probiotics, or the combination of both, but I’m a happy camper (and so is my husband!) so I’ll be sticking with this magical cocktail.
Ok, guys – it’s safe to come back now.
If you decide to try fish oil (and my herbalist insists on liquid, not capsule) I recommend finding one with peach or mango flavoring. The lemon variety is pretty gross. I find that the tropical flavors do a better job at masking the fishiness.
Do you take any supplements? If so, what kind of glorious health boosts do they give you?
With all the supplements I take every day, I expect to develop x-ray vision and super-strength any day now.
You are in good company. Have you read about Ray Kurzweil? I actually know his son well if you want to learn how to build up to his numbers 🙂 “Kurzweil admits that he cared little for his health until age 35, when he was found to suffer from a glucose intolerance, an early form of type II diabetes (a major risk factor for heart disease). Kurzweil then found a doctor (Terry Grossman, M.D.) who shares his non-conventional beliefs to develop an extreme regimen involving hundreds of pills, chemical intravenous treatments, red wine and various other methods to attempt to live longer. Kurzweil was ingesting “250 supplements, eight to 10 glasses of alkaline water and 10 cups of green tea” every day and drinking several glasses of red wine a week in an effort to “reprogram” his biochemistry. Lately, he has cut down the number of supplement pills to 150.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Kurzweil
I’m betting the PMS relief has a lot to do with the magnesium too! Google the effects of deficiency. Anxiety attacks and Heart palpitations. That stuff is magic :). Like you, my list is lengthy. A bunch of Bs, magnesium, omegas, probiotics, and high Cs and Ds.
And my FAVE: adrenal cocktail at bed. Sleep issues? Try 1/2 cup OJ, 1/2 tsp sea salt (Celtic, etc), and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (for the potassium). TDF.