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.