I’ve been on a supplement buying binge for the past few weeks, ever since I got sick. Natural medicine has always been my first choice when it is an option.
What are supplements? Basically any herb or vitamin/mineral, amino acids, enzymes and other plant derived substance that is not considered a drug by the FDA.
Part of my illness was stomach pain and intestinal distress, if you know what I mean. Nausea and diarrhea. Ugh. It was awful.
Knowing that gut health is a huge part of our immune system, I assumed that I needed to do something to improve it.
First I bought some bone broth and that did soothe my stomach.
I didn’t really know what caused my sickness but since I had eaten some chicken salad from a convenience store and also been at the beach , I though parasites could be a possibility.
So I went online and researched parasites, detoxing, and probiotics.
I found a variety of products and decided to try a liquid version of some herbs that are supposed to kill parasites and detox your gut. They were not cheap, but neither is medicine.
I spent around $85 for these two products.
One thing I did NOT consider was how these products might TASTE! Not great. Haha!
Turns out that the one called Fulvic Acid is basically dirt. Hahaha! I should have done more research on that one, but I was pretty sick, so I will use that as my excuse.
Did they work?
Well, I did not see any parasites come out of me, so that is a good thing.
As for my gut, it’s better now, but I can’t say if the herbs did it or I just got over it. Maybe they helped? I also took probiotics and was put on a prescription for acid reflux, which I really don’t think I had, but the doctor said it would soothe the pain.
Because I was under some extra stress before I got sick and I had run out of my favorite stress herbs, I bought more of those as well.
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I also take GABA and Magnesium at bedtime and melatonin.
My insomnia still pops up occasionally, but this combination has helped a lot.
Tonight I decided to order a couple of new supplements that I have seen mentioned a lot on menopause websites, Resveratrol and NAD+.
Because they are popular, and hopefully effective, they are a little more expensive than what I usually like to pay for supplements. But thanks to a sale and free shipping, it was a pretty good deal. That sale ends soon, but they always have special deals.
I did do some research on the resveratrol and it looks promising. Supposedly it helps with weight and fat loss as well as energy. And the NAD is supposed to work well with it.
NAD is a precursor of vitamin B3 which most people get enough of in their diet, but some people, especially people with poor digestion, can become deficient.
Resveratrol has a long and interesting history. The jury is still out according to scientists, but many users are convinced of it’s value.
In the mornings I always take B12, and usually L-Tyrosine, an amino acid for energy metabolism, and depending on how I feel I might take probiotics for my gut (definitely have been taking those lately), Black Cohosh (menopause), Milk Thistle (liver), MACA (hormone balance) .
I also take Vitamin C, Zinc, Potassium, Garlic, Raw Thyroid, Evening Primrose Oil, Turmeric, L-Tryptophan and D3 as needed. Each one has a specific use.
I have been using natural supplements since college. I usually buy them at the grocery store or Walmart or sometimes Vitamin Shoppe, but since I am now an affiliate for Life Extension, I am going to compare their products to the others.
Of course supplements are not a substitute for eating healthy and exercising and getting proper sleep. But sometimes we need a little help due to food allergies or malabsorption or other reasons.
If these new ones work, I will be thrilled. I need more energy and weight loss!
I will let you know!