A nod to supplements…

IMG_3666 I need to take a minute to give supplements a shout out. Literally a shout to the heavens of their benefits. But let me back up a minute….

It starts a couple years ago actually. I was a nurse working odd hours in  cardiac rehab unit getting up to go to work at 3 am and going to bed when all other “normal” people go to bed. The result was a disaster. I was tired, my body clock was off and I was awake when I should be asleep and asleep when I should be awake. I was drinking gallons of caffeinated beverages trying to get enough energy to get through my day. I was headed down the wrong road and quick.

Speed up a couple years worth of lost sleep, MD appointments that resulted in medications prescribed to help me sleep- something that I believe should come naturally and eventually me saying “enough is enough”. I went back to the MD and asked for lab work to be done. Real lab work, not just the normal complete blood count and liver/kidney functions. I wanted the nuts and bolts- vitamin levels, thyroid tests, estrogen levels etc. The results were astounding to me. My Vitamin D level was well… in the basement.

I felt like an idiot~ how as a nurse did I not see this coming? I was so wrapped up in my day to day life that I did not see that the lack of sunlight {thank you Iowa winters} had robbed my body of the basic vitamin my body needed to function. My adrenals, my thyroid, my vitamin levels all needed to be realigned.

So here I am supporting my body with what it needs. I am not a sales person, I do not push or promote any products. I believe in only one basic thing. My body needs nutritional support. It needs vitamins and “supplements” to maintain balance and I love to experiment with different products to see what makes me feel best- all under the direction of my physician.

Currently I am taking Vitamin D, Symplex F and Hypothalmex. I feel GREAT. I am no longer tired, I have the energy to write, exercise, and do more than sit in the chair when I get home. Since I am typically not a breakfast person, I also experiment with different protein powders {here you see Shakeology chocolate supplement} and various smoothies to help get my day started. My current favorite is LeVels Thrive am shake mixed with frozen fruit and some Naked juice in green power or banana strawberry. Some times I add ice, sometimes I don’t, depends on the amount of time I have in the morning.

I can say this- I am a lifetime believer in the use of vitamin supplements now. Not only do I have energy but I am drinking water and eating more healthy as a bonus! I do not say this as a nurse, I do not say this with the intent to direct anyone in what to take. This is between you and your doctor just as it was for me and my doctor. If you feel the way I did- see your physician and get some directions. I check my levels every three months now and I could not be happier.

There is a lot of research out there on supplements and diet. I do believe in the power of traditional medicine and that it has a place in managing our health, but I also believe in the power of the supplement as well.

It worked for me! Good luck…..

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