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Author Topic: What supplements do you take, and why?  (Read 12117 times)
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« Reply #30: March 30, 2010, 08:36:05 am »

What dietry supplements do you take on a daily basis, and for what reason do you take them?

I take daily (weekdays) Lecithin (memory and cell well being), 1 gr of Vitamin C, Milk Thistle (liver cleaning and digestion). every other month we take Chlorella for the immunesystem.

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« Reply #31: March 30, 2010, 11:42:47 am »

In most cases, I think society has become very pill happy - be it medications or supplements. So I'm very cautious on what I put in my body and why.

I agree. And I've read from various sources that daily supplements don't really "do much" and that we're better off getting what we need from the food we eat. I used to take a women's multivitamin and found a whole lot of comfort in that act because it felt like an easy way to get what my body needs.

But really, I'm trying to take the nutrition out of food. I'm trying to stop thinking in terms of the parts of food, like carbs, protein, fats, etc. This includes vitamins and minerals and antibiotics and more. So by removing that thinking in general, I'm also steering away from most supplements. It's very difficult to stop thinking in terms of nutrients, and I've a very long road ahead of me, especially when we're constantly being told by the media (of all things!) what we should be eating and why, which includes a list of the nutrients. Honestly, food science is ridiculously limited, we have a very weak, feeble grasp on it. My solution is to go back to eating real foods primarily. I'm cutting back on the processed stuff, with a little wiggle room for cheating, and haven't eaten fast food in something like two years now.

All that said, I do still keep fish oil capsules because the one food I cannot stand to eat (for the most part, beyond a tuna salad/sandwich or salmon loaf) is fish. Fish disgusts me. My SO also takes it when his knees start acting up and giving him pain, and he's found the anti-inflammatory benefits helpful. I'm absolutely awful at taking the fish oil daily, or weekly, but they're there if I so choose. And I think that's the only supplement that I'll be keeping around, except possibly a prenatal if/when the whole baby thing happens, but we'll see.

I am, however, fond of drinking herbal teas, especially when I'm sick. I'm a fan of herbal healing. And I eat something with cinnamon (lately it's been applesauce to which I add cinnamon) on a weekly basis. Supposed to help with heart health and circulation or something, but I think it just tastes good. Wouldn't want to package it in a pill and swallow it tasteless for its supposed health effects. I loves me my cinnamon!

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