Hello! I have finally got round to writing up my post about the vitamins and supplements that I take. As someone with a chronic illness, I know how easy it is to suddenly find yourself taking far too many medications and actually forgetting to take them because you have so many to remember!
After 3 years of being diagnosed with ME/CFS (wow has it really been that long??) I have managed to find a happy balance with the medicines I do take and which I know actually do work for me. I have tried a lot of different supplements over the years and not all of them have been effective, and quite frankly, if I don’t notice any amazing difference I really don’t see the point in adding more into your daily routine. Plus, they are NOT cheap and I’d rather not spend money on medicines that don’t work!
I also try to steer clear of ‘proper’ medications, i.e. ones that you might get prescribed from a Doctor. This is simply a personal preference as I don’t feel comfortable taking them, and would prefer to take medicines that are made from all natural ingredients. the company that I use for all of my vitamins and supplements is Nature’s Aid, which you can also get from Amazon*.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look into my pill box!
Firstly, comes Raspberry Ketones. This may come as a surprise to you as these are typically used for weight loss. Well, in my experience, they are useless if used for that purpose. Believe me.
However, for energy, they are AMAZING. I take two every morning and since starting on them 2 and a half years ago, I have noticed such a massive difference in my energy levels. On the days I have forgotten them, I suddenly notice a huge drop in my energy and it’s not long before I realise that it’s because I’ve forgotten to take them. As you can imagine, these are a life-saver for me, especially when my ME/CFS starts flaring up. The raspberry ketones don’t prevent a crash or a flare up, but I find they can help you recover quicker.
I also take a vitamin D supplement, which was recommended by my homeopathic Dr (also a qualified GP) as it is a known fact that people in Britain don’t get enough sun, and therefore vitamin D, and that is something that is so incredibly important when you have a chronic illness. When I was in the process of being diagnosed with ME/CFS, blood tests showed that I was also deficient in Vitamin D, which many people probably are in this country, and so I was prescribed supplements to help give me a boost.
I like to take these supplements daily, especially in the winter, and especially if I’m not going on holiday (like this year!) so I can be confident that I’m getting enough of the vitamin!
This next supplement is a Magnesium supplement, which I’ve only started taking in the past few months, and at the moment I’m still not convinced – if I’m being completely honest! I knew that Magnesium was good for muscle function and with having chronic muscle pain, I thought I’d give it a go! I haven’t noticed my muscle pain lessen, but I have noticed that I am more flexible and stronger. To be honest, I think that’s more to do with the exercise, but perhaps the Magnesium is helping to repair my muscles after exercise? Who knows, but I’m going to keep taking them until the bottle is empty before making a final decision on that!
The final supplement I take (well used to take, I need to order some more!) is Cod Liver Oil. As someone who doesn’t eat fish or seafood I don’t get Omega-3 naturally, and because it also helps with brain function, and I am someone who frequently suffers with brain fog, this is a brilliant supplement to take. I remember my Mum trying to force this down my brother and I as a horrible thick liquid that completely put me off taking it (did anyone else get forced to take that?!), but these ones come as really large, gel tablets that you can swallow really easy so that takes the nastiness away a little bit!
So, there we go! There are my 4 go-to vitamins and supplements that I *try* and take without fail every day! I find it very easy to go days without my medicines simply because I forget, despite having an app that specifically reminds me to take them (hello brain fog!) and then all of a sudden I’m feeling fatigued and unwell, and when I realise why and I get back on track, I feel 10 times better!
As I mentioned earlier, these medicines are all natural supplements the latter 3 are all things that we should get as part of a healthy diet anyway, but by taking the supplements, it just gives you a boost where you need it. I highly recommend Natures Aid if you want to look into vitamins and supplements but please do talk to a Doctor** before trying any new medicines.
Have you tried any of these medicines? If so, which one/s?
Until next time,
* Be careful when purchasing medicines online – there are a lot of dodgy ones about and so I really recommend you do your research before buying anything and please make sure they are from a reputable site!
** Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor, nor am I qualified to give medical advice in any way. I recommend that you speak to a medical professional before trying any of these medicines that I have mentioned above.