Having had this life-changing experience of a huge injury has made me re-evaluate a lot of things about the way I live. I recently wrote about finding my fitness, and along with this has come changes to the way I eat, and treat myself. I am nowadays so much more protective of my abilities, stress-levels, tiredness, and commitment to making myself more and more busy. I spent 3 years having a full-time day job as well as owning a dance school and teaching in excess of 20 hours a week of dance, plus travelling like a crazy lady . This led to perpetual exhaustion, anxiety, and great levels of injury, and I don't ever want to do that to myself again.
It's just not worth it, my body is something I have learnt to value, respect, and understand better. It's not been easy when my first reflex is always to do more, and value my body's needs last (after my emotional WANTS)!
One of the changes I've made in the last 6 weeks has been to start a habit of taking vitamins/supplements. I figure it can't hurt. My mum is the vitamin queen, and she is one of the healthiest and energetic people I know. I asked for her advice and here's what she's put me on:
- Fancl Vitamin C with Acerola - it has fast absorption properties and come in easy to swallow capsules. Double win for wussy me. This also has Rosehip in it, for good skin.
- Usana Bio Omega (Concentrated Fish Oil) - for its anti-inflammatory properties to help my back pain, and it also should help with my asthma.
- Imedeen Derma One - for it's apparently youth elixir properties. Look, my mum takes it, and any of you who have met her will agree that she looks about 20 years younger than she is. So I'm totally taking it.
I've surprised myself by sticking to it so far - haven't missed a day. Have I seen a difference? Well, I think my skin is better. I KNOW my immune system is better (no sniffles, coughs despite cold weather). I don't know if it's helping with the back pain but I have been on significantly less amounts of pain killers lately (also a conscious decision for better health). I HAVE noticed less muscle soreness after swimming or teaching. I think I'll need to wait about 3 months to see any true results.
Don't laugh, but it takes me an entire cup of coffee to down these, I really hate swallowing pills. And sometimes up to 4 whole minutes.
Eventually I will add glucosamine to the mix (for my injury-full body) - but need to find a tablet that is good and easy to swallow. I think I may also
Do you take any supplements/vitamins, and why? Do you feel a marked difference in your health from taking them?