So I've had a ton of requests for my list o' supplements, mentioned in the last post. Here's what I need to say before I share what they are:
This specific list (and their dosages, which I will NOT list) was discussed and tweaked with my Midwife/Acupuncturist/Herbalist/Friend. It is not a formula that will work for everyone. It is not a regimen I would start without first consulting someone who know what they hell she's talking about. It's very, very important that your specific needs and limitations are discussed, evaluated and addressed to your personal situation. You're going to waist time, money and results by just throwing together a batch of the below items and hoping for the best. SO, why am I bothering to share it with you at all? Because I think it's important for people to understand how this kind of change and real results are attainable with things you can find at your health food store (or somewhere online like VitaCost). NOT FOR EVERYONE, of course. Some people need good 'ol fashioned pharmaceuticals and that's totally OK. Others, like me, do just fine with this list, or something like it when I don't turn into an asshat and forget to take them.
Good! Here's what I take:
A really good Multivitamin (I like Rainbow Light's Women's One a day) Evening Primrose Oil (EPO), Calcium, Vitex (also known chaste tree, monk's pepper tree and chasteberry), Zinc, B6, L-Tyrosine (an amino acid), DLPA (contains the amino acids L-phenylalanine and D-phenylalanine), GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid, another amino acid), 5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan, a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin), Vitamin C, and Magnesium.
Some of these I take once a day, some twice. For a while, some were three times a day. For a while, I took Chinese herbs as well and in the past have also taken SAM-e (S-adenosyl methionine). I make an effort to eat well, too. Sometimes I fail and eat peach cobbler for lunch, which, SHOCKINGLY, happens more often when I am not taking my damn supplements. On a side note, planters warts had been plaguing my feet for over three years and simply went away after I started taking these things. Related? I know not. But I have a feeling that by taking care of myself, my feet decided to support me. Funny, huh?
I have a feeling I'll be taking some form of these things for the rest of my life, which sometimes makes me want to scream obscenities at the wall, but mostly makes me thankful that this might be ALL I ever have to take. I will adjust as needed, or, at least I hope I will. For now, I'm just trying to be kind to myself. Which, by the way, is all kinds of stupid. How is it that I will fight to the end for a loved ones happiness and sanity and yet, will totally bail on myself at the first sign of struggle? Why do we do that to ourselves? If someone can answer that, I'll send you a cookie.
Anyway, that's the list that works for me. I'm curious to hear what works for others.