The importance of medications and vitamins

Health

Daily supplements are so annoying to take, but they can really make you feel so much better. Trust me, I know. In 1996 when I was 10 years old, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I am on daily medicine for that (fortunately we have figured out the right cocktail for me), but I still have absorption issues. I supplement with a lot of vitamins. This combination for me has helped me to live a virtually normal life.

But medicine and vitamins are just for the chronically ill. They really can help anyone with their ailments and help you live a more fulfilled life.

A daily multi-vitamin is very important. Believe it or not, even the healthiest of people don’t absorb all of the nutrients they need from the food they eat, and this daily vitamin can help fill the gaps. Some doctors will even give you extensive blood tests to check your levels of various vitamins and suggest other supplements to help you feel bette. For example, most people spend more hours than they should indoors, and we are not synthesizing Vitamin D naturally. Many people could benefit from an oral Vitamin D supplement.

Taking you medicine every day is also very important. Whether you are on just a small pill for your thyroid, birth control, an anti-depressant, or something more serious, missing any one of these can alter your chemical balance and make you feel out of sorts for the rest of the day.

Here’s a great trick: I actually carry around extra bottles of the meds I especially need, such as my anti-depressant. I have actually gotten my pharmacy to make me extra prescription bottles, which they will usually do free of charge, and I put a few pills in them. Your insurance will usually allow you to fill your prescription a few days early, and if you do that a few months in a row, you end up with a few extra pills (controlled substances such as anti-anxieties, pain meds, and ADHD meds are a little trickier). You can also purchase a few extra pills out of pocket.

Finally, try treating mild ailments naturally before turning to man made medicines. There are a lot of natural remedies for minor aches and pains that don’t have the scary side effects of man made medicines. For minor headaches, and even some major headaches, try peppermint oil on the temples. I know it sounds wishy washy, but it actually works. Ginger helps with nausea, and doesn’t put you to sleep. Peppermint also helps with a runny nose, and bloating. But obviously, if you have any serious concerns, seek medical care immediately. These are not cure alls, and there is definitely a place for modern medicine. But people had headaches and stomachaches throughout history, and they were treated before the invention of Advil.

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and do not have any medical training. The advice I have given in this post is based on personal research and personal experience.

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