Saturday, August 1, 2009

Well Oiled Machine

This week I have devoted some of my free time to researching Hypothyroidism and Auto Immune diseases in order to get a handle on my health. I learned that prescription medication alone may not alleviate the symptoms - which in my case it certainly hasn't - and is, in all probability, only masking the root of the problem. The last several years I have not taken care of myself properly and now my body is letting me know by raging a full scale attack - ON ITSELF. My diet has been crap and virtually no exercise to speak of. I've got to do something.

So I decided to add herbal supplements to the mix. I'm starting out small so as not to overwhelm the ol' bod, but so far I am pleasantly surprised at the results. This is my new arsenal:
Let's start with flax oil. I have it sitting in the fridge next to the bottled water so that I will remember to take it. Not only does it look like something that should go in my car engine, it is how I imagine a tablespoon of Valvoline might taste. I'm supposed to ingest 1-3 tablespoons per day. Right now I can barely get one down. And my lips feel oily afterwards.
My next dose was the B-complex in liquid form. You have to put it under your tongue and leave it there for 30 seconds. They might as well have said 30 minutes. It's the longest 30 seconds you will ever endure. I'd almost rather walk over hot coals for 30 seconds, but that won't help my thyroid.

Then I made myself a steaming cup of Yerba Mate tea. Have you ever tasted dirt? Maybe as a kid? I played quite a bit in the dirt as a child and I think I remember this same taste in my mouth at the end of the day. But you know what? I drank it all because I'm finally wearing my big girl panties and realize that this is good for me.

Thankfully, the primrose oil came in gel caps. The other supplements I decided to nix in favor of an organic multi-vitamin made especially for women. This vitamin had many of the supplements I was going to purchase separately such as D, Selenium, and Calcium.

Last night after the tasty trio of flax, Yerba Mate, and B-complex, I felt good enough to take the dogs for a walk. And this morning, I ingested the same cocktail again, along with the multi-vitamin, and now I'm going to clean the bathrooms.

Except for my mouth tasting like it just had an oil change, I feel great! I am worried, however, that Double D will mistake me for his Honda.


Autumn said...

I hope these help somewhat! Now we just need to get you on the Wii Fit. :)

Louisiana Belle said...

Now that my back isn't aching I can give that a try!

Mickey said...

You are too funny!!! Glad to hear that something is working. Let me know if you continue to feel that good. It'd (is that a word?) be worth a try. Keep up the good work!!!

Louisiana Belle said...

It'd IS a word! Haha

I had a little setback because I eliminated diet drinks completely. Every day I have had a massive headache, but they are getting less severe as of today. Hopefully, I can get back on track with the good energy because I need to paint my living room before they put the wood floors down on Monday.

Mickey said...

Wood floors! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!