In an ideal world, what you eat throughout the day would provide an ideal amount of vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain optimal health. And, I suppose, if I had a dietician and personal chef choosing, preparing and serving me every bit of food I eat throughout the day, that might be true. But I don’t.
And the fact that my body isn’t fantastic at absorbing the nutrients I do eat every day (thanks gluten-intolerance mucking up my intestines!) I can’t assume I’m getting all the nutrients I need just through diet. Factor in that I don’t eat anything with wheat, rye or barley. And my doctor told me to minimize the amount of red meats and dairy I consume. Kinda leaves my diet slightly lacking…
So I’ve decided I’m going to start taking some supplements. I don’t want to take a multivitamin and try to cram everything in all at once. 1: because I don’t think I actually need every single supplement included in multivitamins. 2: because the main vitamins/minerals I want to make sure I’m getting enough of actually prevent proper absorption of each other.
Starting today, I’m going to trial taking 2 different supplements. The first is Vitamin D3; 1000IU tablet once a day. My doctor mentioned my vitamin D was on the lower end of normal with my last blood test and since it’s winter and I’m getting absolute minimal sun exposure, I’m not getting any vitamin D naturally!
The second is Thyro Guard. It’s marketed as a “multi-nutrient thyroid support formula”. Though all my blood tests have always come back as having normal TSH levels, I’ve always questioned my thyroid function:
- I’m easily fatigued, despite getting a solid 8 hours sleep a night
- My hair is dry and thinning
- My skin is dry
- I have puffiness around my eyes and face
- I have difficulty concentrating
- My sex drive is lower than it should be
- I get sick frequently (currently battling cold #2 in as many weeks)
- My eyes feel sensitive to light
Many of those symptoms can be related to so many other causes, I know, but there are enough of them that I really do question whether I have an underlying thyroid issue. (TSH is not always accurate, but my doctor won’t test my T3 and T4 since the TSH isn’t abnormal).
Anyway, so supplement #2 is Thyro Guard which contains Magnesium, potassium, B6, B2, B1, B12, iodine, copper, manganese, zinc, calcium and vit C. I have to see when the best time to take each supplement is and then I’m going to take one of each every day, religiously, until they are finished or I feel any negative effects and then reevaluate once the trial is over.
Do you take any supplements? Why or why not? Have you found them to make any significant difference?