Do you take any dietary supplements?
I have taken dietary supplements before. I took Glucosamine, hoping that it would help my joints as I aged. (I couldn't tell a difference, so I don't take it any more.) I've taken Omega 3 Fish Oil for several years. I know Omega 3's are supposed to be healthy for you, and I doubt I eat enough fish to get to that point. Even my Optometrist recommends Omega 3's.
For the most part, I have relied on prescription medicine. Only recently, I have tried to eliminate some prescription medicine and rely on dietary supplements to maintain health.
Two years ago, a Dr. wanted me to do the lab work to check my Vitamin D levels. (Vitamin D is needed for bone density.) When I went for the test, the lab told me that if I was deficient in Vitamin D my insurance provider would pay for the lab work; however, if I wasn't deficient, I would have to pay for it out of pocket. ($250+) I refused the lab work and began taking a daily dose of Vitamin D. (I didn't think I was probably deficient anyway. I like being outside, and sunshine is the best source of Vitamin D.)
This spring, I started taking ALC/ALA for energy and mental focus. I have been on some anti-anxiety medicine twice in the last six years, once shortly after the stroke and then again after the tornado. I wanted off of it. After reading up on it, ALC/ALA seemed like it would do what I needed.
You can see the bottle says it promotes memory. I can tell a difference when I forget to take it. I feel tired and a bit brain foggy.
That is all I'm taking right now, but in the next few weeks I will be adding another.
I've complained about hot flashes and night sweats on here before. After a stroke, hormones are definitely not happening. If the disrupted sleep patterns continue, I will take the supplement Melatonin. The Dr. suggested this to help me get a good night's sleep.
So if they could help me with sleeping, how about hot flashes? Yeah. They have nothing safe for me. (I want to say: "They got nothin'." It just sounds bad for an English teacher to say that!) The only advice: cut out the caffeine. Noooooooo! Yeah, it stinks!
So that is the latest on Easy Street. I'm cutting back on caffeine, but right now I don't see cutting it out completely. We'll see how miserable I am when school starts.
Better yet, we'll see how miserable the students are! They might be begging me to get back on the caffeine bandwagon!