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Monday, February 8, 2010

Pill Pusher

I try really hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Really hard.  (You can review my do and do nots here) Sometimes, I’m successful, sometimes I have lots of room to improve.  But for the most part I try to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.  But for all that I do to be healthy, apparently I need some help.

I went for just an annual check up and turns out my blood work came back severely deficient in Vitamin D.  Shocking.  So I started to revaluate my nutritional intake and because of that, I now take supplements.  But not just any supplements, but the world’s LARGEST supplements:

Horses take smaller pills.

1.)    Flax seed oil.  Since I don’t do fish, I’m really lacking in the omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids.  And the idea of fish oil kind of grosses me out, flax seed is the relative equivalent for us vegetarians.  It’s also said to aid in skin care.  I’ll take it!

2.)    Vitamin D and Calcium –Turns out you need calcium to absorb Vitamin D, calcium being another thing I get very little of.  To remedy this naturally, I started drinking  8 oz of calcium enriched orange juice every day which has over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs and 30% of your calcium needs.  I eat tons of broccoli already so that adds even more calcium.  But not enough so I pop these enormous suckers for strong bones. 

3.)    Glucosamine:  I’ve got the joints of a 75 year old.  Mostly in my shoulders, hips and knees.  The kicker about this one is that it has to be taken consistently every day for 3 months before you feel any effects.    I can barely do anything for consistently for more than 3 days, let alone 3 months, so this one is tricky, but I try.

Besides being annoyed every time I take these, I am curious is why they have to be so large. You'd think we'd have found a better solution than this. I have to believe that if we can make a little blue pile that gives men boners, little yellow pills that relieve headaches and little white pills that serve a variety of purposes, we can certainly find a way to make supplements, whatever color they may be, smaller.


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