Can’t write a thing because research is killing me. I might as well get a job as a researcher for a magazine I spend so much time trying to figure out the world through food and exercise. Anyway, I was going to write a blog on supplements. Let’s see what happened.
For one that is disciplined enough, Dietary supplements can really do a world of good. I truly believe that no matter how serious one is about their diet, there is no way they are getting in what their are supposed to.
What’s a supplement? It’s a product taken by mouth intended to supplement the diet and that contains one or more “dietary ingredients.’ The “dietary ingredients” in these products may include: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino and fatty acids, and other substances found in the human diet, such as enzymes…
I personally take many of them: protein and amino acids, fatty acid from salmon oil, cla, carbs from green concentrate… multivitamins, ah ha!
Multivitamins! Which one is the best? Here I go again… Some article warned that they don’t contain enough calcium and vitamin D for bone health, not enough antioxidants for eye health, not enough DHA (one of the omega-3s), not enough ginkgo, not enough bilberry, and not enough probiotics and suggest you buy standalone supplements of calcium and D, lutein, antioxidants, DHA, ginkgo, bilberry, and probiotics. Well, it’s physically impossible to pack ideal amounts of every nutrient into a capsule or tablet so eat whole or unprocessed foods such as fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables, low-fat and low-cholesterol dairy products, whole grains, fish, meats and poultry products containing the required nutrients that we need to keep ourselves healthy and stay fit.
Then I went tanning for the first time in a while. My reason beside a healthy glow? Vitamin D! My multivitamin contains only 50iu, the recommended daily intake is 600iu/day but there are talks of 1200iu/ day. Yes I know, get it from food I just said, well: catfish, 425 iu, salmon, 360 iu, Tuna canned 235 iu, 1 egg, 20 iu, beef liver, 15 iu… But if I eat more fish…
Turns out, UVAs, the kind mostly used in tanning salons do not cause the necessary reaction in the skin to produce vitamin D. On top of that, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Ultraviolet (UV) rays may create a skin reaction that may release endorphin; so it won’t even make me happy?
On happiness… Heard of SAD? The reason I ended up in a tanning salon in the first place was NOT vitamin D, it was Seasonal Affective Disorder. One of my many disorders. Order? Right! Where was I? Moved to Vancouver one rainy August, back home to sunny Africa by November. “Light therapy” my Doctor (Mom) said. Oops! Thought she meant tanning light. Well SAD is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. Symptoms include: Depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, oversleeping, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates, weight gain, difficulty concentrating and processing information.
Feels like you? Don’t brush it off, you need to address the problem!
Some treatment: Light therapy, antidepressants, Psychotherapy.
Lifestyles: Make your environment sunnier and brighter, get outside, exercise regularly.
Alternative medicine: Dietary Supplements(St. John’s wort, SAMe, melatonin, Omega-3 fatty acids).
It all make sense now, I’m not ADD at all (thanks John, you gorgeous beast)!