If you’re anything like me, you look to your friends for guidance. My friend Lucy, for example, is my go-to person for anything remotely to do with health. She is the queen of healthy eating and living. Anything good for you, she will know about it and be doing it.
A year ago, Lucy told me she’s taking the vitamin Magnesium. I thought “Magnesium”? Really? Why? Apparently, Magnesium is good for a lot of things. What it’s known best for is how it supports bone, muscle and heart health. I was intrigued. I don’t have any heart, bone or muscle issues but I do have high cholesterol. So I contemplated taking it. I didn’t actually go out and buy some though until Lucy told me how much it helps her to go to the bathroom. You know. Not number one. Number two.
~Okay, so I know this gets a bit weird here talking about number two but read on because there’s a valuable lesson to be learned coming up next. ~
If you take or know anything about cholesterol medicine, it won’t surprise you to hear that a side effect of the medication is that it can bind you. Bind = constipate. You’re supposed to drink a lot of water while you’re on this medication. Now let me set one thing straight, in all of my life I have never had an issue with being able to go. It has never been a concern until my doctor put me on Crestor to control my cholesterol levels. Now, being able to go has become a concern. I’m sure many of you can identify with me when I say it’s not fun not being able to go so you can imagine my joy in hearing how maybe taking Magnesium might be able to help me in that department.
I started taking 250mg (1 tablet) of Magnesium, twice a day and always with food. I continued to drink my recommended daily intake of water and viola! In a matter of just three days, my issues with number two just disappeared. I was back to normal baby and I have been ever since. Magnesium has very easily become one of my new best friends.
On to another valuable friend! Dione, who I have known since elementary and high school and is also a personal fitness trainer, told me about Bamboo Silica. In the last 5 years, my fingernails have gone to poop and my hair keeps falling out like crazy. At this rate, I may be bald by the time I hit 50! If you Google *Bamboo Silica* you will see that it strengthens and beautifies the body from the inside out, making it a key anti-aging mineral. It is also used to treat skin problems such as Psoriasis and Eczema as well as improving the cardiovascular system, reducing blood fats and cholesterol, and eliminating toxins such as aluminum. When I heard all this, I went out and got me some. It’s only been a few days since I started taking it so I haven’t seen any real results yet. I will keep you posted on the beautification of my future hair and nails.
Last but not least, my sister-in-law introduced me to Biotin. She has been taking it daily with food and has found that it has done wonders on strengthening her fingernails and allowing them to grow and stay long. Intrigued once again by this information, I looked up Biotin and apparently, besides helping to strengthen your nails, it also helps the body to metabolize fats and carbohydrates to produce energy. When I saw the word ENERGY, I was hooked and I bought myself a bottle. Honestly, what do I have to lose in trying it out? This is one Mama who could really use some extra energy!
All three things I’ve talked about today are vitamin supplements and are all natural ingredients. You can find them at any health food store or in the vitamin section of your local pharmacy. I’m no doctor but I do listen to my friends and if they say something is helping them in some way shape or form, I’m willing to try it out too. I figure if I’m taking it and I see no results, I’ll stop. After all, whatever vitamins and minerals your body doesn’t absorb or use, you end up peeing out. I’m okay with that.
It’s all in the name of feeling and looking good!