Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Pills

I’m constantly researching ways to self-improve and just feel good. My diverse team of gurus and go-to health authorities includes my physicians, my amazing acupuncturist, my eyebrow specialist and more. (Ladies: Haven’t you noticed that wax experts and beauty professionals in general provide more than just beautification services? Maybe I just attract it, but I’ve always gotten great advice, health food recommendations and more from these “healers.”) Anyway, I gather tons of self-care information from an array of people I know firsthand as well as from some trusted writers (i.e. my favorite Life Coach Martha Beck). Of course you should always check with your personal health care provider before ingesting anything you’re unsure of, but here are my drugs of choice lately –

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
I just upped my dosage of fish oil. Omega-3 Fatty Acids are known to help with mood and brain function. My virtual doctor, Andrew Weil, explains:
Many studies link specific nutrient deficiencies to suboptimal brain function and mental/emotional health. The most important by far is lack of omega-3 fatty acids. These special fats are critically important for both physical and mental health.
Weil recommends taking “2 to 4 grams a day of a product that provides both EPA and DHA (more of the former)… Buy only brands of fish oil that are ‘molecularly distilled’ or otherwise free of toxic contaminants.” I take Nature’s Way Super Fisol 70% EPA/DHA, with food. 

I stick to decaf coffee, and I find that taking a B-Complex gives me an extra oomph of energy in the AM. According to Whole Living, B vitamins aid memory, ease stress and much more. I buy these and keep them in the fridge.

Calcium & Magnesium
Calcium and Magnesium are both good for bone health and magnesium specifically has calming effects. Sometimes I make a calcium-magnesium “cocktail” at night. It’s best ingested in powder form. goop recommends this concoction and I like it.

In Good Health,

P.S. Don’t keep your meds in the medicine cabinet. I keep mine in the kitchen.


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