Thursday, February 5, 2009

vitamin routine, quote, and asthma

Yesterday and today, ballet stretches.
Yesterday -- hair vitamin -- GNC's Ultra Nourish Hair
Today -- woman's vitamin pack, Oil of Evening primrose, Fish oil.

I'm experimenting with alternating vitamins. Please don't base your vitamin routine on mine. Whether to take vitamins and, if so, what to take is something you should discuss with your physician and work out for yourself. Some experts feel that if you eat an adequate diet, you really don't need vitamins; others think that in today's world of irregular diets, we do need vitamins. My personal thought is that people survived for thousands of years without vitamin supplementation, and I think that it's drastic to say everyone needs them. I have a suspicion that many healthy people take expensive vitamins that they don't need and their bodies end up flushing the water soluble ones out. However, I have taken vitamins off and on throughout my entire life and do think they can be useful. It's probably a personal thing.

My endocrinologist does want me to take Vitamin D and calcium, as well as fish oil. In the past, I have been low in iron and have needed some supplementation. The Ultra Nourish Hair is an experiment.

Here's some food for thought:

"While we never want to give primary focus to our exterior apperance, especially to the neglect of our inner selves, we must remember that our bodies belong to God, and to our spourse....Let our demise and delcine come about due to the inevitable passage of time, not becauswe of our neglect. For the glory of God, for the sake of living a long and sueful life, and for the happiness of our wives and the enchancement of our love lives, let's take care of ourselves!" From the Five Senses of Romantic Love. (This paragraph was written to men, but is something for us, as women, to think about as well.)

Here's a bit from Wikipedia about asthma, another of my chronic challenges:

"Asthma is a very common chronic disease involving the respiratory system in which the airways constrict, become inflamed, and are lined with excessive amounts of mucus, often in response to one or more triggers.[1] These episodes may be triggered by such things as exposure to an environmental stimulant such as an allergen, environmental tobacco smoke, cold or warm air, perfume, pet dander, moist air, exercise or exertion, or emotional stress. In children, the most common triggers are viral illnesses such as those that cause the common cold.[2] This airway narrowing causes symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. The airway constriction responds to bronchodilators. Between episodes, most patients feel well but can have mild symptoms and they may remain short of breath after exercise for longer periods of time than the unaffected individual. The symptoms of asthma, which can range from mild to life threatening, can usually be controlled with a combination of drugs and environmental changes."

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