As floxies we want to improve our health, reduce our pain, and try to get back to leading a more active and productive life so we constantly wonder whether or not we should try some new therapy or supplement someone else says helped them. The more time I’m on the boards and support groups the more I see this topic come up. As a newly floxed person I have jumped on the bandwagon to try supplements that someone else has recommended sometimes with good results, sometimes bad results, and sometimes with nothing changing at all. Whether or not to try a new therapy or supplement is a question we all face in trying to recover.
As a longtime floxie with numerous health issues the best advice I can give is to research, research, and research some more anything you are considering trying. And this goes for mainstream medical options as well as alternative therapies and supplements. I cannot stress enough that we are all different so what works for one may not work or even harm others. Then when starting something new start low and go slow.
Sometimes we learn of more than one new supplement at a time so we buy a few things and start taking all of them the same day. Early on I was guilty of this as well. I now know that the best way to approach a new supplement is to take one new thing, wait several days, note any changes in health and if nothing negative happens then try it again. Proceed slowly and with caution. I’ve heard of those who’ve felt good on a new supp, only to increase the amount and after several days start feeling worse. Sometimes feeling worse can just be a cycle that coincides with the new supp but sometimes it can be the supplement itself. If you’re not sure what’s causing the worsening err on the side of caution and stop the new supplement. Wait a few days and then decide whether or not to try it again. Start something new slowly, use a small amount and gauge your reaction. One example of this is essential oils (EOs). I had great success with these as have many others and I still use them almost daily however I’ve met two floxies who reacted badly to them. So I advise caution here. Also, when I realized they were helping me I began using more and more of them. I learned that with EOs that less is more. Increasing the amount didn’t help any more than the lesser amount did. So I learned through experience to use them diluted to 10% with a carrier oil, and applied topically or diffused (never ingest them!). This leads me to my next bit of advice; listen to your body.
You know yourself better than anyone else. What is your gut telling you about your floxing? If you aren’t sure then keep listening. There are many well meaning people in the groups who will give you advice on what helped them and they are wonderful to share their experiences with the rest of us. I’ve found some very beneficial remedies this way. I’ve also tried some things that didn’t help so at the end of the day you need to sit down and think about what you need to do for you. So after you’ve done your research, listened to advice of others, thought about your unique situation, and done your budget then ask yourself is it still something you want to try? If it’s a very expensive therapy and some did well with it but others did not and it’s going to set you back financially do you still think it’s a good idea? Weigh the pro’s and con’s before jumping in. Also remember if you hold off on it for now it’ll still be around if you decide to try it later. Some of the best results have come from simple dietary changes such as eating organic, avoiding GMOs, reducing toxic exposure from household cleaners, detergents and Teflon pans, and switching to organic personal care products. And the best thing is that this won’t break the bank. My laundry detergent I use now is a lot cheaper than the name brand I used!
Remember we are all unique. We all come from different backgrounds and have different genetics. That’s one of the things that makes this world so beautiful. Keeping that in mind what works for one might not work for another so do your research, ask questions, start low and go slow, and listen to your body. And if you aren’t sure about something you don’t have to decide today. There’s plenty of time and there are simple changes you can make now. My last bit of advice is to keep a journal of what you’ve tried, what worked, what didn’t work, and supplements that work synergistically. This will help especially if you have brain fog.
Yours in Health,