Most of you know by now that I’m a pretty open book about my medication and supplement intake. I think it’s great, from a mental health activist’s perspective, to be transparent about what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. Maybe a reader will be able to find relatability through me, or maybe I’ll inspire someone to get in touch with their own doctor about their own options for medications and supplements.
With that being said, I want to put out a disclaimer and say I am not trying to inform anybody about making medical decisions or sway anyone to act a certain way. I’m not a doctor – this is just what has worked for me personally, so that I can feel my very best and put my best foot forward. You should do what feels best for you as well, regardless of what other people say. Don’t let me sway you into changing your entire health regime! With that out of the way, let’s get into it.
Calcium, Magnesium, and Zinc | CVS | Bone & Immune Health
Out of everything on this list, I’ve definitely been taking this supplement for the longest. I started taking it because I was waking up in the middle of the night with terrible muscle spasms, also known as a “Charley horse,” and my mom recommended I take this to stop them from happening. Needless to say, it worked, and I’ve been taking it ever since! The reason this combination works is because the calcium helps your body to bind proteins, meaning you’ll endure less spasms and cramps. It’s certainly working well for me, and I also haven’t broken a bone yet, so I’m feeling good about my calcium intake.
Unisom | CVS | Sleep Aid
I started taking Unisom after I developed severe insomnia this past November. As I’ve said in past articles, Unisom and melatonin have both been extremely crucial in my recovery from the insomnia spell I endured. About an hour after I take this pill, I am immediately hit with a wave of sleepiness. It’s also the good kind of sleepiness- not the kind you feel when you’re lethargic and fatigued. Does “good sleepiness” make sense to any of you or is this just a me thing? Nonetheless, it’s helped me tremendously, and I take this every night with my usual supplements.
Melatonin | Natrol | Sleep Aid
Melatonin is another sleep aid I take on the nightly to ensure I am able to get enough rest. I like this particular brand because the melatonin actually melts in your mouth, so you don’t have to swallow a giant pill or take it with any water. It also tastes like strawberries, which is an added bonus. An important thing to add about melatonin is that it takes time to get into your cycle and could take several days to start working. Once you’ve established the system in your body, however, it starts to work wonders. Now that I’ve established melatonin in my cycle, I average about 8 hours of sleep per night.
Multi For Her (with Omega 3) | Nature Made | Energy Conversion
Because I am a vegetarian, I try to make up for as many vitamins and minerals as possible through the form of supplements. These dietary gummies have loads of healthy benefits, including 60mg of Omega-3. Omega 3 is important for managing heart health, muscles, and maintaining a healthy brain. Additionally, this type of Omega 3 is suitable for plant eaters like me, because the nutrient is derived from nuts and seeds instead of fish. Also, they’re sugar-coated and they taste delicious, so I look forward to taking my multi gummies every night!
THC Oil | Rev Clinics | Sleep Aid & Anxiety Relief
Last but certainly not least, I take .50 ML of THC oil under my tongue every night to help me improve my sleep and anxiety. I’ve never smoked marijuana because it’s just not my thing, but I’ve come around to THC and CBD oil products to help me manage both my physical and mental health. Similarly to melatonin, you may need to build up THC in your system and make it a routine part of your life for it to work, but once it does, it works beautifully. This type of oil doesn’t get you high, but it does help promote relaxation and well-being in your body. Just make sure you’re purchasing it in a legal, safe way, depending on where you live!
Anyway, that’s everything I take for supplements on a nightly basis. I also take escitalopram and birth control, but I didn’t include those in the article since they’re not really nutritional supplements. I always joke that I feel a little bit like Melman from Madagascar with all his different vials and medications. We’re also both hypochondriacs, so it’s a fitting analogy. Like I said before, I don’t want to inform anybody of what medical decisions they should make- this is just what I personally do. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed this article and found it informative!