Saturday, 25 August 2012


I'm sure I've posted about this before, so apologies in advance, but I wanted to do a post on supplements. Do you guys take any? What effect do you think it has on your health, if any?

I take
  • Supermarket diet pills (usually Xenadrine or Hydroxycut) - 4-6 a day

  • Centrum multivitamins - once a day
  • Caltrate calcium - once a day

  • Dietary Iron - once a day

  • Fish oil - once a day

  • Swisse Hair, Skin & Nails - once a day

It was really hard for me to start taking these, and it's still hard every day, but I've been on them nearly a year. My ED wants me to be sick, and supplements slow the process. But I know I need to take better care of my health these days. When I got my recent blood tests back, I was told that it's a very good thing I take all these, and I'd be in a lot worse state if I didn't. My iron levels were barely normal, even though the concern had been over-supplementing. Obviously, I'm still very sick, and supplements won't do much without eating alongside, but they have helped. It's scary but validating at the same time to hear that I'm actively doing something good for my health - it definitely makes it worth the money and time.

What do you take, if anything?



  1. I used to take a multivitamin, but it was chewable and I couldn't find the calorie content anywhere so I stopped taking it. Sometimes if I remember I'll take a vitamin C tablet, or an iron tablet, but I rarely remember.
    The closest I get to taking care of myself that way if by drinking sugar free energy drinks after I'm sick to slow the risk of electrolyte damage, but other than that I don't really bother.

    I really need to get something for my hair and nails, are the ones you take really effective?

    1. My hair's as thick and healthy as it ever was pre-ED (except for when I keep pulling it out), so it's made no difference there. And it's made no difference to my skin because I'm horrible with scratching and picking. But my nails are definitely a lot stronger. Three months ago they were just flaking apart, and ridiculously soft. Since I started taking the supplement, they've grown back and they're long and (mostly) healthy :) I really want to paint them soon, but again, I keep savaging the skin around my nails and they're much too sore :(

      Long story short, I definitely recommend them! Xx

    2. Okay. I'll definitely buy myself some of them in that case. I love my nails, anything to stop them from getting worse is definitely worth a shot.
      Thank you.

  2. I take vitamin pills once a day, but I'm not sure if it's really working or if it's just placebo.
    I take other pills (magnesium, iron and other stuff mostly for nails) once a day but only in winter. My body doesn't seem to cope well with the cold.

    How long have you been taking them ?
    Do you feel any difference when you forget to take them ?

    What is your opinion on diet pills ?
    I've read many different opinions pro or against it, but I think your opinion is much more valuable than the rest, because you seem to know quite a great deal about it! Haha I wish you could be my own personal doctor ;)


  3. I started taking supplements about 6-9 months ago, but I never forget then so I can't say if I notice a difference. I take 3-4 pills before each meal so I get them all in.

    I wouldn't bother with diet pills. The ones available over-the-counter in Australia are really not much more than caffeine pills, and it seems the more caffeine they have the more expensive they are. But I've been taking them for at least 6 months, and I haven't lost any huge amounts of weight. I'm eating more, so it might be doing something to keep me from gaining, but I highly doubt it. They're more of a security blanket now, I'm just scared to stop taking them. The only 'magic pill's that really have a chance of working are the ones prescribed by a doctor - and I have no chance of a doctor giving me proper diet pills! So yeah, the ones I take really aren't worth it, they just give me a (false) sense of security. Xx