So this is my supplement dilemma…
Previous to my issue with histamine intolerance, I really didn’t put much stock in taking supplements. I believed that you should control your health with whole foods. As an example, I even juiced for quite a while, but after doing a lot of research and reading, I decided that this was not the way to obtain nutrients because this wasn’t whole foods either.
But once the intolerance hit with a vengeance, I had to look to alternatives to literally survive. So I turned to supplements. Now, the supplements I take are food derived. Quercetin can be found in a variety of foods. I think the capsules I take, the quercetin comes from beans. The olive leaf capsules are made from the leaves of the olive tree; the DHA, omega 3, from algae, and the ginger capsules from, well, ginger.
But I am not entirely comfortable taking supplements. I’ve tried to find information on the effects on your body of taking large doses of quercetin long term, but can find no definitive answers as to the negative effects, or positive ones, for that matter.
My dilemma is, I’d really like to see if my body is healed and I can get off the supplements, but I am feeling so good and doing do well I’m hesitant to try. I’ve tried a couple of days here and there when I didn’t take my morning doses, but I always take the night time dose.
And it’s not just about the itching. It’s about being menopause-symptom-free. What a gift it’s been to sleep great. No insomnia, no restlessness, no hot flashes, no getting up five times in the middle of the night to pee.
I know the thinking is you’ve reached full menopause when you haven’t had a period for a year. Maybe I’ll continue until I hit that benchmark and then try to eliminate some of the supplements. I don’t know. Right now, I just don’t want to tip the boat.
I have to also put in a plug for my immune system and what I think they’ve done to keep that humming along. I drove for three weeks back and forth to school with my friend and colleague who wound up having a terrible case of bronchitis. My nephew and my sister, and my mom come to think of it, have all had colds on and off for the last few months. And I’ve traveled in planes, trains, and cars in very close quarters with all sorts of people, eaten in restaurants and used more public bathrooms then I care to think about. (And let me tell you, train restrooms are not all that hygienic.) Yet, through it all, I have not even had a sniffle. So I know I’m doing something right.
Writing this all down makes me think that the benefits at this point totally outweigh the risks of taking supplements to maintain my health and happiness, so I guess I’ve answered my own question. And as a note, when I talk about supplements, my beloved olive oil is included in the mix. That I am sure I will never give up!
So what does anybody else think? Please weigh in and let me know what you are willing to do to maintain your quality of life.