I would like to first begin by admitting: I've tried a lot of vitamins and tonics and medications for all sorts of reasons. Migraines. Digestion. Sleep. I've also tried vitamins for the purposes of thicker hair, smoother skin and an energy boost. I've never really seen one stand out, however. I took some pretty heavy probiotics once, which seemed to help, but I could never be sure. You know? Was it in my head? Was my stomach feeling better because of diet and exercise? Were these uber-expensive probiotics doing their thing, or was I?
I kept all of this in mind when my sister-in-law recommend a vitamin D supplement. She was visiting last fall, and as good sisters do, we discussed all of the lovely side-effects of mid-life. When I mentioned achey, stiff joints in the mornings, she nodded along. She'd experienced that, too. In fact, the swelling was so bad, I thought I had rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic condition. I was pretty down about the idea I could have a chronic condition at the age of 41. I'd struggled long enough with sleep and my tummy, so adding joints to the mix was seriously overwhelming. Then, Tammy said, "Just get some vitamin D. I got some, and all that went away."
I nodded, but inside my head, I thought: mmmmhmmmm. If it were only that easy.
A few days later, I passed the vitamin aisle at the grocery store. I wasn't even at a lovely, organic, high-end vitamin store. I was as the regular ol' big box store. I grabbed a bottle of vitamin D gummies, because I know myself. I won't take it daily if it's not a gummy.
I do feel bad about that....and then I just own it.
I took the gummies that night. Two days later, the joint pain was gone. I mean....gone. It wasn't debilitating before, so don't let me paint too drastic a picture. It wasn't as if I couldn't move. But my joints burned in the morning and it was sometimes painful to type/text (God forbid). Now, the pain is gone. I do feel my hands and feet swell a little if I overeat, drink more alcohol than I should or eat salty restaurant food. This seems to be life as we age. But the swelling of joints and stiffness is held at bay as long as I take my gummies. It's been three months now, and I'm not looking back.
I thought for a long time that I didn't need vitamin D supplements for several reasons. First, I live in AZ. I also go outside quite a bit. I often walk outside in daylight, without sunscreen. The worst joint pain I ever had was when we lived in NC, and I was riding horses several times a week, outside. So, I thought I was covered on my sunshine requirements. I am also super fair-skinned, which I was pretty sure meant I processed vitamin D better than others. I'm not sure where I got the erroneous information; a quick Google search lists nothing but articles regarding fair-skinned people needing extra vitamin D. Go figure.
This one vitamin, gummy form no less, has delivered significant results. Joint pain is not fun. I was pretty worried I'd developed a chronic condition I would have to deal with throughout the rest of my life. I now feel much better and, interestingly, have more hope that many of the chronic issues we struggle with can be helped, soothed or eradicated with vitamins, diet changes or exercise. Seriously. So much better than the alternatives.
Hope everyone is having a lovely Monday. Is there any simple life hack that has changed your life?