Vitamin supplements play a vital role in the process that has been my own personal journey toward good health for the past 7+ years. Adding a new supplement to my daily regimen is always an exciting and nerve-wracking step for me.
I say nerve-wracking because, truth be told, my body is extremely sensitive to new things and rushing into something unfamiliar can result in a very unexpected increase of seizures.
At the start of my diagnosis with Catamenial Epilepsy, this intensification in my average amount of seizures would typically cause me to quit the supplement altogether and just start from scratch with a different one.
Time and time again I would try new supplements, quit these supplements and come to the same conclusion with every one…
Despite the extra seizures, each supplement or vitamin has the potential to be incredibly beneficial in numerous ways. At the end of the day, every supplement could have a very positive effect on my body and overall health if I was actually able to take them for a longer, more extended period of time.
Typically, this would be the case for me, personally, but I felt like I had no other choice. Quitting the supplement may calm down the increased amount of seizure activity, but I’m still deficient in whichever nutrient(s) the vitamin would have helped to cure. So, the only question worth asking at this point is whether or not I actually am better off without the vitamin supplement? I have come to the conclusion that No, I’m not better off.
The trial by error process has taught me that quitting a supplement completely isn’t the only solution for people with extreme sensitivities.
The other solution when beginning a new supplement is to start off slowly with the serving size. Instead of giving your body the full serving size as listed on the product label right away, cut it in half (or, if necessary, cut it in quarters…because my body is SO sensitive, I typically cut the serving size of all the supplements I take into quarters to prevent seizures) and gradually build up to the full serving size.
I have found this technique to be a gentle and successful way to introduce my body to a new supplement. By starting off extremely slow, I have been able to begin many new supplements, stick with them, and avoid any extra seizure activity.
What causes this increase in seizure activity? Well, a vitamin supplement is typically going to create a detoxification process within the body where toxins are flushed out of the main bodily organs and replaced by good nutrients. Unfortunately, a supplement can prompt an amount of detox that your kidneys may not be able to handle, which leads to the flushing of this organ and the toxins it happens to be processing. This in turn results in various symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, body aches, or in my case, an increase in seizures. In these circumstances, breaking up the serving size and gradually building up becomes the best way to go about adding a new supplement to your daily regimen. By reducing the serving size, you’re also reducing the amount of detox triggered by the vitamin. Let your body adjust to the detox process and, therefore, the extra movement of toxins to avoid any extra seizure activity. Remember to always keep this process slow, controlled, and consistent.
If a supplement does trigger a seizure, I simply decrease the serving size (by a quarter) of whatever I’m taking whether it’s the amount of capsules or the measured amount of a powdered product.
The best part of this technique is that you don’t miss out on all of the benefits a vitamin can offer. Be wary, of course, when taking any supplement because nasty ingredients can sneak their way into any product…even those labeled as “healthy.”
Here is an example of a product I began using during the start of Summer 2016 and how I broke down the serving size to accommodate my sensitivities:
What it is: Spirulina Powder
Product serving size: 1 teaspoon, once daily
How I take it:
1/8 teaspoon for 1 week (7 days)
1/4 teaspoon for 1 week
1/2 teaspoon for 1 week
3/4 teaspoon for 1 week
1 teaspoon, once daily
As you can see, I break this product serving size up pretty drastically, which may not be necessary for everyone, but it happens to work perfectly for me. I love the Spirulina Powder product and taking it in such small servings over an extended period of time allows my body the time it needs to adjust to a new supplement. If you would like to read more about Spirulina (a very beneficial and nutrient-packed product) you can do so here. If you are looking for a fantastic, nutrient-rich product that delivers positive results without any synthetic ingredients, I recommend you check out the Organic Burst Spirulina Powder.
I wish all of my readers the best of luck when trying new supplements and always remember; giving up completely on a supplement may not be your only option! My best advice when beginning a new vitamin supplement is to be patient…it is a process and results may not always be visible immediately. Sometimes, all it takes is a little extra time for your body to adjust.
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