Looking next to my microwave and on my desk, I’ve got a ton of vitamins. What’s up with that? Half of them I’m sure are expired. Calcium, B50, B100, Fiber, Lysine, St. John’s Wort, 5-http, Omega-3′s, Garlic, a ton of different kinds of daily vitamins, the list goes on. Am I hoarding vitamins? LOL.
I’m borderline anemic, and so have to take either prenatal vitamins, or b-100 vitamins. I’m very faithful with these, and take them every day (it’s better than anemia!). I take Lysine when I feel like I’m getting a cold sore, and fiber when… oh, nevermind. :p
Having had bouts of Depression my whole life, I’ve experimented with a bunch of different herbal medicine’s, many of which actually have worked for me. I took St. John’s Wort for years, which really helped with Depression, but I had to take such high amounts for it to help, so many times a day that I decided it was ridiculous, and low doses of medicine were easier and probably safer. 5-http worked too, but it made me feel slightly on edge all the time, so I stopped those. When I was younger, I took lots of diet pills, none of which worked, but most of which caused my heart to beat uncomfortably faster than normal. And when I start menopause I’m sure I’ll be visiting the vitamin counter again.
But looking at all these vitamins make me wonder why I have them all, and if I’m a vitamin hoarder. True, I’ve moved them from house to house for years, never taking more than half the bottle most of the time. So, the question is, why do I buy them in the first place, and if I don’t take them all, why do I keep them?
I know part of it is that I’m cheap, truly. I don’t think I believe vitamins expire, any more than I believe Coca-Cola expires in less than 10 years. The other thing I know about myself is that if I’m worried about something, I proactively take steps to ease that worry, and the most likely step I’ll take if I’m worried about my health is taking vitamins. Maybe vitamins represent fear to me, or maybe they represent action. There’s some unconscious reason why I move them from house to house and always unpack them – a safety net maybe?
The Oracle at Delphi said, “Know Thyself.” I think of this often when I find myself doing things I don’t understand, such as keeping this large collection of half-empty vitamins. I can tell you one thing for sure.
I’m not getting any healthier watching them stack up!
All best to you, my fellow health nut wannabe’s.