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St. John's Wort

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I've developed the positive habit of taking vitamins and a few supplements every morning. Nothing too intense - some D, B12, & Omega 3/6/9. Years ago I was told I needed to take all three and always started half-heartedly taking them. It inevitably turned into every other day, to only when I didn't feel well, to forgetting I even had the vitamins in the cabinet. At one point I was so bad that the doctor order injections.

Not anymore, which is a great NSV for me. I'm beginning to care more about myself and its overall health.

So I was taking my vitamins this morning and was feeling a bit under the weather so I reached to the back of the cabinet for some vitamin C. In doing so I grabbed the other very large container - St. John's Wort. St. John's Wort is meant to help stabilize moods and increase a sense of positivity. Not in a medical depression sense, but in a holistic, subtle way. I never took it regularly, but when I was truly feeling low or unpleasant I would pop one or two when going out or to work so as to help stabilize what felt like a possibly debilitating bad mood.

I haven't taken St. John's Wort in 6 months. I completely forgot I even had it in the house. That's not to say that I don't ever feel sad, but I no longer am reliant on something to aid in those feelings (or rely on an outside source) and it is largely a result of this journey. I'm able to see the direct connection to exercise and feeling good internally as well as what I put into my body and its direct correlation to how I physically and emotionally feel. Not too mention blogging the blues allows more personal catharsis than a pill ever will.
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DJ4HEALTH 7/7/2013 9:41PM

    They do say that exercise works better for depression than the pills that they give and the "side affects" from exercising is way better than the pills.

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TWNOMWE 7/7/2013 4:48PM

    emoticon news indeed. NSV and managing moods with exercise and diet brings the best rewards as the only side effects is feeling wonderful. emoticon and emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/7/2013 1:42PM

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/7/2013 10:17AM

    It is so great when we recognize that we have a NSV. Another reason for a self-pat-on-the-back !! Yea, Rah, Rah, 3 cheers for you.
Audra

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