My Post-COVID19 Chills- Did Vitamin B12 or Time Help?

My Post-COVID19 Chills- Did Vitamin B12 or Time Help?

As I stated in another post, I am 100% sure that I had COVID-19 back in early March. Since then I have been a “long-hauler” where I have suffered from many symptoms that pop up here and there.

The feeling of chills or shivers (with no fever) coming over my body has been pretty constant up until late July. Is it the vitamin B12 I began taking or has time been kind to me in that regard?

A little about vitamin B12

This is a vitamin that gets talked about a lot. Supplementing with it is touted as helping with the following health issues:

  1. B12 Deficiency- They say that many people are deficient in this vitamin. It may cause symptoms such as weakness, numbness/tingling, problems walking, fatigue, memory problems, shortness of breath, GI issues, moodiness, anemia and tinnitus. A whole host of things!
  2. Homocysteine levels: High levels in the blood may cause issues such as heart disease and strokes.
  3. Canker sores
  4. Nerve pain/damage
  5. Eczema
  6. Low cardiovascular endurance
  7. Depression
  8. Fatigue
  9. Chronic fatigue syndrome

The dosages range from 1-10,000 mcg depending on age and what one is trying to treat. Supplementing with the vitamin is said to be well tolerated in general but there have been some reports of nausea when high doses are taken.

B12 is sold by various brands in the forms of tablets, softgels, skin patches, powders, liquid drops and gummies. One may also be able to get B12 through injections and IV infusions.

Annoying chills

Having chills with no fever always seemed weird to me. Not only that but was incredibly annoying. I kept asking myself, “what are you doing, body?”

People on the long-hauler support groups would talk about having a fizzy and vibration-type feeling in their body. Vitamin B12 was something they claimed helped them. I have no idea if the chills/shivers I used to get a lot of are the same thing that they were/are talking about, but I decided to start taking B12 anyways.

I bought a bottle of 1000 mcg B12 tablets on Amazon in July. Since then I have been taking one a day. A lot of people have said that they felt an energy boost after taking the vitamin, but I really have not noticed that.

It was late July that my chills started to wear off which was shortly after starting the vitamin B12 tablets. At that point I was really close to five months since my initial illness. That seems like a point in recovery where a lot of COVID-19 long haulers start to have big improvements.

Since vitamin B12 is said to help with nerve issues, I wonder if that had something to do with the chills/shivers that would come over my body. If so, supplementing with the vitamin could be the cause of them lessening.

I am still not sure which one helped. Or has it been both?

In short, being a long hauler sucks

Yes, it really does.

It is shrouded in mystery. We really do not have a clue what is going on with our bodies-we just know we do not feel like ourselves anymore.

These obnoxious symptoms come and go for reasons that are not totally clear to us.

I am so glad that these chills have lessened considerably. Will they come back with a vengeance? I hope not, but time will tell.

Are you or someone you know a COVID-19 long hauler? What have your/their experiences been?

Thanks for reading!

#covid19  #health   #longhaulers   #symptoms   #supplements

Be Careful with Supplements: My Experience with Evening Primrose Oil

Be Careful with Supplements: My Experience with Evening Primrose Oil

If you have read my other blog posts you would know that I am definitely not opposed to taking supplements. The unfortunate thing is that they are not always good for me.

A couple years ago, I tried taking evening primrose oil and I found out the hard way that it was not the right thing for my body. I wanted to share what happened to me.

About evening primrose oil

The evening primrose plants are native to North America. Needing full sun, the plants grow quickly and easily. They can produce yellow, pink, lavender and white colored flowers which may have a lemon scent to them depending on the variety

These plants are edible. The roots have even been used like vegetables in cooking.

The evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds. It contains fatty acids that includes gamma linolenic acid, linoleic and omega-3. This oil is said to help certain health ailments which are as follows:

  1. PMS- Taking the oil by mouth may help with some symptoms women get before their periods.
  2. Diabetic neuropathy
  3. Osteoporosis
  4. Eczema
  5. Acne
  6. Dry eyes
  7. Rheumatoid arthritis
  8. Asthma
  9. Psoriasis

Evening primrose oil is sold in softgels to be taken by mouth and in the oil form. The dosage by mouth is between 1-8 grams.

It is important to note that ingesting this oil may cause the following side effects:

  1. GI issues
  2. Headaches
  3. Seizures in people with epilepsy or a general seizure disorder
  4. Adverse interactions with anticoagulant medications, anesthesia and anti-psychotics
  5. Making PMS symptoms even worse.

Why I wanted to start taking evening primrose oil

My physical PMS symptoms have been pretty severe for the past 5 years. The dread that I feel each month for certain parts of my cycle, is horrific. I hate it.

A couple of years ago, I had been on one of my many searches to find something that could help make my PMS easier to handle. I came across evening primrose oil on a forum and was really interested due to the positive experiences people were posting.

When I looked up evening primrose oil on Amazon, the reviews I read sounded great too. I became sold on it. I ended up buying a bottle of softgels from Sports Research and was excited for it to come in the mail!

First and last time taking it

I was in the midst of horrible PMS when my order arrived. Knowing that it would need time to build up in my system if it was going to work at all, did not deter me from taking it a few hours after I got it out of the box.

The dosage on the bottle has three softgels as a serving size. Since I am sensitive to things, I decided to take just one the first time and then work my way up. I made sure to take the softgel with a snack as it said to do on the bottle.

About thirty minutes after taking it, I noticed a warm feeling come over me. The warmth quickly changed to hot. It was like my skin was burning. I then got really dizzy and had severe nausea. Those feelings together were all too familiar to me.

I was feeling like I was going to have a seizure.

Seizures were something that I used to experience in the evenings. They went away once I started on medication thankfully. The fact that I felt I was going to have one again terrified me.

My husband was around to help me that night and tried to call me down.  I woke up the next day with no memory of what happened after my husband came into our bedroom and sat with me.

I did not know at the time if I definitively had a seizure or not. After reading recently that it is not good for someone with a history of seizures to take, I am leaning towards the idea that it did cause me to have a seizure.

Evening primrose oil was not good for me at all. It was a scary experience that I never want to have happen again.

Make sure to do research the supplements you want to take

If you read a blurb about a supplement and it says it may help with a health issue that you have, look into it as much as you can. This is important so you know whether or not you should take it.

I really should have looked at the adverse effects of evening primrose oil instead of just focusing on the positive things that people were saying about it. Things just do not work for everyone. I am really glad that it works for others though.

Still searching for something that will help me

My hormones are completely out of whack. They may be even worse than they were back when I tried the evening primrose oil.

I am currently on the hunt for a supplement and or dietary changes that will help me have better menstrual cycles. Living like this is tough.

Have any of you tried evening primrose oil before? If so, what was your experience with it?

Thanks for reading!

#supplements #hormones #womenshealth  #periods  #pms #pcos

Is Myo-Inositol Worth Taking?

Is Myo-Inositol Worth Taking?

I hate having PCOS. It has made me have screwed up skin, excess hair, pain, nausea and problems conceiving.

Over the years I have read up so much on the disease and the various ways to control it. One of the things women with PCOS have had success with is using a supplement called, myo-inositol. I have actually tried it before and still have a bag of it left.

I just wanted to discuss myo-inositol a little bit, my short-term experience with it and if I will try taking it again.

What myo-inositol is and the alleged benefits

Myo-inositol is a sugary substance found in foods (ex. cantaloupe, eggs, pears, beans and brown rice) and is made naturally in the body. It is considered to be a pseudovitamin.

It seems to have been studied quite a bit and shows some ability to treat certain conditions. The following is a list of the medical issues that myo-inositol may be of benefit for:

  1. PCOS- Supplementing with this may improve the symptoms that can come with a PCOS diagnosis. These include fertility issues (especially when combined with folic acid), too high testosterone levels, insulin resistance, irregular cycles, abnormal blood glucose levels, excess body weight, excess hair and elevated bad cholesterol levels.
  2. Binge eating disorder and Bulimia- This may help reduce the appetite and behavior that can come with these two types of eating disorders.
  3. Anxiety
  4. Panic attacks- Supplementing with this may reduce the frequency of the attacks.
  5. Depression
  6. OCD
  7. Psoriasis from Lithium- Lithium is a mood stabilizer that can cause psoriasis. Myo-inositol may improve the condition.
  8. Acne- Supplementing with this may improve acne in people with or without PCOS.
  9. Pre-diabetes and diabetes- May help control blood sugar levels.

The above list of possible benefits all sounds very impressive. It is important to note that the evidence for some of these is not as strong as it is for the others. In general, myo-inositol looks to be very promising in its use for medical conditions.

You can find myo-inositol sold in the form of capsules and powders. In quite a few products it is combined with another form of inositol called, d-chiro-inositol. This form helps the myo-inositol be even more effective.

Myo-inositol in powder form, has a mildly sweet taste so it is very easy to get down. You can put it in any beverage and either not notice any difference or notice that it tastes a little sweeter than normal.

Studies show that there needs to be specific doses taken to treat the different medical conditions listed. For the mental health benefits, a high amount of it is needed at a range of 14,000-18,000 mg. For the other benefits, a range of 200-4,000 mg is necessary.

As with a lot of supplements and medication, side effects can occur. The ones that are commonly reported include nausea, stomach cramps and headaches. There have also been some women who claim that supplementing with this made PCOS symptoms even worse. It is important to be aware of and watch out for all of these things.

I tried it before, should I try it again?

A year or so ago I decided to buy some myo-inositol powder. I was interested in trying it due to the fact that it can help manage PCOS. What I was hoping that it would help me improve was acne, menstrual cramps, insulin resistance (if I have/had it), excess hair and my chances of getting pregnant.

Since my stomach is extremely sensitive, I decided to start off taking just a 1/8th of a tsp which is equal to 341 mg.  This dosage is not enough to have much of an affect on PCOS but I felt that I needed to work my way up.

Within around 30 minutes of consuming it for the first time, I felt a rush of energy that continued for quite a while. It was like taking caffeine! This was pretty exciting to me.

I kept taking this dose for a while but unfortunately did not get the courage to increase it. The side effects that could happen at higher doses really worried me. Because of this, I was most likely not going to get much benefit from it in regards to my PCOS symptoms.

I eventually stopped taking it altogether and kind of forgot about it. The reason why I have thought about taking it again was because my hormones have been so messed up this cycle. It has been absolutely awful the past two weeks and I do not want that to be my norm again.

Not 100% sure yet

I still do not know if I will take myo-inositol again. My plan is to update this blog about it if I do decide to.

Right now, I am pretty desperate to get my hormones under control so I am looking into everything that could possibly help me. It is really frustrating, and I hope I can figure something out as soon as possible.

If you have any ideas/tips for me on this, please let me know! Also, let me know your experiences with myo-inositol if you have taken it.

Thanks for reading!

Sources-

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2834624/#:~:text=Exacerbation%20of%20psoriasis%20occurring%20during,with%20beneficial%20results%20%5B3%5D.

https://www.chiralbalance.com/blog/post/myo-inositol-versus-d-chiro-inositol.html

https://examine.com/supplements/inositol/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5011528/

#myoinositol  #supplements  #periodproblems  #PMS  #hormones  #womenshealth  #pcos

The Wife Hemp Strain + Review

The Wife Hemp Strain + Review

Quite a while ago now, I decided to try taking CBD in the form of gummies. I was not impressed at the time because I did not feel that it did anything for me-good or bad.

I recently decided to try taking a strain of hemp called, “The Wife.” Here is what happened!

First, a quick look at the alleged benefits of CBD

CBD has become increasingly popular over the years due to its possible benefits. Some of them have more scientific evidence behind them than others.  Here is a list of things that CBD is touted as being of benefit for:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Inflammation
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer symptoms
  • Nausea

When reading up on people’s experiences with CBD, many find there to be no benefits and many find there to be some benefits. What one may feel (or not feel) seems to do with the CBD product they use and/or their own brain chemistry.

The Wife hemp strain

There are many strains of hemp and The Wife is the name of one of them. Like all other hemp strains, it is very high in CBD and very low in THC (only around .3%).Since THC is a psychoactive ingredient, you will not get the high feeling with The Wife due to the low amount of it.

The Wife is described as having a smell that has mixture of skunky, sweet and floral notes. The flavor of it is said to be pleasant with hints of cherry.

Different strains of hemp are allegedly good for different ailments. The Wife is said to help with pain and nausea along with providing a calming effect to the mind.

With this hemp strain and others, you can use it in a few different ways. It can be vaped (not recommended), smoked, cooked with, made into capsules, used in teas and more (see here for some other ideas: https://www.allgreensaz.com/7-great-ways-to-use-cbd-flower-for-everyday-use/).

My review of The Wife

To be quite honest, the reason why I wanted to try CBD again was because I read an article about how it may possibly fight COVID-19 in the body. This was thought to be due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

I do not want COVID-19 again. The possibility of reinfection really scares me so I want to do everything I can to prevent and/or make sure that the second round is not any worse than the first one.

 After reading said article, I went right away to Google to search for CBD products. I was not interested in the gummies that I took the last time trying CBD, so I spent a good amount of time searching for something that I thought would be better.

I came across a site for a hemp farm called, Golden Eagle Farms. Their site was simple and nice which I liked. I also liked that the farm is run by people who have years of experience growing hemp. That to me means that they really know what they are doing.

Golden Eagle Farms offers five different strains of hemp in flowers and topical forms. For each strain of hemp, there is a list of the constituents that are in them as well as their lab results which shows their levels of THC.

I took a good look at the reviews for each strain on the farm’s website as well as on other CBD sites. The Wife stuck out to me as one to try due to its alleged ability to alleviate pain and nausea. My husband was interested in trying it as well so we ordered some.

Our order of The Wife came really fast which was great because we were so eager to try it. The packaging was nice and simple, just like their website.

I was worried that the hemp flowers would smell really bad but I honestly liked it. When we took it out of the package, the smell reminded me of chicken alfredo (the best way I can describe it).

My husband decided to extract the hemp into oil so that we could make capsules. This was because we are not interested in vaping and smoking. Each capsule he made of it was about 20 mg.

On this particular day, I was having pretty severe ovary pain due to ovulation. I usually take Tylenol when this happens but this time, I wanted to go without it to see how the hemp would work for me.

Within 30 minutes of taking 40 mg (two capsules) of the hemp, I felt a mild wave of relaxation come over me and my ovarian pain was gone. This was amazing to me!

Ever since then I have been taking 40 mg every evening and when I am in any kind of pain. I love the relaxation that I get from it because sleepiness does not come with it. I can take it during the day and still be able to get things done without needing to take a nap.

I also become very clear-headed after taking it. With this and the calmness it causes, one would definitely be able to get their studying and academic work done easier than they could without it.

As far as nausea relief goes, it does not work against the level of nausea I get. I think I would need a higher level of THC to have that benefit.

Another thing I like about The Wife is that the affects seem to last for hours. This means that it will end up saving me money because I will not have to take a bunch of capsules each day to help with any pain I have.

I have not experienced any negative side effects from taking these hemp capsules. This is something I was worried about but maybe I do not take a high enough dose for those to happen.

If I were to rate it on a scale of five stars, I would give The Wife a solid five. Buying this was totally worth it for me.

I highly recommend this strain

The Wife has been such a great addition to my daily supplement intake and I would recommend it for others to try as well. I know that CBD does not work for everyone, but it might be something worth trying if you are willing to spend the money.

I would love for it help fight against COVID-19 if (and probably when) I get re-infected with it although I am not holding out hope. My plan is to keep taking it for my general well-being as it seems to be good for that!

Do any of you take CBD or have taken it? What are/were your experiences?

Thanks for reading!

Here is a link to the Golden Eagle Farms The Wife hemp strain: https://goldeneaglefarms.us/collections/hemp-flower/products/wife-hemp-flower

Some CBD sources about CBD:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6043845/

#cbd  #hemp  #plants  #thc #health  #covid19  #pain  #nausea  #anxiety

What Is Up With That Cinnamon Chillin’ In Your Cabinet?!

What Is Up With That Cinnamon Chillin’ In Your Cabinet?!

I love spices and spice mixes. In our house, they are a must!

When I was searching through the spice cabinet the other day, I came across a container of cinnamon. I used to use cinnamon a lot back when I was eating oatmeal regularly. It has also been an ingredient in a couple skin care products I have bought and homemade face mask recipes I have made.

Since I love a good ole’ Google crawl, I decided to dig more into cinnamon and its uses for this post.

About cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of Cinnamomum trees. There are four different types of cinnamon. Following is a list of their names and information about them:

  1. Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum)- This type of cinnamon is called, “true.” It is native to Sri Lanka and is more expensive than the other types. In ancient times it was considered to be very profitable and valuable. It is very fragrant with a mild spicy-sweet flavor.
  2. Chinese Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia)- This type is native to China and is mainly used as medicine. It has a mildly bitter flavor.
  3. Saigon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Loureiroi)- This type is native to Southeast Asia. It has a very intense bitter and peppery flavor.
  4. Indonesian Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Burmannii)- This type is native to Indonesia and it is the most commonly sold one in stores. It has a mildly sweet  flavor to it.

Each type of cinnamon contains a substance called, coumarin. This is used as a flavoring agent and it also has anticoagulant(blood thinning) properties. Because of the coumarin content, it can be very dangerous if too much cinnamon is ingested.

The types of cinnamon contain different amounts of coumarin. Here are rough estimates of the percentage of the substance found in each type:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon- .004% coumarin
  • Chinese Cinnamon- .03% coumarin
  • Saigon Cinnamon- .7-1% coumarin
  • Indonesian Cinnamon- .2% coumarin

As you can see by the estimates, Saigon cinnamon contains a good amount more coumarin than the other types. This means you have to be careful how much you use of it if you decide to buy it.

It is recommended to not go above an intake of 1.5 teaspoons a day. Even just one teaspoon may cause some harm to your body.

Cinnamon also contains some trace nutrients. These include carbs, fiber, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium.

You can find cinnamon in the form of ground powder, sticks, capsules, essential oil and liquid extract.

The alleged benefits of cinnamon

There are some things that cinnamon is touted as being of use for when ingested on a daily basis. The following is a list of them:

  1. Inflammation- Could help with swelling and joint pain.
  2. Neurological issues- Could enhance cognition.
  3. Antioxidant
  4. Antidiabetic- Could help lower blood sugar.
  5. Anticancer
  6. Heart health
  7. Lower bad cholesterol levels.
  8. Boosting the immune system
  9. May help symptoms of colds and flu viruses
  10. PCOS management- Could help to decrease insulin resistance and regulate periods. The latter may be due to the possibility of it being able to stabilize estrogen.
  11. May ease IBS and GI issues. These include nausea, indigestion, gas, bloating and diarrhea.

Cinnamon is also said to be of benefit topically. The following is a list of what it may be able to do when used this way:

  1. Treat acne- It may have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
  2. Add a glow to skin- It may be able to stimulate blood vessels which can lead to a healthy looking complexion.
  3. Hair growth- It may stimulate circulation of the scalp which in turn may cause growth of the hair.
  4. Treat scalp conditions- It may help for issues of the scalp due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  5. Lip plumping- It is said to help plump up lips due to the blood vessel stimulating properties it may have.

It is important to note that applying something with cinnamon in it topically, may cause irritation.

Another thing to remember is that the scientific research done on cinnamon is not showing definitive answers as to whether cinnamon has the benefits listed above. It does show some promise in these areas and there also is a lot of anecdotal evidence.  

Using cinnamon

  There are different ways that cinnamon can be used in your daily life. The following is a list of some of them:

  1. Taking it in capsule form: There are a supplement brands that sell capsules of cinnamon for an easy way to get benefits that cinnamon may have.
  2. In food: Of course! This is the way most people use cinnamon. It is put in lot of desserts, fruits, savory meals and ethnic cuisine (Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern). Here is an example of a great looking recipe using cinnamon: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cinnamon-laced-chili
  3. Tea and other hot drinks: Cinnamon can be added to tea and other hot drinks (ex. hot cocoa) for a soothing, complex taste. It may help soothe cold and flu symptoms, too.
  4. Breathed in: Cinnamon can be bought in the form of essential oil. It could be added to a bowl of boiling water to put your head over or you can just breath it in straight from the bottle. This could soothe symptoms from colds/flus and could provide the cognition enhancing benefit (remember, the jury is out on these benefits!). Here is one cinnamon essential oil product: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DVSYCB5/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyUEtOQUJZMlBBMUs0JmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDY5Mjg3MzRQS0dGQlpMNzY2OCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwOTU1MDg5MVM0TTFXQlUwWFQ3MyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbDImYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
  5. Hair care: Cinnamon may help with hair growth and the reduction of scalp conditions. You could apply a hair mask weekly that combines cinnamon (oil or powder), honey and oil. Cinnamon oil combines well with rosemary essential oil which also may help with hair growth.  Here is an example of a hair mask recipe using cinnamon: https://alluringsoul.com/cinnamon-hair-mask-strong-gorgeous-hair/
  6. Skin care: Cinnamon may help with acne and/or add a glow to your skin. If you are interested in seeing if it works, you could mix it with honey and use as a face mask. Here is an example of a product that has cinnamon in it already: https://www.makeupartistschoice.com/products/acne-pore-minimizer-w-sepicontrol-a5?_pos=2&_sid=98449476b&_ss=r  Here is a face mask recipe: https://stylesatlife.com/articles/cinnamon-face-mask/  
  7. Lip plumping: Some people have found that cinnamon can plump up their lips. If you are interested in seeing if this works, mix some cinnamon with Vaseline and apply it to your lips. Here is a lip scrub recipe that may have some plumping effect: https://sofabfood.com/diy-honey-and-cinnamon-plumping-lip-scrub/

I will be using it again!

I am not going to have high hopes that cinnamon will help with my health, but I do love the flavor of it. My plan is to use it regularly in my anti-inflammatory “hot toddies” and I also want to try out some recipes that have it as an ingredient (like this Little House On The Prairie recipe: https://www.food.com/recipe/cinnamon-chicken-183262).

I also might consider using cinnamon in my hair masks too. Since I am a PCOS sufferer, I get worried about the possibility of losing my hair or having it thin out. If cinnamon could possibly help prevent that from happening, then I am all for it as a hair care ingredient.

Do you have cinnamon in your cabinet, too?

If you are interested in the flavors cinnamon can bring to food/drinks and the possible health benefits it has, you should consider using that container you have of it up! Remember to make sure and not use too much as a little goes a long way.

What do you like to use cinnamon on/in? What is your favorite spice?

Thanks for reading!

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/plant/cinnamon

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/types-of-cinnamon

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4466762/

#cinnamon  #spices  #kitchen #cooking  #health  #supplements #skincare #haircare