13 Ways to Reduce Bloat Fast (Tested By Me)!

13 Ways to Reduce Bloat Fast (Tested By Me)!

Having a bloated belly happens from time to time. There are different reasons as to why it occurs. No matter the reason, it is always uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are ways to relieve some of the bloating in a short amount of time. The purpose of this post is to show you those ways (the ones that actually work) so that you can have them in your arsenal when are experiencing it.

13 ways to reduce bloat fast

The reasons behind bloating can be harmless but it is probably a good idea to rule out things like food allergies just in case.

For a relatively quick fix, the following are things to do and/or take to get some relief from the bloating:

  1. Dandelion tea– This tea is great to have around. Two cups can be of great relief. There are some interactions that may occur if you are taking certain medications so make sure to do some research on it first.
  2. Water with cucumber and/or lemon slices- Some say that cucumbers and lemons are nature’s diuretics. Putting slices in a glass of water may be of help to you.
  3. Turmeric and ginger tea-Combining these two together in a hot drink may help relieve bloating due to their anti-inflammatory effects. If you can’t handle the taste, you can keep around pre-made turmeric capsules and get it that way.
  4. Cinnamon tea- This tea will help with bloat and diarrhea. It will also make your house smell delicious! Just put a cinnamon stick or two in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for about 10 minutes.
  5. Fennel tea– This is a great for all types of GI upsets and menstrual cramps. Two cups of fennel tea a day should suffice.
  6. Slippery elm– This is also great for all GI upsets and menstrual cramps just like fennel! You can find this in powdered, liquid extract and capsuled forms.
  7. Hot pack or heated blanket- Placing a hot pack or heated blanket on the abdomen may bring down the bloat. Make sure they aren’t too hot when you place them on your skin.
  8. Chamomile tea– Not only is this great for calming the mind/body but it also can reduce the bloat! If you have it around, drink a few cups of this per day to combat it .
  9. Ginger- This has always been regarded as being great for GI issues and bloat is one of them. For this problem, it is best used in tea form (along or with other things).
  10. Peppermint- Peppermint helps with stomach upset and can also help with bloat. Drink some peppermint tea and/or rub diluted peppermint oil on your abdomen.
  11. Child’s Pose– This Yoga moves feels really nice and may relieve some bloat. It does this by giving your body (inside and out) an overall good stretch.
  12. Warm bath or hot shower- Higher water temperatures on the abdomen seem to help bloating. A warm bath is also very relaxing just in general!
  13. VapoRub- This is not just soothing to tired muscle but it can also make your abdominal bloat go down. Just rub a little on your entire abdomen.

Ditch that bloat!

The list of fast reducing bloat remedies are all ones that I have had success with. While results may vary in people, I think that there is at least one of them that may help anyone who is looking for some relief.

What ways work for you when it comes reducing bloat in a short amount of time? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#bloattreatment #supplements #tea #herbs #bloating #menstrualcycle #pcos #gi #physicalsymptoms

NAC Supplementation and COVID-19

NAC Supplementation and COVID-19

At this current time, there are very few proven treatments for COVID-19. There are even less for those that suffer from long-COVID (like, none).

Many people have turned to looking at readily available supplements and medications as a way to weather the storm of COVID-19 at home. NAC (n-acetyl-cystein) is one supplement that some talk about as possibly helping with symptoms related to the illness.

In this post, I will be discussing the usage of NAC for COVID-19 and my personal experience with it.

What NAC is

For a simple explanation, NAC is an antioxidant. It is the precursor to L-cysteine and glutathione ( an amino acid and an antioxidant). This means that when we supplement with it, our bodies then form the aforementioned two substances.

NAC is not found in foods- you have to get it in supplement form if you are going to take it.

NAC and COVID-19

There are said to be quite a few benefits that NAC has. Some of them have much stronger scientific evidence behind them.

Research has put lung benefits as one of the things that NAC has strong evidence for in regards to its effectiveness. As people well know, the novel virus can target our lungs causing coughs, mucus build-up and shortness of breath. For the aforementioned issues, NAC is said to possibly do the following things:

  • Protect the lungs from further tissue damage by way of the antioxidant activity it has.
  • Acts as a mucolytic (thins out mucus) so it gets out of your airways easier. This helps with coughs and shortness of breath.
  • Reduce inflammation in the lungs

Another thing that NAC is said to possibly treat is chest pain. This is something that can occur in the acute phase of a COVID infection and/or after recovery. NAC may relieve the symptoms due to its ability to reduce inflammation (which can be the cause of chest pain).

There have been a few studies done that looked at the use of NAC in the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. Some good benefits were indeed shown but further research needs to be done.

NAC is readily available in supplement form by various brands. It can be found in tablets, capsules and powders. The recommended dosage is typically 1000-1200 mg a day.

It can also be inhaled (by way of a liquid solution) and given through an IV. The latter method obviously needs to be done in a hospital or clinical setting.

The anecdotal side of COVID-19 and NAC usage

On many forums and sites, there are people that talk about supplements during and after a COVID-19 infection. They give their experiences taking a variety of them and a lot of times recommend some to others.

NAC is one of the things that tends to come up a lot. The dosages that people take vary but the general consensus among many seems to be that it really is of benefit.

There are talks about it helping with coughs, reducing chest pressure, making breathing easier and alleviating chest pains. Because of this, people that have not taken it before become eager to start.

Just like with all supplements and medications, it may not help everyone. Some people were very disappointed that NAC did not alleviate their issues and rightfully so. COVID-19 sufferers just want to get better and feel back to their normal selves.

My Long-COVID journey and NAC

I used to take NAC years ago because my now-husband told me that it might help with my PCOS diagnosis. At that time I was taking 1200 mg without any issues. I eventually stopped for whatever reason.

A few years after that, I decided to try taking it again for the same reason. This time my stomach could not handle it. I tried taking it several times and without fail- I got sick each time.

Fast forward to my long-COVID journey, I read that NAC may help with the shortness of breath and chest pressure/pain I was experiencing a lot of. I then decided to buy it in a desperate attempt to feel better.

I ended up buying a different brand and type of NAC than what I had bought all the other times in hopes that it would not cause nausea. I thought that maybe a time-released version of it would reduce the likelihood of getting sick.

Since a common dosage of NAC is 1200 mg, I decided to just go ahead and start off with that amount. That meant me taking two of the tablets a day.

I have been taking this type of NAC for months now. I honestly can say that it really has reduced the lung discomfort and chest pressure/pain. I still get it from time to time though but I do notice a big difference when I do not take it (it was out of stock when I needed more recently).

The best part is…no nausea!

Other benefits and side effects of NAC

There are other things that NAC may be of benefit for and the following is a list of some of them:

  • May help with liver functioning.
  • Proven to help with Tylenol poisoning.
  • May help with kidney issues.
  • May lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • May help reduce the damage that can come with heart attacks.
  • May help with mental health conditions such as anxiety and OCD.
  • May help with ovulation.
  • May help with liver damage.

There are some side effects that can occur when taking NAC and they are as follows:

  • GI issues
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Itchy, stinging eyes

In conclusion

NAC has some positive things about it that may help with COVID-19 and the associated symptoms. More research needs to be done (and should be!) on it though.

If you are considering taking it, make sure to read up on it as much as you can before you buy it.

Have you taken NAC before? If so, what was your experience with it?

Thanks for reading!

#nac #supplements #jarrowsformulasupplements #covid19 #healthissues #longhauler #respiratory

Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep?!

Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep?!

Melatonin is one of those popular supplements that can be found in a lot of stores. It is known as something that helps put people to sleep at night.

One might be surprised to find out that there may be other benefits that taking melatonin has. In this post, I will be discussing these possible additional effects.

What melatonin is

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by our own bodies. It comes from the pineal gland which is in the epithalamus of the brain.

This hormone is made in response to darkness and helps to regulate our sleep cycles. Sometimes people may not make enough of it and finds that supplementing with it helps them. Others find that supplementation with it does not help them fall asleep.

Melatonin is sold in tablets, gummies, syrups and capsules. The strength of the doses ranges from 1-60 mg.

There may be side effects when supplementing with melatonin. They are as follows:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea

What melatonin may also do for us

There are said to be some benefits that melatonin has besides sleeping ones. They are as follows:

  • Provide antioxidant effects: It may be comparable to the antioxidant level of vitamin C.
  • May have neuroprotective effects
  • Cancer prevention
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • May treat acid reflux
  • May ease pain (ex. migraines and menstrual cramps)
  • May have anti-inflammatory effects when it comes to swelling, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and ulcerative colitis.
  • May help PCOS symptoms: Some evidence suggests that melatonin helps with menstrual irregularity, infertility, testosterone levels and hirsutism.
  • May boost the immune system.

Melatonin and COVID-19

For quite a few months now, there have been some blurbs about melatonin possibly being a preventative and/or treatment for COVID-19. This, like the other alleged benefits, are lacking evidence behind them.

How melatonin came into play for COVID-19 was when scientists noticed that melatonin users had seemingly lower odds of getting the virus. The scientists eventually came to find that they are 28% less likely to test positive for it.

It was also found that melatonin could possibly prevent severe disease and the development of becoming  a long-hauler.

There is currently a trial going on with melatonin as a possible treatment for COVID-19. The catch is that the dosage is very high- way more than what people would take in their daily lives.

My experiences with melatonin

I have tried supplementing with melatonin multiple times in my life.

There were phases I went through where I was not sleeping well for whatever reason. During these times I decided to take 1-4 mg tablets of it around 30 minutes before I wanted to go to bed.

Recently, I decided to try taking it everyday for PCOS/hormonal reasons. This is due to me having read about it in the  Period Power Manual as helping with PMS. For this, I was taking 2 mg before bed.

I can honestly say that every time I have taken melatonin, I have gotten bad side effects. It has not mattered the brand or dosage of them. Taking them makes me unable to stay asleep for long periods of time, gives me stomach cramps and makes me angry the next day.

Because of these bad effects that I get, I am unfortunately not going to be taking it at all anymore. The only reason why I would take it is if it is in indeed found to be a useful treatment for COVID-19. In that circumstance though, I would only take it for a short amount of time to kill off the virus.

Yes, melatonin may help with other things

It may or may not be a well known fact that melatonin could have benefits aside from helping with sleep. There needs to be more studies done on it though.

If you are considering taking it, do your research first.

Have you taken melatonin before? What was your experience?

Thanks for reading!

Some sources-

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/melatonin-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.biospace.com/article/study-suggests-link-between-sleep-supplement-and-covid-19/

http://medicine.buffalo.edu/news_and_events/news/2020/11/jacobs-melatonin-covid-12126.html

#melatonin #sleep #womenshealth #health #supplements #covid19

Tested Positive for COVID-19? Here Are Some Tips!

Tested Positive for COVID-19? Here Are Some Tips!

I contracted COVID-19 early on in the pandemic (first week of March) and have since become a “long-hauler.” Knowing what I know now, I would definitely go about things differently if I were to get it again.

In this post, I will be providing tips for what to do when you are sick with COVID-19.

Tips for if you test positive for COVID-19

First of all, you should go get tested if you have ANY of the symptoms seen in COVID-19 infections. It is important to know for yourself and for those around you. One person can end up infecting many people.

  • Contact trace- Let people that you have been around in the days leading up to your positive test result that you have the virus. This is very important.
  • Let loved ones know that you have tested positive- This can be helpful so that they know what is going on with you and they will be able to check up on you.
  • Isolate yourself in your home- If you live with other people, try to isolate from them if you can. If you have to be in the same area, wear a mask and disinfect things you touch. Try to eat in a different area than the other person (or people) are in.
  • Get a pulse oximeter if you do not have one already and measure your oxygen levels frequently throughout the day. This is important because COVID-19 may cause life threatening dips in oxygen. Anything below a 95 reading is cause for concern.
  • Take supplements- There are supplements to take that may help when (and before) you have COVID-19. These include vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, turmeric, magnesium, selenium, oil of oregano, NAC, ginger, Quercetin and B vitamins.
  • Take Aspirin- Taking a baby Aspirin everyday when infected with COVID-19 may be a good idea to help prevent blood clotting that is known to occur with it.
  • Treat your cough/sore throat- Cough medicine, hot teas, throat lozenges and Vick’s VapoRub may help a cough and/or sore throat.
  • Treat aches/pains- Using Tylenol and Vicks VapoRub may help the aches/pains.
  • Treat an upset stomach- Using anti-nausea treatments may help with this symptom.
  • Treat and monitor your fever- Using Tylenol to bring down a fever is a good idea. If it does not come down or gets really high, you need to go in for medical care.
  • Try steam treatments- If you are really congested, breathing in steaming water with peppermint essential oil may help.
  • Get nutrition in if you can- If you are having a hard time eating, try something like broth and saltine crackers. Have someone deliver you food if need-be.
  • Keep hydrated- Hydration is especially important when you are sick. Drinking something with electrolytes would be a great idea.
  • Sleeping on your front (prone position)- This is something they have COVID-19 patients do in the hospital. This may improve oxygenation of the lungs when you are weathering the COVID-19 storm at home.
  • Rest but do walk around once in a while- Many people have fatigue when they are infected with COVID-19. It is important to listen to your body and rest but it is also important to get up every now and again. This will help reduce the chances of clots in your legs. Do not do any hardcore exercise when you are sick though.
  • Take care of your mental health- Getting worried and stressed out about everything may make things worse when your body is trying to fight the virus. Listening to happy media and talking to loved ones may be helpful during this time.

Tips for after your COVID-19 infection

Once you feel the active phase of your illness is over, you are going to still want to be careful with yourself. Here are some tips for you:

  • No hardcore exercise for a while- It is important to not try to go back into your intense exercise routine after the acute phase of your infection. This is because the virus may wreck havoc with your lungs and heart so you still need to let your body rest for a while. I know that this can be hard for fitness enthusiasts but experts believe it is important.
  • Keep treating the lingering symptoms if need-be.
  • Keep taking the supplements and Aspirin.
  • Monitor yourself for any after effects that are especially troubling. Document them.
  • Consider seeing a doctor (s)- COVID-19 can cause some damage to organs and also abnormalities in blood work. It may be a good idea to consult with a doctor and decide if things need to be looked at.
  • Keep taking care of your mental health- Some people who have had COVID-19 end up with mental health issues. Because of this, it is important to monitor your mental health and act accordingly if you are having issues. Reaching out to your loved ones and/or medical professionals may help.
  • Breathing exercises- Breathing can end up being a problem during and after a COVID-19 infection. There are some breathing exercises you can find on YouTube to help with this.

In conclusion

Despite learning quite a bit about COVID-19 in the past 9-10 months, there is still a lot of unknowns with it. This can make it very scary for some people to think about.

Just know that not everyone ends up on a ventilator and needs a double lung transplant afterward. Also, not everyone dies or even becomes a long-hauler.

While there is no cure available for the common person, there are some things that one can do to help fight a COVID-19 infection off. I hope that these tips I provided will really be of benefit to anyone who reads this and has contracted the virus.

Have any of you reading this had the virus? What was it like for you?

Thanks for reading!

#covid19 #safeathome #maskup #virus #sick #symptoms #health #supplements

My Current Supplement Stack

My Current Supplement Stack

I have taken supplements for quite a few years now. The specific ones I take seems to change every now and again though. Because I am a COVID-19 “long-hauler,” I have taken advice from others suffering the same issues and changed up my supplement stack.

In this post, I wanted to share with you what I am currently taking and why.

My current supplement stack

Morning-

  • Ginger capsule- 600 mg
  • Vitamin B12- 500mcg
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Vitamin C- 500 mg
  • NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine)- 600 mg
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • 10 strain probiotic
  • Pepcid
  • Turmeric “hot toddy”
  • 1 cup of grape juice

Afternoon-

  • Turmeric “hot toddy”
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • Red raspberry leaf tea (two cups)
  • Green tea ( two cups)

Evening-

  • Ginger capsule- 600 mg
  • Vitamin B12- 500 mcg
  • Vitamin B6- 50 mg
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Vitamin C- 500 mg
  • NAC- 600 mg
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • Pepcid
  • CoQ10- 100 mg
  • Red raspberry leaf tea (1-2 cups)
  • Zinc- 46 mg

In addition to supplements above, I also take anti-nausea treatments as needed.

Why I take these supplements

The following is the reasoning behind the supplements I am currently taking:

  • Ginger- This is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting effects. It also helps with GI distress.
  • Turmeric- This is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting effects. It also helps with GI distress and
  • Vitamin B12- May help with nerve damage, homocysteine levels, depression and energy production.
  • Vitamin D3- Good for the immune system and our bones.
  • Vitamin C- Good for the immune system.
  • Vitamin B6- Good for the nervous system, nausea and PMS.
  • NAC- May help with lung issues, homocysteine levels, flu symptoms severity and chest pain.
  • Oil of oregano- May serve as an antiviral.
  • Probiotic- Helps the gut and immune system.
  • CoQ10- Helps with heart issues, energy levels and chest pain.
  • Zinc- May help with the immune system.
  • Pepcid- Helps with GERD
  • Red raspberry leaf tea- Good for the immune system, balancing hormones and the easing of sore throats.
  • Green tea- Provides antioxidants, may help the immune system and may lower blood pressure.
  • Grape juice- Prevents stomach viruses.

It may look like a lot

I know many people looking at this may think I take a ton of supplements and I guess it is kind of true. Just know there are people who take way more than this though (like my husband).

I am hoping that these help me and keep me healthier than I would be without them.

Are any of you taking supplements? If so, which ones?

Thanks for reading!

#supplements #health #immunesystem #covidlonghaulers #covid19 #wellness #sick #diet