Decluttering Vitamins and Supplements
The other day I went for a follow up appointment with my alternative dietician. Using a machine called a magnetic resonance quantum analyzer, it tells what's going on internally, such as food sensitivities and vitamin deficiencies.
I went to this woman at the recommendation of a friend and have been extremely happier and healthier in the nearly two years since that initial visit. Yelena validated over a decade of intuitive thoughts of foods I believed weren't agreeable to me, and with this concrete knowledge and validation, I have done everything she said without hesitation or regret.
After the machine did its thing, she told me what to eat, what NOT to eat, when to eat, and which supplements I needed for the deficiencies that were indicated.
What I really like is knowing the supplements are specific to what I need, and there's no guesswork as to "maybe I should be taking XYZ" or rather C,D, and B.
When I had my last appointment, I felt like something was brewing and I asked if I should take this-that-and-the-other. to nip it in the bud. Her reply was brilliant and the inspiration for this post. She said "You don't need to take the entire pharmacy." Food for thought, or rather vitamins LOL.
I've worked with so many clients who, in their desire for good health and healthy families, have purchased vitamins and supplements with such fervor of the promise of what the products can do, yet the bottles are often as full as the number of pills quoted on the label. What saddens me that that it's often a mega-sized bottle, and I wonder if it was a two-for-one special because of multiples of the product in the cabinet.
More often than not, the dates are past the expiration. Since there's generally two years between packaging and expiration, that item has been sitting around on the shelf for a very long time. The chances of using it, let alone finishing it are slim to none it there's been at least two years of potential usage have elapsed.
With a heavy heart, chucking it is what I gently suggest. The message is the money is already gone so chalk up the experience and perhaps mindfully consider future purchases, or purchase under the advice of a practitioner.
This leads me to mention one more related category, over the counter (OTC) medications. Some have advised soon to be olim (those making aliyah/ moving to Israel) to stock up on their favorite OTC products. No! No! No! This is worst advice ever and if you or someone you know took this advice, hook me up with with the groups where this was suggested and I'll gladly join in order to put in my two-cents.
For those of you about to yell at me, let me clarify that IF you have some special circumstance and you need, for example, diabetic supplies or something of that sort, by all means, this is sage advice. But multipacks of vitamins and OTC meds in bulk sizes will most likely NOT get used. If you need that much headache medication or gastro products, make an appointment with my gal Yelena and maybe she'll inform you what's the root cause of needing these products in the first place. But seriously, we have medication here, albeit different packaging and a different name but the pharmacies have for what ails you. Read The Aliyah Files #6 You’ve finished your stash of Motrin and Tylenol, now what? for what's available.
With the pre-Passover purging of cabinets, if you have any of these unused and/or expired products, it's a good time to clear out those cabinets. As mentioned above regarding future purchases, perhaps seek medical guidance if you've read about XYZ and think that's going to support the body system or cure what ails you, start with a small bottle, not the biggest size and see if it does what it's supposed to do. May you be reading this in good health and a refuah (healing) to those who need one. Here's to good health! Amen