Mental health

    Supplements I Take To Help With Side Effects of Mental Illness

    Hey all!

     

    I know it has been a  while since I posted a blog post and I want to kick myself! I twisted my ankle, other one this time and thankfully not as badly, and life just got a bit hectic…Repeat after me, write posts in bulk when I can!

    Just before we get into this post I want to clearly state I am NOT a doctor, dietician or pharmacist, I am not in any way shape or form qualified to diagnose anyone with any illness, and if you’re unsure about any of the products I mention below, PLEASE contact a health worker or doctor. Any of the conditions or products I write about here are what has worked for me and I am sharing them in the hope they may help you too.

    Now that’s out of the way..

    For a point of reference, the medication I am on is 20mg of Lexapro in the morning, 45mg of Zispin at night with 100mg of Seroquil at night.

    Any supplements I have marked with a * I consider essential and will always repurchase.

    Morning:

    For Irritable Bowel Syndrom: I take a probiotic to help with the good bacteria in my stomach as the gut is linked to the brain (having a gut feeling comes from this) and healthy bacteria can affect everything from your metabolism to your mood. My stomach can often turn at the drop of a hat and I won’t be able to keep anything in it, which obviously affects the gut bacteria, so I need all the help I can get! I have tried several brands, but keep coming back to Aflorex *It is one of the more expensive with a months supply costing €33, but I personally feel it is worth it. Out of interest, I’m trying Optibac probiotics Extra Strength which are slightly cheaper and they’re pretty good so far.

    For cramps associated with IBS, I recommend Buscopan but I don’t take that regularly. If I’m struggling with constipation I will also take Fybogel in Citrus flavour, either until it passes or long term. It doesn’t taste good, but I feel it’s healthier than taking laxatives.

     

     

    For Adrenal Fatigue: This is some times also called Chronic Fatigue.  Basically, it happens when the cortisol levels are constantly high in the body from too much stress and anxiety. Symptoms include:

    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Low blood pressure
    • Lightheadedness
    • Loss of body hair
    • Skin discolouration (hyperpigmentation) (Source: The Mayo Clinic)

     

     

    Stress is a bitch huh? I have tried a couple of various similar products from different brands, but the best is from the brand Biocare called AD206 *. It’s €12.95 for a two capsules a day months supply from The Health Store, but it can also be purchased here direct from their website. It’s a mix of vitamins and Siberian ginseng, liquorice root and chromium which can help with the maintenance of normal blood glucose and ginseng may contribute to physical and mental recovery from fatigue.

    I still absolutely feel fatigue, but these have helped me and it takes longer for me to get fatigued some days. If anyone has any other recommendations to treat Adrenal Fatigue, I would be really interested to know in the comments. I try to do meditation and yoga and various external methods to help bring down the cortisol levels, but fatigue is still my biggest physical issue.

    General Health:

    I try and take a multivitamin as I know anxiety and the medication I take can be hard on my system. I haven’t really found one I prefer over others, at the moment I’m just taking Centrum for Women. To be honest, the cost of it usually comes into play as I have other supplements that I consider essential.

    I also started taking Lacura’s (Aldi’s own brand) Skin, Hair and Nails to try and help all of the above, particularly my nails as I’ve taken my gel nails off, and for my skin,  as I recently decided to try and come off the antibiotics I was on for adult acne. So far I am finding them good considering they were €4, and would rather be on vitamins for my skin rather than antibiotics.

     

    I also very occasionally will take a month’s worth of Milk Thistle. Milk thistle is reported to help keep the liver healthy and the liver flushes out everything, including medication, from your blood. So I am trying to look after my liver a bit more to keep it healthy as it processes the medication I am on.

    Night time:

    To help with Sleep: Even though I do have two different prescribed medications for sleep, magnesium can help with sleep and is apparently something that is lacking in most adult diets. Magnesium can cause stomach problems and I have tried it in powder form which caused me to have the runs, and other brands require you to take more than one dose a day. The best brand I have found is Solo Superior Magnesium *. It’s is quite expensive at €18 a month, but it is Magnesium Citrate which seems to be the best form and I have had no tummy problems and it’s one capsule a day.

     

    To Help With Hormones & time of the month: For this, I have been on the same thing for literally years, Clean Marine for Women * which is an Irish made product. I grew up with serious problems around periods; pain and queasy stomach and basically being incapacitated for that time. I even had surgeries to help with various issues around it. But as I got older my moods became really crazy during that time and I was really difficult to deal with and needed some help!

    Clean Marine contains Omega-3 with Phospholipids, Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and D3, as well as Rosemary Extract and Soy Isoflavones, which helps with fatigue, healthy skin, it really helps with hormone regulation (Thank you baby Jesus!) and you don’t get the fish burps you can get with cod liver oil and other fish supplements. I have really noticed the difference since I started taking the supplements and also the negative differences when I don’t take these regularly. My queasy feeling has decreased, my moods are more balanced and I’m not in as much pain. I now usually only have one day a month where I’m flat out on the couch. They’re very reasonable, €23 for a one month, twice a day supply and I wouldn’t be without them.

    So those are the supplements I take to deal with the side effects of having a mental health issue. Are there any other supplements you take, either to deal with side effects or for general good health? Let me know in the comments below and thank you for reading.

    Much love

    Cathy

    xx