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Not All Supplments Work For Every Body
on July 15, 2014
I went to a doctor in January of this year (2014) to address mid-life physical and emotional changes, inflammation, insomnia and depression/anxiety. Lab tests indicated slightly elevated blood sugar after fasting, and imbalance in estrogen, testosterone and progesterone levels. He did not test my adrenals, but put me on liquid zinc and magnesium supplements, a capsule form of rhodiola rosea, a supplement for sleep, and supplements to balance sex hormones (which I’ll review later). It was a very expensive undertaking. I tried this regimen for a month, along with a diet of protein shakes for breakfast and lunch and a dinner of 4 oz of protein and leafy vegetables for dinner—total caloric intake under 1,000 calories a day. I did feel much sharper mentally, my inflammation was somewhat less, but I was SO EXHAUSTED by late afternoon I felt like I was going to pass out and couldn’t do my regular 3 hours of exercise per week. I lost 9 lbs in a month, but I still couldn’t sleep. I kept this up for as long as I could stand it, having reached a frustrating plateau in weight loss, all the while researching alternatives to what my intuition told me was adrenal exhaustion.
I started DSF Formula in late June and I’m seeing a significant difference in my energy levels (no more extreme fatigue in the afternoon), depression/anxiety levels and weight. I’m eating more—I still do the shakes for breakfast and lunch, but have added 2 more oz. of protein and a sweet potato to my evening meal 3 times per week and a handful of raw almonds for a snack—and I’m able to exercise again. Six pounds lost in two weeks is unheard of for me. I’ve just added Forskolin to my regimen for blood sugar regulation, and I’m eager to see what difference, if any, it makes.
I’m also back on Nature’s Sunshine Yucca (I’d stopped taking it for a while) for inflammation, and where the DSF Formula worked to alleviate some of it, the Yucca kicked in and picked up the slack. I can actually get through a day without anti-inflammatory medications.
Finding out what works for your body is a painstaking, expensive process. It takes patience and persistence. I’m grateful for the reviews I’ve read here and on other sites (they’re a wonderful aid) and wish you the best in finding what you need.