I am currently only taking Rebif44 three times a week for my MS. Other then that I don’t need anything in particular to keep it in check. I strongly believe that a positive outlook, a healthy way of living and working out in any kind of level helps immensely with dealing with this illness.
General Health supplements
When it comes to health supplements I am very careful. I don’t trust anything I can’t properly pronounce. That goes not only for any kind of supplements but also for food labels.
I currently take Omegas, a Multivitamin and Cranberry tablets each morning. I don’t think it matters much of what kind or brand you use. One option is to let your local pharmacist advice you.
- When it comes to the Omega I went for one that covers all three important ones (3, 5 and 9) in one neat little capsule.
- The Cranberry tablets are more a prophylactic approach for us girls. You know, against those blasted bladder infections you get if you forget to wear your fluffy socks while walking around barefoot on the cold marble floor. Or if you really need to show your stomach despite it being minus 10 degrees outside..
- The Multivitamin I am taking covers a wide range including iron, which I lack chronically.
As mentioned above, I don’t trust anything I can’t pronounce and am very careful and hesitant about using special fitness supplements. I threatened a big bodybuilder in a bodybuilder store I would come back and beat him up if the Protein Powder he suggested would turn out to have some weird side-effect..I don’t need my non existent pair of balls to shrink, thank you very much. I am currently using Whey Protein Powder, the P90X recovery drink and Protein Bars if I can get my hands on them.
- The Whey Protein Powder I use is Vanilla flavored and has no additional enhancers. It’s from EAS and can easily be bought from Inter Sport. It’s just very convenient to make yummie banana smoothies, or add it to my oatmeal in the morning (or Henning loves to just mix it with milk and drink it after workouts). They come in different flavours so try and pick one you like.
- One thing I am almost addicted to is the P90X results and recovery formula. Its Carbohydrate/Fibre ratio is specially balanced to refuel your muscles with sugar as fast as possible to stop them from breaking down (in a nutshell anyway) after a workout which exhausted your glycocin (sugar) levels. In any case a ratio of 4:1 between Carbs and Fibre is ideal for an after workout drink. Light Choco drinks naturally have the right ratio or you can use Grape juice with a spoon of protein powder. Important is to take it within one hour after your strength training or any exercises that leaves you completely exhausted.
- Protein Bars are not only a very convenient way of making sure you get enough protein without having to eat egg whites, chicken and tuna all day long, they are also a very convenient snack to take with you wherever you go. Unfortunately those little yummy treats are quite expensive and not all of them taste nice. Two of my favorites are the P90X Peak Performance Protein Bars (which unfortunately can’t be ordered directly from Beachbody.com to Europe) and the Sponser Protein Bars which are a great alternative for Europeans. If you live in Switzerland you can get those from Migros (quite expensive though – but I am addicted to them, I have to admit).
That’s about it. That covers my arsenal of little helpers.