Surprised by the benefits of gummy vitamins

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It all started so innocently.

Let me start with a clarification: I haven’t fallen prey to a multi-level marketing system. I won’t burst into your DMs with “an opportunity” – or, in other words, a “proposal” – that will benefit both of us. I’m not trying to sell you everything from dodgy supplements to essential oils. The last thing I want is for this to sound like a TV commercial.

That said, I can’t deny my sudden obsession with vitamins.

It really started innocently. I wasn’t looking for a magic panacea; I wasn’t even in the market for a health and wellness fad. I was just scrolling through my daily newsletter when a headline caught my eye: “Are Spring Allergies Getting You Down? »

“Why yes”, I thought. “Yes they are.”

My allergies are unbelievable, and by that I mean they ruin my life with irritating regularity. I’ve tried just about every solution known to mankind – nasal sprays, oral antihistamines, allergy shots. So when I heard about Hilma’s Natural Remedies, my interest was piqued. I ordered samples without a second thought, with little hope that things would change for the better.

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It took me six months to try the vitamins. For a very long time, they sat in a box in my closet – the epitome of “out of sight, out of mind”. Then one day my father tripped over the box and asked, with barely concealed annoyance: East this?”

“Ah,” I say. “Those are my allergy vitamins.”

I didn’t expect them to work. But they did. One morning I woke up and thought, “Wow, I can breathe through my nose.” My allergies weren’t cured, by any means, but whatever herbs were sprayed into those tiny little capsules, they actually seemed to make a difference.

It didn’t take me long to start experimenting. Over the next six months, I tried everything from PMS gummies to fiber and probiotics. My bathroom vanity has become increasingly cluttered. Some of the products were duds – the PMS gummies screwed with my cycle, for example – but there was satisfaction in that. A kind of accomplishment.

Much of my life is out of my control. My doctors prescribe medication; my parents decide what’s for dinner. I’m not at the mercy of others, but sometimes, more often than I care to admit, I really feel like I am. As unimportant as they are, vitamins are a way to regain some control. I do the research; I do the shopping. I choose what goes into my mouth with the hope that my body will become a little more manageable.

Most vitamin testimonials will claim amazing results. Some of my results have been quite miraculous – I will proclaim the benefits of fiber gums on roofs. Most are mediocre. That’s why I’m not ending this column with an endorsement. Everyone is different. What works for some SMA patients may not work for others.

But I will say this: it’s easy to be complacent, to forget that our current situations, whatever they are, can change. I was convinced that my allergies would always be terrible. I never thought fiber gummies would increase my quality of life. I was completely taken by surprise! And that’s because I took a chance.

In the end, natural remedies are hit and miss; there is no guarantee that you will see any improvement. And you should always consult with your providers before making any lifestyle changes. Vitamins may not be your speed, and that’s okay! Do not lose hope. Remember that everything can get better, even your clogged sinuses.

For now, I’m going to take my second vitamin of the day. After dinner, I’ll pop a peach-flavored sugar-coated pre-/probiotic gummy, followed by my daily dose of fiber. My bathroom vanity is cluttered like never before. My sinuses are open, my skin is clear and things are looking up.

For now, anyway.

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