I’ve been following a vitamin regimen in preparation for jaw surgery on November 5th (19 days away!). Coworkers probably think I’m chain-popping antacids because of our stressful week, but it’s just not true.
Effective vitamin use for surgery preparation requires lots of high dosage pills, taken at the right times of day. I’ve been taking this combo every day:
- Source Naturals Activated Quercetin 1300 mg. This is an anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine (helps to reduce allergies which are a strain on your body no matter what, but esp. when prepping for surgery).
- Country Life Bromelain 1500 mg. Another powerful anti-inflammatory that helps in quercetin absorption.
- Rainbow Light Food-Based multi 3 tablets. A multivitamin blend whose use of food based nutrients makes vitamins and minerals more available to your body.
- Rainbow Light Just Once Food-Based Calcium 1000 mg. Since I’m having surgery on my jaw bone, I figured I’d better stock my calcium reserves. Did you know that calcium you consume isn’t immediately used by your body? It’s stored in your bones, so if you’re deficient in the nutrient, your bones actually become weaker and more hollow (hence, osteoporosis).
- Rainbow Light Food-Based Ultra Gram “C” 3000 mg. Vitamin C is the cheapest, most effective anti-oxidant on the market. Compared to purchasing green tea pills (or purchasing and drinking the equivalent in green tea), Vitamin C is a steal. It’s a major player in reducing inflammation, which is why it’s heavily used in natural allergy therapies. It’s also why stocking up on Vit. C is critical to surgery prep.
Work has been very stressful this week, with every other venture firm telling its portfolio companies to “trim the fat” – e.g. make headcount reduction and slow the burn rate for invested funds. Lots of my coworkers have been sniffly, but many have been too worried about their jobs or just too busy to stay home sick. When I felt a major flu-like sickness coming on earlier this week, I triple-loaded on my vitamins and added echinacea and goldenseal. By the next day, my cough had been reduced to a whimper and my flu headache was gone.
When I’m feeling extra stressed at work, I know what to do. I try to get sleep, eat well, think good thoughts, and take vitamins to ease the effects of the stress. I do it so I can avoid getting sick and then being out for days and days, and it works.
Consider surgery to be the ultimate stress. It’s critical to prepare your body and mind as much as possible for the physical and psychological trauma of surgery, so the least you can do is take your vitamins!
To come… I’ll put the vitamin list into chart format with price breakdowns and links / photos.