I have tried many alternative remedies and nutritional supplements over the years, including naturopathic, homeopathic, vitamin, mineral, and herbal products. I have not had any success with them.
That doesn't mean I think they don't have value. I just haven't found any helpful for addressing my particular needs. Anything I have tried for anxiety, insomnia, allergies, hormone balance and immunity has not had any beneficial effects and in the end, I have always felt like I had just flushed my money down the toilet.
But I am right now in awe of one supplement: L - Glutamine. This stuff has CHANGED MY LIFE!
I have long known that it is recommended to aid muscle recovery after strenuous exercise, all the body builders, male and female, take it. But I stubbornly decided a few years ago that I wasn't going to bother trying anymore supplements (the last thing I tried was oregano oil, but honestly I don't think it really helps prevent or treat colds, it just tastes super nasty). So even though recovery has been an issue for me for the past year, I never considered taking anything for it.
Nevertheless, the situation was getting worse, and I found myself achy almost every day and heating pads, epsom salt baths weren't doing enough to alleviate my pain. Many athletes swear by ice baths, but I wasn't sure I wanted to put myself through that torture on a regular basis. I was actually starting to lose motivation to workout because I knew how much it would hurt afterwards. It was very frustrating and upsetting to me as I have never had this problem before( I refuse to believe it's just AGE causing this, so I will assume it's because I do more intense exercise now, compared to when I was younger and did more volume...). I was begging Adam so frequently for back rubs that he was getting annoyed. I finally decided it was time to explore taking something to aid my recovery.
A little research told me that taking this amino acid is a safe and effective way to aid muscle recovery from strenous exercise, and I found some at my favorite health food store and discovered that it is not overly expensive. I bought Now Brand:
I started taking 2000 mg per day, one capsule (1000mg) directly after my morning workouts, and one right before bed.
So? What happened, you ask?
My. Mind. Is. Blown.
Just 3 days later I felt like a completely new woman. No more muscle soreness! I feel like I'm turning 28 in a few weeks, not 38. Seriously, I feel FANTASTIC! Best of all, my love of all things fitness has been renewed!! I now may have to start looking at other sports supplements a bit more seriously...stay tuned.
Disclaimer: Check with your doctor first before taking any type of supplement or medication.