Do We Need Pills?

Pills, Pills, Pills, do  we really need all thoughs pills, been asking myself this question for many, many years. I’m a pill taker, are you? I do believe if I stopped taking all my pills that I would be just fine. But then again, I do believe some of them help. My doctor started me on aspirin about 20 years ago, and I still take it. My doctor also had me on a statin, which I don’t take now. I tried a number of different statins to keep my cholesterol down. But over time the side effects were terrible, Joint pain became so bad that I no longer took long walks and had trouble sleeping because of joint pain. To keep my cholesterol in check I take red yeast rice, it works with no side effects on me. Of course the doctor didn’t prescribe this, but is OK with its use. My joint pain is gone now, but it did take almost a year to recover.

I also take glucosamine and chondroitin, the benefits are small for joint pain. At 70 years old, I’ll take any help I can get. Now if you’re a man, you may have heard about saw palmetto berries. This is a supplement that reduces your prostate and helps you pee a larger stream. This one differently works for me, been using it for many years with no side effects.

Pills, Pills, Pills;  when I turned 50 years old, my eye site changed, I needed readers in low light conditions. I also noticed if I looked at a telephone pole a long ways away, there was 2 poles not one. So, off to the eye doctor and bifocal glasses. Five years ago my wife had me start taking lutein and zeaxanthin for my eyes. To my surprise my eyes have gotten better, no more double vision at a distance. I still need the readers though. I can’t say for sure that the lutein was the fix for my eyes, or just nature doing its thing.

Some more popular cardiovascular support supplements I take are: omega-3, and CoQ10 along with the old-fashioned multi vitamin.

Pills, Pills, Pills; this is the handful of nonprescription pills I take every day, and have taken for the past five plus years.

Now, these last three. The Keto diet is all the rage right now, and this keto pill is not the diet, but another supplement to take advantage of the latest fad. I first tried this “eminence vitality Keto BHB” and thought it was working, and after a week it wasn’t working for me anymore.

Also, tried pine pollen and black, red, and yellow Maca root. These have not done anything for me, although, I’ve only been using them for a couple weeks now.

Appetite Suppressants

A natural appetite suppressant is fat. And I mean the healthy fats like nuts, avocado and extra virgin olive oil. Researchers at UC Irvine discovered that oleic acid, a “good” fat, helps trigger the small intestine to produce oleoylegthanolamide, a compound that finds its way to nerve endings and transmits a hunger-curbing message to the brain. The fat also delays the stomach from emptying, giving you a full feeling longer.

Try eating whole rye foods instead of whole wheat. Research shows that rye triggers a lower insulin response, and gives you a fuller feeling after eating. Its available in the form of crackers, rye pasta, and rye flakes.

Fragrant seasonings used in preparing meals can help one eat less. Using rosemary, cinnamon, basil, grated ginger add favor and antioxidants to prepared dishes.

Another effective method is to eat slower. Slow eaters take in fewer calories per minute, and experience a higher level of satiety, despite eating less.

And last, your surrounding are important, including mood. The more pleasurable the meal and less you tend to eat.

Not to be left out: coffee. A moderate amount of coffee can boost metabolism and suppress your appetite. What’s the secret? Caffeine, along with antioxidants from the coffee beans.


Pills, pills, pills; pills have a place in our modern world, I don’t know if we’ll ever be without them.

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