Posts Tagged 'Vitamins'

April 30, 2010

Staple Supplements

No one has really talked about anything health related on The Innerlayer and everyone at SoftLayer works hard to stay on top of our customer needs. For that reason in this fast paced industry we all have to stay healthy. Here’s a couple of supplements that help me stay healthy and at the top of my game that I take on a daily basis and I feel they should be considered by anyone who reads this.

The first is Fish Oil. This is a cheap supplement that you can buy practically anywhere and this supplement is rich in Omega-3’s which is an Essential Fatty Acid(EFA). Fish Oil contains Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) both of which are beneficial to the brain. Studies have been done that have found it to also reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and also lower body fat. Fish Oil can practically be called a miracle supplement as many people benefit from its supplementation in practically all ailments in life.

The second group is Pro and Pre “biotics”. These can be cheap or can get a little pricey depending on the number of strains and size of the “colony”. I mention both as one as these in most cases are combined. Probiotics are microorganisms that are known as “good bacteria” in that they balance your intestinal tract and colon. What Prebiotics do is stimulate growth for existing “good bacteria”. The most common culture you will find is Lactobacillus Acidophilus which you will usually find in yogurt products. Furthermore, supplementing Pro/Prebiotics is a must especially after taking antibiotics as this is meant to kill all bacteria in your body as well as the “good bacteria” in your intestinal tract.

Though both of these certainly aren’t a cure all they definitely are supplements that keep your body and mind in check. I can’t recommend any supplement over these two alone and if you haven’t heard of either of these I invite you to do some research on them as the results will astound you. You can start at the links below. I welcome any comments you might have either positive or negative on this subject.

http://www.fishoilbenefit.net/
http://nutrition.about.com/od/therapeuticnutrition1/p/pro_prebiotics.htm

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March 3, 2008

I'm NOC Gonna Get Sick!

**Cough, cough, sniffle, sniffle, hack hack**

These are the famous noises that come from the NOC every so often. I swore and swore that I wouldn't get sick. To be honest, there was something going around about four months ago, and I was just about the only one that didn't get sick, and I was King-of-the-NOC!

Not this time.

Emails were sent out -- "Clean your workstations -- wash your hands -- don't throw your used Kleenex tissues at other NOC personnel -- and for the love of God, don't get sick". Oops. So, one by one, each NOC technician started getting sick. One down, two down, three down…

Then it hit me.

You know how it starts, don't act dumb. It all starts with that sore throat, that isn't that sore, but makes you wonder if you're getting sick, and everything ends up becoming a psychological battle of "do's and don'ts" to get better, before you get any worse. It never works. You start feeling that sore throat, which gets worse as every hour goes by, as you start overdosing on Vitamin C drops/pills. Then you think, "I don't just need Vitamin C, right!?" So, then you did around the infamous Softlayer NOC Pharmacy, and start overdosing on off-brand multivitamin, Centrum wanna-be's**.

Things get worse.

So, by the end of the shift, your throat feels like it's on fire. You have to make a Wal-Mart run at 12am in the morning (depending on your shift), and you buy every little piece of medicine you think you might need to make life better while you are…Sick.

So, for a few days, you end up chugging cough syrup, feeding on Centrum wanna-be's, Vitamin C pills/drops, Halls Mentho-lyptus "Mountain Menthol" cough drops, Airborne Formula (more on this later)...and VITAMIN GUMBALLS!!

That's right, folks. We have vitamin gumballs, and they are GROSS! The pink one is okay, probably the best out of them all, but it still taste like rubber. Ugh. Now, as for the Airborne Formula, I just don't trust it. I mean, people say it's GREAT, however, I need proof. I mean, come on, it was created by a second grade teacher. Was this teacher a doctor before he/she decided to actually teach kids multiplication? Think people. Think.

Overall, most of us in the NOC got sick, including me. I'm just now getting over this, while I still fight off a tickle cough, but I’m sure this will never be the end. So folks, keep taking that Vitamin C and that Centrum wanna-be, and don’t get sick. I’m sure next time I’m NOC gonna get sick!

** Centrum Wanna-be is what I call Off-Brand (Equate) Multivitamin Tablets.

-Drew

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