"The doctor of the future will interest patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease" -Thomas Edison

How Omega-3's helped me navigate my health journey (Guest Blog)

In 2015, I was a busy graduate student working towards my Master’s Degree in Business. I was about halfway through my program when I began to develop a dull, aching headache that lasted from the time I woke up in the morning, to the time I went to bed at night. At first, it was a little harder to concentrate and absorb information at the rate I was used to – I thought I was just tired. Little by little, the headaches got worse and started to affect my vision and balance. I started to worry that something was seriously wrong, and I went to see a neurologist and headache specialist. Neither of which offered a cause, but both recommended trying an antidepressant. Here’s my hesitation with that – I’m the type of person who avoids taking drugs (even Advil) by any means necessary. I fully respect medicine and value its necessity in certain situations, however, I didn’t feel this type of solution would help me fix anything. I didn’t feel like it was the best route for my health when I am fortunate enough not to suffer from depression, and I didn’t feel right taking a drug meant to fix a problem I didn’t have. I’d rather find natural ways to heal the underlying causes.

As time passed, the headaches got worse and I was suffering from a migraine one to two times per week, with a dull ache for the remainder of the time. I discussed this problem with Ami in passing, and she suggested taking Omega-3s. At the time, I had been a strict vegetarian for 7 years and was hesitant to try a fish oil pill. Turns out, constantly being in pain for a couple of years is enough to make you want to try anything. I was aware of the monumental benefits fish oil can have, so eventually, I decided to give it a try.

I’ve been taking Omega-3s religiously since December of 2017. I don’t think any amount of words could explain what a difference they have made in my health. There’s a reason that Omega-3s fatty acids are called “essential fatty acids” – they are essential to our body’s optimal function but we cannot physically make them on our own. What I hadn’t considered in school was that my diet was in no means supporting my hectic lifestyle. I ate whatever I could pack in my bag between classes and survived on iced coffee and matcha to get through 6-10pm night classes, all to stay up even later when I got home, worrying about work the next day and my assignments. I got by, but I could not get far without pain. When I started taking the Omega-3 supplements, the first thing I noticed was the change in my sleep. I fell asleep easier and I stayed asleep. After about a month, my headaches started to respond as well. The amount of pain I was in slowly decreased, and the frequency migraines slowly diminished. I still suffer from the occasional migraine, but I can go days without a slight headache at all, which is leaps and bounds from where I was.  This revelation led me to implement several other positive changes in my life. I was sleeping better, so I felt better. I felt better, so I exercised more. I exercised more, so I fueled that effort with better foods. I have a deeper appreciation for what nature can offer me when I need to heal. I’m still discovering new things every day that can benefit my health, and thanks to Omega-3’s, I have a foundation of essential nutrients to help me feel energized and motivated to do so. 

"The doctor of the future will interest patients in the care of the human frame, diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease" -Thomas Edison

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