Niacin, You're Making Me Blush

12.03.2012



Every food documentary has a different spin. Each one is interesting in its own way. When you've seen most of them, it's hard to decide what direction to go in. If you don't have the time to watch them or just don't care to - I'd like to summarize them in a sentence and let you decide.

Forks Over Knives : Eat more vegetables - meat is ruining your life.

Supersize Me:  McDonald's is ruining your life. 

Food, Inc. : Eat more whole foods - corn is ruining your life.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead: Juice everything - processed food is ruining your life.

Food Matters: Take more vitamin C - pharmaceutical companies are ruining your life.

Basically, it's hard these days to have as much control as we'd like over what goes in to our bodies.

The bottom line that I keep coming back to is that I am going to try my best. Eating more vegetables is always going to be a good idea. Sugar really is poisoning us all slowly. Drinking more water is a hobby worth trying. At the end of the day, WE ARE ALL STILL GOING TO DIE.

After watching Food Matters, Bryan and I decided to take more Vitamin C, and we were going to take a niacin supplement, too. Bolstering our immune systems and warding off anxiety seemed like a great endeavor.

One night at dinner, we took our new supplements and went about our business.

We were watching Modern Family and my feet felt warm. While that sounds particularly cozy on a warm and quiet night in, it was disconcerting to me because I've grown really accustomed to my very cold reptile feet.

"Bryan, does it feel warm in here to you?"

The words spilled out of my mouth and I knew instantly that the room did not feel warm to him.

I ran (yes, ran - because I am dramatic) into the bathroom and gasped.

In that moment, had I stood in front of a fire engine I would have disappeared. My face was the color of  rubies. Only I looked more like a mutant and less like a gem. It was worse than any sun burn, and I watched as my chest and arms followed suit. 

"BRYAN I NEED A DOCTOR."

"BRYAN I THINK THE NIACIN POISONED ME."

"BRYAN?"

He walked slowly into the bathroom and hugged me. 

"You're fine - it's not so bad." He said nonchalantly - as if he wasn't witnessing his wife spontaneously combust before his eyes. I was basically waiting for him to ask me if I wanted to go to Taco Bell. If you know what I mean.

As it turns out (after some extensive googling and phone calls to my nursing student sister) - niacin has a flushing effect. It also has a relaxing effect.

Had anyone been present in our home that evening, they would have witnessed a case study of two dweebs trying it for the first time. Bryan was uncharacteristically calm, and I was experiencing THE FLUSH. 

I took Benadryl and prayed I would make it to the morning. 

Bryan declared his allegiance to the supplement and I swore I'd never take it again.

Then I fell asleep.

Now, in the comments - please tell me something that medicine did to ruin your body! GO!