Medicine cabinet must-haves for cancer survivors — Best Life

You can tell a lot about someone by taking a look inside their medicine cabinet. A high-level executive keeps painkillers and antihistamines on hand for long days of travel, and a professional nutritionist won’t be without probiotics to keep her gut in top shape. But what bottles might you find in the home of someone who’s battled cancer and has to be extra careful about what’s going on inside (and on) their body?

Simon Curtis there’s a lot going on these days: he’s a musician, recording artist, actor, author of the next The Witches of Silverlake graphic novel, and even a new parent of two puppies. But as he said Better life, he is “first and foremost a cancer survivor”. After being diagnosed with leukemia and a 50-50 chance of survival when he was just 10 years old, Curtis made a “miraculous” recovery and went into remission just weeks after receiving the initial diagnosis. Now he says his battle with cancer “holistically informs the rest of my life.” Read on to find out how this perspective affects how he stocks his medicine cabinet and what four products he always keeps on hand.

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“I love supplements and supplement research,” Curtis shares, explaining that one of the only brands he trusts is Cymbiotika, whose supplements are made with plant-based ingredients. “I really like the science they adhere to, the new technology and the new patented ingredients they incorporate into their formulations.”

The first supplement that got him hooked on the brand was their Vitamin D3 + K2 + CoQ10. “Oh my God, it works,” he recalls feeling after taking it for about two weeks. “My energy level has changed.” (Vitamin D has also been studied as a way to boost your mood and strengthen your hair.)

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One of Cymbiotika’s new products that Curtis was excited to talk about is molecular hydrogen, which comes in tablets that dissolve in water. After diving into a few different studies on the effects of this product, Curtis now takes one tablet twice a day. Benefits? “It’s a super, super potent, effective and absorbable antioxidant” (antioxidants are molecules and vitamins that protect your cells from damage).

“It’s like taking an espresso. You smell the ‘juszh’ when you take it…the brain fog is gone. It’s really great. Highly recommend it,” he says.

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Curtis was clear that as a survivor of childhood cancer, but also someone who has had autoimmune issues in recent years (which is common for cancer survivors), taking care of “all aspects of my body” is super important. “I tend to stay away from anything that could have potential adverse effects on my liver. Even things like Tylenol can be hard on those systems,” he explains, so he tends to only take a bottle of acetaminophen as a last resort.

But if he doesn’t turn to over-the-counter pain relievers, where will he find comfort for sore or cramping muscles? Cymbiotika’s Topical Magnesium Oil Spray is her go-to. This concentrated magnesium supplement absorbs through your skin. After applying it, “you feel your skin tingle,” Curtis describes, and then “all of a sudden…my muscles don’t hurt! I feel great.”

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What about headaches? Everyone gets them from time to time, and Curtis is no exception.

“I learned so much about hydration,” Curtis shares, “and most people’s chronic dehydration.” As someone who likes to start his day with coffee (despite the dehydrating effects of caffeine), he keeps Cymbiotika’s Pure Hydration electrolyte packs handy (packed with vitamins, calcium, magnesium and potassium ) to help him stay hydrated. “Nine times out of ten, if I just drink electrolyte water, a headache goes away.”

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