The Vitamin Fix

When we hit the road, we hit the road hard. When I say “we”, I mean just about anyone who I work or hang out with. It’s usually very intense when I’ve got work to do, so the sleep-deprived nights are part of the deal. Eventually, the immune system conks out from the fatigue and I start coming down with a cold, a cough, or a fever. Yes, I’m well-aware that my habits aren’t precisely to-die-for.

After all is said and done, there is no substitute for the genuine article: R&R (rest and relaxation). BUT if you find that you have to keep yourself going in spite of your exhaustion (be it from travel-related fatigue or work weariness), sometimes the best solution is to add some effervescence to the mix.

I am obsessed with effervescent vitamin tablets. It seems to me that they’re the fastest way to get a much-needed energy kick. Mind you, this is no Sting, Red Bull, or Cobra. The nice flavor and fizzed-up water provides a pick-me-up when you need something in a flash. Plus, if you don’t want to get out of control with the instant juice mixes, this is a pretty clever alternative.

As you can see from the photo, I’ve stocked up the best I can. Redoxon (leftmost and rightmost on the photo) seems to be readily available most anywhere except the Philippines. It’s sold in Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, etc. For the life of me, I haven’t found it in Manila. Optisana (second to the left) can be found in… Santi’s Delicatessen for PHP 96. Cheaper than Berocca, but I haven’t had the chance to compare vitamin content. Finally, Dr. Elizabeth’s (second to the right) was on sale, but I don’t remember the price.

The con? Make no mistake, these are all sugar-free but contain aspartame. That’s why I still take the regular old pill-form vitamins. I just like to have one of these canisters in my purse for when I’m feeling like something nasty is about to come on. A little vitamin boost may just be what the doctor ordered…

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