With so many supplements on the market today we are inundated with too many so called health products. From synthetic vitamins & minerals to protein powders, and unreal foods promising a healthier you.
Have we taken our healthier options a little too far and got on the so called natural health band wagon ? It seems that we need a pill to go to sleep , go to the bathroom, and then one to wake!! Supplementing and clever marketing has led to a rise in this type of consumerism.Be mindful that not all products claiming cures for this and that are ca do more harm than good,actually . With education at our finger tips we have all become proficient in self diagnosis and seriously, It has got way out of hand .
Although we may have adopted a somewhat healthy alternative , nothing has changed, we have really only just swapped one product for another. Like Protein powders for example, too many people think that they are going to starve if they do not have their fix of protein at one meal. Our world is not one of starvation but a world of misinformation and malnourishment ! Take a sugar substitute too , it is still sugar at the end of the day as one of my chemistry lecturers sprouted off at a lecture , if this energy is not used all roads lead to fat !!!!!We really have not addressed the issues surrounding our health problems but swapped it for a synthetic analogue loaded with potential problems.
The major problem is that the body is not designed to recognize a great deal of our artificial supplements, that's why the first option of any health condition has to be your diet and lifestyle . The problem is that we allow our health conditions get way beyond the point of no return and we need to address deficiencies. This is when we should call in the big guns and pop a vitamin C tablet or add a magnesium powder to reverse these dysfunctions. Unfortunately for some people that may have suffered with intolerances or certain sensitivities to foods from years of practice disillusionment may be imminent. A life time of unhealthy habits are not fixed within a couple of weeks.
I often get asked for a "natural vitamin or mineral". For most part , there is no such thing. Vitamins and mineral that appear on any shelf in either a pharmacy , health food store, practitioner or like wise are synthetic analogues of the real nutrient. The body has to work hard in some cases to unravel the compounded formulation awhich can have the adverse affect on the body. The good news is that, this is why qualified in their field a clinical nutritionist , naturopath can provide you with high quality synthetic supplements that will help.
Finally there is not a one sized fits all remedy when it comes to the promotion of health. It is however my advice that we eat whole and real food first and watch out for the pseudo nutritionists that make remarkable claims. This is probably why we have gained the reputation of being a quack!!!
Caroline is a clinical Nutritionist practicing on a consultation basis. Caroline's experience encompasses research and writing on disease prevention with natural herbs, spices, foods and supplementation. Caroline practices holistic nutritional medicine that combines the three elements of being human. Those being, the physical , emotional and the mental components that make us who we are. All of these criterior is fueled by the fundamental of all health, food .