A bridge too far

I've been noticing lately how people use nutritional supplements, and there seems to be a prevalence of folks who use them somewhat randomly, so I thought I'd write something about a topic that literally 'eats money' and try to bring some perspective.

Firstly, let us consider that the nutritional supplement market is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry.  Any Wonder Nutrient that gets public attention in one part of the world will spread like wildfire to the rest of the world, fuelling a huge price hike in what is often a very cheap plant resource.  We tend to accept that as part of the global market place, but we should also consider that not all supplements are equal. 

Certain stores stock a range of branded synthetic supplements that behave differently in the body from their natural equivalent.  Some work well, some are a complete waste of money.  These firms exist because they know Jo Public has neither time nor desire to spend on researching what will help them; they rely largely on media articles and snippets from trusted sources with a sprinkling of instinct.  I've noticed that plenty of people have cupboards full of supplements bought on a healthy whim that are largely unused; the £ signs literally roll onto the floor.  So what's a good strategy when you know you aren't as healthy as you 'should be' but don't want to grab at the first thing that catches your attention?

Well, when something does grab your attention, I tend to think that it's because we need it, but following that up with some (sensible) research from websites you can trust is wise.  Investing time in research pays dividends because being In-Formed enables you to make better choices.  Next, think about where you can obtain a quality version of your chosen supplement.  Independent health food stores do still exist and mean instant access is available, but you will be tied to their chosen brands, which may be chosen for their favourable commission rates.  There are many sites that sell a huge range of supplements and enable you to quickly check which product is the most appropriate one for you (they all differ slightly from each other).  Many brands are a mix of various ingredients which, in my humble opinion, are not as effective as single ingredient supplements because we are not all the same, its up to you to choose.  The best way is to learn to dowse and get a reading on how appropriate that item is for you at this time (you have to learn to focus the mind and be neutral).

Lastly, why do we need to use supplements at all?  Well, if we've been through a time of major stress and become deficient in key nutrients as a result, we may recognise a need to supplement but generally don't consider the longer term goal.  Taking supplements is ideally a short term solution - like a bridge that takes you to where you really want to be;  the long term goal is to return to a good diet without the need for major supplementation once you've topped up the deficiency.  If you have access to good quality food, you don't need to use supplements long term unless you have a genetic mutation that means a part of your functioning has broken down.  However, there will always be folks who promote the idea that supplementation is essential at all times; I would be inclined to say it's somewhere in between and that certain life cycles make them helpful.  

This is obviously a broad subject but I hope it's given you a useful perspective. There may be a need to add more to this topic in due course.

Until the next time ...

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