Natural Health is almost anything but natural to most of us. How can taking supplements be natural? And why does is matter what brand you buy? And do I really have to change the way I eat?But, you have to ask yourself – what is natural about our lifestyle today? Am I really healthy? How good do I really feel? Then make some choices.You might find that you need more information. So you might want to start with some blood work. Most of America has problems with blood sugar as evidenced by the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides – I know we call this a “cholesterol” problem, but more than likely, it is a blood sugar issue. You may not be diabetic, but you are probably in that in-between range where you are not processing sugars correctly and you make lots of cholesterol. If you are in doubt, look at your belly – need I say more? Note that high cholesterol can be a more complex issue, but a good 85-90 percent of it is blood sugar and diet related.Back to the issue of supplements – our diet is lacking essential nutrients. (There is lots of research to support this – just not space in this article.) To fix the issue of lack of nutrients, you have to supplement somehow. Now the question is do you believe that you can get these nutrients at big box discount stores? It is heartbreaking to see the amount of money spent on the wrong stuff – even if it is cheap stuff.My theory is that if you want to take stuff that will make you healthier, buy the best quality you can afford. A few supplements of the best quality will help you more than a lot of supplements of the lowest quality.Remember when you are taking trace amounts of nutrients that you expect to work, take the right form with a delivery system that will work. Quality products are the correct form and have a good delivery system. Cheap products typically are not the right form and are bound in calcium carbonate with fillers and dyes – this is a mixed blessing, because if the product is that cheap, you don’t want to absorb it anyway. But my point is why buy it in the first place? If you do not know if a product is good quality, or the right form, get some help from someone that knows. Stores that stock quality products actually have people that you can find to ask questions – and these people can usually answer those questions.These issues of quality bring up a bigger issue of regulation. From time to time, congress tries to pass some bill that will bring more regulation to the natural supplement business. From my perspective as an insider in the supplement business, regulation will only make things worse. Regulation of natural supplements will only make them more expensive – not safer. And it may restrict access to products that are reasonably priced choices for quality of health and life.If you would like more information about current attempts to regulate natural supplements, contact us – you can find our email online at my blog. I think that the best form of regulation is self-regulation. Be informed and make good decisions for yourself – this includes diet, exercise and natural supplements.
Margaret Durst owns The Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason, Texas. www.naturalcowgirl.wordpress.com