Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Loving the latest health crazes? Looking to try a new supplement? Do your research first.

You are sick.
You are tired.
You are hungry.
You need to lose weight.
You need more energy.
You need to gain muscle.

What do you do first? Google? Ask a friend for advice? Head to the library? Pick up a magazine?

The internet is so amazing for so many things. It gives us a million resources within .2 seconds. What we do with that information is where things go sour.

I constantly see articles floating around on social media with striking headlines that seem to tell you the whole story, yet when you actually read the article or follow up by matching the same facts against other sources you find that the original article ended up being opinion, junk science, or contained a lot of holes. It also depends who the author or sponsor of the article is. Is there advertising included? Does a person profit from what they are telling you?

The major shares that I am seeing this week are disease, vaccination, and fitness related. I decided to click on a few of these articles and dig deeper at my own level. What I discovered was that either the people posting could not have read the article themselves, are ignorant to facts, have done little to no research themselves, or the authors of the articles made sure to attach a really attention grabbing picture to their text in order to keep those shares increasing.

I am not the only one who seems to recognize it. This week alone I saw three friends state that they heard people seriously referencing a source that stated if you drink 1 glass of red wine it can be equivocated to going to the gym for 30 minutes.Why would people believe that? Because the internet told them so.

News also broke this week in regards to a supplement scandal involving Target, Walmart, GNC, and other retailers. The article was scary. The article had a lot of facts but what it failed to mention was that not ALL supplements sold in these stores were bad. Not ALL brands were fake. A large population of people rely on natural remedies, herbs, and oils to prevent and treat illness instead of jumping on the big pharma train. With news like this only telling one side of the story, or giving options of safer and trustworthy manufacturers, the average consumer might immediately believe all supplements are bad.

Not every prescription pill, natural herbal supplement, weight loss shake, shampoo, type of apple, brand of shoes, etc. is bad or created just to "get ya" but with the increased number of people out for profit over people these days, you must be vigilant. Ask your doctor, ask your naturalist, ask your instructor, ask your store owner, ask the brand owner, ask the farmer, and most importantly....ask yourself before you take on or try something new. 

This post is getting a bit long winded but my point is that before you go out and buy 100 lbs of golden rice because it will help you lose 10 lbs in a week, do your research.
Before you buy the product I love and drink daily (Shakeology) do your research.
Before you buy essential oils and pour the whole bottle on your head because you read on pinterest that your hair will grow 18 inches in 8 hours REALLY DO YOUR RESEARCH :).
Before you take any pill, natural or prescribed, do your research.
Before you buy something that says "natural" do your research.

I hope this sparked some interest within yourself to dig a bit deeper and to find all of the necessary information you need to confidently purchase a product that could help with a health or lifestyle goal.

About my choices: *I am in no way a rep for vitacost and am an Independent Beachbody Coach. My opinions are my own and do not represent either company.

I decided to become a coach for Beachbody after falling in love with the shake myself. I would never push it upon anyone just for profit. I recommend it to some because of the benefits I have experienced it after drinking it. I choose to buy most of my essential oils and supplements (first time ever making my own liquid cap) from because of their sourcing and company ethics. If I am buying a probiotic or a random herbal supplement for my family, I purchase from local food coops or health food stores such as Whole Foods and I always read the label.  If you ever have questions about this or that, feel free to reach out for my opinion or personal experience with something.