One of my favorite places to cruise the aisles is Whole Foods. Although there are a few things I do not like about Whole Foods (like many of the stores not offering organic greens at their salad bar, and many of their juice bars not juicing organic greens), looking through the supplement aisle is a great opportunity to get a pulse about what everyone else is looking new information and education. Deciphering what is True health and what is a new fad or trendy supplement can be very tricky. One thing I realize is True for most supplement aisles..confusion. The products are, indeed organized, however what really needs to be purchased? Is the product Truly healthy? Will the product create more toxic problems? Are there any contraindications? These are a few of many questions people should ask themselves when looking at a product to purchase.
I suggest to you a simple approach to deciphering what is necessary and what should be put back on the shelf.
There are five general guidelines:
1. Parent company. Have you ever heard of this product before or is it a trending product? People will ask me if I have ever heard of this new product or of the latest, greatest ingredient on the planet that is going to ‘cure’ this, that, the other. Hmmm…all the ingredients we need to heal have been on this earth from 5000 years to millions of years! We don’t need a new product to help the body do what it does best..heal and repair!
2. Truly clean ingredients. Words like ‘natural’, or other words that you have to sound out the ingredients are products you should immediately put back on the shelf. The fewer ingredients, the better.
3. Logic. Does it fill a true need in our diet and lifestyle? It may be advertised as the latest, greatest supplement of all time, however how will it make your life better? Logically does it make sense that you should need this product on a daily basis? Yogurt is one of those products. Eating yogurt once in awhile as a treat is fine, however eating it daily, yogurt is not a health product. Just take a look at the first 5 ingredients. Also, anything pasteurized is a dead food. It has been processed with a high heat to kill off the (good) bacteria, that feed the good flora.
4. Price. How does it compare to other similar products in the marketplace? I like to look at my Vibrant Body Health Kit, which is a 30 day supply of 6 whole food nutrient products. When comparing what other products are out there, there are two possible roadblocks: the prices are considerably higher for other company’s similar products. Also, most companies do not have a foundational kit, per se, which can create a lot of confusion in what to purchase and what is important in the daily routine. Finally, if a person is going to take a product on a daily basis, having for example, a medicinal herb as one of the ingredients can become toxic if consuming on a daily basis for more than a few weeks.
5. Repurpose. Should you purchase a mixture of 3 products for $20 or the whole food ingredients separately? Will you be healthier and will you save money? There are several products on the market that have chia, hemp, flax, herbs, and about 10 other ingredients included. Although the ingredients may be healthy, however eating the same exact ingredients everyday can lead to allergies, and ultimately symptoms. The whole ingredient, by itself can often times be purchased for considerable less, allowing rotation of the diet to be simple.
The money saved by not purchasing the products we don’t need can be used to purchase the organic dark leafy greens and other produce.
Less is better…make it simple and be Vibrant!