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In recent years the supplement aisles of retail stores are usually full of people loading down with supplements – each one coming with a promise to better their health and enhance their overall well-being. Many are taking the word natural on the bottle as a truth and not even reading the label. The problem in this lies in what is actually in those little capsules that are costing you a pretty penny. Is it really healthy?
In an ideal world we would get everything from our environments. However, we don’t live in that world. Some people honestly can’t get the food they need or the exposure the things like sunlight that would keep them from being deficient in certain areas.
Due to this, our body needs the extra boost in moments of weakness. These moments come from stress, illness, pregnancy, overall lack of nutrition, and many other things outside of our control. The problem lies in which supplements we need and when.
What Should You Be Looking For?
If you want to take a supplement you should be looking for something natural and not synthetic. Synthetic supplements are made up of material that is not easily absorbed in our bodies. Many that say natural on the bottle are far from it. Ingredients like choline, niacin, thiamine, folic acid, and ergocalciferol are signs that you might be taking a supplement with synthetic ingredients. Chances are “synthetic ingredients” won’t be listed on the bottle – so you will need to do your homework.
On top of not being what your body needs – these ingredients can be harmful to your body as well. Instead of making you feel better then can reduce your energy and leave your body with depleted of things it actually needed.
So What Should I Buy?
Try to find something that is actually natural. That can be hard to do with a market highly saturated in things that claim to be natural but are not – but it is doable. Keep in mind that you can also help your body reach its nutrients goals by eating a rich, whole foods diet. Though you likely won’t be able to keep yourself completely from being deficient.
Herbal supplements are the most natural way to give your body the added boost it needs. Companies like Trilight Health and Green Pastures offer herbal products that are naturally made and trustworthy. There may be a very others out there but these are two that I have personally used.
You could also go as far as to make your own – like MAM.
No matter how you decide to get your supplements you should always be sure of what you getting. If it isn’t natural your doing just as much harm as good.
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