Supplemental Psychosis

Supplemental psychosis

psy·cho·sis – noun
  1. a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.
It seems like every hour there are ten new supplements hitting the market, making one health claim or another.  The promised benefits sometimes exceed what we would consider to be realistic.  I have mentioned quite a few of the supplements that I am taking as a part of my holistic healing plan; I believe in supplements, however, I want to bring a word of warning to those of you searching the supplementation world.  It is easy to get lulled into a claim of extreme health improvements and magical properties.  In reality, supplements are not regulated and there is a ton of misleading information and down right false claims out there.  Here are some things to consider:
  • Do your OWN research.  I’m not saying to just trust Dr Google, but explore multiple sites and references before deciding to take a supplement.  Look for clinical data, cited sources and public quality assurance procedures and testing results.
  • Consider how the supplement will work with your body and the other things you are taking/doing.  Is it designed to compliment a healthy lifestyle, or is the supplement claiming to solve all of life’s problems?  A great resource I have found is the pharmacist at my local holistic pharmacy.  They generally are able to discuss contraindications and the best use of a supplement.
  • Consider the environment you are putting the supplement into.  If you are inflamed and acidic, will the supplement work under those conditions?  Does the supplement require a certain period of time to work?  Should you avoid any substances like caffeine or certain foods while taking it?
  • Do your OWN research.  Yes, this is on the list twice.  Labeling can be deceiving, so do your homework on a given company.  If you do not see the information you are looking for on their website, call the company and ask the hard questions.  Do they test for purity? Pesticides? Microbial activity (beyond a visual inspection)?  Do they have research that backs the efficacy of their product (not just the supplement in general)?

It is unfortunate that companies and make false claims and load their products with harmful or watered down products.  Truly helpful and high quality supplements do exist, but you must ask the questions and do the research.  Make no mistake, consuming whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables and nutrient dense foods are the primary “medicine” we should be seeking.  Supplements should compliment our lifestyle, providing items we cannot easily get from food alone.

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