Health Yikes

This blog is very off-topic considering what I usually blog about and even weirder since I haven’t blogged in awhile.  Been working on a big secret (that I will tell to anybody willing to listen).  Hope to unveil soon.

But okay, here’s the off-topic subject:  I’ve been looking up online whether certain foods and supplements are healthy.  Of course, the results have been very confusing.  I didn’t know what to believe or who to trust after a while.  Bacon is good for you???  Mango — the fruit that is REAALLY sweet and full of carbs doesn’t harm blood sugar levels???  However, I did come across this one article that I wanted to share because I’ve been taking this multi-vitamin for YEARS.  There seems to be a lot of talk backing the writer’s claims and it’s just something to think about if you take this vitamin as well.

Check it out: The Truth Behind Centrum: Supplement Or Chemical Cocktail? 

I would also like to share that I spoke to a lovely store clerk at a shop that specializes in dried herbs and vitamins today.  She said something that made so much sense it was like she rang a huge gong in front of me.  She told me I shouldn’t be taking anything without a very specific reason — for example: I NEED something for blood sugar levels or I NEED something for my bones or hypertension. ‘NEED’ meaning I received a diagnosis from a professional (doctor, nutritionist, etc.), or did some good research in a library (not Google) and aren’t just haphazardly self-diagnosing or self-prescribing with very little research involved.  Essentially, she revealed the truth that I take supplements for the emotional assurance that I am doing something good towards my overall health without knowing what is in that pill or how it works.  When you put it like that, I guess it does sound kinda stupid.  She didn’t call me stupid.  I did. 

Even a daily multi-vitamin should not be self-prescribed without doing thorough research.  You may be eating enough daily nutrition OR you may be ABLE to eat enough nutrition to not need a multi-vitamin OR the multi-vitamin you chose is suspect. 

Clearly, when looking to buy supplements, it also helps to look into who you are buying these products from for their trustworthiness as well as expertise.

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