Occasionally, instead of buying the “brand name” aluminum foil, my wife will pick up the generic “store brand” version. The theory being, that it is just as good, but at a cheaper price. Well, as someone who has used this stuff in various applications, let me tell you it is not just as good. It often will not fulfill its most basic obligation as a kitchen staple. Wet tissue paper has more strength and durability than this stuff. The lesson is that sometimes, you have to buy the real thing, to get the results you’re looking for.
When it comes to supplements, often the same rule applies. You have to take a high quality supplement, at the proper dosage, consistently, for long enough a duration to get the results you are looking for.
Through the years, I have had dozens of patients tell me how they take their once daily multi-vitamin every day. Everybody takes the same one. It is advertised on T.V. all the time, and has everything you need from front to back. I always ask the patient how long they have been taking this wonderful elixir.
Usually, the answer is years. Then, I ask them if they feel healthier and more energetic since taking it.
After a brief pause, with a look of bewilderment, they tell me they don’t feel any different. They take it because they assume it is good for them. Maybe it is, but if I’m going to take something every day for years, I expect to feel better taking it.
Quality is a significant factor when choosing supplements. Is there a real difference between the supplements purchased in the drug store verses the supplements from the health food store? Put my Ford F150 pick-up truck next to a Rolls Royce. Both are fine vehicles. Both will get you from point A to point B. There is, however, a big difference in the abilities and performance of these two vehicles. The quality of supplements from the health food store is higher, and you will feel the difference.
Supplements are natural products that your body recognizes and metabolizes just as it does food.
When you eat a meal, your body breaks down the food, absorbs the nutrients, and begins the process of eliminating what it does not need. After about four hours, you’ve gotten about all you’re going to get from that meal, so you eat again.
Most supplements are designed to be taken twice or three times a day for the same reason. After four to six hours, your body has used what it can of the supplement, and needs more, to continue to get the desired effect. The high quality supplement companies that produce these products have done the research to determine the optimum daily dosage. If you take less than is recommended, you will not get the desired result.
So this year, make a point to take your supplements as directed for the best results, and if you don’t know what you should be taking or how much perhaps it is time to make an appointment with your Naturopath to get professional advice specific to your health concerns. Now go have a happy and healthy new year.
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