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COMMON SENSE HEALTH

January 15, 2017 

By Strength Tree

A very good proverb to live by is “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Another way of looking at it would be, what you do today is what you are going to be tomorrow. Eat a balanced diet; exercise three times a week, take your Nutritional Supplements and get Social Interaction is basic common knowledge. Some of us are guilty of not doing what we should be doing. Of course we live in a democracy and you can do what you want. It’s just when you’re on deaths door its always, I should have taken better care of myself.

In order to practice good preventive health you need to up your common sense approach to life. The definition of “Common Sense” is a basic ability to perceive, understand and judge things that is shared by nearly all people and can reasonably be expected of nearly all people without need for debate. (1)

If you take the definition of common sense and connect it to health info on the internet. It would say you don’t have to be an expert to comprehend this information and the public has complete access to it. It is a tool for common folk (non experts) to easily obtain credible and understandable information on Health and Wellness.

Searching the Internet

No better place to look for information on Health and Wellness than the Internet. Going to Google Search and typing in let’s say “Blueberries” will return millions of pages on blueberries including health benefits and concerns, nutrients, recipes and more. Everything you need to know on blueberries including credible websites like Mayo Clinic, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and NIH (National Institute of Health) giving what they know on blueberries.

Not everyone searches the Internet for information on Health and Wellness because it’s time consuming, no Internet connection or lack of computer skills. Yes it can be overwhelming but a very valuable tool.

About the Information

Not all expert (scientific) opinion on Health & Wellness is in agreement with each other. Example, PUFA (Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids) was supposed to good fats but now there is some expert opinion saying that they might not be as good for you as first thought. Question is you still don’t know if this new research done on PUFA or anything your researching has an angle, slant or not. Are they shooting down one product so they can promote their own? The best way to counter this to go to many different sites to get other opinions on the product you’re researching. Just use your common sense.

Dietary Supplements

This would include Nutritional and Herbal Supplements in either in pill or powder form. Basically your life is in the hands of experts (scientists) who tell us what we can take and how these supplements are packaged and sold. Hopefully when we buy Dietary Supplements the ingredients are exactly what they say on the label and clean of any contaminants but that is the risk. There is no guarantee when you go to the grocery store or restaurant that you’re not going to buy or eat something that will make you ill. If you want to buy supplements for what they can do for you but you’re not sure about the ingredients you can check out either the FDA or NIH website because they usually have info (pros & cons) on most dietary supplements.

There is no guarantee if you take dietary supplements it will prevent disease in the future but that is your decision to make. Is it better to safe or sorry!

You should be buying your Dietary Supplements from credible producers/sellers who follow strict standards when they develop their product. If your buying your supplements from third world countries (who could have lower standards) because there cheap then you do so at your own risk.

If you want to know the difference between a Drug and Nutritional Supplement, a drug will get your body to do something it wouldn’t normally do and a Nutritional Supplement will give the body the tools to fix the problem. (2)

Why take Nutritional Supplements?

Of course that is the million dollar question. If you ask your Doctor or Pharmacist he or she might say eat your three meals a day and take you’re Med’s. No mention of taking Nutritional Supplements, but that might be the perception not reality of the medical profession but things are changing because it’s becoming more common knowledge that the body needs more nutrients not less.

In the past we relied a lot on the Dietitian/Doctor as the expert on diet and nutrition but that has changed since the third alternative has come along. A Nutritionist can now get a Degree, Masters or Ph.D. and this education is offered at most Universities. You’re going to see more information on what nutrients the body really needs and why we probably need to take more (supplements) because the food chain does not provide all of the nutrients we need.

What Nutritional Supplements should I take?

Here is the Top 6 (no particular order) obtained from websites taken from a Google Search on “Top Nutritional Supplements to take”

  • Fish Oil
  • Multivitamin
  • Vitamin D3
  • Probiotic
  • Calcium with Magnesium
  • Whey Protein

Personal Responsibility

At the end of the day you have to make the decision on whether you need to take Dietary Supplements or not. Your health is your responsibility.

If your taking Med’s you can ask your Health Care Provider if there will be any conflict with the Supplements you want to take.

Reference

  1. Common Sense – Wikipedia. Retrieved Dec 29, 2016
  2. The Difference between a Drug and Nutritional Supplement – McVitamins. Retrieved Dec 29, 2016

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Note: Articles not intended to Diagnose, Treat, Cure or Prevent Diseases.