There is a lot of talk these days about natural living, about treating the whole person and not just the symptom, and identifying toxins that are making people sick. Naturopathic medicine is very popular now and families are flocking to doctors that are focused on natural or whole living.
What are natural health products?
Natural health products are generally defined as probiotics, vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, amino acids, essential fatty acids, or other medicines like traditional Chinese medicinal treatments. Many of these products are made from natural, holistic ingredients, and are very important to strengthening your immune system and protecting your overall health.
Why should you use natural health products?
#1: They are usually less expensive.
Many medicines are very expensive, especially certain prescriptions. It is often more cost effective to use natural health supplements – most people can afford them and they can help you feel better quickly. Of course, never discontinue a prescription without consulting with your doctor, as this can have very harmful consequences.
#2: They don’t use harmful chemicals.
One of the main reasons why people switch to using natural health supplements is because they are made of natural ingredients and are not made with harsh, fake chemicals. Check the label, however, because some products claim to be all-natural, when they are in fact not natural at all.
#3: They are usually more effective.
Because natural health products are made from real ingredients and not fake, chemically-laden elements, your body recognizes and can easily absorb them. Once your body is absorbing these helpful ingredients, you will notice a difference. You’ll likely see increased energy and a stronger, healthier immune system.
So, where should you start?
First, never start new supplements or stop prescribed medications without first consulting with your doctor. In addition, if you start a supplement while on a prescription, you need to first consult with your doctor, since there could be chemical reactions that take place if you were to mix the two. It is very important that you talk to a medical professional before trying a new supplement in order to make sure what you are taking is safe and effective.
If you look at older generations, you’ll see that they are oftentimes healthier than us. Why? Natural health products were common use back then, fast food wasn’t in the picture, and people took time to make healthy, hearty meals and exercise. Compare that to this day in age. Now, it can be hard to keep healthy – there are fast food stops everywhere, we sit in front of computer screens all day, and have little time to sit, relax, and take time for ourselves. Lack of sleep, stress, and no extra time for physical activity like regular exercising make it hard to adopt and stick with living a healthy lifestyle. Preserved, pre-packaged foods are everywhere in the grocery stores and are the go-to instead of fresh, wholesome foods. When these things become your norm, you’ll likely feel sluggish and lethargic. When you make the switch to wholesome foods, such as fresh fruit and veggies, in tandem with vitamins, minerals, or herbal supplements, you will be making a positive change for your health. You’ll see an increase in energy and your brain will be sharper, giving you more stamina at work and at home. You’ll be restoring your health without any side effects.
So, talk to your doctor or schedule an appointment with a naturopathic medical professional to see what types of natural products would be good for you.
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