Education key to optimum health

With so much information in the marketplace and media about health care alternatives, there is a greater need than ever to be able to sort through it all. How does the consumer get educated but not overwhelmed?

With so much information in the marketplace and media about health care alternatives, there is a greater need than ever to be able to sort through it all. How does the consumer get educated but not overwhelmed?

If looking at research studies, always look closely at who did the study. Are they reputable? Are the studies clinically published in the peer review journals? Who were the subjects in the study?

There have been many inaccurate studies done, so be careful to fully read the studies and the fine print for the references before you decide to believe the information given.

There are hundreds of brands of vitamins making it very confusing for the average consumer.

Buy from reputable companies with a long track record of clinical research.

Organic versus non-organic? My theory is that anything grown in soil free from chemicals and pesticides will be healthier for you. However, the terms organic and natural are very loosely used, so the consumer needs to be wary of proof of how much of the product actually is organic or natural.

There are lots of factors.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the vendors at farmer’s markets or produce managers at the grocery store where you shop.

Alternative Health Care offers wonderful options for preventative care otherwise not offered by the regular medical system.

If you switch your thinking to preventing illness, instead of seeking the quick fix treatment when you get sick, you will find you are generally healthier.

How to be well means taking care of you; healthy diet, plenty of exercise, lots of clean drinking water, adequate rest and relaxation, doing things you enjoy and supplementing your diet with good quality vitamins, as well as using alternative health care to prevent disease.

Chiropractic, massage, reiki, acupuncture and homeopathy are just a few of the treatments you can seek to maintain balance in the body and therefore optimum health.

Check out Red Deer’s first Annual Eco Wellness Fair for options to be healthier in a natural way Sunday, June 14 at Bower Ponds.

Various vendors offering education in all areas of wellness through products, services and demonstrations will be on hand.

Lacombe freelance columnist Judy Holt is a wellness consultant and author of 1 Potato, 2 Potato, Couch Potato to You.

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