Herbs, vitamins, minerals,
supplements, and other natural remedies can be a gentle, effective
method by which to approach your healthcare and wellbeing. But just
because some manufacturer slaps an “all-natural” label on a bottle
of pills does not make the contents natural, gentle, and healthy. In
fact, the wording on the label can often be tricky to decipher with
subtle differences in wording not often recognized.
This leaves you, the
consumer, to figure out what that natural remedy does, how that
natural remedy works, and what the side effects are for that
supplement, herb, vitamin, or other natural remedy.
Sometimes, commonsense is
not as common as one may think. For instance, many people forget
that almond oil will cause allergic reactions in people allergic to
nuts. Let your commonsense kick into play, and you will discover
that the world of natural home remedies just got a lot easier!
How can you insure that the
natural home remedy you are considering for a better life is as
healthy as the promised effects?
Do not mix natural remedies
with prescription medication and/or over the counter medicines
without first speaking with a healthcare provider. Of course, not
all mixtures will lead to a negative reaction, but there are
numerous natural home remedies that can reduce the effectiveness of
some medication (birth control and grapefruit are a good example) or
increase the effectiveness of certain mixtures (valerian root and
valium are a good example).
It is always advised to go
with safety first… if you are not sure, speak with your healthcare
provider. Some mixtures can be fatal. In addition, a good healthcare
provider may surprise you with additional suggestions.
If you are purchasing
anything that is a mixture of herbs, vitamins, minerals, or
supplements, be aware of how each ingredient works together. For
instance, MSM and glucosamine work very well together, but if you
are taking too many supplements with let us say iron in it, you may
be taking too much iron. Mixtures can be tricky and deceiving.
Always look at the label before making a purchase.
Believe it or not, not all
countries manufacture supplements the same. The United States
requires strict labeling requirements for items manufactured here at
home. You know every ingredient including additives and fillers
within that bottle. Not all countries have such strict labeling
requirements, and those hidden ingredients can be deadly. To be safe
insure all your supplements are manufactured within the United
Take the right dosage. Many
people are taking too much or too little of their “medicine”. This
is ineffective and can cause more harm than good. If you are not
sure of how much of that natural home remedy you should be taking,
you need to keep researching. Of course, many things go into the
dosage such as the strength of the supplement.
You can play it safe when
living a more natural and holistic lifestyle. While herbs and
supplements such as MSM can be extremely healthy, you need to insure
you are doing the right stuff to get the right results.