Myth or Fact? 4 Things You Should Know About Natural Health
Every year we make the same resolution: eat right, live right. But, just how savvy are you at deciphering the fact from fiction when it comes to natural health?
According to the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) Canadians could use a remedial course.
In a recent survey conducted by the group, they found that there were some obvious knowledge gaps around popular natural health products (NHPs) such as probiotics and vitamins.
False. This is a popular myth, but studies show that vitamin C hasn’t been proven to cure (or even prevent) the common cold. However, it is an important nutrient to get into your diet because it aids in repairing bones, teeth, skin and other tissues.
False. Believe it or not, scientists estimate that 90% of the body’s serotonin is actually produced in the digestive tract. Research has shown that bacteria in your gut can influence the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is closely associated with feelings of happiness.
False. The CHFA says that the amount of vitamin D found in many whole foods varies dramatically and many Canadians find it difficult to get enough into their daily diet. Plus, adults over 50 may not produce vitamin D in their skin as well as they did when they were younger. And, because of our long, dark winters, Health Canada suggests taking a supplementation during this period.
False. Milk has long been associated with building strong bones, but did you know calcium also plays a role in regulating blood pressure, nerve transmission, muscle contraction and blood clotting? According to Health Canada, many adults have inadequate intakes of calcium.
For more info, visit: chfa.ca