Trying to convert yourself to an all natural lifestyle is fraught with hazards, but trying to convert your family as well, can be daunting, particularly if they are dragging their feet.
Where do you start? How important is an all natural diet? Whatever is it, anyway?
Supplements come in all shapes and sizes. How do you work out which ones are the best value for money?
What are the effective alternatives to medical treatment?
If these are some of the questions that you’re asking yourself, you’ve come to the right place!
One of the best ways of getting more and quality information is to sign up for an ezine, which is a newsletter sent by email.
As you plough through the sea of information available on all natural health, you might like to consider the following points to ensure you’re getting quality information.
is the ezine free?
is the ezine regular, preferably weekly?
does the ezine content contain useful and free tips?
has the author tried the items he/she is promoting?
does the content teach you anything?
does the author explain his/her reasons for putting forward an argument?
do the reasons sound sensible or plausible?
do you look forward to receiving the ezine and enjoy reading it?
Some ezines can be just a platform for an author to voice his/her personal opinions, which may not teach you anything.
Some ezines are all about persuading you to buy, without giving you any useful information.
It’s worth mentioning that most companies are well aware that putting ‘natural’, ‘all natural’, ‘all natural ingredients’ on their packets of highly processed food is quite legal, even though misguiding. They are well aware of the pull the word ‘natural’ has, as people strive for better health.
So you need to be able to decipher what is genuine and what isn’t.
Instead of looking at the pretty packet cover and convincing words, ask yourself, how far removed from the original food growing, are the contents of this packet?
Check out the ingredients.
For instance, a packet of food may list a lot of E numbers (normally synthetic colours, preservatives,) which is best to avoid. Or it may list the isolated nutrients it has added, such as calcium, selenium, etc. This is also best to avoid as synthetic nutrients aren’t absorbed easily, so you’re buying expnsive urine.
Some packets will list just the food in the ingredients. Although this doesn’t tell you if the food has been heat treated, it does ensure you know what went into it.
For instance a packet of dried apricots is likely to contain sulphur dioxide – a preservative that can have a serious impact on some people.
An all natural packet of dried apricots will only contain apricots. Nothing else.
Another example is a multi vitamin or mineral supplement. Check the ingredients. If they list minerals or vitamins, chances are this has come out of a laboratory. In my opinion, that’s where they should be returned. If the ingredients list plants, then that is a nutritious supplement, one you can easily digest and utilise as you evolved to gain your nutrients from plants.
Always look deeper, always take a peep behind the scenes. Don’t trust anyone. Go by how you feel about something, not what you’re told. And when you do your research, don’t be put off by the negative comments. Nobody agrees with everything. Instead look at the content of the positive comments. Is it purely a sales pitch? Or is there some quality information available that doesn’t benefit the author?
The rewards of an all natural lifestype can be enormous and highly satisfying. Don’t be put off by the trials and tribulations along the way. The goal is worth the effort.