The other day in a bookstore, I counted 28, twenty eight, monthly publications related to being well, healthy and fit.
When I asked one of the people working in the shop if they all sold every month, she said if they could fit more on the shelves, that they'd probably sell out too.
What caught my attention was the amount of paper space allocated to diet. There were hundreds of pages filled with diet do's and dont's, hundreds.
They all said pretty much the same thing; don't eat too much fat, keep the sugars and starches low, get your vitamins, and try not drink too much(alcohol).
A lot of the articles were sponsored though. If you saw an article on the value of getting fresh fruit, or a particular vegetable, so that you got certain vitamins, there was a subtly placed advertisement for a supplement as well, which I thought was good.
It emphasised the need for supplementation if you really do want to be sure that you get your chemicals, or nutrients, as they're generally called.
Usually, when the word 'chemical' is used in relation to food, we think of drugs, additives, flavourings, all of which are detrimental to body maintenance and repair.
But when we know that life is a chemical process, in which living cells get from the nutrients the materials for their survival, the word 'chemical' is less alarming.
And a lot of the foods we get today are deficient nutritionally. Between the sprays, pesticides and insecticides, the storing, the packaging and processing, and finally the cooking, what we get on our plates often has nothing to do with what was sown as a seed.
And that's one good reason to use a good supplement.
Many regard supplements as suspect; because they're in a box, some people can't get in their minds that food is anything, liquid, or solid, that assists in the growth, maintenance or repair of the cells of the body.
There are many good supplements available and many use them now because it means they can get quality food without all the weighing, counting, arranging, and organisation that can go into planning meals if you've got ambitions to nourish the body with good nutrition rather than just fill it up with whatever happens to be on a plate.
I've taken a multivitamin tablet every day of my life for the last 59 years. I've recommended particular supplements to various pupils for every imaginable sort of health goal.
You just need to be sure that you get a balance of nutrients in your supplement. that's especially significant if you're taking a concentrate like vitamin C, or D, or E, or a mineral, like calcium. What's vital is that you have the vitamins that work in synergy with the concentrate in your system as well.
Once you understand the fundamental principles you can supplement freely, and understand that supplements are just that; supplements.
More on this again and soon.