When it comes to optimizing our health and supplement routine, it’s important that we know what we’re talking about. It’s easy to fall into the rabbit hole of online health discourse, to the point where you may convince yourself taking 25 different pills, or an equally silly number, is the only way to ensure good health. Of course, the main principles are the most helpful – getting enough sleep, eating well, drinking water and exercising, but if you already do all of that, how should you proceed?
Well, a new supplement can definitely be helpful. Vitamin D, multivitamins and more help people keep up on their daily intake requirements without having to overdo it. But let’s say you have specific needs, or you’re interested in a new product making the rounds – how can you do your research to ensure you’re actually taking this in the right way, and that you can be assured as to its worth? It’s not that easy to confirm everything in the way you might like, but committing yourself to a little research can be a great idea before putting anything in your body.
Here’s what that might involve:
Look Into The Science
It’s a good idea to read the scientific studies surrounding a certain implement. For example, look into the history of water flossing before considering oral irrigation. A brand can make all kinds of claims and promises, but to see the real effectiveness of an ingredient or product (even if that means seeing that the science is inconclusive), reading research papers can be enlightening. At the very least, following certain public scientists like Rhonda Patrick and her Instagram posts can help you learn more that you did not know, in the most informative, digestible manner.
Read Customer Reviews
Reading customer reviews is not always the most reliable metric, but it can help you see what the general feedback has been relating to a given product. Beware of one star reviews that seem to show this product as the worst thing in the world, and overly excited full-mark reviews that seem to show this product as the best thing they have ever taken. The truth is usually somewhere between these two, and many people have different standards or methods of articulating exactly what it is they expected and received. If you can do your research before that, then you stand the best chance of gaining some insight.
Research The Brand
Of course, many brands aren’t simply about marketing, but also about informing their customers to know what they’re purchasing. For instance, Harvest will be able to show you why their product matters, where they grow it, how it can help you, and what you should expect from them as a consumer. Anything less could be considered not enough, particularly in 2020 when brands should be doing all they can to ensure customer confidence. In this way, you can more easily understand what brands should be trusted, and which require further research going forward.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily do your research before taking a new supplement. After all, it’s worth knowing what you’re putting into your body, in any context.
P.S. This post is a partner collaboration.