Often in this day and age we tend to take things at face value. I remember a conversation recently about a new health scare and how it was valid since they read it on facebook. It had to be. It was even shared. Since I work in the health and wellness field I get asked about these things often. Sometimes it’s easy to point out holes in the story, but sometimes it’s so well written it seems infallible. How are we do know the difference?
A quick way to see if something will hold water to to check out the resources. If there aren’t any, maybe check a few more sources before you click that share button. Speaking of that shared button, make sure you read the article first please. Sharing sensationalized headlines does nothing to inform the masses or yourself.
Once you see that there are sources check them. One article supported by one study is a very narrow view on any topic. Especially if the study supporting the research is funded by someone who will benefit from the exposure. Like this “sports science institute” which in 2007 the Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), Dr Murray was a full‐time employee of PepsiCo. Wait? What? So one of the largest soda companies had a director at a SPORTS SCIENCE Institute working for THEM. Yeah might not relay on that info alone.
So where do you find reliable information in a sea of self promotion? Well it takes time and a bit of commitment. You need to walk in with an open mind and ready to learn you might be wrong. For me it came in the research for a good magnesium. I thought I had found a great one from a recommendation from a friend. I took it at face value. Then I started looking into adrenal fatigue. And questioned if I had the best option for us. Turns out the brand I was buying wasn’t accurate about the amount of magnesium in one serving. It was double. That can cause some adverse effects if you’re not careful. Fail for me.
So I wanted to know where I could get some good starting info. Enter Labdoor.com. This is a great starting point if you are not familiar with how to read research. Labdoor breaks it down to a simple grading system. They work by offering unbiased reviews of supplement products and you can buy those products through their site. Cool! Find something you want to try and then you can buy.
My magnesium was a D. Wompwomp…. But for strange reasons. Double the amount of magnesium and for having added fillers 😦 So read the review in full and see where your research lands you. If I become better informed about what I’m using can I then use it better? You bet! So that initial rating helped me turn a D product into something I can use better.
So where does this leave you? First find someone in your circle who you trust for good reason. Ask them about their background. Get to know your source. I always hold people who change their options based on new information in high regard. Seat belts were once thought to be a waste of time people. Second do some of your own research. Look for contradictions. Paleo, nuf said.
If you are looking into supplements I suggest starting with Labdoor and asking a nutrition specialist. Really read the full report and again check the sources.
The more informed you are the better and easier your choices will be!