Shopping for Healthy Items Online? Read This First

We live in a world of mass consumerism. Everyone wants to sell something whether it’s face cream or super foods. Shopping online makes impulse buying too easy. Don’t click “Buy” before reading this article. I’ll give you tips and ideas that will help ensure you make the right choice.

Here are a few rules I live by when shopping for health products online.

  1. Find a reputable seller. Wherever possible, make sure professionals review the product and the seller positively.
  2. Don’t buy a product simply based on price. Just because it’s the cheapest or the most expensive doesn’t mean it’s the best. Make sure the product and their company is legit. We live in a time where everyone, from professionals to amateurs can post reviews. Just like above you want to find professionals that are reviewing the product and seller positively.
  3. Before you commit to a company, do some research to see if there are any scientific experiments conducted on their products. Many companies sell products with little to no scientific backing.

You should know right from the start, I’m not a huge fan of supplements. I believe we should get most of our nutrients from food. With that said, some nutrients are more difficult to get from food (i.e. vitamin D, iodine, omega 3 fatty acids). Here are some natural products that I love incorporating into my daily life, to get a little help we are sometimes looking for:

Coconut Oil: Believe it or not, this is a great way to achieve naturally whiter teeth. Swish a small amount of coconut oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes and your teeth will be whiter in no time. Be sure to spit it into the trash to avoid clogging your drains. Dab a little coconut oil on your lips as a natural moisturizer. It’s also a great makeup remover. You can get extra virgin coconut oil from most grocery stores and online at http://www.vitacost.com.

Kelp Granules: Iodized salt was developed to prevent iodine deficiency but most people have now moved on to other salt products such as kosher and sea salt, which are not fortified with iodine or they forgo salt alltogether. Iodine deficiency can lead to hypothyroidism which can cause fatigue and weight gain. To make up the difference, use a dash of kelp granules on one meal daily to hit your quota. You can find kelp granules in most health food stores or online at amazon.com or vitacost.com.

Protein Shakes: If you love shakes as a snack or meal replacement, keep in mind some products are healthier than others. Zumba Shake Shake Shake™ has all the nutrients we need and comes from natural sources. It has the staying power to keep you fueled for hours. Give it a shot. You won’t regret it!

Bottom line: don’t fall into marketing traps. We all know eating healthy is the best way to get what our bodies need. Whenever possible, go with natural products and know what you are buying. One of the only things we can control in life is what we put in our mouths and on our bodies. We can’t change the fact that we live in a world of mass consumerism, but with the right approach we can make the products of this world work to our benefit!

Anastasia Conover MS, RD, CSR

Anastasia Conover graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She continued her education receiving a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Now she teaches nutrition classes, does nutrition counseling, and develops healthy recipes and diets to help people reach their health and wellness goals. She also devotes her time to community outreach focusing on kidney disease education.

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