November 12 to 18 is Natural Health Product Week. Find out how you can get involved and celebrate!
Next week is Natural Health Product (NHP) Week. Organized by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA), November 12 to 18 is a time to “raise awareness and shine a spotlight on natural health products, their benefits, and the importance of our industry.” At alive, we think that’s a great cause for celebration, and we’re encouraging consumers to jump on board too!
For individuals looking to improve their health and take a closer look at what they’re consuming, NHP Week is a great opportunity.
Celebrate NHP Week:
NHPs in Canada
According to the CHFA, natural health products include:
The CHFA has found that 70 percent of Canadians use natural health products regularly, and 80 percent of natural health product users say that their NHPs are “very or somewhat important to their families.”
Here’s a look at some popular NHPs in Canada, and why they deserve to be in the spotlight.
Multivitamins are the mainstay of many consumers’ NHP collection; they’re a great addition to help fill the gaps in our diet if our food choices happen to be less-than-perfect.
But be warned—not all multis are created equal. Moreover, there are now highly specialized formulas on the market for specific demographics, preferences, and health concerns. It’s best to speak to a knowledgeable staff member at a health food store to find the best one for you
Winter is coming, which means that for us Canadians, getting adequate vitamin D levels from sunshine exposure can be nearly impossible. Supplements are a great option, and the research on the health benefits of vitamin D just keeps accumulating!
Our bodies can’t produce omega-3 essential fatty acids on their own, but we need them to stay healthy, so it’s crucial that we obtain them through outside sources. When diet isn’t enough, omega-3 supplements (derived from fish oil or vegetable sources) can offer a helping hand
Probiotics, the healthy bacteria found in our guts to help digestion and boost immunity, can also be taken in supplement form. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can choose a single-strain or multi-strain formula.
Extra tips and info for NHP consumers