Many trends and changes in nat­u­ral health

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, Nu­tri­tional Health Coach and Vega Al­lergy Tester based at The Nat­u­ral Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wex­ford 053 9121613 | clairm1@eir­com.net | www.nat­u­ral­health­store.ie

I have worked in re­tail for al­most 40 years. More than 20 of them have been in nat­u­ral health and it has been in­ter­est­ing to watch the trends and the changes in this in­dus­try. When I started I didn’t have Mr Google to look up the health prob­lem. I re­lied on books and I would spend hours re­search­ing to find an­swers to health ques­tions for cus­tomers.

Over the years the health prob­lems have been the same: lack of en­ergy, con­sti­pa­tion, aches and pains, and sleep prob­lems, were per­haps the most com­mon ques­tions, and still are.

How­ever, now, I see much more anx­i­ety, stress, exam stress, and hor­monal prob­lems like PMT and the Menopause. It’s dis­tress­ing to see that chil­dren from as young as five or six are suf­fer­ing anx­i­ety. I have spo­ken with sev­eral par­ents about this. That’s very sad. I won­der why peo­ple suf­fer more to­day with th­ese is­sues and why they are more prom­i­nent. Is it the diet, lack of so­cial­is­ing in the real world, or en­vi­ron­men­tal stresses and pol­lu­tants? But, it could be a com­bi­na­tion of th­ese fac­tors.

The av­er­age age of the cus­tomer was mid­dle aged, or maybe they just looked that age be­cause I was in my early twen­ties. The cus­tomer to­day is of­ten younger, they are 15- 16 and up­wards.

If you were a Ve­gan you were a hippy, but now it’s a healthy life­style. Cus­tomers re­cy­cled their bags when it wasn’t trendy to re­cy­cle. And Henna was the hair colour of choice.

When I started, I hadn’t a clue what TVP was, it was an ex­tremely pop­u­lar tex­tured veg­etable pro­tein to re­place meat in dishes. I don’t see as much of that now–to­day it’s more pop­u­lar to use Tofu or Quinoa.

Ap­ple Cider Vine­gar mixed with lo­cal honey and mo­lasses for arthritic pain is still a pop­u­lar choice.

I sold Seven Seas Cod Liver oil al­most every day, and it still holds a share of the mar­ket, de­spite the com­pe­ti­tion, in fish oil sup­ple­ments.

Some of you will re­mem­ber Zam-Buk, the an­ti­sep­tic oint­ment; it’s still avail­able and is great for cuts, and bruises of all sorts.

I see a huge trend to­wards nat­u­ral beauty, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly house­hold prod­ucts, and all things pro­tein and fit­ness are ex­tremely pop­u­lar. I look for­ward to writ­ing about fu­ture changes too.

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