Today’s article is a guest post from Sol Orwell and Kurtis Frank of Examine.com, one of the premium, unbiased supplement websites on the planet.
Most people want to “feel better”, and many supplements cater towards making you feeling better. Despite how straightforward that sounds, the manner in which supplements can help you achieve that is not nearly as clear cut.
This is mainly due to the fact that “well being” is a very holistic and broad concept, and the broader the concept, the harder it becomes to narrow it down with quantifiable parameters.
Basically, we cannot actually measure how good somebody feels aside from just asking them about it and having them write it down. And that of course introduces all kinds of potential errors and short-term biases.
Couple this with the observation that anything that induces a large and rapid change in well being is unlikely to influence everybody the same way (not everybody reacts the same to huge social or chemical stressors designed for happiness). Some people can have bad reactions, aka trips. Thus, any reliable method to increase well being is going to have to be subtle. (more…)