What does it truly mean to invest in something? To give it money, time or energy? Investing typically means that the return is greater than the initial cost, whatever it may be.
On that note, is it safe to look at our health as a point of investment? The answer is absolutely.
Investing into your health now will obviously benefit you in the future, and unless you have been living under a rock, that certainly is not news.
Investing in your health is less like buying into the stock market, and more like buying a home. If you do regular maintenance on the house, it will not fall to shambles.
Think of it this way: if you put some decent renovations into the house, it increases the value. Putting in incremental improvements over the life of your home will help you end up with an asset that will likely draw you some profit. The more you put in, the more you will get out.
Your health, body and mind, is much the same. Let’s not get the term ‘renovation’ mixed up though - we aren’t talking quick fixes or plastic surgery.
So let’s come at it from the standpoint of food alone, there are many things to consider. It is an unfortunate truth that eating heathy often costs more. So if you are truly putting your money where your mouth is, you want to do so intelligently.
Here is some wisdom. Consider the source of the food you put into your body, from its initial conception to its delivery to the store. What happens to the food that makes it to your fridge?
Consider an orange, and pretend it is December. Chances are that orange was grown in some warm state far south. It had to be trucked up to your grocery store for you to buy. Already, it has spent some time in transit, so the freshness window is narrowed and nutrients are lost.
So right away it is safe to consider that local foods are a smart choice.
What about optimal nutrition? Buying local foods are great, but if you want to get the best value, you reach for something that fills many needs.
Nutrient dense foods with high amino acid complexes are great for filling many nutritional needs, as long as those nutrients are accessible. Some foods are nutrient dense but a challenge for the body to break down. Or, they deliver nutrients in a way that the body has difficulties recognizing. We call the ease of this nutrient extraction ‘bioavailability’.
Local, bioavailable foods are the best for investing in your health. Guess what hemp is? It is very bioavailable, and local grown if you have a good source! Hemp thrives in Alberta, and offers up bioavailable proteins and omega fatty acids amongst a host of other good stuff.
If you are investing in your health, and you truly value the richness that a healthy life has to offer, hemp is a must.