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Steps to Good Health in Bad Economy


SHERMAN, TX -- Though the economy may be having a negative impact on your bank account, it may be benefiting your health. Because of the economic downturn, some people are taking more preventive steps to avoid getting sick. Deeda Payton visited a local health food store and has more on the trend.

For many, protecting yourself this flu season goes beyond a vaccine. It involves vitamins and an overall healthy lifestyle. People are hoping to not only stay healthy, but out of the doctor's office.

Side effect of the bad economy could just be good health. As David Murray of Green Market in Sherman says "Basically you can loose all your money in the stock market, but if you loose your health it's over."

Market research shows nationally vitamin sales have surged since the stock market sank, but the Green Market in Sherman says vitamins alone aren't boosting his business, it's the desire to take control and live a healthy lifestyle. "So the more things you can do to bolster your bank account of immunity, then the better off your health may be." "It's why I take vitamins, try to stay healthy."

The Green Market says vitamins are by no means a substitute for medication, but can be effective, for some, at boosting immune systems. "To say a vitamin will keep you out of the hospital, I can't really say that. What I can say is that there is just numerous amounts of data out there that shows good suppmentation of the correct nutrients can certainly strengthen the body, give you more endurance and stamina, so in essence somewhat."

Customers, who take vitamins and supplements regularly, agree. "I never go to the hospital so it must be working." And, many say vitamins help them stay healthy during flu season, especially. "From flu and cold and fever yes." "I think that vitamins and supplementations, herbs, have success as far as stimulating the immune system in relationship to different viruses." So when it comes down to a big doctors bill, or a round of vitamin 'C', more Texomans are opting for the less expensive.

Some doctors caution against putting too much faith in supplements, and some studies have cast doubt on the long-term effectiveness of vitamins for certain cancers and heart disease.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.