STEVE Parker from Natural Choice Health Goods was the speaker at the October meeting on the subject: “Health Foods and Much More”.
He began by explaining that Natural Choice was established by his brother and himself 26 years ago to promote healthy food and healthy living as well as to encourage fair trade.
Whenever possible, they have attempted to use locally produced goods.
Those with an interest in local history were given a brief history of the Natural Choice premises in St John Street together with an opportunity to examine one or two old photographs.
What is a grade two listed building, containing a cruck beam, has been dated by experts from Leicester University to the early 17th Century.
The speaker stressed that many health problems arise from the digestive system. What we eat and drink, as well as what we apply to our bodies as cosmetics can affect the internal system.
Also, if the body is more acidic than alkaline then ailments are more likely to arise so the need to drink plenty of water to flush out the acidic elements rather than tea or coffee.
One litre per day is the recommended amount. (Several members had to admit that they do not drink that amount!).
Amongst other points made was that the digestive system changed throughout our lives and that the system can cope better if people eat less wheat products.
In addition to providing advice and alternative medicines, Natural Choice also hosts a wide variety of therapies ranging from acupuncture to Natural Weight Loss.
Health foods and medications form a growing industry and are now found more in the main stream of medical care than once was the case. In Ashbourne, the meeting told, there are good relationships with GPs and Physiotherapists.
The meeting ended with members discussing the herbal remedies that they had endured as children.
Memories of Cod Liver Oil, Liquorice Powder, Viral and Sarsaparilla amongst others were evoked – not always having been partaken of with great enthusiasm!
A vote of thanks to the speaker was proposed by Probus member Peter Russ.
The next meeting of Probus will be held on Tuesday 12 November in the Ex Servicemens’ Club. New members are always welcome.