A few days ago I attended a meetup for a new wellness group. The description read, "Discuss, educate and share healthy living, practical and sustainable ideas and options for living long, living healthy". Cool. I'm always up for those topics. When I got there the organizer approached me and said, "Meetup.com has a rule that meetups can't be used to sell products, so I don't want you to get the wrong idea...". She and her husband then proceeded to try and sell me all these supplements. Protein powders, meal replacement bars, energy drinks - a bunch of bullshit. No wellness topics were covered that night.
I did my best to be gracious and downshift into chit chat while I planned a quick exit. When I got home I treated myself to a nice, warm shower to wash off the yucky experience. I wondered how many people trying to improve their health fall victim to the promises of supplements. It's a billion dollar industry, so obviously quite a few.
When I was new to fitness I was susceptible to the claims of flashy supplements. Since then I have learned that there is only one path to long term health, and it is paved by a foundation of diet, exercise, sleep, and lifestyle. None of these things can be bottled. Now, if I could get a bottle of actual snake oil... that might be cool stuff!