Healthy Living Has Never Been So Confusing

Healthy living has never been so confusing
Healthy living has never been so confusing

I love reading and watching shows that talk about healthy eating, supplementing and taking care of your health. And because I read so much I always encounter so much conflicted information. For example Harvard researchers found after tracking food choices of more than 121,000 adults for up to 28 years that people who ate three ounces of red meat every day were about 13 percent more likely to die, often from heart disease or cancer, before the study ended than people who didn’t eat meat. And daily servings of processed meat such as bacon raised the risk of early death by 20 percent.

Yet there is more than one study out there that says eating meat is actually good for you. Meat is important for muscle growth, stabilizing blood sugar and other chronic diseases. Meat also helps keep energy level steady and creates a feeling of satiety which reduces craving for unhealthy food.

How about milk? When I was a young, my mother encouraged me to drink lots of milk to protect my bones but some studies have suggested that too much calcium especially without vitamin D might increase the risk of hip fractures, and other studies have shown that calcium alone isn’t enough to protect against fractures.

Weight loss, now that is a big one. According to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Americans spent an estimated $30 billion a year in 1992 on all types of diet programs and products, including diet foods and drinks. I can’t even imagine how much we are spending in 2016. We constantly bombarded with ads and shows on why this diet is better than this diet and this exercise is better than this exercise. How many times have you heard that diet alone doesn’t work, exercise is a must for a successful weight loss program. Yet just today while watching CBC News Now in Canada another study indicates that exercising doesn’t work for weight loss.

I have dieted for years. I remember the days when I wouldn’t touch breads, pasta or rice for months. I have tried every diet under the sun and what I ended up with was vitamins and mineral deficiencies. These days are gone. Now I eat everything I want in moderation. I will never put my body through this again.

It is a very confusing time and because of all the confusion I no longer take what these studies say at face value. Our digestive system is uniquely designed to turn the food we eat into nutrients, which the body uses for energy, growth and cell repair. Our bodies are designed to digest food, period.  Occasionally our digestive system might need helping hands by the use of a supplement which is ok, I think it is much better then medication. This is better than cutting any food groups from your diet. Relax, don’t stress and enjoy life.  After all, we can’t stop living.

Written by Your Health

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