The more interested I have become in my own health, the more health reporting I have done.
Here is everything I’ve learned so far.
There is a lot of bad fitness advice out there. Question everything. Most people don’t drink enough water. There is an easy fix for this. Drink more. Self-control is a muscle that can be strengthened. But it’s not easy. Weird foods are good for your body. Try different things. The “Rocky IV” workout is great for your core. And for defeating Russian heavyweights. People can be very, very stupid. Don’t be stupid. Stress can be good for you. The mind needs challenges. The placebo effect is strong. It should be studied more than it is. We take too many antibiotics because we underestimate how long colds last. They last around 18 days. Live with it. Peer pressure can be a good thing. Social pressure can be used to reinforce good health habits.
Let’s see. What else?
The following things aren’t good for you: carbs, commuting, sitting and processed foods. Elite athletes are embracing raw foods and Paleo-style diets. The jury is still out on diet soft drinks. The sun and fat get a bad rap.
I was surprised to find that…
Juice fasts don’t really “cleanse” anything and are only useful for taking weight off quickly. Not for keeping it off. For all the attention they get, you’d think they actually did something.
And most importantly: When it comes to health, we are our own worst enemies.
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