Health Basics: Listen to Your Body


If you're ever involved in anything for too long you get to witness all the dynamic changes that happen. Everything has history and our health has been a major topic for millennia. From leeches to suck out poisoned blood, throwing salt on flesh wounds, and even the modern day suggestion that wine is good for the heart, we evolve and adapt out health needs. 

We want to provide our bodies with the best nutrients on a regular basis. But as people get more involved in the health lifestyle with excessive and conflicting information, it all becomes confusing.

One day red wine is good for you, two months later it's not. One day all chocolate is bad, next week dark chocolate is the exception. Just this week researchers have decided that low-fat is bad for you and the "right" fats are good. For anyone whose into fitness, we've known this for years. It's the reason for our avocado obsession. Fickle reports confuse us and take advantage of our emotions. Buying is based on emotions. 

Think about the Atkins' diet initial success. Once research was done people realized that Atkin's  can lead to osteoporosis, kidney stones, and high cholesterol.

At our core we are all the same. But we are also fundamentally different. All nutrients essentially work the same in our body but there are so many factors that can alter how our body reacts. We all walk different streets, sit for different times, carry different things, and our body's are meant to process everything the same, but genetics and lifestyle choices alter that.

The guidelines, research reports, and the ever-changing health policies tend to be bogus. There are things that are outright bad for you—fast food, soda, cigarettes, excessive alcohol. Things like that should be avoided. Then there are things that are up to you to decide if they work for your body.

If you've drank a glass of wine everyday for 10 years and have never head heart issues, why stop now? The sample groups represent humans in general, not you specifically. Your health decisions should be specified for your direct needs.

Learn from the professionals, ask questions, and personalize your health through your own experience versus the standard set for all 7 billion of us.