Everyday there is something new in the press or on TV about what’s good for your health. Coffee was bad for you, now it’s good. Excessive drinking is bad for you, but some reports say that small amounts of red wine can actually be good for you.
Every few months there is some sort of new superfood discovered that is hailed as the answer to some sort of problem or issue.
When it comes to your health and what’s good for you there is simply one rule to remember.
Your health is a balancing act.
Diet, sleep, smoking, drinking and exercise all have an impact. In addition, genetics and family history also impact as their risk factors need to be considered when you’re deciding whether the things you do are good for your health.
If you really want to know what’s good for you, you need to know the impact of what you do on your body. You’ll probably recognise the saying ‘everything in moderation’ and to an extent it’s true. The odd bar of chocolate won’t harm you, but if you eat 3 or 4 bars a day and no vegetables, that’s a different story.
Losing the odd hour of sleep now and then may not bother you but what are the health risks if you regularly lose sleep?
That’s all good and well, I hear you say, but there’s so much information out there, where do I start?
Well, to start off, you need to take a good honest look at what’s going in your life today; your eating and exercise habits as well as your lifestyle. If you understand where your health is now, you can make changes to improve it. If there is a family history of illness or disease, you may not necessarily be able to change that, but you can take steps to help manage things, especially if it’s something like diabetes.
Also, when it comes to diet and the various plans out there, you need to consider the result of that short term diet on your long term health. For example, embarking on a fat free diet, may in the short term result in a bit of weight loss, but your body needs certain fats to function effectively. If your body thinks it’s not going to get those essential fats, whenever they do arrive, it will start to store them immediately. Consider also that your body stores sugars as fat to use as an energy source. So, low fat may result in increased blood sugar levels and the threat of diabetes.
If you want a helping hand to get started, you can take our quick WizeLife Health Assessment which will give you a snapshot of what your health looks like today and where there may be risks. But remember, if you want it to be accurate, you need to answer everything honestly.
If your health is out of balance, you need to take steps to rectify it, but don’t do anything drastic without fully understanding the impact. If you take the WizeLife test, the results produced will provide you with additional information and health goals to aim for. If you’re in any doubt, about the effect this will have on your body or health, talk to a health professional.
Remember, health is a balancing act. But our bodies are clever. If for some reason we have got out of balance, given the right opportunities, they can restore that balance.
You are the guardian of your body. Give it the right building blocks, environment and protection and it will do the rest. Our bodies cannot protect us without our support. That is as impossible as building a house without any construction material.