By now you have probably read more than a hundred articles on proper nutrition and diets if you have been online for more than a few years and you follow the health and wellness trends with any amount of fervor. There is almost too much information available and it is impossible to tell which are fads, fiction and downright misinformation versus plain and simple facts. This is why I tend to stick to the tried and true nutritional knowledge that I have acquired through my years of earnestly trying to get and stay healthy rather than simply focus on weight and how I look in a mirror. It’s not only that I think diet and fashionable trends are a bane to the public but sometimes true health just boils down to how you’re feeling rather than how you look. You have to acquire maturity to approach this subject with any amount of success so I’m not going to apologize for what I’m about to write.
When it comes to drastic measures concerning getting control over your weight I still hold to some of the philosophies of Hippocrates. Why ? Because I know they work and that these things are true. He said, “Walking is a man’s best medicine.” I find that to be especially true. That’s why I walk every morning without fail- rain, snow or shine. Some dynamic processes happen, when you walk as regular exercise, that cannot be effected by any other means. I guarantee that if every person on the planet walked to and from work everyday instead of driving they would have to stop manufacturing blood pressure medications. Matter of fact they would probably give up trying to sell antacids and aspirin, as well. We might even put doctors out of business. Hippocrates’ philosophies are as old as the hills but they’ve stood the test of time.
He also said, “Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” If that sounds strange to you it soon won’t because people are really starting to get into this branch of nutrition and holistic medicine and are seeing results that they don’t get when they head for the doctor and come away with pills that have more side effects than benefits. One sure way to start using your pantry as a medicine cabinet instead of the actual medicine cabinet is to start studying vitamins. Get a good book or chart on the vitamins from A to Z and look for something that will tell you how to prepare the foods which contain the specific vitamins for maximum absorption, the food sources, the health benefits of each and maybe even information on deficiency symptoms. If you are truly into getting as healthy as you can, the book will become your second bible !
Are fried foods really bad for you ? It depends on what you fry them in, how much you are actually eating and then how your body absorbs them. Is it fattening to eat desserts ? If you make a habit of rewarding good habits by overindulging in carbohydrates you will definitely gain weight. Perhaps dessert can be relegated to special occasions when separated from full meals. Otherwise, don’t make a habit of dessert eating. I adore tiramisu. I have one serving about twice a year or when I wear jewelry.
For many years now traditional doctors have been prescribing iron supplements to people who they say are suffering from anemia but that’s only helpful if the person has an iron deficiency. There are many types of anemia and the fastest way to correct oxygen-carrying deficiency in blood, often the red blood cells, is to increase the general volume of blood content. It’s not a cure but a way of sustaining what can otherwise be fatal if untreated. Anemia often starts with severe blood loss either by trauma or perhaps internal bleeding. Amenorrhea can be a symptom of anemia. Other causes may require increases in liver intake, B 12 or folic acid therapy (the two latter vitamins being interdependent in the case of pernicious anemia) and high protein diets are usually precedent in cases of decreased blood formation anemia because leucocytes (white blood cells) are an important factor as well. Back in the 1970s Russian doctors were giving pangamic acid ( B 15) to retarded children because they believed that it increased blood oxygen supply to brain tissues. Apparently, they were seeing serious good results and yet B 15 is not even mentioned in our books!
Most people would tell you if you have a banana with milk at night you’re going to become extremely fat but as a matter of fact it may increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep and both are loaded with nutrients which stave off heart attacks, diabetes, depression and even migraines! Once you get into nutrition and healthy eating, being model thin pales by comparison to the robust health you’ll enjoy. Proper diet and exercise as a way of life promotes a special type of beauty all it’s own and you’ll be glad you took the time to be good to yourself. After all, you’re the only one of you we have !
I read a newsletter recently that honey has a natural constituent in it which, it turns out, compares to Penicillin A. If you check this out on the internet you’ll get conflicting stories some of which are suspicious that bees are being fed antibiotics from the hive. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen. I can tell you that being ultra sensitive to antibiotics, myself, honey has never caused me any problems and I don’t usually go without honey at least once a day. I have heard the reports for many years now that to combat allergies and common colds there is nothing better than tea with lemon and honey and I feel that this is correct because I’ve proved it to myself time and time again. One drawback is that you cannot give honey- at all- to newborn infants but they already have their immune systems in overdrive, anyway. Mom’s milk is all they need for the first few weeks of their life which should tell you something about the nutritional properties of milk. Later on in childhood, milk supplies Vitamin A, B-6, B-12, Riboflavin, D, potassium, magnesium and protein.
Nutrition may be more of a study in health and it’s always best when brought down to wholesome ingredients and educating yourself but exercise in any form will create a balance of health which can’t be beat. However you come to adopt a program of regular physical exertion, make sure that you don’t neglect it. Exercise is the most important part of your personal health program and it’s as easy as putting on walking shoes and going for a mind-clearing walk. Go for it !