Not Another Top Ten Health Tips | Part 2

I know what you’re thinking, and I completely agree. With a world full of health professionals, health advocates, science writers, food forums, fad diets, non-fad diets, Facebook pages, Instagram followers, celebrity chefs and more information that you can point a blog at, who in their right mind would want to write another cliché top ten health tips article? Someone who doesn’t like top ten lists, that’s who. Here are the second five important tips to a healthier new you.

6)    Shop til you….. With all the talk of organic or conventional gluten-free paleo GMO’s it’s hard to spot a straight answer through all the pseudoscience, marketing and glistening white teeth of celebrity chef recipe book covers. But when it comes to your mother (or father) of three who has enough work fitting the weekly shop into the household budget it is premature to conclude that either food system is superior when it comes to the science of organic versus conventionally grown foods (2), especially considering that organic produce can be anywhere from 40% to as high as 175% more expensive than conventionally grown food (3) depending on produce variety and seasonality (4).

7)    Eat Well. Naturally occurring toxins like glycoalkaloids and aflatoxins, pesticide residues, polyphenolic compounds and nitrates, although sounding quite scary – these compounds brandish their health benefits or risks through a dose-related basis, with existing data having not yet ascertained whether their diversity in concentrations between conventional and organic foods are of biological significance (2). So feel free to chow down on food containing ingredients that you can’t pronounce, and be sure to wash it down with a tall glass of Dihydrogen Monoxide.

8)    Seriously….Eat Well. Before you start quarantining your kumquats be rest assured that no current hard evidence exists that the above mentioned compounds have had a major impact on total cancer incidence and mortality, relating to diet based exposures (3). Additionally it is well proven that populations exhibiting high fibre diets rich in fruits and vegetables demonstrate substantially lower risk of many types of cancers (3) have reduced incidence of Type 2 diabetes (5), obesity (6) and heart disease (7), as opposed to diets high in saturated fats, sugar and sodium (7). So wash your produce, eat your vegetables and lay off that slice of cake.

9)    If it hurts, get it checked. Now that you’ve taken your first steps along the health and fitness path in your dusty old Dunlops or sparkling new runners, should you by any chance develop a niggling knee, a persistent ache or any reduction of movement due to pain or swelling then don’t ignore it! Having recently gone through a most painful procedure to become the recipient of a brand new piece of titanium hardware (I apologise in advance to anyone caught behind me in the metal detector line at the Gold Coast Airport) I know only too well the consequences of trying to push through an injury. If your car creaks, groans or doesn’t move like it should then the first point of call is your trusty mechanic – then why not go and see your local physiotherapist, osteopath or other health therapist to get a biological grease and oil change if your chassis isn’t running its best due to a few faulty cylinders?

10)Don’t trust Top Ten Health Lists! There is no way that you can or should base the entire spectrum of your health and fitness on ten single points outlined anywhere! Gather your information through discussion and one on one consultation with trusted, suitably educated professionals who provide techniques based off proven, science-based methodologies. Not some science writer with a metallic back and too much time on his hands.

1)    Journal of Food Science. Volume 71. Issue 9, pages R117 – R124 November/December 2006. “Organic Foods” Carl K. Winter and Sarah F. Davis. 
 
2)    Food Science and Nutrition. Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 23-56, 2006. “Organic Food: Buying More Safety or Just Peace of Mind? A Critical Review of the Literature.” Faidon Magkos, Fotini Arvaniti and Antonis Zampelas.
 
3)    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29th August 2008.
“Comparing the Cost of Organic versus Conventional Produce” Yvette Barry.
http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2008/08/29/2350525.htm
 
4)    Diabetologia. Volume 34, Issue 12, pages 891-898, December 1991.
Prevention of Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes mellitus by diet and physical exercise The 6-year Malmö feasibility studyK. -F. Eriksson, F. Lindgärde.
 
 
5)    Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. Cat. no. Aus 157. Canberra AIHW.“Australia’s Health 2012, in Brief.”
 
6)    The Journal of the American Medical Association. Vol 288, No. 20 November 27, 2002.“Optimal Diets for Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease.” Frank B. Hu, MD, PhD; Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH.

 

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