What’s the source of your health information?
There is a lot of confusion in the world about what it means to keep yourself and your family healthy. And even though most of us would love to feel we have a trusted, scientific source for health information, it’s hard to know whose voice we can count on.
Depending on the day of the week and the source your intel, you may be hearing that you absolutely must…
- Go meatless
- Do Keto
- Do a cleanse or juice fast
- Absolutely do NOT do a cleanse or juice fast
- Workout 5x a week
- Only do HIIT workouts
- Stop running
- Start running
And on and on and on.
When does it end?
Technically, never. Because of our unprecedented access to new information, groundbreaking studies and newly developed tools, and the fact that anyone can post anything online, there will always be an excess of information. Some of it will be wonderfully helpful…some of it will be nonsense.
So the true question is: How will you tell the difference?
Well, the first step is to identify a trusted, scientific source for health information.
Quick tip – Buzzfeed, your Facebook timeline, and the guy who seems to live at the gym are not scientific. And even if you sometimes find great advice from those sources, you can’t truly know which parts you’ll be able to actually trust.
Relying on anything that happens to cross your social media feed is simply asking for trouble! However, if that’s where you like to consume content, you could consider following reputable accounts that are known for dispersing scientifically backed data.
For example, @yourvitalscience is an Instagram account dedicated to providing scientifically proven data that will have a positive impact on your health and wellness.
Much better to follow and engage with reputable organizations or individuals than with whoever (or whatever) is trending!
Once you’ve identified a trusted source or two, you should listen, engage, and ask questions.
- Have you always wanted to try a particular nutritional regime?
- Wondered about the best workout for your body type?
- Stressed over how sleep/water/movement you actually NEED for a healthy life?
Read up, and reach out.
Ask your questions, especially when they pertain to new “discoveries” or health advice that seems to be bucking the trends and going against what has previously been held to be true. You don’t want to miss out on the latest and greatest…but you don’t want to get taken in by bright lights and flashy headlines either.
So…you’ve found a trusted, scientific source for health information, and you’re making it a point to follow and engage. You’re already on your way to weeding out poor quality information and becoming healthier! Now what?
The next step is to actually implement what you learn!
Most of us are well aware that hydration is absolutely essential for our body’s systems and our overall well being…yet how often do we struggle to get even the minimum intake? Sometimes we don’t need NEW information; we need to actually implement what we already know.
What would happen if you listed the top three pieces of health advice that you know to be true, and then actually DID them for the next month?
Let us know!