3 Wildly Popular Health Myths—That Aren’t True

Health & Nutrition Myths bannerHave you ever had a friend or family member tell you what you should or could do to improve your health? Or that you must try what worked for them when it came to losing weight? Well-meaning as it is, sometimes it becomes hard to choose one option over the other. How do we sift through all the information and suggestions about health and nutrition that are coming at us from the world around us? 

This has been an ongoing dilemma for me too, as health has been a pervasive theme in my life from an early age. I’ve been on a ‘journey back to health’ and much of my life has been about learning how to be healthy. Can you really ‘learn’ how to be healthy? From my experiences, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’.

Where ARE the Answers to Our Health Concerns?

So often I looked to experts for definitive answers to my health issues, only to realize that as many experts as I saw, that’s how many answers there were. Sometimes there were no answers at all! Has that happened to you?

We all have our own beliefs based on our individual experiences. Right? Through many years of trying every new modality or new health trend that was popular at the time, I’ve learned that we are highly individual. What works for someone else, may or may not work for us. I’ve also come to understand that the lessons we learn through our own experiences are perhaps as important, if not more important, than information we get from others. Agree?

Having spent many years researching many of the wildly popular health beliefs, I was surprised at how many commonly held health myths we’ve bought into…just aren’t true! This article is the first in a series on those Health Myths!  Each of the following three could have their own full article about it, so here’s the short(ish) version for each.

Myth 1: Calories are the Key to Weight

Weight was an ongoing concern of mine for many of my younger years. Like so many of us, I was told that if I counted calories, I would lose or gain weight. More often than not, I didn’t.

The “calorie myth” is one of the most pervasive and unfortunately one of the most damaging in popular diet culture, becoming the gospel in the health and nutrition world.

In actuality, calories are not the most important piece of the weight puzzle and not all calories are created equal! Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have direct effects on fat burning and the hormones and brain centers that regulate appetite. Do people really believe that a 100-calorie diet soda is healthier for them than 200 calories of raw nuts?

In explaining calories in his cutting-edge, science-based book, “Four Hour Body”, Tim Ferriss reports, “as usual, the focus is on the least important piece of the puzzle. But why do scientists harp on the calorie? Simple. It’s cheap to estimate and it is a popular variable for publication journals.”

For example, a high protein diet, (which I always did best on), can increase the metabolic rate by 80 to 100 calories per day and significantly reduce appetite. In one study, such a diet had people automatically eat 441 fewer calories per day. They also lost 11 pounds in 12 weeks, just by adding more protein to their diet.

As it Turns Out:  Not all calories are created equal, because different foods and macronutrients go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.Tim Ferriss_Reality is Negotiable

Myth 2: You Can Get All Your Nutrient Needs From Your Diet

We’ve all been taught that eating a healthy, balanced diet supplies the body with sufficient nutrients to keep us healthy. Right? 

Then why is it that as a population, we seem to be getting unhealthier and chronic degenerative diseases are on the rise? Predictions are that by 2020, chronic degenerative diseases are expected to rise to 73% of all deaths and 60% of the global burden of disease.

The truth is diet is no longer the sole force behind our national plague of nutrient deficiencies. Some other factors putting us at risk are:

  • Exposure to air pollutants and other toxins (depletes antioxidants)
  • Alcohol consumption (depletes B vitamins, vitamin C, most minerals, and antioxidants)
  • Allergies and infections (deplete vitamins A and C and zinc, among other nutrients)
  • Smoking (depletes antioxidants)
  • Stress (depletes all nutrients, especially B vitamins and vitamin C)

Any of these sound familiar or impact your life?

Of course, wouldn’t it be ideal to get all of our daily nutrients from food? The fact is with industrialized agriculture and long travel times for produce, the nutrient density of our foods continues to decline. Some of the stats are staggering and frankly alarming. You can read more in this comprehensive Total Health piece, as the research confirms we need to supplement our diets, even if we eat clean organic foods.

Supplementing with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and phytochemicals is a way to help enrich the body’s internal environment so it can fortify cellular protection, repair and regeneration, and support the renewal process.

As it Turns Out: It’s virtually impossible to take in all our nutrient needs from food alone, even before taking our individual health needs into account.Healthy hiker and Buddha quote about authoring our own health

Myth 3: All Supplements Are Created Equal

Have you ever gone shopping to a health food store to buy supplements? Yikes! There are so many brands claiming so many things, how do we choose? Often we have a recommendation from someone we know or we defer to the store clerk who becomes our expert in the moment. Have you already done a lot of research and still aren’t sure which is the best choice for you? This is a big one for me too. Having long embraced the need to supplement my diet, I was always ready to try anything new to improve my health.

Having done tons of my own ongoing research, I’ve learned not all supplements are created equal. In fact, many have such inadequate science and testing behind them, they can actually do you more harm than good.

The 33+ billion dollar a year supplement industry has often been under intense scrutiny for lacking substance or science, driven solely by marketing. This is not necessarily true, though. Yes, a majority of supplements aren’t delivering what they say they are on their labels. This is largely due to how the industry is regulated. However, there are a few exceptional companies where science and integrity come first.

How Do We Know Which Supplements to Choose?

A wonderful resource I discovered is the Nutrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements, an independent third-party study that compares over 1600 supplements currently on the market. And it is really thorough, as their comprehensive process tests for completeness, absorbency, purity, potency and safety. Yesyou want all of these in the supplements you put in your body! 

Sadly, many of the popular companies whose names might come to mind, actually get very low ratings. The good news. There are four companies who get the highest 5-star rating for these essential criteria. Curious who they are? They are Blueberry Health, Truestar Health, USANA Health Sciences and Douglas Labs.

If you’re not taking one of these, you may be missing some of the critical components that make supplements safe and effective. We’ve all heard medical professionals reporting “bedpan bullets,” referring to supplements that literally travel through the entire digestive system without breaking down, offering little to no value to the person taking them. Isn’t that just like flushing your money down the toilet?

As It Turns Out:  All supplements are definitely not created equal. Some may even do you harm because of their formulations.

Choosing the Best

As someone who is constantly in re:search mode, when I had the opportunity to become a member of Dr. Christiane Northrup’s health and wellness team and align with USANA, there was no hesitating…I said, “YES.” And the difference both my daughter and I felt almost immediately, has been wonderful.  

What’s the difference? USANA guarantees that their products are potent, pure, safe, bioavailable, and manufactured to the highest quality. Cutting-edge science has always been at the forefront of USANA’s commitment to health. They’ve done it again, with the introduction of InCelligence technology. This kind of game-changing innovation is why USANA has been a leader in nutritional science for over 24 years. Here’s a peek at what the nutrition world is buzzing about!

What Health Myths Are You Curious About?

Can you tell how fascinated by and committed I am to health and nutrition? If there are any health myths you’re curious about, please let me know in the comments! I love researching and sharing information with you. It would be great to include yours in an upcoming post in this ongoing health series on “health myths disproved”.  I uncovered so many of them doing my research!

And, if you’re currently taking a supplement you’d like to know the rating of, I’d be happy to look it up for you in the Comparative Guide. You can message me or let me know in your comments below.

Do you have health goals you’re committed to reaching? You’re invited to a complimentary health consultation where we’ll work together to design your highly individualized health plan! Just email me to set up a time to talk.

Stay tuned, as next week I just might have to explore the myths I uncovered about fat… 😉

Beverley Golden

About Beverley Golden

Beverley Golden is a writer, storyteller, peacenik and health & vitality consultant, who loves testing unconventional ways to shift paradigms in the playing fields of health and wellness, storytelling and creativity as a path to world peace. Her passion is turning the “impossible” into the possible, using her own experiences with a lifetime of health issues, to inspire and support others to live their life to the fullest.

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70 Comments

  • How timely! I just had a talk with my nutritionist about this very subject ast week. We were discussing how not all supplements are equal and that the pharmaceutical grade ones are the ones that really benefit us.
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    • All supplements are definitely not created equal, Jennifer. Happy you have a health practitioner who also knows this. One of the reasons I love USANA is that they have been creating nutraceutical grade products from day one, as the founder is a microbiologist and immunologist and chose to build an FDA facility, meaning pharmaceutical grade products.

  • RC says:

    Thank you for taking out all the guesswork regarding health. I used to just count calories without really considering other factors that may contribute to my health. For instance, I didn’t exercise. It was only last year that I had taken up running and now I’m hooked.

    Now I feel so much better. And I’ve only added exercise to my health regimen and the difference is astounding.

    • You are a wonderful testament to how making a change can positively impact your health RC! Wonderful to hear. And yes, exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle, so I am happy to hear you have noticed such a big difference for yourself. Keep up the great effort!

  • Carrie says:

    These are great myths that you discussed! I have been researching supplements for awhile trying to find the absolute best product at the perfect price. It is so hard because you are right all supplements aren’t created equally.

    • The challenge is that when it comes to supplements, Carrie, you do get what you pay for. Lower priced supplements often don’t deliver balanced or optimal nutrition and may not even have what’s on the label in the supplement! If I can support your search in any way, please let me know.

  • Very nice write up and informative. We always get influenced by myths and what we hear that is why it is important to get informed and so the research because as you say not everything we read and hear is true. One of these days I will consider trying Usana.

    • Agree with you Adriana! It is so important to be proactive and do our own research, as there are many ‘untruths’ floating around that people seem to believe. Look forward to having you try USANA, as I know your health and wellbeing are very important to you!

  • Eileen says:

    Thank you for the information you’ve provided. I did not know that there are such supplements that do not break down and just get eliminated. You’re right, that’s just flushing your money down the toilet. I have not tried USANA yet, but after reading throuhg this post, I think I must. I have been recently prescribed mecobalamin for peripheral neuropathy. I’m going to check out if USANA has something good for my nerve issues.

    • So happy to hear there was new information in this post for you, Eileen! Sorry to hear about your peripheral neuropathy and I would be delighted to see if there is a protocol that would help support your overall health and your specific concerns too. USANA is incredible and I could email our scientists to get more info for you if you’d like.

  • Neely Moldovan says:

    I love what is said about calories and about suppliments. I remember people eating complete crap but saying “oh its under 1200 calories a day” yeah that doesnt help much!

  • Summer says:

    Great post, Beverley. I couldn’t agree with you more on all accounts. I thought you did a great job breaking things down and explaining why each myth was a myth. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Summer! Knowing this is your area of expertise as well, I appreciate hearing you found it well-presented. It is amazing how many myths people are still using as their guiding principles for health and nutrition!

  • Nellwyn says:

    Thanks for the advice on choosing supplements! I usually to pick whatever’s on sale which is probably really bad!

    • Glad you appreciated the info on choosing supplements, Nellwyn! As the saying goes, ‘You get what you pay for’ and that applies doubly to the supplement market. Usually those sale brands are not giving you much value and ultimately they are like flushing your money (and the supplements) down the drain.

  • All I can say is “Thank God for supplements” as my diet is awful (yes I admit it). I think the key to weight loss is “eat less, do more.” And if you choose your calories wisely, as you mention, you’re ahead of the game. Good post!

    • Exercise is a key part in keeping body weight in check, Jackie, as are many other critical pieces of the puzzle. Yes, supplements are a must to keep ourselves well nutriated, as whether someone eats pristinely or not, we simply cannot get all the nutrients we need from food anymore. Glad you enjoyed the post too!

  • Liz Mays says:

    This was really interesting to read because I’ve always relied on calorie counting. It does make sense that they’re not all equal though. I’ll be rethinking things!

    • So happy you found this interesting, Liz and I would guess there are a lot of people who still rely on calorie counting. I’ll be curious to hear how your ‘rethinking’ this plays out in your life too.

  • I share your passion for heathy living and taking quality supplements. I was fortunate to work for a family owned health food store for several years. The owners genuinely cared for their employees health and education of products, along with not carrying certain products just to make money. This post is fantastic and hopefully sheds some light on things for those who are overwhelmed with so many choices. Keep doing what you are doing – educating others on the importance of quality of life. ❤️❤️

    • You sound like you have a very solid background and understanding of health, Christine! It’s wonderful to know that you were very cared for by the health food store owners and that they had very high integrity in what they would sell in their store. Bravo! I really appreciate hearing you found this post helpful and that it shed light on some of the common health myths so many people still believe. Appreciate your support. <3

  • The world of health and supplements can be very overwhelming to navigate. You did a great job Beverley of breaking it down so its easier to understand especially for someone new to trying to weed through what is fact and what is fiction. I love the passion you have for health and serving others.

    • Thanks so much April! I appreciate hearing that I helped share some insight into the often confusing health and nutrition world! It is a wild world indeed. Thanks so much for your kind comment about seeing my passion for health and for serving others. That is exactly what my intention always is.

  • Joyce Hansen says:

    Great myth busters Beverley. I’ve come to the point that anyone who thinks they can get all their nutrition from store bought processed food is woefully ignorant. It’s time for people to wake up and take charge of their health. Thanks for putting out such great health information.
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    • It would be wonderful if more people got the ‘memo’ about health and nutrition, Joyce. Although sometimes even when people ‘know’, they still don’t take it seriously. It really is time for people to wake up and take responsibility for their health. That’s one of the things I continue to stand for. Appreciate hearing you found some great health info in this post too!

  • Stella Chiu says:

    Hi, Beverley

    A fantastic informative post of nutrition and health. To start, I loved you did point out that “what works for someone, may or may not work for you”. We must listen to our bodies.

    People believe that if they cut down the intake of “fat”, they will be skinnier. In fact, most of the stored fat is coming from excess of carbohydrates.

    You are right about vitamins. Many brands are not running their business with ethical manner. Some of the pills contain lower quantity of active ingredients than they claim.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Stella Chiu

    • Thanks so much Stella! I know you are also passionate about health and wellness, so I appreciate all the wonderful points you mentioned. As it turns out, my next post is about dietary fat and three of the incorrect myths about them. So many of the things people believe just aren’t true. Unfortunately because of the way the supplement industry is regulated things on the label may or many not be in the product. And things may be in the product that aren’t listed on the label! Not USANA, as it is an FDA approved facility and has NSR ratings too. I appreciate hearing you enjoyed this post! Many thanks…

  • What an awesome post Beverley! I knew about the myth of supplements but the other 2 was not sure about 🙂 Thank you so much for clarifying and bringing truths to each and every one of these popular health myths.

    I always learn so much from your posts, thank you!
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    • So happy some of what I shared was new to you, Joan! I love sharing information and research that is new to people. I really appreciate hearing that you learn new things from my posts, it means a lot to know that.

  • Loved this article Beverley! I bookmarked the site you shared with us, which will surely come in handy. As a researcher, I am not at all surprised by the myths you shared (Tim Ferriss quote is great) because I see discrepancies all the time in studies in my field.

    I subscribe to a couple of sites that focus on scientific research and there was an article several months ago that pointed out how often studies are published in the news and later proven to be faulty or completely bogus. The problem is, the media picks up the original story (the more sensational the better) but never the follow-up showing the information isn’t valid. John Oliver said it beautifully, “Everything you can think of causes cancer, and everything you can think of cures cancer.” Enough said. 🙂
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    • Thanks for confirming that yes, the studies that are published are so often disproved and yet that news, seem to go unnoticed. The calorie myth is perhaps the biggest one of all, as even the scientist who ‘discovered’ it, later agreed that it wasn’t true. Yet, the belief had taken hold. Love the John Oliver quote! Yes, it does seem that way doesn’t it. And of course, we play such a big part in whatever ‘manifests’ in us…good or bad. The site is filled with really interesting information and like you, Marquita, I do enjoy sifting through the information to see what is true. Agree that the Tim Ferriss quote speaks volumes! 🙂

  • I love the way you’ve taken the time to dispel these health myths with evidence, Beverley. Ayurveda and the Eastern systems recognize a more holistic view of health right down to incorporating non-food related items and activities for good health. At a simplistic level, the role of sunshine, exercise, meditation and action. We are also advised to eat seasonal fruits for optimal health and the sequence in which to eat foods so that they are digested without fermenting in the stomach and creating problems in the colon.

    For sure, there isn’t a one size fits all health regime or diet. It comes down to our body constitution and disposition as well as metabolism which also changes with age.
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    • Thanks so much Vatsala! Personally I also take a much more holistic approach to health as well. We are not only physical beings and yet often the medical profession and people can’t see past that. I love how Ayurveda and Eastern modalities look at health in a much broader perspective. This is one of the reasons I include acupuncture in my health protocol.

      Unfortunately traditional Western medicine often does look at the person as a statistic, and not as an individual. There really is not one-size-fits all when it comes to our individual health and this makes it an ongoing process to stay healthy. I really appreciate all you’ve added to this conversation!!

  • Kimberly says:

    The world of supplements and nutrition is so overwhelming! I have taken a few different things thtoughout the years. Remembering to take them every day would probably help me see a greater benefit! It’s like how I forget to take medicine when I start feeling better. Need to make it a habit!
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    • You sound like many people Kimberly, in that consistency when it comes to their health and nutrition, might be missing. As in any area of life, consistency is so key! I agree that there is so much information that sometimes it all becomes a blur! Happy to help you sift through it, if it would be helpful to you.

  • Reba Linker says:

    Great post, Beverley. I have gotten so skittish about all the flip flopping that happens about supplements and diet that I no longer know what to think – kind of in a state of white noise about the topic. I really look forward to learning more during our consultation!
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    • You sound like you are like so many other people today when it comes to health and nutrition, Reba! The information is changing so quickly it seems. Although it can be challenging to stay on top of all the ‘white noise’ as we call it, it really is important in terms of our personal health and well-being. Look forward to talking about this more with you both on your show and in our personal conversation.

  • Lovely post. I was just discussing this with my BeLoved. Our bodies are changing as we are now in our 40’s. It is learning the dance of the body as the body changes with age. Now off to learn a different dance as the old one, no longer suffices. xoxo
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    • Thank you so much Natasha! It sounds like you and your BeLoved are highly in tune with how health is an ongoing process. We change and the world around us changes too. Happy you are open and flexible to change your dance and see what the new one brings. xo

  • Carol Rundle says:

    So much good nutritional information here, Beverley. It’s important to be able to sift through the jumble of “expert advice” out there. And it’s so true that each of our bodies in unique, so we must find what works for us. Glad you have!

    • Thanks so much Carol! Knowing that you are also in the health and nutrition world, I appreciate hearing that. It really is becoming more important than ever to be able to sift through all the ‘expert info’ that’s floating around. I have always believed that it is important to honor our individuality and find what works for us too!

  • Teresa Salhi says:

    I am always interested to learn more about nutrition. I have become a fact finder and not so naive as I used to be. I now know that not all foods or nutritional supplements are created equal. And you pretty much get what you pay for…just too bad it has to be such a digging, researching, comparing, etc, etc, etc to find what really loves our body. Thank you for doing some of this work and sharing some valuable information.

    • It’s always good to be a researcher and do our own information checking, Teresa. It sounds like you are interested and on that path to more nutritional awareness too. You absolutely do get what you pay for! Thanks for adding that. Often people buy the cheapest quality, not realizing it could actually be hurting them. As someone who loves to research…almost everything, I am happy to hear that you appreciate the information I shared in this piece.

  • Heart Jules says:

    This is so interesting and I love this! Also being a person of many passions (I love the term “multifacetist” btw!!) , nutritional health and well-being through self-care have both been high on my paths of learning ~~ and I love your read, so true!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Thanks so much for noticing my “multifacetist” moniker, Jules! So happy it speaks to you too. When we have many passions and interests, the key to is to find the way to integrate them. Health and wellbeing has always been part of my path and I’ve learned how important self-care is. Appreciate hearing that you enjoyed reading this piece and that you resonated with it too!

  • Hi Beverley, I love this article. We hear so many “facts” it is so hard to discern what is truth sometimes and when it comes to our health it is always wise to question and research. These are important myths you have debunked!! I do believe the Buddha Quote you posted and it begins with accountability and also listening to our bodies. Thanks for this! <3

    • Thanks for your thoughts Jenny! I know health and wellbeing (on all levels of our being), are really important to you too. The truth is, as individuals, it is up to us to find what the ‘magic formula’ is for us. The Buddha quote really speaks volumes to me as well. It starts with us, with taking responsibility for ourselves and for being willing to listen to what our body and our soul, has to tell us.

  • Lisa Swanson says:

    I’ve written so many articles on fitness and nutrition myths! There are so many out and probably because people want to believe them. You’ve covered some important ones here. I don’t know how many times I’ve been through teaching a new client that they need to eat more, or that they didn’t need to cut back on calories, but rather adjust what they’re eating.

    Personally I take very few supplements. I agree that we need to supplement our diet (even our soil is not providing enough nutrients to our crops any longer), I just like to keep it very simple!

    • You have so much experience in this area, Lisa, and I imagine you have witnessed many people who have bought into health and nutrition myths that are not true and not serving them. It’s amazing how many people still believe the calories in/calories out formula…even though it has been disproven over and over again. Ultimately each of us is different. The quality of our food is definitely on the decline and unfortunately we need to supplement. If you like to keep it simple and yet get a full compliment of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, I sense something like the CellSentials would appeal to you. Thanks for sharing your experiences and expertise too!

  • Peggy says:

    As a breast cancer survivor turned thriver, I’ve also done a lot of research here. I’ve always wondered “how do I know for sure what’s in these supplements?” I’ve started taking the vitamins offered by Tespo – love the delivery method and reviewed the company extensively. It’s also important that we find not only what’s best on the market, but what’s best of us. xxoo
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    • There is a lot of confusion about the ‘what’s in my supplement’ question, Peggy. If a supplement is NSF approved, that is a certification that indicates what is on the label, is in the product. Congratulations on thriving after cancer and on being someone to do the research and find what works for you. Although I have not heard of Tespo, if you have done your research and it resonates with you…that matters a lot. I couldn’t agree with you more about finding what works best for us! That is always number one for me, having tried so many things in my life that were ‘supposed’ to work and yet for me, they didn’t. I appreciate your sharing your experiences here. To good health… xoxo

  • I listen to my body and it usually tells me what I’m in need of. I eat a clean, organic and vegan diet, and use supplements where necessary.

  • I love that you are addressing myths about health, nutrition, supplements. It is so confusing. Yesterday I was with my 2 BFF. One returned to weight watcher & the other started South Beach. They are both slim women who put on a few recently & it wouldn’t come off without a plan & focus. .
    I take full responsibility for not following thru on anything I set out to follow.So unlike me as in most areas of my life I strive for a high level of integrity. Hmmm.
    I gloss over scientific stuff & language so I’m asking if you are looking for a topic I’d like demystified, but in lay terms, WHAT THE HECK ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?

    • There are so many myths about health and nutrition that sometimes it can be challenging to sort through fact from fiction, Roslyn. We are living in a world where many companies are claiming to be ‘the best’. How do we discern? People often do go with something either that worked fro them before, or something a friend recommends. The fact is because each of us are very different from the other, we must find what works for us. What we are ready to commit to….and do. You are someone who does take full responsibility and I heard something yesterday in response to a comment by someone who says it is hard for her to take supplements, because she doesn’t like pills. I know this is something you mention too. The answer from to this was to look at the pills and see them as LIFE. Supplement = LIFE. I really liked that. And yes, I will write a piece about antioxidants…it isn’t as complicated as it might appear. This is what USANA has focused on in their latest research too. Stay tuned…

  • Beverley, thanks. As always, I learn something from your posts. Thanks. Will share.
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  • I am a believer that even going organic for many years now, I still am not getting all the nourish that I need in my diet. I finally found a great women’s multivitamin to help me stay more balanced and healthy. Also, getting rid of the toxins that are absorbed from the environment has become a seasonal routine for me. My energy and health has bee pretty good because of this.
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    • There are so many people who haven’t gotten the ‘memo’ about our food quality, Sabrina, and it sounds like you have been highly aware and very conscious of your health and diet for a long time. As we are constantly changing thoughout our lives, often we have to tweak and adjust what we are taking to keep balanced and our energy good. It’s great that you have found something that works for you now. Yes, getting rid of toxins is so key too. Our environment is continuing to change so we much to willing to change with them. Wishing you good health ongoing, Sabrina!

  • Tamuria says:

    Great article Beverley. It’s true there is so much information available it’s hard to sort fact from fiction. I was aware that calories are not the be all and end all of weight-loss programs. Weight can fluctuate for so many different reasons , including muscle weight if you have increased your exercise. I hear a lot of health and fitness experts talk about the importance of measurements to see how effective your diet is. I think you need to know what you’re doing when you take supplements as even vitamins can affect the performance of other medication you might be on – this has happened to my mother.
    I’d be interested in learning more about the benefits of various herbs, such as Tumeric and cinnamon, that are getting a lot of publicity at the moment in regard to health.
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    • We do live in a world with unlimited information and often we find contradictory findings depending on the source, Tami. So many of the ‘truths’ we’ve bought into about health have been long since disproved and yet once they grab hold of the collective consciousness, it is hard to make them go away. Calories are definitely one of those beliefs and I read somewhere that the doctor/scientist who had discovered the calories theory, actually refuted it when he realized it was erroneous. However, it had already taken hold. And yes, there are a lot of supplements that ‘claim’ to be the best and unfortunately have little else to claim but that. Some formulations really can do harm to people. I have taken your request to learn more about herbs like turmeric and cinnamon and will definitely do the research and see what I come up with to share.

  • Hi Beverley! Thank you for these important reminders. I think I knew them already but I can always use the reminders. And thanks for the link to the book that reviews supplements. I might have to buy me one of those. Thanks again! ~Kathy
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    • So happy that some of the info in this post served as reminders to you Kathy! Its amazing how much info we have accumulated in our lives, so it’s good to have a reminder once in awhile. When it comes to health, there is so much information we can consume and sifting through it because key. Yes, the comparative nutritional guide is a great resource for checking supplements. Enjoy it if you do buy it. Thanks for stopping by and adding your voice to the conversation too!

  • LorinEnglish says:

    Beverley,
    A wonderful article about nutrition and as always so much to learn from your articles. I enjoyed the way nutrition is making my life and others around me feel and get better. The knowledge here is impeccable.

    Lori English
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  • Beverley, you are speaking to the choir. My husband and I spent half a lifetime searching for the answers. We finally connected with a scientist/chemist/researcher and brilliant family of formulators who we now use to formulate our products, mostly sprays infused with frequencies that do what most people think of as impossible. It’s a long road, but when you find the answers it’s nirvana! I am happy you found what works for you! Our goal is education on a global level, especially about water remediation with my husbands company – our most precious resource has been contaminated and defiled. Time for change!

    • This is brilliant Debra! I love that you forged your own path and actually found someone who would develop products that worked on a higher energetic frequency. Yes, of course it is possible, as I have done a lot of that in my own healing journey too. Like you, I continue to try new things, while fine tuning what I am doing. If it resonates, I will try it. I am curious about your water remediation project, as I couldn’t agree with you more about the declining state of one of our most precious resources…both personally and for the planet.

  • Oh, this really tweaks me , Beverley! So very true that we’re all individual, and our bodies react differently to different things. I was a fitness trainer long ago, and some routines worked for some folks, and not for others. Some nutritional paths worked for some, and not for others. You’re so right–the point is to find what works for YOU!
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    • I learned something new about you, Susan…I had no idea you were a fitness trainer in your earlier years. Yes, we really are so individual and so unique and unfortunately, often the traditional medical profession has a statistical one-size-fits all approach to health. To find what works for us might mean lots of trail and error…and boy have I done that in my life, but ultimately to be healthy it isn’t only our physical health we must address, but our emotional and spiritual health as well. They all are part of the larger and grander picture.

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