• Tamra Coveau

Health Trends to Try or Trash?

Fashion trends come and go, from decade to decade and season to season. These can be fun to try and funny to look back on as we move towards the next "in" thing.

Health trends also come and go, and while some are worth trying and possibly helpful, there are many that prove unnecessary or even harmful. Last year, we saw lots of health trends popping up that might not be worth keeping in 2017.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is everywhere, and this product is viewed as a healthy alternative to other oils/fats used in cooking, baking and even added to coffee. Use this in moderation as we would other oils, since cardiologists warn against this artery clogging tropical oil. The American College of Cardiology recommends not consuming tropical oils, because they can contribute to cardiovascular disease. This is due to the high saturated fat content of tropical oils. Most Americans already consume high-fat foods, and do not need to add Coconut Oil.

A Lot of Water

There are many different recommendations for how much water we should be drinking, and promises of healthier skin and losing weight can be found everywhere on the internet. While eight glasses a day is often recommended, there is no research to evidence the myth that water will flush out toxins. While replacing sugary or diet drinks with water is a healthy alternative, we will not benefit from overdrinking. Our bodies know when we are thirsty and this is an efficient way for our bodies to know how much water we need. In addition, water is excreted through our kidneys when it is not needed, so drinking too much water just puts our kidneys to work. If we are working out or living in a hot climate, we may need extra water, and children sometimes need our suggestions in choosing water over soda or sports drinks. Up to 70 percent of our body weight is water, so it is important to drink enough, but for most of us, it is enough to drink when we are thirsty and not useful to count cups.

Bone broth

This broth is made from roasted bones, cooked for 24 hours, then strained, and sometimes seasoned. The claim that this broth aids digestion, boosts immunity, heals wounds, reduces inflammation or is a detox for the body is not proven. In fact, meat bones may contain heavy metals, like lead, so do not overdo this one.

Bottled fruit smoothies

Parents wishing to trick kids into healthy eating or even themselves may grab bottled fruit smoothies. The problem is that they are high in sugar; some as much as 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar. Eating whole fresh fruit is a better resource for nutrients that include fiber and limit sugar. If we do prefer smoothies, include a veggie, leafy green and a teaspoon of chia seeds or flax for fiber and omega 3s.

Hot yoga

Yoga itself is a healthy mind and body activity, but hot yoga or hot fitness classes can lead to overheating and land we in the ER with heat cramps and heat exhaustion, which can lead to heat stroke, and can be fatal. When our body loses the ability to cool itself, we increase risk of seizure, rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown) and even coma.

No snacking after 8 pm

We have been told that late night snacking packs on the pounds and that can be true if we are reaching for salty, high-calorie carbohydrates or high-fat ice cream. Instead, choose healthier options: apple with peanut butter or cottage cheese, plain Greek yogurt, low-fat milk, raw vegetables and low-fat dip, or a handful of nuts. Snacks that contain protein can be an especially good choice for those with diabetes to helps control blood sugar levels. Choose a snack without caffeine, or too much sugar before bed, so we can sleep soundly. Going to bed hungry is not healthy or recommended for getting a good night's sleep.

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