Our culture primes us for paranoia. With its 24 hour news networks and nonstop barrage of information from social media, our senses can easily get overloaded with tips and tricks and tidbits. This can be a great source for the betterment of our lives, but it can also allow a great deal of incorrect, bad, or flat out depressing "facts" to disrupt our lives.
It seems every time I check twitter, someone is posting the latest symptoms to be on the lookout for because they are precursors to [insert disease/sickness/cancer here]. Or there's a bunch of buzz about some great, new superfood which is going to save your life. Or a new fitness program which, unlike all the other ones, is going to be the miracle workout program you've always been waiting for.
It can almost drive someone to the brink of insanity just trying to sort out the facts from the fiction. Or to determine which are legitimate reasons for concern versus the false alarms. Here's a thought: don't worry about fads. If something proves true and reliable, it'll stick around. But fads tend to blow up in the media, and then just as quickly fade away.
A better approach might be to take where you are now and aim to make it better. Does that mean doing something extreme? Probably not (unless you're in a health crisis and a medical professional has directed you). For most, even those who want major changes, it happens better as consistent baby steps over time. For some, a giant leap can be what your health or life demands -- but even in dire circumstances, most have trouble implementing a drastic protocol.
Because of the nature of my work, I read a lot about symptoms for diseases (and foods which should be eaten or not eaten to prevent them). The list is endless. The fact is, no human is exempt from the chance of developing a disease or illness. But as someone who has spent too much time being hyper vigilant tracking my own body symptoms, I will tell you that this is not the best way. Don't micromanage your health. Don't succumb to paranoia or fear. Those are not the same as being in tune with your body or being wise about your health.
Here's a guide to being proactive (which will, in turn, help to prevent hyper vigilance and paranoia):
1) Be wise with your body by getting regular physicals and bloodwork so that you know the status of your inner workings. Then you won't have to worry about the unknown.
2) Eat responsibly so that your body will not be deficient in any specific nutrients. This will prevent certain chronic health problems that can happen after longterm deficiencies.
3) Exercise regularly and get your body sweating at least 3 times a week. This will lower stress levels, aid digestion, and promote weight loss.
Yes, you've heard all these things before, maybe a thousand times over. They're so simple. That's why it's easy to overlook them and instead go for the next big fad. But that whole "keep it simple" adage: it's true. Follow these 3 steps, and you don't need to worry about the next great superfood (and whether or not you're eating it) or what your chances are of getting some disease.
Worrying doesn't have a great track record of producing positive results. But a happy, peaceful, unparanoid and unstressed mind will do wonders for your quality of life -- and that includes your physical health.
about the author
Aimee McNew, MNT is a certified nutritionist and a writer who specializes in women's health, fertility, autoimmunity, and the Paleo diet. She is passionate about helping others find success through simplified nutrition. Her first book, The Everything Guide to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: A Healing Plan for Managing Symptoms Naturally released in October, and has been the #1 bestselling new release in gluten-free diets. Order it from Amazon!
All opinions expressed on this site are strictly that: opinions. Nothing replaces the medical advice of your doctor. You are responsible for your own health.