There are some peopleâand you might be one of themâwho try to do everything possible to achieve perfect health. And I donât blame you; why wouldnât you want to eat food that prevents disease and extends your life, or exercise to live longer, feel younger, and experience its seemingly endless list of benefits?
Believe it or not, it is possible to have too much of a good thingâeven when it comes to healthy lifestyle choices. Some of the pillars of health, including diet and exercise, can create health problems if theyâre overdone. Yes, you really can exercise too much and eat too much of a good thing!
The truth is that weâre always learning more and more about whatâs good for us and what isnât. Furthermore, science is constantly pulling things back and forth in the realm of health. For example, one day,you hear that coffee and eggs are bad for you; the next day, theyâre good for your health. But at the end of the day, both coffee and eggs are good for youâif theyâre consumed in moderation. Once again, the old adage rings true: âeverything in moderation.â
Another old saying thatâs seemingly true is that âan apple a day keeps the doctor away.â A study published in the British Medical Journal said eating an apple a day could prevent 8,500 cardiovascular-related deaths, like heart attack and stroke, every year.Thatâs because theyâre filled with heart-healthy fiber and immune systemâsupporting antioxidants.
But apples are also carbohydrates that are high in sugar, so if youâre trying to lose weight or have diabetes, you might want to limit your intake. Focus on consuming one per day and getting more of your carbs from leafy greens or more watery fruits and veggies.
Some are also concerned about acidity in apples, saying it can cause damage to your stomach lining, tooth enamel, and esophagus.Iâm not so sure about this claim, but if they bother your stomach, cut back.
Exercise is something most people donât get enough of, but some people get way too much of it, even to the point where it can be detrimental. This is a tough one because the benefits of exercise make the drawbacks easy to ignore. The physical drawbacks of overtraining include:
- Joint damage
However, in some cases, the psychological impacts can be more severe. People who exercise too hard or too often might have body dysmorphia. This means they have an unrealistic image of their body and perhaps think that they need to burn off every calorie they consume through regular workouts. Often, this creates an obsession with the body, which can lead to a very isolated, unhappy life. So when it comes to exercise, once again, moderation is key!
Soy is another thing people think is great for them. Itâs rich in protein and a far leaner source than red meat. In fact, vegetarians rely on it heavily to get their daily values of protein. But just because it can be healthy, it doesnât mean it always is. Soy is very difficult on your stomach and can create digestion problems. Eating too much can create problems with iron absorption and potentially lead to anemia. If you like soy products, make sure you consume no more than two servings per day.
When it comes to health, remember the importance of moderation. Enjoy life, be sensible, and youâll be rewarded!
Sources for Todayâs Article:
BMJ-British Medical Journal, âAn apple aday keeps the doctor away,â ScienceDaily web site, December 17, 2013; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217210549.htm, last accessed October 29, 2014.
Cook, J.D., et al., âThe inhibitory effect of soy products on nonheme iron absorption in man,âAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition December 1981;34(12):2622â9.