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When are ‘healthy’ foods not, and some foods you may think of as ‘bad’ that are actually useful

When are ‘healthy’ foods not, and some foods you may think of as ‘bad’ that are actually useful

Unless you have been living in a hermit’s cave, you will have heard and read plenty of material about good and bad foods. Yet there is still a huge amount of misconception with whether what we eat helps or hinders our general health including insomnia, fertility issues as well as the obviously digestive problems.

For example, nutrition bars must be healthy, right? Well this is not always the case. Some are better than eating a chocolate bar and some do provide good nutrition if sugar free and contain some protein in the form of seeds and nuts. Some bars often contain unexpectedly high calories when compared to their nutritious content. Always read the ingredients label before assuming a bar is nutritious or healthy, even if it states it is on the label! You want to watch out for those added sugars in the ingredients. Opt for bars containing a little more protein in the form of seeds, nuts or chai for example as this can help towards avoiding a dip in blood sugars which some ‘unhealthy’ bars or chocolate bars can affect.

Or maybe you adhere to the belief that you must drink 8 glasses of water per day. Unfortunately this requirement varies due to weather, exercise, health conditions etc. Also did you know that an excessive amount of water is bad for you? Plus of course you get water intake from food sources (approximately 20% normally) including fruit, vegetables, milk, even tea and alcohol. Bear in mind that the last two also act as diuretics so don’t use them to re-hydrate!

As the saying goes, its horses for courses and one size doesn’t fit all. Sadly, that doesn’t mean a bucket of ice cream is particularly good for anyone! So to get some facts, not fiction and find out what your body and lifestyle requires you need to speak with an expert for custom-made dietary advice to get your engines running like a racing car: these experts are called Nutritional Therapists and you can find out more about how they can help here.

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