My head is spinning with the amount of advice I hear about what to eat, how to exercise and which medical tests to take. I recently heard that strawberries help prevent wrinkles, protect your heart and ward off certain types of cancer. Blueberries reportedly help keep gums healthy because they provide Vitamin C. And apples may reduce breast cancer. (We’ve known for years that they keep the doctor away.) My question is, if an apple, strawberry and blueberry were in a race, which would win? Should I eat a cup of blueberries, 12 strawberries and one apple a day? Or am I better off with 18 blueberries, 2.5 strawberries and an apple every other day?
Eggs used to be bad. Now they’re great.
Don’t touch steak, one expert says. Not true, says another. It’s perfectly healthy to have it a couple of times a week.
Stay away from yogurt. It has too much sugar. False, have it once or twice a day.
Blah. Blah. Blah.
As for exercise, should I walk one mile a day, on the fast side, or can I simply stroll for two miles? Is tennis better than swimming? Is swimming better than racquetball? And is racquetball better than croquet?
I recently read in AARP, the magazine, that yoga beats walking as a mood booster. “Doing an hour of yoga three times a week for 12 weeks increased GABA levels by 13 percent,” according to a study from the Boston University School of Medicine. GABA, in case you’re interested, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s lower in people who are depressed. Walkers showed no increase in GABA levels. “This is the first study to find a behavioral intervention that has an effect on brain chemistry similar to that of antidepressants,” says study author, Dr. Chris Streeter, in the AARP article.
I do yoga an average of two times a week, so I guess I should keep talking my Zoloft. Right? Or can I cut the pill in half?