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Every day, I scroll through my Instagram feed and see women doing super-tough workouts and eating super-healthy meals.
And every day, I feel bad about myself because I’m not being as healthy as I should be.
I could always be eating better. Drinking more green smoothies. Working out more. Signing up for more marathons. Cutting out sugar and wheat. But you know what? Not every health trend is a good one – and we don’t necessarily need to be beating ourselves up for not jumping on every bandwagon that comes our way.
I spoke to a whole lot of experts to find out the health trends you should either be investigating closely, or avoiding altogether…
1. Juice cleanses
Feeling sluggish, bloated and unhealthy? Juice cleanses and detoxes have been all the rage for a couple of years now for clearing away those feelings… and leaving you with a very empty (but flat) tummy.
I like a juice as much as the next person, but have never been a fan of the idea behind cutting everything out of your diet – except for juice.
Luckily, dietitian Charlene Grosse has told me that if you’re feeling a bit crappy about yourself, there’s really very little need to even do a detox of any kind: “Healthy adults have extraordinary systems for removing toxins from our bodies every day. Our lungs, kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract and immune system remove and neutralise toxic substances within hours after we eat them. DAA warns that there is no scientific evidence to suggest our bodies need ‘help’ to remove these toxins.”
So go ahead and have that juice – just make sure that you’re including a regular, balanced diet in there too. It’ll keep you happier, healthier and avoid those awful feelings of food deprivation that will drive you absolutely crazy.
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2. Mud runs
Events such as Tough Mudder and the Mud Run have been going off for the last few years – and they are so much fun to do. However, it’s worth being careful as you run through mud and complete those obstacles. Most importantly… keep your mouth closed.
Why? Because poo. That’s why.
These kinds of events are often held in rural-ish locations that can also host animals, so there's a chance for animal bacteria and mud to mix. Add yourself into the equation, and you may just end up with a super nasty-surprise.