When it comes to health, trust your body
Anita Sharpe on Health & Wellness
Last year -- or was it the year before? -- experts were still advising us to drink eight glasses of water a day. For much of the past decade, gigantic bottles of spring water were fashion accessories in the best social circles. (I tried drinking eight glasses once, felt waterlogged and never did it again.) Now, of course, the eight-glasses theory has been debunked.
As recently as yesterday, you were at risk for being reported to DFACS if you failed to slather your kids with sunscreen before sending them to camp. Today's news? Hold that Coppertone. Dr. Edward Giovannucci, a Harvard medicine prof, says the risk of getting cancer from a vitamin D deficiency is 30 times greater than getting skin cancer from too much sun. (Wearing sunscreen prevents the skin from absorbing vitamin D from sunlight.)
Dark chocolate is good for you (my body knew that.) Red wine is practically a miracle drug. Ditto.
I predict the next big medical news will show that we are doing irreparable harm to ourselves by working out in a gym 5-7 days a week. At least, that's what my body is telling me.