I have to admit that by the end of the summer I have “Dr. Oz” overload. Don’t send me nasty emails- I like the guy and find his show generally entertaining and informative. I know he is a professional, an expert and easy on the eyes. But honestly, who can do and eat and take all the STUFF he recommends? I don’t have the money or the time or the appetite to prepare all the foods he says are healthy. I certainly don’t have the money to take all the vitamin and mineral supplements. And if I did all the exercises and therapies I wouldn’t have time to work!
I know…this is the fat lady talking. But I do have a healthy diet. I am very seldom sick. I have not lost, nor gained more than a pound in six months. And as soon as we determine what is wrong with my back/legs/feet I hope to more closely balance my calorie intake with my calorie expenditure, so that I CAN lose a few pounds. But even if I never lose another pound, eating a low-salt, low-sugar, pescetarian diet is perfect for my needs and I will continue it.
Today’s Oz topic was chromium. Apparently “we all need it, we’re all deficient in it, and we should all be taking a supplement to get more of it”. Ironic…I thought that was what he said about the last ten vitamins and minerals he discussed! Let’s just say that the American diet is DEFICIENT and get over it!
Granted, he has his facts right, but I don’t think the answer is to pop more and more and more pills each day. The answer is to get back to a healthier diet. What we need most for a healthy body is healthy food. Simple. Easy. God created us. God created plants and animals. God did not create pills. I take as few as possible, even if they are deemed “good” for me.
I understand that we can’t always eat everything we need in a day, or even in a week, so I do take a multi-vitamin. And, surprise, surprise, mine contains 167% of the recommended daily dose of chromium! Also Zinc, Selenium, Manganese, and a long list of other things Dr. Oz has often suggested. If I can get them in one pill, why should I take ten? BTW-The recommended dose for my vitamins is two tablets a day, but I only take one. I’m not anti-medicine, I’m just careful. Studies have shown that even over -the-counter medicines, vitamins, and minerals can interact with each other and with our bodies and with prescription drugs in ways that are unpredictable. So…not a fan of popping pills, or liquid diet substitutes, or anything else with lots of “mystery” ingredients.
Of course I strive to obtain as many vitamins and minerals as possible directly from the source. Broccoli, whole grains, black pepper, cheese, garlic, potatoes, apples, bananas, and other foods contain traces of chromium, and traces all add up. Turns out that a true “chromium deficiency” is considered rare by many other experts. I’ll take my chances and assume that I’m getting enough.
Okay, that’s what the fat lady is singing today! Yes, I know you have a great memory, and YES I had an ice cream sundae yesterday. My body quickly reminded me why it had been over a year since my last one- I woke up with a “sugar hangover” headache. So you can listen to me or not… lol