Can You Trust The Latest Health Trend on Social Media

We need to talk about health trends and the Internet….

These blanket statements you see out there about health trends on social media, blogs, etc. that make it sound like whey protein or cold plunging or the carnivore diet is THE THING.

I talk to people ALL THE TIME about how confused they are because everywhere they look there’s a new claim, a new thing, that contradicts the other thing.

Health Trends on Social Media

Should I be eating paleo or vegan?
Should I eat before I workout or after?
Should I take a probiotic or eat fermented foods?

You can find arguments on the Internet and social media for all of the above.

That is the maddening thing about nutrition and health science.

Everything is variable because no two people are exactly alike.

We are all our own little n of 1 in the science experiment that is our bodies.

I’ve been thinking about this after it having literally come up on every client call this week.

No Whey!

Just to give you an example —

Two new clients had been using whey protein powder because they’d read/seen something about the benefits of it online and so tried it.

Both felt remarkably better (bloating gone, joint pain gone) after taking it back out.

Here’s the thing: anything touted for it’s health benefits may be helpful for one, and harmful for someone else. 

So I started a running list…. of the latest Internet and social media health darlings that get blanket recommendations as being “healthy” but could be harmful in the wrong person at the wrong time…

Health Trends – Healthy in One, Harmful in Another…

  • Intermittent fasting
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • Electrolytes
  • Whey protein
  • Cold plunging
  • Sauna
  • Keto
  • Vegan
  • Raw diet
  • Vitamin D
  • Turmeric
  • Echinacea
  • Ashwaganda
  • Fermented foods
  • ACV
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C

Of course there are more – the list is really endless.

Even broccoli isn’t “good for everyone”….

For someone with a lot of GI inflammation and symptoms broccoli is only going to irritate the gut more and make it worse.

Remember: You know your body better than any one else.

You know what’s good for you better than anyone else.

The healthiest thing you can do:

Trust yourself over what you read on the Internet.
over health influencers,
over doctors.
over me.

It takes practice, quiet, and slowing down to listen to our bodies.

It’s uncomfortable and painful and really hard to do in the beginning.

It’s a heck of a lot easier to open the phone… I know.

Your body won’t steer you wrong though.

Health Trends < Self Trust

And when you have this sixth sense (which we all have, it’s just a matter of strengthening it) you’re FREE from the grip of media and influencers and marketing health trends and fad diets, and feeling so disoriented in the middle of it all…

As my client Wendy said, “I trust myself more. I trust myself that I am going to do what is best for my body. At my age, that is so important to me.” 

Of course it’s amazing when someone gets rid of joint pain, loses weight, clears up skin issues, resolves IBS, etc…. I’m thrilled when those things happen.

But I almost love that self trust takeaway even more.

Because the physical stuff can come and go, but those big shifts are with you for life.

Tired of feeling overwhelmed by your Instagram feed? Wish you could feel more confident about what your putting in your mouth?

First step – grab some time on my calendar here and let’s chat about it and see if functional health coaching is a good fit for you.

Megan Adams Brown

P.S. Tired of feeling overwhelmed by your Instagram feed? Wish you could feel more confident about what your putting in your mouth? First step – grab some time on my calendar here and let’s chat about it and see if functional health coaching is a good fit for you.

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