good health

  1. Gym pain, no gain

    Today's newspaper is filled with ads from gym companies begging for your money -- hoping to get you to commit to a multi-year contract in the name of a New Year's resolution that won't last more than a few weeks.

    Forget "Just Do It" -- here's my advice: DON'T DO IT!

    Gym exercise isn't just expensive and pointless -- it's downright dangerous. If you don't suffer a sprain, strain or back injury, you could find yourself fighting for your life in the hospital when all that exercise causes your heart to burst right in your chest.

    Consider this: Firefighters, who face danger on the job every single day, are three times more likely to be injured in a gym than they are fighting an actual fire, according to new numbers from the journal Injury Prevention.

    And if tough-as-nails firefighters can't handle treadmills and weights, what chance do you have?

    Answer: None.

    It's not just firefighters, either.

    Supposedly fit athletes suffer heart attacks and other serious medical problems with shocking regularity. Even kids, for crying out loud, are dropping dead in the middle of football practice these days.

    So skip the gym. Skip the hardcore sports. Let a little golf or maybe some tennis be about as "extreme" as you get -- and even then, only if you enjoy it.

    The real key to good health isn't how many pounds you can press or how many minutes you can spin on the hamster wheel -- it's how often you get up off your butt.

    Keep moving throughout the day, and you'll keep fit... even if you never break a sweat.

  2. Why you NEVER need to drink water

    Health claims on water are all wet

    Health officials in Europe are being ridiculed for their seemingly outrageous claim that you don't need water for hydration -- but as much as I love to bash brainless bureaucrats, I'm not going to join in on this one.

    As crazy as it sounds, they're actually right: You don't need to drink a drop of water for hydration.

    That's a fiction created by the beverage industry, which has everyone brainwashed into believing they have to guzzle bottle after bottle after bottle of water -- eight a day! -- for "hydration" and "good health."

    So far, it's worked like a charm: People carry giant bottles of water with them everywhere, as if they're all heading out for a journey into the desert.

    But the industry wants to sell even MORE water, so it lobbied the European Commission for permission to put a health claim on the labels: "regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration and of concomitant decrease of performance."

    Regular consumption? Significant amounts?? Decrease of performance??? It's a bunch of undiluted nonsense, and the European Commission rightly told them where to stick it (hint: not on the label).

    Fact is, I haven't had a sip of water in decades, and I'm not about to dry up and blow away. Because despite what you've heard, you can get all the water you need for hydration from food.

    If you're thirsty, go ahead and drink something -- but even then, it doesn't have to be water. A mug of coffee or cup of tea can hydrate you (and no, the caffeine in these drinks won't "dehydrate" you).

    Now, you might be tempted to think that at least water is harmless -- but it's not.

    Too much water can strain your kidneys, harm digestion, throw your sodium levels out of whack, and raise your risk of a stroke, kidney failure, and even death (and let's not forget about all the harmful chemicals in water -- which you can read all about right here.

    So no, you DON'T need to drink water for hydration or "performance" -- but I'm not going to let those European bureaucrats completely off the hook here, either: The agency spent three years and who knows how many euros "investigating" health claims about water.

    No wonder they're going bankrupt even faster than we are.

  3. Why I 'sin' every day -- and you should, too

    One of the last freedoms you have left is the freedom to choose what's on your dinner plate tonight -- but get ready to stick a fork in that one.
  4. Zinc the link for pneumonia prevention

    Vegans aren't just missing out on good health... there's now solid evidence that a meat-free lifestyle can leave seniors open to pneumonia and even death.
  5. Coffee's 'mystery' substance

    And now, researchers claim plain old coffee contains something even healthier than caffeine and antioxidants... even if they can't figure out what it is.

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