How Much Do You Really Know About Nutrition?

How many articles, Facebook posts or Twitter alerts did you come across today that had something to do with fitness, health or the latest craze in supplements?  I counted 15 by 1PM PST today in my circle of media influence. Keep in mind I do follow some unique people on social media, so that number may be a bit higher than most averages.
The point being is there is no shortage of data to see or hear of some new “discovery” in medicine to help you loose 30 lbs in 3 days.
** Spoiler Alert: if it sounds to good to be true, it is. If you loose some crazy weight on a crash program, it will come back I promise. I know this because it has happened to me. I will share personal adventures in my health journey as we go throughout future posts.
I have gathered a few questions to get the conversation started. Let’s start with where your knowledge base is in a practical setting. Follow along, the answers are at the bottom. (don’t cheat!)
1. Which Mineral transports oxygen in the blood?
a. Chromium
b. Zinc
c. Sulfer
d. Iron
2. You enjoy having a few drinks, cocktails or beers in the week. What do you loose?
a. Your Keys
b. Your Morals
c. Sodium
d. B Vitamins, particularly Thiamin
3. You’re taking a family vacation to Disney Land this summer. It’s cloudy and overcast. Should you take extra vitamin D or not?
a. No, because your body will produce vitamin D from the sun regardless of clouds, and too much vitamin D is dangerous.
b. Yes, because there is no such thing as getting to many vitamins.
c. You should have gone to Leggo Land
4. Nuts are delicious and nutritious. They contain:
a. Vitamins, particularly B6 and B12
b. Protein
c. Minerals Like: Chromium, manganese and selenium
d. I am allergic to nuts
5. What are the differences between vitamins & minerals?
a. A vitamin is needed in large amounts
b. Vitamins come from organic things, minerals come from non organic things
c. Vitamins don’t have names, just letters and numbers
d. All of the above
Correct Answers: 1. D, 2. C, 3. A, 4. C, 5. B
As we continue to focus on the building blocks of nutrition and vitality, I think it is important for you to understand the basic aspects as to how things work. No need to become an expert, yet you can take some golden nuggets out of the posts and implement where applicable in your life. The goal is to take action.
Cheers!
Kolby

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