Making Sense of Nutritional Tips and Information

3/18/2020

With multiple media forms and buzzing health trends, it can be difficult to interpret nutrition tips and information for improving health. To simplify this process, implement the following three strategies: 1) depend on reliable resources 2) implement changes that suit your lifestyle 3) prioritize individual health needs.

Reliable Resources. There is a difference between heath advice shared by a friend on social media versus a health expert weighing in on scientific-based articles. Reference the credentials of the person sharing the article. Do they have education in a related field? For example, registered dietitians (RD) are a reliable resource in the field of nutrition. Looking for a place to start? Reliable websites and organizations for health information include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Heart Association, and Choose My Plate.

Lifestyle Changes. It is important to consider lifestyle when implementing nutrition tips. There are different approaches to better health and choosing one that is more in line with your lifestyle increases the likelihood of adhering to it. With any change ask, "how will this fit into my current lifestyle?" For example, one person might publicize running as the best exercise. However, another person may benefit from a non-weight bearing exercise like swimming for cardio. It's all about finding what works best for your body, the accessibility, and what molds into your lifestyle.

Individualized Health. It is also important to consider individual health needs when implementing nutrition tips. Ask yourself, "what aspect of my health am I trying to improve?" Select nutrition tips that will directly impact the identified area of improvement. For example, if you are trying to improve your cholesterol values, focus on nutrition tips from the American Heart Association such as increasing fiber intake. This thought process helps narrow down the sea of information and implement tips tailored to one's personalized needs. 
 
In summary, focus on these three strategies to prevent being overwhelmed by health information and start making changes geared towards better health.