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Are You Making Yourself Sick Trying to be Healthy?

The quest for health could be a full-time occupation. Eat this, drink that or take this pill. In fact Dr. Steven Bratman coined a term for the obsession with healthy eating - orthorexia. Some people are so stressed about living healthy that they forget to live. Psychiatrists havenít made up their minds if this is an official illness. Can something good for you really be bad?

Medical studies periodically change their minds, like eat broccoli and you wonít get cancer and while itís great to eat broccoli, it doesnít seem to ward off cancer. Or severely restricting calories will help you live longer. However, contradictory studies claim that when you age, if you weigh too little as a senior, your risk for illness increases.

Here are some seemingly healthy actions which could actually turn out to be unhealthy:
Stress in itself is an inflammatory process. Stressing about healthy living is self-defeating.

For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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