Originally Posted by Falls City Beer
I've read there are few, if any, benefits to supplements?
I don't take any.
I don't smoke, I exercise, and I drink tons of tea of all kinds.
But let's face it, genetics is what's going to catch up to all of us. If the folks had it, chances are, so will you. So get the parts checked which your parents failed to properly monitor.
Some prostate cancer and a couple of heart attacks in my family history--I'm leaning towards heart problems in my case; tall guys tend to have cardiopulmonary issues.
I totally subscribe to this basic theory. my addendum to it is: listen to your body. All of these theories of certain kinds of diets, certain kinds of vitamins, and people never learn how to pay attention to themselves. I know when I'm hungry and I can usually tell what I need to eat -- when I need vegetables and when I need carbohydrates. I have a ton of energy and I try to get it out during the day and I need good food to do that. When I've taken vitamins, I've never really noticed a difference; I think the best vitamins and supplements are in food. I walk everywhere I can and I eat an apple every day. Those are my two constants. And I'm incredibly healthy (knock on wood) -- haven't been sick once, actually, since I quit smoking over a year and a half ago. Smoking was the worst. I could feel how badly my body reacted to it, much worse than it does to alcohol.
So there are all my fabulous health and living secrets. Pay attention to your family history, pay attention to yourself, and pay attention to common sense. I'm pretty young so I'll have to read up a bit more as I get older, but I hope I'll be able to pretty much stick with that.