New Year’s Resolutions are started with the greatest of hope and determination, but then are usually forgotten and abandoned as the year passes on.
It may seem odd that we are writing about New Year’s Resolutions here in June, but in terms of your health and nutrition, June could be the most critical month for discussing your resolutions.
If you were to inspect the last 10 years of US monthly sales and monthly internet searches for vitamins, you would see an interesting trend.
Year after year, interest in vitamins spikes in January (during New Year’s Resolution time), drops drastically (about 40%) in May/June and then drops again in November/December, then spikes back up in January again.
Very similarly, if not almost identical, search trends follow terms like: health, health food and exercise.
It is very possible that this interesting trend could be related to 3 very popular resolutions:
- Eat Healthier
- Lose weight
- Get Fit/Healthy
Right around now, many people could be considering dropping the healthy lifestyle changes they started in the beginning of the year.
We’d like to encourage you to take a fresh look at how you are doing and consider renewing the resolutions you made in January.
It’s time to make your Mid-Year Resolutions!
To inspire you, here are some great articles that discuss the benefits of healthy eating, vitamins and exercise.
– What is the importance of a balanced diet?
“Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.
“Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.” – President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
– Why are nutritional supplements an important part of maintaining your health?
“All of that said, even if you eat organic whole food, you may still get insufficient amounts of certain nutrients, for the fact that most of our soils are frequently depleted of micronutrients. As a result of industrial agricultural practices, foods simply are not as nutrient-dense as they used to be.
“For example, in order to receive the same amount of iron you used to get from one apple in 1950, by 1998 you had to eat 26 apples. So a case can certainly be made for the usefulness of vitamin supplementation — within reason.” – Dr. Mercola
– What are the benefits of getting regular exercise?
“Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” – CDC, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services