EXTREMES

“Can’t have too much of a good thing” right? Unfortunately you can. I know someone who had a heart attack from eating too much broccoli. Broccoli is rich in Vitamin K, a clotting agent. A heart attack is caused by a blood clot in an artery stopping flow to parts of the heart. On the other hand, when my dog found rat poison, we had to give her vitamin K supplements because rat poison blocks the retention of that vitamin, that is how it kills the rodents. Health depends, among many other things, on Vitamin K levels being in balance, not too much, not too little.

Most people know that the human body will die without water for several days, but what many do not realize is that it is possible to die from drinking too much water too quickly. Finding a survivable amount of water is easy, finding the perfect balance though is difficult. It depends on location, physical condition, environmental factors and personal variations.

Even things like nutmeg can be poisonous in sufficient quantities. I firmly believe in finding a balance of all things. I try to take nothing to its extreme, and yes, I see the irony. The words “all” and “nothing” are in themselves extreme.

This is why fad diets concern me, they tend to be all or nothing. If you eat nothing but grapefruit (yes that was a fad for a time) you only get the nutrients that provides, and tend to get too much of them. Grapefruits are healthy, but they are only part of being healthy. Likewise, cutting sugar from your diet deprives you of the nutrients that provides. Eating less sugar and more grapefruit may help, but that is because each is only a part of the whole picture of health.

Health is a balance. This same idea pervades everything from games to simply standing up. Think Goldilocks, too much is not good, none is not good either, but somewhere in the middle is just right. The challenge is to find that balance. Good luck to all!

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