The amount of contradicting advice out there really annoys me. We were told to use a minimum of factor 15 sun cream but now a study has said we should use at least factor 30 as we don’t use enough or reapply enough for 15 to be enough. Then we’re told we need some sun everyday to get vitamin D but to wear suncream to avoid skin cancer. It’s not just sun cream either – what foods we should eat, drinking alcohol, hours of sleep, mobile phone use, what to do or not to do when pregnant, what causes cancer etc etc, so many opinions out there.
To be honest I’ve given up paying much attention. I think everything is fine in moderation and you can literally go crazy following all the advice out there. This week is a heatwave in the UK. I don’t wear sun cream just out and about in the day because apart from my walk to the train station I’m indoors msot of the day but to sunbathe I always use suncream. I don’t overdo it and I’d never use a sun bed but on a hot day I like to lay out and relax and get some warmth on my skin. If they are right in their heat wave predictions, I am going to spend my Saturday laying in my garden with a good book and my iPod!
I do know I need to bump up my fruit and veg intake (we’re supposed to have 5 portions a day) and do more excercise as I sit down most of the day in an office but I try not to worry too much, fitting the recommended mould may make you feel saintly but I think we should trust our own bodies and fit into our own lifestyle without driving ourselves crazy over all this advice. Who’s to say the advice is right anyway?!
Do you listen to advice from experts or go your own way?