There is a lot of false information on the internet about health and wellbeing. Countless influencers on social media promote products and facts about health when they do not have any credibility besides that they ate a salad for lunch. My favorite is when influencers promote something to put in your water to make it “better for you”. Please let that sink in... “make water better”. Yeahhhhh, do not buy into that crap.
Below are 10 health myths that a majority of people believe are true.
Binge on vitamin C when you’re sick.
Harvard Medical School reported that “Researchers analyzed 29 studies of more than 11,000 people and found no evidence that Vitamin C prevented the common cold. On the other hand, six studies have shown that Vitamin C reduced the number of colds in people under extreme physical stress, like marathon runners and skiers. The jury is still out on this myth, but while the right amount of Vitamin C does a body good, be careful of megadoses. Vitamin C is an important vitamin and antioxidant, but we don’t always need more than the body can use”.
Low fat is a healthier option for people.
Low fat means more added sugar. Added sugar is frowned upon but natural sugar from fruit is the healthier choice.
Skipping breakfast helps you lose weight.
Eating a healthy breakfast can help you manage your hunger later in the day and help you to say, "No thanks," to unhealthy snacks. It is the feeling of being extremely hungry and going for the processed food that causes you to gain weight. However, no scientific studies have shown that skipping the morning meal leads directly to weight gain.
Cracking your knuckles may lead to arthritis.
Harvard Medical School reported that studies showed cracking your knuckles does not lead to arthritis but chronic knuckle cracking may lead to a decrease in grip strength.
Coffee will dehydrate you.
Think about how you make coffee. Water goes through the coffee beans and comes out a flavored liquid. You’re drinking water. Water does not dehydrate you.
Drink eight 8oz of water a day to stay healthy.
There is not any scientific evidence to show that drinking extra water throughout the day causes you to be healthier. In 1945 the US Food and Nutrition Board recommended that people drink 2.5 liters (84.5 oz) of water a day. What people don't know is that most of that water can be consumed through the foods we eat, especially fruits and vegetables. Please don’t take this information and think drinking soda instead of water is equivalent. Choose water.
Working out in the morning is better for jumpstarting your metabolism.
You are burning calories every second of the day. Sitting, breathing, sleeping, the calories are burning. They aren’t burning off as much as when you are active and moving around but they are always burning. Working out in the morning will not have any different effect on your metabolism than working out midday or at night. Workout whenever you want to.
Cold, wet weather causes a cold.
Bacteria and viruses cause a cold. If you don’t wear a jacket out in the snow that is not the defining factor of you catching a cold.
Gluten is bad.
A Gluten-free diet is healthier for people with gluten-related disorders like celiacs or gluten-intolerance but for someone who can have gluten, it will not help them lose weight or be “healthier”. A person who can have gluten but chooses not to would be considered “healthier” because of their lifestyle of being active and eating whole foods, not from the fact that they don’t eat gluten.
Weight training makes women bulky and manly.
Due to women not producing as much testosterone as males, becoming bulky is not possible. Women who do get the bulky and manly muscle have had help from anabolic steroids and extreme workout regimes. So ladies, pick up those weights.
I hope that these health myths help you on your wellness journey to stick to the basics. Eat a balanced diet, have a cheat meal, move your body, enjoy life.
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