5 Common Health Myths Debunked
When it comes to matters concerning our health, we often turn to the Internet for advice. The Internet has become an amazing tool in this regard. However, there are a few drawbacks, which includes the fact that there is a lot of misinformation. With that being said, let’s debunk some of those common health myths…
Myth #1: Working out every day is the only way to get fit.
When we want to lose weight, or get healthy, we assume the only way to go about it is to work out–a lot. However, there is such a thing as working out too much. Your body will burn out, you’ll struggle to lose weight, and you’ll find it more difficult to maintain your healthy goals. It’s important to take a more balanced approach to exercising.
Exercising regularly and at a pace your body can handle is far more important than pushing your body past its limits. If you’re new to working out, start slow–3-4 times per week. Once your heart rate is raised, ensure you can still carry on a conversation if you wanted to. It’s a pretty good general guideline to use to determine if you might be overdoing it.
Myth #2: All supplements labeled ‘natural’ are safe.
You need to be careful, as some companies use a clever marketing ploy, labeling their products as natural when they only include some natural elements; they’re not 100 percent natural. If you are not careful about what you put into your body, you may be endangering your health.
Read the ingredients carefully and do your own research to determine what those ingredients may do to your health. There are many cases of people ending up in the ER or urgent care because of an unfamiliar product. The folks at Grand View Health and other urgent-care facilities are equipped to care for you, but you can avoid all the drama by being proactive and looking out for yourself first.
Myth #3: If you go outdoors and your hair is wet, you will get a cold.
My parents used to tell me this after every winter swim practice. They knew it wasn’t true, but I, of course, didn’t. You’ve probably had someone tell you the same–you’ll catch the death of cold going outside like that. While going outside with wet hair is not the most pleasant experience–especially when it’s cold–you are not going to catch the flu.
The flu and the common cold are transmitted from one person to another via close-proximity airborne germs or germs left on surfaces. Cold weather and wet hair have nothing to do with it!
Myth #4: All smoothies are healthy.
The craze for smoothies has gained popularity quickly, but they are not all healthy. After all, simply blending something together doesn’t make it healthy. It’s important to be mindful of the ingredients you use.
Keep an eye out for anything that contains a lot of refined sugar. Use natural fruits to add a little sweetness instead. With a little research, or a quick search on Pinterest, you’ll find lots of smoothie recipes out there. Consider all the ingredients before you determine it’s healthy, though.
Myth #5: Fat is bad.
Another common myth is that you should eradicate all fat from your diet. Again, this could not be further from the truth. There are good fats and the key to a healthy life is eating a balanced diet. Stay away from the chemical processed fats, which are known as trans fats.
These are just a few of the myths you’ve probably heard, but hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the more common ones you come across. When it comes to matters concerning your health, it is always better to do your own research rather than follow a popular craze or believing everything you hear.