Truth Behind 6 Health Myths
by Kathy Hingan
March 9, 2018
With modern technology, we may think that the days of believing in old wives’ tales are gone. Unfortunately, this may not exactly be true. While we may no longer believe in ice cream causing nightmares or gaining bad luck because of opening an umbrella indoors, there are still some more subtle myths that we may still believe.
Here are some “healthy practices” that we may still think are true, but have been debunked by experts.
You Have To Drink 8 Glasses Of Water A Day
How Much Water Is Enough Water
Great news for those who may be worried about their water intake. It’s true that staying hydrated is one of the most basic health considerations you have to keep in mind. However, this doesn’t mean having to chug down liters of water a day — at least not unless your city is going through some extreme weather conditions or you have a particularly active lifestyle.
Several other food items in our diet still contain water. Because of this, you can still get your fill from fruit, soup, tea and so on. If you’re consistently eating nutritious food such as these, you don’t have to worry too much about staying hydrated.
It’s even possible to drink too much water. It happens when sodium and electrolyte levels in your body become too low because of being diluted.
Special Diets Can Detox Your Body
Juice Cleanses Don’t Work
Instagram-famous juice cleanses may not be one of the social-media-launched healthy practices that you want to follow. Liquid diets are all over our screens, and they claim to be able to detox your body. They also are said to help with specific health issues such as acne or weight loss. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to these extremes.
Regarding getting rid of toxins and other harmful substances in your body, our digestive system already does a good job. The liver, kidneys and even lungs are constantly detoxing as we go about our daily activities. You may think that these diets give your body an extra push, but it doesn’t exactly make a significant impact.
These may even be harmful because you’re not getting the right amount of nutrients from other food items you may have sworn off while detoxing. It also doesn’t help with weight loss as you’re very likely to gain those lost pounds immediately.
People Need To Take Multivitamins
The Real Importance of Multivitamins
Well, this isn’t entirely a myth in the sense that some people would indeed benefit from taking vitamin supplements. However, not everybody needs to.
Some people have joked that taking in multivitamins is just a way of creating expensive urine. It is true in the sense that our body can only absorb and make use of specific amounts of nutrients and vitamins. Everything else just gets flushed out with the rest of our food.
The best way to get these necessary vitamins is still on a healthy diet. Make sure you’re getting enough nutritious food such as fruits, vegetables, and safe fats to get all the substances your body needs to function properly. And don’t use a poor diet as an excuse to take multivitamins. Try to make an effort into eating right instead.
If you’re unsure if you have a vitamin deficiency, or find yourself with some specific health issues such as aching muscles and joints, consult with a doctor. Some people may be in need of vitamin supplements such as people looking to get into an active lifestyle.
There’s A Thing As Too Many Eggs
No Such Thing As Too Many Eggs
Years ago in primary school, I remembered our health teacher telling us to limit our consumption of eggs in a week. Only 2-3 every 7 days, she told us. It is because the yolk contains cholesterol that could amp up your blood pressure and lead to heart issues in the future.
However, you’ll be pleased to know that while it does indeed contain cholesterol, there isn’t enough to make significant adverse effects on your health. Studies have not found any link between those who often have eggs in their daily diets and the higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems.
It is, however, essential to take note of what you eat your eggs with. The food item in itself isn’t bad but can be unhealthy when mixed with other things that may be full of unwanted fats. These meals include breakfast sandwiches and burgers and fried foods coated in batter and breading. Try to find healthier food combinations instead such as vegetables and whole-wheat bread.
Kids Can Get A Sugar Rush
The Sugar Rush Is A Myth
Surprising news for parents all over the globe, funny TV sitcoms have lied to you: a “sugar rush” isn’t a scientifically-proven thing.
It’s true that sugar isn’t a good part of a child’s — or adult’s — diet. However, it isn’t responsible for any sudden bouts of hyperactivity or irritability in a child. So the next time your kid starts running around the living room or is unable to focus on homework, don’t go turning sugar into the scapegoat.
While it may not cause a sugar rush, it’s still best to keep your kids away from too much sugar. It’s best to plant the seeds early for healthy practices and an active lifestyle. Although that’s not to say that you have to completely deprive them of the occasional sweet treat now and again.
It’s Better To Eat Smaller But Frequent Meals
Do Small Meals Matter
Another diet myth may have been become widespread due to celebrity endorsement and attention. But let’s set the record straight: eating smaller but frequent meals isn’t necessarily healthier than getting fewer but fuller meals in a day.
It isn’t that important to consider how many times you eat in a day. It’s more crucial to give attention to what you eat in a day. After all, you could be chomping down on fewer meals a day, but if these consist of fries and chicken nuggets, your routine won’t be doing you any good. It’s always best to stick to nutritious food.
Likewise, this practice may even cause you to overeat unknowingly. Since you’re consuming food more frequently, you may not notice exactly how much food you’re taking in. You may think that you’re safe since the meals are smaller, but you could still be eating more at the end of the day.
In the end, it’s always best to double-check with any health trends you may come across. This checking in includes any practices or routines you may have grown up with and have adapted to your daily life. You’ll never know what may be harmful or unnecessary.