There are so many health myths out there; it’s difficult to know which ones to believe and which ones bear no truth at all. Here are the 10 biggest health myths so you can know once and for all what’s good for you and what’s not.
The More You Exercise, The More You’ll Lose
• Moderate to high intensity exercise can allow you to lose up to 2 lbs. a week – when done correctly.
• Without stretching before and after a workout, you can tear ligaments, injure joints and incite inflammation. Start with a warm-up like jogging or jumping jacks, and then do some active stretching for 5 to 10 minutes, including moves that take your boy through the full range of motion. Finish your workout with slower static stretches to cool down.
The More Fat You Eat, the More Fat You’ll Gain
• Saturated or unsaturated – is it all bad for you? No, fat is not created equal. A diet high in healthy fats can help you live longer, fight off obesity and lower your chance for developing heart disease.
• Improve cell membrane by eating coconut oil, olive oil and avocados.
• Women should eat 20 grams of saturated fat per day; men, 30 grams.
• Too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol; too little can increase obesity.
If I Pass My Yearly Physical With Flying Colors, I’m Healthy
• In the U.S., 60 percent of heart attack victims never had any major health problems before suffering cardiac failure.
• Each cell you have in your body is affected negatively by 10,000 radicals each second. Up to 100,000 cancer cells form in our body every day — without a strong immune system, how do you defend yourself best?
• Antioxidants and running at high intensity intervals of 30 minutes three times a week can build up a stronger body to fight off disease.
• Two cups of green tea can boost the metabolism and fight off disease.
Eating Table Sugar isn’t as Bad as Eating High Fructose Corn Syrup
• Women shouldn’t have more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day; men, 9 teaspoons.
• Sucrose vs. HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) debate – which is better? Based on calorie and fat content, HFCS and sucrose are the same. However, the chemicals from HFCS make it worse – over time, HFCS contributes to obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and addiction to overly sweet products.
• High levels of HFCS or sucrose in your diet could contribute to cholesterol problems, bowel discomfort, constipation, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.
My Microwave is Poisoning My Food (And Me!)
• The risk of radiation is that it goes out in waves, affecting all of the food in the microwave. They are too weak to be detrimental to your food or your health.
• The risk is in other products that are put in the microwave. Use only microwave-safe containers as other types of plastic can affect your food with chemicals and compounds unsafe for consuming.
Raw Foods Are Better Than Cooked Foods
• Raw vegetables hold all their nutrients while cooked vegetables do not.
• Do you need the enzymes that are in raw vegetables, which make a raw food diet better for you? No, according to studies. Your body continues to produce enzymes on its own.
• Improve your food by buying organic, fresh produce from farmers’ markets or local merchants.
• Scientific evidence proves that a raw, vegan diet can lower your risk for colon cancer.
• Cooked food (aside from steaming) depletes food from nutrients. Eat a balance of cooked and uncooked foods for good health.
You Crave Certain Foods Because of Nutrients
• When you want something (candy bar, popcorn or soda) it’s most likely because you have restricted yourself from having it.
• Do you crave a carrot or a cheeseburger? If you usually crave greasy French fries and sugary treats – it’s an emotional need you want to fulfill, not a physical, biological one.
Eating More Frequent, Smaller Meals Burns More Calories
• Small, mini-meals help you stay fuller for longer, but they don’t allow you to burn that many more calories during the day, studies show.
• The more meals you enjoy, the more temptation there is to overeat in portions.
• If you like to eat three bigger meals throughout your day, try a light snack in between your meals – limiting each snack to 150 calories.
You Need Medicine to Get Healthy
• Your health is in your own hands. Countless studies have been done on women and men who have cured their own cancer (without radiation or chemo) but instead by laughter, positive thinking and radically changing their diet.
• Doctors thrive on preaching to patients that medicine, surgery or intervention is what will heal you. Drugs have just as much power to cause more illness as they do treat you.
• Many pharmaceuticals will act as a Band-Aid for your discomfort – superfoods rich in antioxidants can fix the issue at its source.
Stay Away From Bananas if You Want a Flat Stomach
• A banana a day won’t make you fat – they are essentially a low-fat food.
• Plus, bananas contain a great amount of potassium!
• The fruit is also an excellent source of fiber and vitamins B6 and C.
The Bottom Line . . .
No one knows your body and nutritional requirements better than you. Prevent disease, make yourself well and become your best version of you by freeing yourself from these ten health myths. When you learn to develop unique healthy habits that fit into your lifestyle and your tastes, you’ll be able to keep them up over the long run and experience all the benefits.