Everyone wants to be healthy. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad information out there that can lead many people to make the wrong lifestyle choices. Honestly, you wouldn’t believe the type of myths about health that are out there!
I don’t have time to cover all of them today, but I will highlight a few of the very common ones.
Here are five of the most common health myths that you shouldn’t believe!
Myth: Fatty Foods Are Bad for Your Health
A food isn’t necessarily bad for your health just because it’s high in fat. In the past, health practitioners believed that all high-fat foods contributed to heart disease.
Now, evidence shows that certain types of fat may actually protect the heart from disease. Harvard Publishing explains that polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats are beneficial because they improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
These effects, in turn, protect the heart from disease. If you haven’t noticed yet, there are many diet plans which rely on foods that are high in healthy fats. Personally, I eat tons of healthy fats in my diet!
Some of the most common sources of healthy dietary fats in my diet include:
- Coconut Oil
- MCT Oil
- Peanut Butter
- Olive Oil
- Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil
There are many more as well, but these are just a few notable ones!
This is a common health myth because many people associate the “good” fats and the “bad” fats too closely together. Omega-6 fatty acids from fried and greasy foods are not good for your body at all. Trans fat is another fat you need to stay away from!
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as from fish oil and many other “good” fat foods is excellent for your body, and most people would benefit from more of it in their body.
If you are interested to learn about diet options that highlight healthy dietary fats, the Ketogenic Diet is a strong option!
Myth: Vitamin C Will Protect You From the Cold Virus
Colds can be debilitating no matter how strong your immune system is. They can cause headaches, nasal congestion, sore throat, fever and malaise. While some people believe that Vitamin C will protect them from this common illness, this is just another myth that you shouldn’t believe.
Studies show that vitamin C offers little or no benefit in the treatment or prevention of the cold virus. That being said, you should still consume Vitamin C in your daily diet.
Vitamin C is responsible for tissue growth and repair. Without it, your body wouldn’t be able to produce or repair skin, tendons, ligaments and other tissue.
If you want a better way to enhance your immune system and protect yourself from catching a cold, try taking zinc before bed! Most people do not get enough zinc in their diet, which puts your immune system at harms risk.
Taking a zinc supplement at night will provide strength to your body and help you resist the cold virus!
Myth: Whitening Your Teeth Damages Your Teeth
Even if you brush twice a day, your teeth will begin to yellow with age. However, you can whiten your teeth without fear of damaging them!
Some people believe that teeth whitening products damage the enamel and increase the risk of cavities, but this isn’t true. According to WebMD, studies show that teeth whitening products do no affect the enamel or mineral content.
I am always weary of any medical procedure, but this seems to be a safe bet. Do your best to brush your teeth with natural toothpaste multiple times per day regardless! If you are interested to try to whiten your teeth with a home recipe, try using activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is growing in popularity, and it appears to be an excellent natural teeth whitener!
Myth: Cutting Calories Is the Best Way to Lose Weight
For some people, cutting calories may help them lose weight. The problem with this age-old weight loss method is that not all calories are the same as far as nutritional value.
The calories from a cookie or candy bar are less beneficial than those from a vegetable or fruit. As a result, cutting calories may or may not help you lose weight.
Instead, I suggest you focus on improving your physical fitness and physical training capacity before you start manipulating your diet too much. You can make simple changes without any problem such as eliminating alcohol intake or limiting sweets, but counting calories will not be necessary right away.
When you think about the food you eat, think of it as fuel and not pleasure. Fuel your body with excellent nutrition and you will lose weight anyways!
Myth: A High-SPF Sunscreen Lotion Offers the Best Protection
Wearing sunscreen will protect your skin from sun damage while lowering your risk of skin cancer. The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of a lotion, however, doesn’t reflect its overall level of protection.
A low-SPF broad-spectrum lotion offers greater protection than a standard high-SPF lotion. This is because broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion protects against UVA and UVB light, whereas standard lotion only protects against UVB. To be honest, I didn’t even know about this one until a year or so ago!
My wife taught me this!
This is especially important because you don’t want to waste money on a product that is not going to protect you nearly enough. Especially for people with fair-skin, the wrong sunscreen can severely cost you!
Thankfully, now you know the difference!
Concluding Thoughts- Common Myths About Health
Don’t believe the five health myths listed here. While viewed as true by many, research has since debunked them.
In the future, the best way to avoid being caught by a health myth is to always double check the claims and facts! No matter who is telling you, taking a second look on your own is a great idea.
There are tons of resources on the internet, especially here on my website!
If you take the time to do your own research as well, you will never have to worry about falling for another common health myth!