We all know the excitement that we experience when we read about some wonderful health benefit we never knew about. And to be sure, many of these stories are true and genuinely important. But that doesn’t mean a few myths and lies haven’t slipped through the net over the years. Here is a list of 12 ‘health facts’ that for one reason of another are either misleading or downright false.
1. You can lose loads of weight doing yoga.
If you do use yoga, or are thinking of doing so, remember to supplement this worthwhile activity with other cardiovascular exercises. Balance, as ever, is the key.
So, by all means, continue to wear a hat. But don’t fall for this 90% myth.
So, if you have been exercising to lose weight, you should be prepared for a slight disappointment. However, even though you may gain weight, you will be getting slimmer, but your scale will not show this.
The reason it helps lose weight is because it’s a fast that eliminates protein from your diet. This reduces both fat and muscle from your body. The important thing to grasp is that your body already has a perfect detoxifying system, utilizing your kidneys, liver and digestive tract. Drinking fiber-free juices all day, in place of real food, may actually be contributing to a worsening of your health.
However, as with all such myths, there is a grain of truth, since if you drink plenty of water, you will not feel the need to drink much worse beverages instead. High sugar drinks boost our calorie intake to dangerous levels.
When it comes to drinking water, the best advice is to drink when you feel thirsty – unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
Obesity and generally poor eating habits are a greater predictor of diabetes than sugar is.
Furthermore, one should be aware that tea also contains a lot of caffeine, to which some people can be quite sensitive (remember that caffeine was not a part of many European people’s diets for thousands of years).