False stereotypes can often create a common knowledge due to a trend, but that knowledge isn’t necessarily true. And it can even be dangerous when it comes to our health. If fake news in 2018 has taught us anything, it’s to not be so gullible. Here are some healthy lifestyle myths, debunked. You might start rethinking your whole routine!
1. Red salmon is healthier salmon. Did someone always tell you that the redder or more vibrant your salmon is, the better is for you? Well, that red fish is mostly a hoax, because pale salmons are actually pricier and more omega 3 rich. White streaks mean no dye, which is a good thing!
2. Ergonomic furniture will always help your back and joints. Unfortunately, that expensive computer chair might be making your back ache worse, and the wrong hi-tech chair can cause back deterioration. Instructions for this furniture are incredibly specific when it comes to seating and posture, so you’re probably doing it wrong.
3. Always peel your fruits and veggies! Mom might have yelled at you about this one, but you might get to rub it in her face. Nutritionists actually say most veggies shouldn’t be peeled, since removing the skin removes the benefits of useful intestinal fiber as well as a range of vitamins. But always wash them thoroughly!
4. Eating food from a multi-cooker zaps all of its nutrients. Although microwaving your food probably shouldn’t be your main form of consumption, it won’t actually lead your food to lose nutrients or vitamins. It can actually be health due to the microscopic consumption of oil as opposed to other cooking methods.
5. Stretching before training is a safe move. This isn’t true – static stretching can negatively impact your strength training. Coaches instead suggest dynamic stretching and joint articulation exercises, while static should be saved for post-training seshes.
6. Being an early bird on the weekends will help ease those early weekdays. Wrong – that’s not how your sleep bank works, apparently. Compensating for sleep loss on the weekends actually decreases risk of diabetes, early death (by 15%) and it neutralizes increased insulin sensitivity.
7. Detoxing is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Nope! Some detoxes can actually be dangerous, and you should always ask your doctor about it. Positive Research is still up in the air for juices, fasting, and enemas, but side effects like liver failure, bloating, throwing up, and GI disorders is concrete. Stick with a good amount of fruits and veggies.
8. Positive thinking is the ultimate goal in mental health. This isn’t necessarily wrong, though a little optimism never did anyone harm. But in fact, mantras like “I can do it all” narrow your perceptions of reality and don’t let logic come into lay to let you assess negative risks and consequences. Everything in moderation.
9. Drinking from bottles is always the way to go. Wrong! Throw out that plastic water bottle ASAP. It can collect massive (and grossly diverse) amounts of bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli. Hello, future flu.
10. Drinking juice is good for you. Drinking juice can actually be just as bad as drinking soda, thanks to the large amounts of sugar in both. It mostly just comes down to flavor and carbonated or non-carbonated preferences – so go for flavored sparkling water instead and avoid the obesity, diabetes and heart diseases.