The Most Common Myths About Healthy Living

It seems as if everywhere you turn these days, someone is eagerly waiting for the opportunity to critique your health and nutrition choices. You instantly learn what you are doing wrong and what you need to do right this second to make better life choices. It is confusing to try and figure out what direction to take when it comes to living a healthy life. Here are some of the most common health and nutrition myths making headlines and why it is not necessary for you to pay attention to the information.

1. Avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen

The myths surrounding sun exposure and wearing sunscreen are some of the most misunderstood pieces of information when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Your body naturally craves Vitamin D to aid the maintenance of bone health. It is also essential to the production of hormones and naturally boosts your immune system. You can eat foods that contain small amounts of the vitamin or take a daily synthetic supplement. However, the results will fall short of what natural Vitamin D does for your body.

Natural sunlight contains the highest concentrations of Vitamin D that you can find. Sunscreen that works to block the sun’s rays reduces the amount of nutrients your body receives from the sun. That is counterproductive to what your body needs to be healthy.

You can enjoy the sun without causing damage to your body. Start by making homemade sunscreen from simple recipes you can find online or in your local health and nutrition store. When going out during the heat of the day, wear adequate clothing to cover the main areas of your skin. These simple solutions will do more for your health than just sitting inside avoiding the sun altogether.

2. Excessive amounts of kale is harmful

Kale became popular and then unpopular almost overnight. As you and everyone else in the world fell in love with kale, those who didn’t have a taste for it began illustrating how the vegetable produces thyroid problems and contains high metal toxicity levels. Kale consumption slowed down as a result.

In actuality, any kind of cruciferous vegetable can damage to your thyroid when you consume tremendous amounts of the vegetable in one sitting. Binge eating a food item, whether it’s healthy or not, is never a good idea. For kale to damage your thyroid, you would need to inhale several heads of the vegetable each day. That is not likely to happen to you or anybody else who loves kale. You have more to gain by eating kale, or other cruciferous vegetables, than you do in avoiding these food items.

3. Stay away from saturated fats

Many individuals in the world of health and nutrition quickly advise you to stay away from saturated fats at all costs. Consuming this type of fat can lead to heart disease, which may prematurely end your life.

The only thing to come from this misunderstood health myth is the creation of low-fat and fat-free food products that blanket grocery store shelves and frozen food sections. Those products do nothing more than replace the saturated fats with refined carbohydrates and sugar. These two things are actually worse than the saturated fats they replace.

Instead of avoiding saturated fats like the plague, you need to consume small amounts of the item each day. These fats are vital components to your body’s ability to provide nourishment to your brain and liver. It also works as a natural mood booster as well. Saturated fats only become unhealthy when taken from unhealthy sources.

For that reason, you want to pay attention to where your meat products come from by only selecting animals without exposure to growth hormones or other synthetic injections. Using clean, organic food sources provide you with a healthy dose of saturated fats, which benefits your overall health.

4. Only dairy builds strong bones

One of the biggest myths on the health and nutritional market today is the understanding that dairy products are the only way you can build strong, healthy bones. You need to consume several doses of dairy each day just to maintain your current bone health levels. Failure to do so may result in you experiencing substantial nutritional deficiencies and diseases.

Although dairy products do contain health benefits, they are not the only way you can build strong bones. Ask yourself if there is an relationship between our country being a leader in dairy consumption and also in the number of individuals suffering from osteoporosis. The relationship exists because dairy products do not prevent bone fractures from taking place. That means that dairy products do not live up to their expectation of creating healthy, strong bones for your body.

Consider trying plant-based calcium sources such as consuming more sesame seeds, almonds or broccoli instead.  Your body naturally digests these foods and absorbs the necessary levels of calcium on its own.

When it comes to what you should and should not do, simply use personal judgement. Do what feels right for you and let the rest of the world worry about its own health and well-being.

 

Posted by Jeremiah Boehner