Many people can be very easily swayed when it comes to the subject of health and wellness. For example, statistics show that about one-half of Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories. Well, that’s partly because there are thousands of wellness myths out there that are being spread without any solid scientific evidence to back the claims. Are you eager to learn accurate wellness information?
Here are the top four myths:
1. Eating fat makes you fat
This is one of the misguided wellness notions that can impact your idea of dieting. The fact is that a moderate amount of fat is actually healthy for your body. On the other hand, excessive weight is deeply connected with your calorie intake. If you consume more calories than you can burn, you are likely to gain weight. Health experts have not found any evidence suggesting that eating moderate amounts of fat can lead to weight gain. One good thing about eating fat is that it adds flavor to your diet and promotes fullness. Therefore, feel free to incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Olive oils, nuts, and avocados are all good sources of fat you could add to your diet.
2. Deer antler velvet is an immune booster
For many years, deer antler velvet has made headlines due to the health claims surrounding its use. There are myths about how enhanced immune system, improved cardiovascular function, and muscle recovery are linked to deer antler velvet. But, just how true are these claims? Well, the buzz around deer antler velvet has grown further in recent years simply because professional baseball athletes claim it speeds up their recovery. On the contrary, rigorous research studies have not discovered any facts that back the aerobic ergogenic effects of deer antler velvet.
3. Skinny people are healthier
The idea that “if you are skinny, you are healthy” just doesn’t sound right. Here’s the reason: different people store fat differently. Moreover, thinness is not a good indicator of someone’s health status. Naturally, thin individuals still need to keep fit and visit their doctors regularly—one recent J.A.M.A study suggested that although obesity is associated with increased risks of death, thin people also have a high mortality risk. The bottom line here is that whether you are thin or thick, be sure to monitor your health carefully, instead of thinking that your body is healthier than others.
4. Herb passion flower reduces stress and improves health
There are scant studies on the effects of passion flowers on people’s health. So, you may not want to believe that passionflower is the best antidote for stress. However, scientific evidence relates mindfulness meditation to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. A small body of research also shows that yoga is good for relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. If you are going through a lot of stress due to increased social isolation, talk to your doctor and try to keep in touch with your family and friends online.