Fact or Fiction: Popular Wellness Myths Debunked

By Alvaro Martinez
Posted On Jul 03, 2018
Fact or Fiction: Popular Wellness Myths Debunked

Throughout time, many myths about health and wellness have become today’s household rules. But with so much information online and scientific studies, it has come to light that some of these strict ideas about our well-being are nothing but fiction. Find out how some of these age-old myths are debunked!

 

MYTH: Being cold or in a cold environment can give you a cold.

Reality: While there is no scientific evidence that going outside with wet hair can cause you to get sick, there is a scientifically sound explanation as to why people tend to catch more colds in the winter: during those cold months, we spend more time in closed spaced indoors. In doing so, we are at higher risk of crossing paths and sharing air for a longer amount of time with someone with the cold-causing virus.

 

MYTH: Fat-free and low-fat foods are always better than full-fat versions

Reality: while it is generally true that the less fat the better, that’s not always the case. In packaged or processed foods, manufacturers remove a certain ingredient they call “fat” and compensate by adding other unhealthy ingredients (usually sugar). Instead of a more balanced and healthier snack, you’re getting a snack that is just as bad through other harmful ingredients.

 

Myth: When you have clear pee, you are hydrated.

Reality: Clear urine is a bit excessive. “As long as it is a pale yellow, like lemonade, you’re hydrated,” says Susan Yeargin, Ph.D., assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina. If it’s completely clear, it just means you’re full to the brim; what’s going in is coming out. On the other hand, if your pee is the color of apple juice or darker, you need to drink up.

 

Myth: The Longer You Exercise, the More You Improve Fitness

Reality: 20-30 minute high-intensity workouts are more effective than an hour of slower exercises. Instead of focusing on the amount of time, concentrate on the intensity. High-intensity interval training exercises twice or three times a week is all you need.  Let your body recover in between sessions so there’s no counterproductively.

 

Myth 1:  Stress is the same for everybody and it’s bad for you.

Reality: Stress is completely different for every person since what is stressful for one person might not be stressful for another. We each respond to stress differently and have different ways to manage it. And stress isn’t necessarily bad for you.  Stress is to the human condition what tension is to the violin string: too little and the music is dull and raspy; too much and the music is shrill or the string snaps. The issue, really, is how to manage it. Managed stress makes us productive and happy; mismanaged stress hurts immensely.


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