Remember the game telephone? For those who don't, Telephone is group game where you share a message in a whisper, then that person passes it along to the next person and so on, until the intended message reaches the last person in the circle who announces it to the group. By the time the message gets to the last person, it's completely changed from its original version and a complete fib. Health advice can sometimes be like that. You may hear one thing about a health trend, then by the time the final message has gotten out to the masses, it's construed in different ways.
Health Misconceptions and Myths
There are many health misconceptions and myths when it comes to natural treatments. Below are the three biggest health advice fibs ever told. I've chosen the three most common fibs on social media.
No more health misconceptions and myths -- It's time for the truth.
Fib # 1: You must drink 8-10 glasses or two liters of water per day. This is one of the greatest profit-based, bottled water fibs ever told since bottled water can make you fat. Research links hormone-disrupting chemicals in plastics to a greater likelihood of metabolic syndrome and fatty liver, which leads to obesity and ultimately, type 2 diabetes. What is more, drinking eight to ten glasses of water flushes out nutrients instead hydrating your body. Here are some reasons you may not be properly hydrated:
- You eat processed foods. Our processed foods are full of sugar and salt. Both of these stimulants create thirst.
- You don't eat enough water. Real food contains water. Eating a plant-based diet provides adquate hydration to the human body plus much needed fiber and essential enzymes.
- You drink out of habit. If we drink out of habit we will never learn to listen to own body's cues. We need to learn to drink according to our natural level of thirst.
- You drink water habitually, because carrying water bottles is cool. Walking around drinking tons of bottled water of this brand or that isn't conducive to proper hydration--it's conducive to over-hydration and that's conducive to a condition called Hyponatremia. Hyponatremia can occur from drinking too much water dangerously lowering sodium levels in the body.
- Over-hydration disrupts digestion Over-hydration dilutes much needed hydrocholoric acid in the stomach debilitating the organ from properly breaking down food for entry into the intestines.
Fib # 2: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is A Wonder Cure. - Of all the health myths and misconceptions -- this one takes the cake. ACV isn't a cure, and it doesn't heal. ACV irritates. Picture your face you drink ACV. You feel burning in your esophagus. You're entire face puckers when you manage to get it down. Then you shiver to shake the pungent feeling off. You may even eliminate shortly after your dose. Do you think this happens because your body accepts ACV or rejects it? Truth be told, your body reacts in this manner because it wants to remove an irritant -- an Intestinal irritant. In fact, the human body reacts to ACV the same way it reacts to alcohol -- it sees it as a poison. What is more, both ACV and alcohol disrupt digestion. Alcohol precipitates the pepsin of the gastric juice and retards or prevents gastric digestion of proteins. Similarily, vinegar diminishes the digestion of starch by its inhibiting or destructive effect upon the salivary amylase.
But ACV is proven to lower blood sugar you say? If you want to lower your blood sugar, your best and safest bet is to achieve this with proper diet. ACV is best used for cleaning or removing tough stains and odors from carpets. It should never be ingested and should also never be given to pets.
Fib # 3 Oatmeal Lowers Cholesterol - According to a study done by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the effects of dietary fiber on cholesterol are uncertain. Everyone, it seems, is obsessed with getting enough fiber, when Mother Nature provides more than enough dietary fiber, sans the cholesterol. The masses, it seems, choose to be sold the hype (by in-house studies conducted by oatmeal companies themselves) that their own product will not only provide a daily dose of fiber, but lower cholesterol. A greater fib has never been told. Here are three facts you probably never knew about oatmeal:
- Cooked oatmeal is a soaked starch. The human body has absolutely no use for starch, which is why it converts it to sugar. Once starch is converted to sugar, it begins to store fat.
- Oatmeal is a belly bomb. Often times oatmeal enters the body undigested because we don't bother to chew it. By not chewing our mush we bypass an essential part of digestion. When the mush enters the stomach undigested, the stomach does its best to break it down. However, the stomach often ends up sending the undigested mush into the small intestine where gets stuck, giving you that "full feeling". Everything else you eat afterwards will also get stuck behind your undigested mush, releasing unwanted toxins into your blood stream until it gets pushed through to the colon.
- Processed foods are dead foods. Processed foods never provide health benefits and contain high amounts of sugar and salt. Therefore, they are never beneficial to the human body and the body never sees them as nutritious or healthy. Processed foods go into the body the same way they come out--as waste--with no added natural nutritional benefit whatsoever.
Let's get real; drinking water, taking more than an occasional slug of Apple Cider Vinegar or eating an occasional bowl of oats is harmless. It's what we do every day that matters The simple truth is your habits lead to your diseases. The best and safest practice is to listen to your body, then seek out natural ways to satisfy those needs. Health myths and misconceptions will always told. That being said, only when our habits are aligned with the laws of nature are we fully able to find the truth and in turn, achieve our most stellar health.