#Health: Universally Accepted But Far From True

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Despite a liberal supply of factual information available, we often reply on what we have heard or been handed down as a quick fix for our health related concerns.

However, all that we have heard over the years could prove ineffective when it is not backed by scientific evidence. Universal acceptance does not necessarily mean it is indeed true. 

A great majority of these ‘common solutions’ aren’t backed by research and hence could prove ineffective or even detrimental in some cases. Here are a few common myths and the facts associated with them:

Midnight Snacking Related to Weight Gain

Late night snacking won’t always result in you gaining extra pounds. More often than once, it is not the time but the quantity and choice of snacks that pile up the kilos. Experts believe that, “The best way to combat late night snacking or over-eating at night, is to try and eat six regular meals through the day.”

Stay Clear Of Fats In Your Diet

Calories are what you need to count when aiming to lose weight and that comes in any form. Moreover, you might have heard that not all fats are unhealthy. The trick is to give your body the right and optimal quantity of fat to keep you energetic and healthy.

Supplements Can Replace A Balanced Diet

Multivitamins cannot replace a balanced diet ! A diet with a variety of nutritious foods may be topped with a prescribed dose of vitamins ( if need be) to help boost a specific requirement that the body may have. Only a balanced and adequate diet can help combat the risk of disease.

‘People should stop wasting their money on dietary supplements,’ reads a study published in the journal, ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’. This was ‘in reference to studies that showed most multivitamin supplements are ineffective at reducing the risk of disease and may even cause harm.’

Cold Aggravates Cold

This is the most common myth that most households have believed in. It is not the cold weather. eating ice creams in the winter or taking a cold shower that can cause a cold.  The common cold is a viral infection and in most cases it is caused by the Rhinovirus.

Starve A Fever, Feed A Cold

Starving is the worst thing one can do to a sick body and it actually affects the immune system. The body is in dire need of energy and nutrients to help fight infections. Staying hydrated, sipping hot liquids and eating nutritious food is what is advised to help fight a cold and infections.

The moral of the story is then Eat Right And Stay Healthy! And, take all the unresearched folklore with a generous pinch of salt!

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Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

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