When it comes to making decisions about our health, most people pull from a wide range of informational sources. Some things we may have been taught by our parents, other things we might have read on the internet while others come from advertising. Whatever their source, the truth is that we are surrounded by all kinds of misinformation every day. Here are three common health myths that are not true.
- Eating breakfast is critical for weight loss
At the end of the day, weight loss remains the result of burning more calories than you consume, but there are also far more variables to this than we once imagined. Your mental and emotional health also play a significant role, as do several other habits and practices. Breakfast is literally the “breaking of the fast” that your body naturally undergoes overnight. Some people may wish to break this fast as soon as they wake up while others may prefer to wait a few hours. Either way, breakfast — while important — may not be as critical for weight loss as was once believed. It’s more about personal preference.
- Taking Vitamin C can prevent a cold
Vitamin C is somewhat similar to a natural antibiotic. The same way that taking antibiotics before you get an infection will not keep you from getting one, taking Vitamin C will also not keep you from getting a cold. Taking large doses of Vitamin C when you first start experiencing symptoms of a cold, however, can help fight off the virus and significantly reduce any symptoms.
- You can get all the nutrition you need from supplements
As the name implies, supplements are only meant to supplement the vitamins and minerals you should be getting from your diet. In the modern world, it has become more difficult to eat a diet that is completely made up of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole food sources. While this is not inherently bad in and of itself, processed and pre-packaged foods lack the full range of nutritional sources that “living food” has. The same way you can supplement a healthy diet with a certain amount of processed foods, you can also supplement their nutritional value with supplements. At the end of the day, the basic foundation of a healthy diet should be whole, non-processed fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and dairy.