Believe it or not, potentially harmful myths about your health and diet not only exist, but they’re actually quite prevalent. Here are 3 health and diet myths.
Navigating the sea of medical and nutritional knowledge is often a difficult task. If you open a book from just a few decades ago, chances are it’ll be filled with a lot of misleading information. If you open one from a century ago, you may end up attempting to treat your case of Bronchitis with a leach. Luckily, we have managed to compile some of the most common health and diet myths along with the science to debunk them once and for all.
1 Eating Eggs is bad for your Cholesterol
As science has recently concluded, dietary cholesterol has a far less significant impact on your blood cholesterol than previously thought. In fact, unless you already have cholesterol problems, consuming dietary cholesterol is pretty much no big deal. Unfortunately, this knowledge has not yet made its way to the general public, and as such, eggs are still being avoided for fear that they may clog your arteries.
In reality, saturated fat plays a far more significant role in your cholesterol levels, and eggs are far from the worst offenders. So next time you make an omelet, don’t feel guilty. Eggs are packed with plenty of the vitamins, nutrients, and protein that your body needs.
2 You can Treat Depression on your Own
This myth is actually quite dangerous, as it can lead to a distinct worsening of symptoms. Many individuals who suffer from depression are either told to “tough it out” or simply believe that they can get better on their own. Unfortunately, attempting an “attitude change” won’t work. Depression is a clinically diagnosable disease that has a distinct physiological cause. Trying to get better on your own can lead to a deeper depression when you fail. Instead, you should seek the help of a physician or psychiatrist immediately.
3 Ice vs. Heat for Pain
Some people believe that ice should be used to treat pain, while others believe that heat works better, whilst others will simply tell you to alternate the two. In reality, heat and cold do distinctly different things. Heat can relieve tension, increase blood flow, and relax your muscles – but they can also increase inflammation. On the other hand, cold decreases inflammation and numbs the affected area but can also cause vasoconstriction.
Initially, cold should be used to decrease swelling and inflammation. After a few days, heat should be used to relax the area. Do not use heat on open wounds, as it can increase the level of bleeding. Likewise, avoid using cold on the extremities of your bodies if you have poor circulation, as it can completely cut off blood flow to the affected areas.
If you have a chronic injury or condition, think of what has helped you the most in the past. Every injury is different. Tension headaches react to heat whilst sometimes an area simply needs to be numbed so that it ceases to hurt. Generally, it is best to consult with your doctor in these scenarios.