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5 common health myths busted

Health myths

We all get told about ways in which we can improve our health, but some theories are just plain nonsense. Below are five of the most common health myths and the truth about each one.

1. You should drink eight glasses of water a day
Although we are constantly being advised to drink eight glasses of water a day for healthy skin and kidneys, there is not actually a single study to back this figure. You should in fact beware of drinking excessive amounts of water, as this can prove dangerous, for it over-dilutes the body’s salt levels. If you’re thirsty, drink water,  if you’re not, then your probably don’t need it – it’s simple.

2. Going gluten free will help you lose weight…
You’ve probably heard that a gluten-free diet will help you lose weight and improve your health, but gluten-free foods still contain calories, therefore they won’t necessarily slim you down. You will no doubt start to feel healthier as a result of changing your diet, but this does not mean you’ll automatically start shedding pounds, so be sure to accompany your diet with a fitness regime.

3. …whereas carbohydrates make you fat
Contrary to theories by the likes of Dr. Atkins’, carbohydrates are not fattening; it’s eating too many calories that makes you fat. Naturally, loading up on sugary carbohydrate-rich foods increases the risk of developing health problems, but you shouldn’t cut out the good carbs, such as whole grains, beans, fruit and vegetables. Moreover, a low-carb diet is harder to stick to in the long run.

4. The more you sweat, the better your workout
It’s just an illusion that heated workouts are better for you, as you burn more calories when you work harder, not when you sweat more. You might feel like you’re getting more of a workout, but your muscles aren’t actually putting out more effort in the heat, so don’t seek out external heat sources to try and burn off more calories.

5. Juice diets clear the body of toxins
In order to rid your body of toxins, you just need a functional liver and kidneys as these work perfectly well on their own, without the assistance of juices. In fact, fresh juices are usually heaped with sugar, so eating whole fruit is much better for you – stick to the apples and oranges from now on.

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