Harmful health myths finally exposed!

Unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and poor lifestyle choices play a major role in the development of many diseases. Unfortunately, there are also many harmful healthy myths that cause even more problems, posing a huge danger on the overall health. To this extent, it is highly important to be vigilant in your pursuit of good health and be weary of health claims made by the media, the pharmaceutical companies and even your own doctor. When it comes to you health, you should be able to make educated decisions. So do your own research, seek trustworthy sources of information and explore natural and alternative treatments available. Keeping an open mind, questioning and evaluating health recommendations is what gives you a better control over your health and your well-being. In addition, these are the most dangerous health myths that any health-conscious individual should consider.

Myth: “I feel good so I must be healthy”
The truth is that our body experiences processes and interactions at every second. For instance, every cell is hit by by over 10,000 free radical interactions every second, the heart rebuilds all 60 billion cells every 7 months, between 10,000 and 100,000 cancer cells are building in our body every day and so on. We cannot feel these interactions and changes, but this doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Therefore, having a complete medical exam at least once a year can actually make a difference and change out lives for the better.

Myth: “Eating fat makes me fat”
Man-made fats (trans-fats) and refined vegetable oils are inflammatory and disrupt metabolism. This is the “fat” that makes you fat. The truth is that diets high in omega 3 fatty acids and saturated fats are associated to lower rates of obesity and better overall health. Basically, they strengthen cell membranes, which optimize the metabolism and boost the for proper insulin/leptin signaling resulting in weight loss, stable energy and disease prevention.

Myth: “Saturated fat and cholesterol are harmful for my heart”
In fact, saturated fat and cholesterol are powerful nutrients that improve calcium metabolism, cellular structure and hormone function. They actually protect the body against inflammatory damage as long as they are obtained from red meat & fermented grass-fed dairy products.

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Myth: “I always must follow the recommendations of the food pyramid”
Unfortunately, it has been proven that following the recommendations of the food pyramid actually bad for your health. It seems that the original food pyramid was based on food industry trends rather than scientific research so it is terribly misleading and flawed. A new “longevity” food pyramid has been advocated and it is based on sound health principles.

Myth: “Cow’s milk is a good source of calcium”
Of course, you are shocked to find out this is a myth but you should know that many prominent doctors are saying dairy consumption is a contributing factor in nearly two dozen diseases of children and adults. The most surprising aspect is that many studies show that cow milk leads to iron deficiency anemia, allergies, diarrhea, heart disease, colic, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, sinusitis, skin rashes, acne, increased frequency of colds and flu, arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, osteoporosis, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and more, possibly even lung cancer, multiple sclerosis and non Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Therefore, it seems that green vegetables are much better sources of calcium than milk and cheese.

Myth: Artificial sweeteners are a good alternative to sugar
Artificial sweeteners are not only a bad alternative but they are actually highly toxic for the body! They are associated with many health and neurological problems, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, alzheimers and MS. Those products that contain “zero-sugar” or “low carbohydrates” are in fact full of artificial sweeteners which cause carbohydrate cravings which can lead to weight gain! Although small amounts are not likely to be problematic, you must learn to make informed food choices and be aware that repeated consumption of these products can be damaging in the long-run.

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