7 Misconceptions You Must Know about Healthy Living

By weeding out these misconceptions, you’re one step closer to the truth

Healthy living means eating right, getting enough exercise, positive mental health, and good relationships with the people around you. In a nutshell, it means balance. Obviously, finding balance isn’t easy, and the many misconceptions about healthy living don’t help, either. To better understand what it means to live healthily and move toward equilibrium, avoid these seven common misconceptions.

  1. You have to cut out certain things completely

Raw foodies don’t cook their food, vegetarians don’t eat meat, vegans cut out animal products altogether, and paleos ditch grain and gluten. If you follow all the advice, pretty soon you won’t be eating anything. Sure, you probably shouldn’t drink soda or eat ice cream every day, but that doesn’t mean you should cut out the things you love completely. In the end, it might be easier and more sustainable to live healthily by eating what you love in moderation, and not cutting it out completely. Remember, balance is key.

  1. You have to push yourself physically

A study by the London School of Economics found that just walking briskly for over 30 minutes is even more effective in weight management than going to the gym. If you’re overweight to begin with exercising extraneously could put a lot of pressure on your joints, strain your muscles, and discourage you from continuing physical activity. Not working out correctly is also one of the causes of back pain. Yes, you should get moving, but that doesn’t mean you have to strain yourself. Just walking is enough.

  1. Milk and dairy are essential for strong bones

milk-and-eggsAlthough milk managed to hold onto its spot on the USFDA’s new version of the food pyramid, My Plate, you might want to rethink milk’s lofty claim that it reduces the risk of osteoporosis, one of the causes of back pain and brittle bones. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), although calcium is necessary for strong bones, you don’t need to get it from milk. HSPH goes further, explaining the amount of calcium we need uncertain. In fact, lactose may increase the risk of ovarian cancer while too much calcium increases the risk of prostate cancer. Milk isn’t necessarily bad, but it certainly doesn’t have to be part of healthy living.

  1. Fat is bad for you

Many people seem to think fat is evil, and while trans fat and saturated fat have been associated with high LDL cholesterol and heart diseases, some fat is good for you. According to Harvard Health Publications, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that come from nuts, fish, seeds, and vegetables may lower LDL cholesterol while polyunsaturated fats are 100 percent necessary. They help your blood clot, muscles function, and play a vital role in repairing your nervous system. Healthy living isn’t about avoiding fat. It’s about choosing the right kinds of fats.

  1. You should stay away from medication and find natural solutions

Maybe trying home remedies are a good place to start, but some things require more medical solutions, such as mental illness, infections, thyroid problems, cancer, and many more issues. Although you should research medications before taking them, that doesn’t mean you should rule them out completely. Remember, home remedies can be good natural solutions, but many haven’t been tested.

  1. You should always opt for the low-fat option

This is one of healthy living’s biggest misconceptions. To take out the fat but keep the taste, many low-fat products resort to sugars. According to the Telegraph, the World Health Organization only recommends six teaspoons of added sugar, but a study of low and non-fat products showed most contain two teaspoons of sugar, sometimes more, in just one serving. Clearly, low-fat isn’t always the way to go.

  1. You can “catch up” on lost sleep

Although it would be nice to be able to make up for lack of sleep just by sleeping in on the weekends, our bodies don’t work like that according to the National Sleep Foundation. Unfortunately, there’s no way to make up for sleeping just 5 or 6 hours a night; you’re body still won’t perform correctly even if you sleep 10 hours afterward. The only way to truly live healthily is by adhering to a natural sleep-wake cycle.

Healthy living is possible, it just takes time, balance, and flexibility. Many times there isn’t a clear “right” answer, but by weeding out these misconceptions, you’re one step closer to the truth.

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 Annie Lizstan, the author of this article, works as a health and beauty consultant for online websites and an independent researcher by profession. She had completed her studies at the University of Arizona and lived in Wasilla, Alaska. She always likes to explore her ideas about health, fitness and beauty. In her recent period, she got an opportunity to explore on brain health supplement Perceptiv .She has experience researching as a passion as well as profession. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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