Science says--this 'healthy' habits aren't doing you good
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Over the years, myths and misinformation have gained big popularity, particularly by being promoted as "healthy" habits, but were never actually backed up by science. At best, these habits are just waste of time and money. At worst, they could actually harm your body.
Scrolling through fitspo on Instagram
Fitspiration—a blend of “fitness” and “inspiration”—is popular trend on social media, being streamed all of the time. Its aim is to help you get healthier. There are studies even suggesting that social media can motivate people to exercise more, although for a short time frame.
On the other side, a growing body of evidence suggests, it's backfiring. Some recent studies have concluded that viewing fitspiration images increases body dissatisfaction, causing a mental state that may lead to eating disorders, anxiety, and depression.
Overall, fitspiration can motivate you to hit the gym, but physical wellbeing shouldn't be at the expense of mental health.
Taking vitamin C for a cold
The results of several previous studies, dating back in 2007, suggested that taking vitamin C won't make you feel better faster if you're already sick.
"After the cold is running its course, [vitamin C] doesn't have any effect," said dietitian Andy Bellatti. "If you do have a cold, stay hydrated and get enough rest. Don't go to work and pound [vitamin C]."
Drinking lemon-water every morning
There are tomes of articles on websites speaking about "benefits" of lemon-water — from weight loss to detoxing to "balancing" the pH levels. The only problem is that lemon water can't do most of these things.
Lemon-water can't detox you, liver and kidneys are in charge of that. It can't balance the pH level, either. What we eat or drink has "brief and minimal" impact on our pH levels, according to Harvard Medical School's Dr. Anthony Komaroff. As for boosting your metabolism and weight loss, nutrition pros generally agree that lemon water is actually no better than drinking regular water.
Furthermore, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), frequent exposure to citrus foods, in this case the acidity of lemon-water, can lead to decay, wearing down your tooth enamel over time,
Still, lemon-water is not awful for your health. It could be a great choice in replacing a daily soda, and it can give you some extra vitamin C. But it's just cannot make miracles.
Source: Business Insider