It’s summer again!
It’s the season to hit the beach, play sports and mingle–while showing others how fit and healthy you are. Unfortunately, in the pursuit of summer fun and fitness, you may have been doing some activities wrong without you realizing it. There are summer health practices, which you may have been following because they were recommended, or maybe because you were just curious and wanted to see for yourself. When it comes to our health and nutrition, hearsay is not something that we should rely on. Some tried and true practices may have been proven effective, but some are also just myths with no scientific basis or explanation.
Let’s breakdown some of the most common summer health misconceptions that have already proven to be just that.
1. Time to bask in the sun
It is also true that we need Vitamin D, that is present in the sun BUT it is also true that you need to wear sunblock on a daily basis to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Statistically, patients with Vitamin D deficiency continues to rise, that is why doctors advise to try to soak in some sunlight but only for a short time, around 10-15 minutes every morning. Afterwards you can proceed with your daily routine and sunblock regiment.
2. You can fight off mosquitoes with garlic.
Incorporating garlic in your diet is healthy, given that you consume normal amounts, but it definitely does not keep mosquitoes from you. There are no proven experiments that can tell what foods to eat to make you immune to mosquitoes.
3. You should drink 8 glasses of water a day.
Water is essential to life and not drinking enough may cause dehydration and unhealthy skin (among others). But 8 glasses is not the standard amount one should drink every day. We are all made up differently and each person needs vary differently. The amount of water you should drink all depends on your gender, build and lifestyle. To have an idea if you are drinking enough, check your urine color. Lighter urine color means you are hydrated but if it is darker, you need to up your water consumption.
4. Vegetables are best eaten raw
For those who practice raw food diet, they believe that food should not be heated above a certain temperature for the reason that the natural enzymes which is good for the body may be lost. It is not totally a myth but it should be considered on a case-to-case basis. For spinach, cooking it causes the nutrients to degrade but with tomatoes, it increases its lycopene, either way research about certain vegetables and how best it could be served, without sacrificing it’s nutrients.
5. Eggs are cholesterol culprits
It is true that eggs contain high cholesterol levels but the truth is it does not necessarily raise your cholesterol levels in your blood. Eggs are actually good for you since it contains proteins, vitamins and minerals, but of course, eat in moderation.
Now that you have a brief overview of the common myths, let this be a guide on what to believe and what to follow when it comes to health and nutrition. Summer time or not, your health and well being is of the utmost importance.