You have heard the tall tales and far-fetched fables about how to be healthier and happier.
These pearls of wisdom come from everyone from grandma B. to the lady two cubicles down, who’s lunch always looks like more of a mystery than a meal.
So, who do you believe?
Which of these myths aren’t actually myths?
- An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away: This one is as old as time. So, is it to be believed? Apples are packed with antioxidants which can help fight a myriad of diseases including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The benefits don’t end there. Apples are also helpful in weight loss, and help reduce plaque buildup on your teeth, while you eat.
- Cure Your Cold With Chicken Soup: This was likely the most common prescription from mom whenever you were caught with the cold. This myth too, holds water… better yet, broth. Chicken soup has wonderful anti-inflammatory qualities which can make cold and flu symptoms less severe. Also, the veggies in the soup can actually help slow the spread of the infection.
- Eating Junk Food Before Bed Will Give You Nightmares: Turns out, your mom was right about this one. Going to bed with a full stomach actually stimulates the brain waves that give you nightmares. Foods high in sugar can actually increase this brain activity, making a good night’s sleep a bit less likely.
- Want A Smaller Dress Size? Lift Weights: Yep, this one is definitely true. It’s a pretty simple equation actually. A pound of muscle is actually a lot smaller than a pound of fat. Focus on eating a bit less, and lifting heavier weights.
- Diet Soda Hurts Your Weight Loss: To be fair, it’s not just the diet sodas we’re picking on, it’s all of them. Surprise, soda is bad for you. Stick to water, or tea if you need a boost.
- Drink More When You’re Feeling Bloated: Water, specifically. Bloat can be caused when you are dehydrated. This is because if you are low on water, your body will naturally hold onto as much as possible, leading to that puffy feeling.
While you shouldn’t believe everything you hear, it turns out that even if it sounds too good to be true, it just might be.
Keep your eyes and mind open for new or, even old ideas to help you on your way to reaching your goals.