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Nov 11, 2013 10:32 AM

Health Habit Misconceptions

Old wives tales are commonly recommended for avariety of life experiences, and attempting to boost health and increaseoverall wellness is not exempt from some common misconceptions.  While the tips below may seem likegospel, much of it is hearsay and can be disregarded in ones efforts to becomehealthier.


While it is common recommendation to avoid foodconsumption after 8PM, this isn’t a necessity for better health.  Calories have no concept of time andare the same no matter when they are consumed.  Trying to sleep on an empty stomach can actually disrupthealthy sleep patterns, and lead to mindless eating during the time when oneshould be sleeping.  Instead ofresisting, try consuming a protein-rich snack prior to sleep for fullness andfor more energy upon waking.


Flus and colds are an inevitable part of life, andthe tale we’ve been told is to feed a fever and starve a cold.  Both actions are important, but whenrecovering from either it’s more important to stay hydrated than focus oncalorie consumption.  Chicken souphas been proven to alleviate symptoms of colds and flus, but the best step totake is plenty of rest and hydration to enable the body to fight off the virus.


A theory popularized by fad diets encourages someto stay away from all types of carbohydrates, or to reduce protein intake dueto risk of harm to the body. Neither of these will increase wellness.  The best approach to nutrition is balance: balance of complexcarbohydrates including fruits and certain breads, consumption of vegetables,and adequate protein intake are all things that will increase wellness andcontrol body weight. 


Extreme measures for any health tactic are neverthe best approach.  Balance andpaying attention to the individual needs of one’s body are the best ways tostay healthy, active, and improve wellness over the course of life. 




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