Rejoice!  Eight glasses of water, 10,000 steps and other healthy guidelines are actually total BS

Rejoice! Eight glasses of water, 10,000 steps and other healthy guidelines are actually total BS

The healthy guidelines you follow might actually be ridiculous myths.

Last week, the rule that you must take 10,000 steps a day made headlines when it was reported that the number was actually a Japanese marketing ploy with little scientific basis.

That’s not the only health fact that’s actually fiction, said Dr. Donald Hensrud, associate professor of medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic.

“It’s important to consider what scientific evidence exists when assessing the accuracy of these myths,” Hensrud told the Post.

Here he walks us through six commonly accepted myths and tells us what is really true.

Common health myths might be nothing more than fiction.
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Drinking eight glasses of water a day is crucial

Swallowing 64 ounces of virgin H2O every day isn’t nearly as important as we’ve been led to believe. And, some people can achieve adequate hydration primarily from the foods they eat and other beverages. Coffee and even alcohol can also contribute to hydration if consumed in moderation.

“There’s nothing magical about 8 glasses,” Hensrud said. “The amount of water a person needs can vary greatly depending on different factors: the outside temperature, the amount of physical exercise and their diet.”

Hensrud says that contrary to popular belief, you don't need 8 glasses of water a day.
Hensrud says that contrary to popular belief, you don’t need 8 glasses of water a day.
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Eating late at night makes you fat

Many diets over the years have promised results by putting in place a curfew on when food is eaten, but according to Hensrud, what matters is what you eat — not when.

“Generally, calories are calories,” he said. He notes, however, that restricting eating to certain times can be helpful in that it encourages you to eat less and not mindlessly snack in front of “The Late Show.”

“Calories are calories,” says Hensrud.
“Calories are calories,” says Hensrud.
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Breakfast is the most important meal

He has long been considered the VIP of meals, but nothing justifies this position.

“The evidence is conflicting,” Hensrud said. “If people eat breakfast, they’ll be less likely to overeat later in the day. [but] on the other hand, there is evidence that it may not be as good as what we have taught in the past.

Hensrud said some people have found intermittent fasting and skipping breakfast to work for them, and there’s no evidence that skipping breakfast affects overall health. If you prefer to ignore it and it works for you, there is no need to change the habit.

“In general, breakfast is good, but it’s not as light as we used to think,” he said.

Skipping your morning meal isn't so bad.
Skipping your morning meal isn’t so bad.
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Organic foods are better for you

Organic food sounds like it should be better for you, but it might not make a big difference overall to your health.

Hensrud said that while it’s commonly believed that organic foods are healthier than non-organic foods, that’s not necessarily true.

“It is a good idea to wash fruits, vegetables [of pesticides] before eating, obviously, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of adverse health effects [if pesticides are consumed],” he said. “The bottom line is that people should eat more plant products, fruits, vegetables, whether organic or not.”

Hensrud said organic food is “definitely better for the environment” because it pollutes the soil, water and air less than food grown non-organically, but it’s “more ‘an environmental problem than a health problem’.

Many might be surprised to find that organic foods aren't necessarily healthier.
Many might be surprised to find that organic foods aren’t necessarily healthier.
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Exercising at a specific time is more effective

Hensrud said he’s not aware of any evidence to suggest that exercising at a particular time of day or in certain weathers burns more calories, adding that if so, it’s “subtle “and other factors come into play.

“Exercising when it’s hot (depending on the temperature) might burn a little more calories, but the issue would just be being able to keep exercising,” he said.

In general, you should exercise whenever you can fit into your schedule.

“The best time to practice is when it works for people,” he said.

Exercise is good for you - any time of the day.
Exercise is good for you – any time of the day.
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Coffee is bad for you

Good news for caffeine drinkers: your cup of coffee is not going to negatively affect your overall health.

“It’s one of the biggest health myths,” Hensrud said of Java’s bad reputation. In fact, “coffee has been linked to a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, liver cancer, improved mood, and decreased risk of depression. , better kidney function, decreased risk of gout and possibly kidney and gallbladder stones. rocks.”

He said there were a few negative health effects (beware, this can sometimes be harmful to pregnant women or women trying) but overall it depends on how a person metabolizes caffeine. – which could explain why some are more susceptible to side effects.

“The bottom line is that coffee is a healthy substance,” Hensrud said. “It has a lot of antioxidants and the side effects [if experienced] are what should limit consumption, not the fear that it is bad.

Coffee drinkers rejoice: your habit isn't bad for you, says Hensrud.
Coffee drinkers rejoice: your habit isn’t bad for you, says Hensrud.
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