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  Shelby Leith   May 12, 2016   Health, Myths 0 Comments

5 common health myths exposed

Velocity Care sorts out the fact from fiction

Myths.jpgWhen it comes to health and wellness, there are a lot of misconceptions, and it is hard to know what information is true. Velocity Care helps dispel these lies and brings you the facts about five common health myths.

  1. Eating fatty foods will make you fat.

It is commonly believed that eating a diet high in fat will make you put on extra weight. Recent studies, however, have proven that this is not the case, and in fact, those that follow a low-fat diet and consume high amounts of fat-free diet foods are actually more at risk for gaining weight. The reason for this is due to the fact that our bodies require naturally occurring, healthy fats in order to function properly. Foods that are high in unsaturated fats such as fish, avocado, olives, nuts and seeds are essential for maintaining a healthy heart, fighting fatigue, improving mental function, making us feel full and satisfied and helping to manage our weight. Fat-free foods are often filled with extra chemicals and are higher in sugar to make them taste the same as the full-fat versions. These additives can lead to extra weight gain. It is important to remember that saturated fats (fried foods, butter, lard and fatty cuts of meat) are unhealthy in large quantities and should be replaced with the healthier versions of unsaturated fats in your diet.

  1. Because herbs are natural they are safe.

Many people think that all herbs are safe because they come from natural sources, but this is not always the case. Many herbs and herbal supplements can be very dangerous and can cause allergic reactions or may interact with other medications that you are currently taking, possibly causing serious consequences. It is also important to remember that herbal remedies are not subjected to the same rigorous testing procedures as other medications, and there is often little research conducted to determine their safety or efficacy. It is best to consult with your doctor before taking any herbal remedies to ensure that they will be the safest and best choice for you.

  1. Gum takes seven years to digest.

This is one myth that we have all heard since we were little children, and while it's not recommended to swallow chewing gum, it certainly won’t stay in our bodies for seven years. Due to the fact that gum is more difficult to digest than regular food, it may take a bit longer to pass through our systems, but this process will still only take a few days or a week to complete. The only time that it may become a problem is if an overly large-sized wad of gum were swallowed. This could be a choking hazard or could cause a blockage in the intestines.

  1. Heart attacks always cause severe pain.

Most people believe that the signs of a heart attack are clear and they will be able to tell right away if they are having one, just like in the movies. Severe chest pain and numbness and pain down the left arm are signs of a heart attack, however many people experience very mild symptoms or even none at all. Some will feel unusually tired or may feel tightness in their chests, while others may feel flu-like symptoms such as nausea. These symptoms may come on suddenly or may come about very slowly and last for several days. It is important to remember that everyone will experience a heart attack differently, and if you feel unwell and suspect that a heart attack may be the cause, proceed to your nearest urgent care clinic immediately.

  1. Feed a cold, starve the flu.

This old saying has been around for years, but newer research has shown that it is nothing more than a myth. When you are sick, with either a cold or the flu, it is important to ensure that your body is getting all of the nutrients that it needs to fight the infection and get back to good health. Often when we are sick, we do not feel like eating, but it is important that we stay hydrated. Drinking fluids and juices containing sugars and electrolytes will help to hydrate us and give us some extra energy. If you are ill and do feel like eating, then that is perfectly fine as well. Foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins will help to give your body the right nutrition to fight off your infection.

Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center wants all of its patients to have the correct information to make the best decisions for their health and the wellbeing of their families. If you have questions or need advice, Velocity Care has trained and educated staff who are ready to help. Visit www.velocitycare.com today to find the walk-in clinic nearest you.

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