People are always taking precautions to avoid getting sick and enjoy time with friends and family. This post therefore brings to light certain facts about healthy lifestyle that most of us may not be aware of.

Healthy Amount of Sleep
We all know that insufficient sleep can cause a lot of health issues ranging from physical fatigue to acute depression. But what most of us aren’t aware is that sleeping for longer hours that what the body normally needs can be as unhealthy and pose a health risk.

  • While there’s some merit to this myth, as researchers estimate that the average human needs about eight hours of sleep a night, people don’t realize that too much sleep can be equally detrimental to the body.
  • From diabetes to obesity, oversleeping has been linked to just as many problems as not sleeping enough.

Truths Related to Seasonal Cold
Cold, cough and flus are highly infectious. It is therefore suggested to keep yourself away from people and conditions that are susceptible to seasonal infections. But there are quite a few myths about colds.

  • Weather, such as humidity and temperature, have little correlation with the spread of the common cold. Instead, you are most likely to be afflicted when stuck in close proximity to people who are having a seasonal cold.
  • Yet another misconception people have is that if you have a cold, consuming vitamin C rich foods will help to cure it. In reality, while some people have had positive experiences with Vitamin C, others have seen no effect on their cold after taking these supplements.

Milk Increases Mucus Production
Despite what some people may believe, researchers have found no link between consuming milk and mucus production in the nasal passageways. As always, drinking fluids when sick is incredibly important, so don’t be afraid to reach for that milk carton.

Saturated Fat is Bad for You
Just as eating a midnight snack now and then isn’t going to instantly cause obesity, saturated fat is not the enemy that people once thought it was. Research has shown that saturated fat may not be linked to cardiovascular disease or strokes.

Below are a few additional myths people may have about food items and associated health issues.

  • Egg Yolks Create High Cholesterol – As shocking as it may sound, egg yolks are actually high in the good type of cholesterol.
  • Everyone Clutches Their Chest in a Heart Attack –As it turns out, men tend to grab their chests in a heart attack, while women tend to develop pain in their shoulders or jaws.
  • Midnight Snacks Cause Obesity – As always, there is no activity that is guaranteed to make you overweight as long as you do it in moderation.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of the misinformation that is currently floating around on health issues, it should be helpful in pointing you in the right direction to a healthy lifestyle.

For more information, visit Careworks.

Author:  Michelle Holincheck, FNP

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