Common Health and Hygiene Trends That Don’t Have a Proven Foundation


Small Frequent Meals vs. Fewer Big Meals. The “frequent feeding model” is beloved by dieticians and bodybuilders. But is it really good for our health? The idea comes from the fact that eating raises the metabolism. Although this is true, it only causes a slight increase. Energy used is determined by the amount of food we consume, NOT by the number of meals we eat. Not only is continuous eating time consuming, it is also unnatural. It is unhealthy for the body to always be fed; occasional periods of fasting are beneficial to our metabolism. When we don’t eat for a time, our bodies undergo a cellular process called autophagy that cleans waste products out of our cells. Take a break from all the food and let your body cleanse itself!

Artificial Sweeteners. Like most people, you may think that you’re making a health-conscious choice when choosing a zero-calorie soda. However, zero calorie sodas are filled with artificial sweeteners which may not be a good alternative. Artificial sweeteners lack the calories, but can have the same effects as sugar. Like sugar, artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and promotes weight gain. Artificial sweeteners also have a stronger flavor than real sugar, so over time foods and drinks with artificial sweeteners dull our sense of taste. Headaches, increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and depression are linked to artificial sweeteners. Next time you think you think about drinking a diet soda, think again!

Showering Daily. According to new research, there is no need to feel bad if you skip a shower or two! Believe it or not, showering every day can do more harm than good. Research from the Genetic Science Center at the University of Utah found that excessive cleaning can harm the human microbiome (a collection of bacteria, microbes and viruses that live on your body). Microbiome is essential for our health, and disrupting it could cause disease. Consider cutting down on your daily showers!

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Vs. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. Who doesn’t love the convenience of frozen produce? It requires zero prep and it’s ready to cook whenever you’re hungry. While uncooked fresh produce has been thought of as the healthiest option, new research leads us to believe that frozen produce may be the better option. Fresh fruits and vegetables produce enzymes trypsin and chymotrypsin that stimulate loss of flavor, color and nutrients, while frozen produce is picked at the peak of its ripeness.

Multivitamins For Better Health. You may be surprised to learn that those multivitamins you take religiously may have little or no effect to your health. Studies have found that taking a multivitamin does not reduce your chances of developing heart disease, cancer or memory loss. Don’t waste your money on multivitamins; focus your efforts on a healthy and balanced diet to consume the nutrients you need!

Sources: webmd.com, washingtonpost.com, independent.co.ukhopkinsmedicine.org, bornfitness.com, health.harvard.edu

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