The 5 Biggest Wellness Myths of the Past Decade, From Carb Fears to Juice Cleanses

You Should Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

"Individual water needs depend on the weather, your health, your weight, and your body composition," "You also get water from the foods you eat." So, instead of focusing on an arbitrary number, she suggests taking note of how you're feeling and watching for any signs of dehydration, like feeling thirsty or headache-y. You may find you need more or less than eight glasses of water a day.

Antiperspirant Use Is Linked to Cancer

"There are no clear studies that show a link between different types of cancers and the use of antiperspirant, "Antiperspirants do not cause cancer, and even mercury has been eliminated from many of these products, which were thought to be a culprit."

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Carbs Make You Gain Weight

While very low-carb diets have been all the rage over the past several years, there's no reason to cut carbohydrates from your diet. In fact, "doing away with carbs can put you at risk for fatigue, osteoporosis, or even neurological damage, In spite of what you've heard, carbs aren't unique in their ability to make you gain weight. "Anything consumed in excess could result in weight gain,The body has the potential to store excess consumption of any major food group as fat to be used for another time. This storage mechanism is what results in extra weight.

 

Eating Too Much Soy Can Cause Cancer

"Soy is a protein-rich, plant-based food that has a bad reputation for promoting breast cancer and other types of cancers, "This is because soy contains isoflavones, which were once thought to promote the proliferation of cancer, butevidenced-based scientific research has debunked this myth. The concentration of isoflavones is not high enough to promote cancer, and the benefits of eating soy-based foods actually outweigh the risk.

 

Juice Cleanses Help Eliminate Toxins From the Body

"The liver is the organ in the body that is responsible for eliminating toxins," "Toxins build up as a result of chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis." External toxins include what we eat and drink, even the juices you down while on a cleanse. "A juice cleanse does not eliminate toxins because they add a source of toxins to the body since it has to metabolize juices as well," What can help eliminate toxins from the body is making sure the liver stays healthy enough to effectively do its job, which can be done in part by making sure you're drinking enough water and staying hydrated