For too long we humans have been living in fear of common health misconceptions. For too long we have been letting them rule and subsequently ruin our lives. For too long we have yielded to what we think are the right things to do when it comes to our health and, in turn, ignored the things that are actually right to do. But no more. Now, it’s time for you to start overcoming these common health misconceptions – by doing so, you might just save your own life.
Below you will find common health misconceptions listed as wrong, and the right things to do when it comes to health listed as right.
Make that leap of faith. Overcome those misconceptions.
It’s better to hide from an illness and hope it fixes itself rather than face it and get it checked — WRONG
It’s better to know of an illness, than to be in the dark about it — RIGHT
Too many of us live by the misconception (for whatever reason) that it is for some reason better to pretend that an illness doesn’t exist, and even ignore the warning signs of it, than to get tested or checked for it. But, by living by this misconception you could be putting yourself in far more danger than you are already in. By pretending you do not have an affliction and ignoring the fact that it is there, and subsequently refusing to get it checked and treated, you give it opportunity to grow. And, afflictions won’t ever think twice about growing. They’ll grow and grow until they cannot grow any longer, and the only time they can’t grow anymore is when their damage has become irreparable.
So, no matter how scared you are of doing so, get yourself checked over by a professional caregiver. This could mean getting HIV test info and testing if you believe you have put yourself in danger of contracting the disease because, although not completely treatable, it is still a disease that is manageable if given the right treatment. This could mean getting yourself checked over if you are in fear of having a hereditary disease, say if your parents have or had a disease that could very well be passed on, before you even have signs of having it, to catch it before it worsens. Or this could mean visiting your doctor as soon as you discover a symptom or evidence of a disease in your body, no matter how innocuous you may deem it to be. By doing these things you don’t leave it until it is too late to get yourself treatment. By doing these things, and not burying your head in the sand due to fear, you give yourself a better chance of survival and ultimately a long, happy life ahead.
Vaccines do not work and should be avoided at all costs — WRONG
Vaccines ought to be taken, especially by those who are recommended to need them — RIGHT
Whatever misconceptions and conspiracy theories you may hear when it comes to vaccines, particularly the flu vaccine, don’t let that stop you from getting vaccinated if it has been recommended specifically to you by a professional health provider.
Living by the common misconception that vaccines do more harm than good, and listening to theories like the one that claims they are given to us by governing bodies to control the population, can put you in real danger of contracting a completely preventable disease. By not being vaccinated against the flu, for instance, you open yourself up to a whole winter of being dangerously exposed to various alignments. If you send your child to school every day then you never know what kind of illness they will bring home with them as schools are hotbeds for bugs and germs. If you go to work every day, then you never know what kind of illness those that you come into contact with may be harboring. The point is, if you want to remain healthy throughout the cold, harsh months of winter, then a flu vaccination might be a good idea for you. Always check with a doctor first to ensure it’s safe for you though.
To be healthy, you must have no bad habits or vices whatsoever — WRONG
You can live a healthy lifestyle and have habits deemed to be unhealthy at the same time — RIGHT
Life is not all black and white. It’s not always a case of doing one thing, and not doing another. In life, we all can and we all do contradictory things. And it’s okay to do this — in fact, doing so keeps life entertaining. And what this means in regards to health is simple: it means that you can live a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying unhealthy things. Thus, you don’t need to completely cut all the bad habits and vices out of your life in your quest to be a healthy person. Specifically, this means that alcohol can still be consumed and smoking can continue even in a healthy lifestyle, but only if you make big adjustments and changes relating to them.
In regards to the drinking and the consumption of alcohol, there are safe ways to do it that won’t hamper a healthy lifestyle too much, if at all. These safe tips include making thorough plans for drinking sessions so that nothing is left to chance when it begins, and then knowing your alcohol tolerance levels as it continues through the night; eating a big meal before you drink, and continuing to eat lighter snacks while you drink; slowing down consumption when you feel as if it is getting the better of you; skipping a round of alcoholic drinks and getting a water instead in order to get your head back together; not drinking anything unfamiliar to you; not mixing the different types of drinks that you consume; and only consuming drinks with a quality reputation or from a quality brand.
In regards to smoking, even more changes will have to be made. These changes apply to everyday life. One such change is cutting cigarette smoking and tobacco intake right down to one a day — this can be done gradually and taken day by day. Another change is ceasing to smoke cigarettes entirely, and switching to vapes instead. You can still enjoy your smoking habit, without letting it encroach on your otherwise healthy lifestyle too much. What’s more you’ll save yourself a bucket load of cash and protect both your teeth and fingernails while doing so.
The reality is that most of us have bad habits and vices. When life’s stresses come up, we tend to turn to them. Yes, it’s okay to have some fun once in awhile, but this fun should only be enjoyed, well, once in awhile. This type of fun and these types of habits should be enjoyed sparingly and never indulged on. That way, they can be fitted into a healthy lifestyle and need not hinder it. Of course, to live a complete, 100 percent healthy lifestyle, it is recommended that unhealthy habits are cut out entirely.
You must drink at least eight glasses of water a day — WRONG
Water is always recommended, but eight glasses? Not necessarily — RIGHT
Everybody knows the benefits of drinking water, right? It helps the skin, the kidneys, and more. But, we don’t need to drink eight glasses of it a day to activate all the healthy, good things it does for us. No, our bodies self-regulate fluids, which means we are not under as much pressure to drink copious amounts of water as numerous people who are “in the know” instruct us. In fact, drinking too much water can lead to health complications. So, if you’re thirsty, and you want some water, drink some water. if you’re not thirsty, and you don’t want water, then don’t drink it.
There are a host of common health misconceptions holding us back from living truly healthy lives. So, it’s time to stop letting these myths restrain us. It’s time to stop letting these preconceived ideas that we have in our heads guide us. It’s time to overcome them and live healthily in our own ways.