Six Common Health Myths Debunked
Myth: The more times you lose weight, the easier it becomes.
Fact: The opposite is true: the more times you lose weight – and then regain it – the more difficult weight loss becomes. One simple explanation is that your body recognizes dieting as starvation, and in order to survive improves its ability to hold on to fat. The primary way it does this is by increasing the number of available fat cells (adipocytes), so every time you lose weight your ability to store fat literally increases. That explains why people typically regain all the weight they lost and then some.
Myth: Everyone is allergic to the same foods (e.g., wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts).
Fact: Food allergies are specific to an individual. There are also varying degrees of sensitivity to foods, and reactions can vary accordingly in severity, symptoms, onset, and length. We recommend food sensitivity testing for all of our patients to pinpoint their specific contraindicated foods and then prescribe a rotational diet that reintroduces these foods at the appropriate times.
Myth: You don’t need any supplements, you only need to eat a balanced diet.
Fact: The large majority of the population (more likely everyone) is deficient in at least one vitamin, mineral, amino acid, or neurotransmitter. On top of that, very few people eat a wide enough variety of foods day in and day out to cover all of their nutrient bases, and simply swallowing a cheap multivitamin isn’t a sufficient remedy. While correcting a nutrient deficiency is one of the best ways to improve your health and energy levels, the only effective way to do it is through comprehensive testing and precise treatment.
Myth: The age-related decline in cognitive function is unavoidable.
Fact: Deteriorating brain function as we age – forgetfulness, an inability to concentrate for long periods, etc. – is not only preventable, it may also be reversible. In fact, there are many ways to maximize brain function throughout your life and well into old age, including exercise (both physical and mental), stress reduction (e.g., meditation, yoga, adequate sleep, etc.), proper nutrition, and proper supplementation.
Myth: Low hormone levels require hormone replacement therapy.
Fact: There are several minerals that help the body manufacture hormones. If you are low in any one of these minerals, your ability to make hormones will be compromised. As we previously mentioned, the only way to know if you’re deficient in a mineral is to have your levels tested. By supplementing with the appropriate mineral, hormone levels often return to normal without the need for hormone replacement therapy.
Myth: You have to cut carbs to lose fat.
Fact: Cutting carbs may be an effective way to lose fat, but it’s also a miserable way to do it. A better strategy is to focus on the type of carbs you eat. It is best to eat low Glycemic Index, nutrient dense whole foods like fruits (especially berries), sweet potatoes, rice, quinoa, oatmeal, and multigrain or sprouted grain breads (with at least 2 g of fiber per slice)..