3 health myths vs. the truth

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There is a lot of misinformation about health and nutrition out there. Once a month, I share the common misconceptions that I hear from my clients and offer you the truth that I have absorbed form my years of experience.


Myth no. 1

3 cups of coffee a day is healthy for you.

Truth:

Limit your coffee intake to one coffee a day.

In 2014, The FDA released a statement about coffee, claiming that drinking three cups of coffee a day is healthy for you. However, I am here to tell you otherwise. Coffee is a diuretic. Meaning that it dehydrates your organs like your bladder, your liver and your kidneys. That’s why you need to urinate within half-an-hour of drinking coffee.

Conclusion: I’m not sure why The FDA released this statement but I can clearly tell you that limiting coffee in my client’s diets has helped them with their levels of energy and overall wellbeing. So, I would tell you to do the same.

Myth no. 2

Animal protein is the best kind of protein.

Truth: There are grains, legumes and plants that are high in protein.

When we were kids, we were told that animal protein was the best kind of protein to eat. However, I am here to debunk this because there are many grains and vegetables that are high in protein. One being, quinoa. Quinoa has 8g of protein per cup. Which is comparable, if not more, protein in this Central American grain. Do your research or reach out to a health professional about sources of protein that are not animal-based.

Myth no. 3

Vegan is always better.

Truth: It depends on your body type.

Although, I am all for living as plant-based as you can, it does not suit everyone’s body type. I’ve written different articles about how being vegan was not the best choice for me but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t the best choice for others. I know people who have cured their Type 2 Diabetes from being vegan over a few months. And then, I know some vegans who developed cancer and are not healthy in the slightest. The label of being a vegan is just a label. Health is more than a label; it’s a journey. Listen to your body and make the best choices for yourself.

 About the author.

Hali has been practicing yoga for fifteen years. She started in her native country, South Africa with The Ashtanga practice. She stopped for a few years and found herself practicing again after she left dance and an unhealthy relationship at the age of 19. Through yoga, she has found acceptance and love that she had never been able to give herself and realized that she was the only one who could make herself happy. She became a yoga teacher and wellness professional five years ago. She has studied with Jared McCann, Joshua Rosenthal, Deepak Chopra, Frank Lipman, Erin Rose Vaughan and many others in the wellness community. She teaches Bikram, Vinyasa, Advanced Vinyasa, Yin and Ashtanga.
Hali was born in New York but raised in South Africa, her parents native country, and England. She has been mentioned in The New York Times, MindBodyGreen and Thrive Global. She also runs BiologiqueLife, an online magazine about living organically. She believes that everyday has been sent to us in order for our souls to flourish through challenge and gratitude.