Debunking Nutritional Myths

One of the greatest of human concerns is that of maintaining good health. Experiencing failing health or sickness is not only uncomfortable, but it is inconvenient as it takes you away from your job, family, and other activities that you enjoy or tasks that need to be done. In order to live a healthy and balanced life, you must treat your body well by establishing good dietary habits and implementing consistent physical activity. While these can do much to promote good health, sometimes you cannot avoid becoming sick.

There are many nutritional and health myths out there that can preoccupy us without actually keeping us healthy. These Old Wives’ Tales are easy to believe as we have been told them all of our lives. In order to obtain the best and most natural health, a couple of these myths will be debunked and explained.

The Common Cold

Growing up, we’ve all heard from our elders not to play in the rain or leave the house without a jacket, because we will catch a cold. Other old wives tales related to the common cold are: being outside with wet hair can cause a cold, or eating chicken noodle soup will fight one. While some of these claims have some factual evidence to them, many of these are merely tales that have been perpetuated over the years as idiomatic expressions we say.

The truth about the common cold is that it is a virus passed between people. Going outside without a coat does not give you a cold, neither does playing in the rain or leaving your hair wet. The best way to prevent getting a cold is to regularly wash your hands and make sure your immune system is functioning.

As for eating chicken noodle soup when you’re sick, this is actually true. Originally, homemade chicken noodle soup was made from scratch and the nutrients from the bones were cooked into the soup. This fresh soup was very high in calcium which helps the immune system. A bowl of canned soup may not have the same effect, but homemade soup can do the trick.

The Multivitamin

Multivitamins are commonly seen as a solution to overall health. Studies have shown, that taking a multivitamin may not have much of an effect at all on influencing overall health. The problem with most multivitamins is that they are comprised of vitamins and minerals that are not properly absorbed by the body through a condensed pill. If the body cannot absorb the nutrients, they will have no effect, but rather they will simply pass through the system. The best way to obtain the proper nutrition is by eating a balanced diet of nutrient-dense foods.

Ways to Promote Overall Health

While you may not always be able to prevent getting a cold or receive all the nutrients through your diet, there is a lot you can do by simply being aware of what you eat and how often you wash your hands.

In the case that you do get a cold, at Western Botanicals, we offer a wide variety of solutions that will have you back on your feet in no time. These are specially designed nutritional supplements and immune boosting products, things you need to achieve the best health can be found at Western Botanicals.

Try our Nature’s C Complex to get your dose of Vitamin C, or try our specially formulated Earth’s Nutrition and Bountiful Blend to obtain many of the vitamins and minerals you may be missing. All of our products are made from the best ingredients to ensure that you get the most out of them at an affordable price.