Health Trends That Need To Go
Health and wellness have become a massive industry that is showing no signs of slowing down. People taking a greater interest in their health is a positive sign for the overall direction of the future, but unfortunately, we have also seen some pretty nutty health fads that are misleading. Here are some of the craziest health trends we wish would just go away.
A favorite among the Instagram “influencer” crowd, tea detoxes are often regarded as being a surefire solution to flush the toxins out of your body and help you lose weight in the process. In reality, there are no magic ingredients in these teas, and they sure won’t be the golden ticket to losing weight and getting fit.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There are some real benefits to ingesting apple cider vinegar, including some powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. Unfortunately, it has been blown way out of proportion in terms of just how beneficial it is for you. It is no magic tonic by any means, so don’t expect any drastic health changes if you decide to incorporate it into your daily diet.
For a moment, you couldn’t go on Instagram without seeing an ad of someone brushing their teeth with some god awful looking black paste. Promising to be a cheap method of whitening your teeth, activated charcoal actually works to some degree. The problem lies in the fact that charcoal is effective at whitening your teeth because it is actually stripping the enamel, which can be extremely damaging to your oral hygiene. It’s probably a better idea to skip out on this health fad.
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of living a healthy life, and a new trend known as segmented sleep encourages people to take several two hours naps throughout the day. While not particularly dangerous, extensive research has shown that seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep is the best way to get proper rest.
Appetite Suppressant Lollipops
These absolutely absurd weight loss supplements are literally lollipops that are packed with ingredients that are known to suppress your appetite. After the Kardashains promoted these on their social media accounts, countless people flocked to try these to help keep their hands out of the cookie jar. Turns out, they have been completely denounced by health experts, and have even been shown to promote disordered eating and unhealthy habits.
Seemingly making a comeback from the ’80s, waist trainers have been picked up and promoted by celebrities as being a great way to get a toned core and waist. While corsets have been used since the 16th century, the similar technique of waist training is a painful and slow way of achieving a slim physique. Unfortunately, it still takes good old fashioned hard work in the gym to achieve the look that is promised by waist trainers.
These curious little contraptions are jade stones that are strategically rolled over your face. Originating in the 17th century China, they are said to be effective in removing toxins and inflammation, giving you clearer, healthier skin. They can even be stored in the freezer so they stay cold. While it may feel good to get a nice freezing-cold face massage, jade stones aren’t going to be doing anything significant for your skin. You’re better off focusing on eating clean, using SPF daily, minimizing stress, and staying hydrated if you want clear, young-looking skin.