Here are the final three health myths I’ll be sharing with you, but there are still many more out there, leading people astray.
I’m feeling better knowing that these can help clear up your confusion about where to put your efforts to get the most benefits. If you’re still unsure, you can always reach out for help!
Myth: If you've got "bad" genes, you're screwed
You have fixed heritable traits (think: your hair and eye color) but many of your genes turn on or off only in response to signals they receive from their environment. This is the study of epigenetics. In other words, just because something runs in your family, it doesn’t mean you’re destined to share it.
Around 80% of the determining factors comes from your lifestyle (as families often share those, you can see how it may look like it's in your genes!).
Elevating your habits across The 5 Facets can help your genes activate the pathways to energetic health.
Myth: Trying to burn body fat, tone your muscles, or do anything health-related is work
If by work, you mean effort, then this isn't a complete myth. There is effort involved when you try anything new. But that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyable, too. And once you have the habit in place, you'll gain more energy from it than you expended.
Back to the idea of enjoying it: Glamour, pleasure, and fun are not superfluous in the context of your health and wellness. Drudgery will not make you radiant. Being bored with how you eat or exhausted by how you move isn’t going to advance you along the path to wellness. And when it comes down to it, what’s the point of being suffused with energy and glowing health if you’re living a humdrum existence?
Myth: Your thoughts have no effect on your body
Maybe you do kinda believe in the placebo effect, but you can't get behind a deeper mind-body connection. It's too woo-woo. You don't see how your thoughts about what you do and who you are can have real physiological effects.
Consider this: Your thoughts affect your emotions which affect your choices which, in turn, have quantifiable physical effects on your body. For example, you think that you're an indulgent slacker with no willpower, which makes you feel sad and ashamed, so you turn to your favorite pint of ice cream to assuage your pain and stuff your feelings down, and then your body has to deal with the surge of sugar that's flooding your system, which it does by releasing insulin to clear it out of your bloodstream and into your body fat for storage.