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The Most Popular Celebrity Health Myths: Busted


Timothy Caulfield, health science expert and author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? came back on the show to bust some celeb-perpetuated health myths!

Gwyneth Paltrow: Coffee is Poison

Myth #1: Coffee is Poison

Endorsed by: Gwyneth Paltrow

There's an ongoing myth that coffee has detriments to your health – that it exhausts your adrenals or taxes your detox organs. The reality is that coffee can actually be helpful and good for you. It can improve brain function and athletic performance. There are even studies that link it to the prevention of dementia, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's, even Alzheimer’s. At a minimum, it's not bad for you. Maybe it is if you have trouble sleeping or if it upsets your stomach, but otherwise it's fine. And studies were done on a significant amount of coffee: four or more cups a day.

Miranda Kerr: Organic is Better

Myth #2. Organic is Better

Endorsed by: Miranda Kerr

The myth here is that organic fruits and veggies are better for you than non-organic fruits and veggies.The reality is that organic food is not nutritionally superior, and that there is not enough evidence to show that there are clinical benefits to organic food. Just because something is natural doesn't mean it's better for you! Some studies have shown very small differences in micro-nutrients. Studies suggest that 50 per cent of organic food has residue from synthetic pesticides. And if you look at double blind studies on taste, organic food doesn't even taste better!

Blake Lively: Juicing is healthier

Myth #3: Juicing is Healthier

Endorsed by: Blake Lively

The myth is that we should be absorbing our vitamins quickly, in liquid form, and that it gives your system a rest. But there's no evidence to support that juicing is a better way to get our nutrients from fruits and veggies. There's not even any science behind the idea that we need to absorb our vitamins quickly, or give our digestive tract a break from fiber. Juicing is high in calories, and you're not going to feel full because it's liquid!

Katy Perry: Vitamins Cure Everything

Myth #4. Vitamins Cure Everything

Endorsed by: Katy Perry

The myth is that we should be supplementing to improve our health, live longer, and boost our immune system. However, there is very little evidence to say that you should take vitamins and supplements for health benefits. In some cases, evidence shows vitamin and supplements can sometimes be harmful, like in the cases of Vitamins E and A, which can actually increase your risk of cancer. The important qualification is that if your doctor tells you that you have a vitamin deficiency. Keep in mind that the vitamin industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. In the end, we should strive to get our vitamins from the food we eat.

gwyneth paltrow: vaginal steaming

Myth #5. Steam Down There

Endorsed by: Gwyneth Paltrow

The myth here is that women should steam their vaginas in order to cleanse their uterus, which can "balance" you and help with fertility and other reproductive health problems. The reality is that there is no evidence to support this. It is ridiculous! That region has its own biology and pH balance. You don't have to clean down there at all. It's one of those unfortunate myths that's part of the designer vagina trend.


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