What are the most dangerous health trends? Today I’ll answer this question in detail for you. It’s a fact that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a growing number of people are turning their attention to their overall health and well-being. While this is a good thing, you must understand right from wrong in regards to health trends. Should you get on board with dangerous health trends, there’s a good chance it’ll cause more harm than good.
Fortunately, with the right amount of research, as well as the help of your medical team, you can pinpoint trends to avoid. But remember this: it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Always be sure to ask your doctor before hopping onto any health trends, and keep second opinions in mind as well. Even doctors make mistakes, so tread lightly when it comes to your health. Overall, you know your body best, but it wouldn’t help to be aware of the more dangerous health trends.
Here are 8 of the most dangerous health trends
1. DIY Braces
You’ve probably seen the videos on YouTube. You’ve probably heard about it from your children.
There are teens (and adults) who believe that DIY braces are just as effective as a professional solution. However, nothing could be further from the truth. We’re not talking about products such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect, either — instead, this is all about using products around home—such as rubber bands—to chase the desired result of straight teeth. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only dental health trend you’ll want to avoid.
2. Activated Charcoal Products
In recent years, people began to believe that activated charcoal products were beneficial to their dental health. Specifically, there’s a myth that charcoal toothpaste is safe and more effective than traditional products, especially when it comes to a whiter and brighter smile. Just the same, many people believe that adding activated charcoal to their food is a good idea.
Unfortunately, these products can cause more harm than good—such as by causing the loss of tooth structure—which is why activated charcoal has been banned from food in New York City among other parts of the world.
Vaping picked up a lot of steam during 2019 and 2020, and was touted as a way for smokers to quit the habit — but it wasn’t long before researchers found that vaping products, such as the popular Juul brand, are actually capable of delivering nicotine as effectively as cigarettes.
In the early days of vaping, it was believed to be safer than cigarettes. However, it didn’t take long to debunk this myth. For example, there are a variety of risks for those that vape, especially where it concerns young people. Because of the included nicotine, for example, vaping can lead to a nicotine addiction which is extremely harmful to developing minds and can introduce young audiences to more dangerous forms of nicotine such as actual cigarettes.
4. CBD, CBD, and More CBD
Although there are plenty of studies that point to the negative nature of vaping, CBD products, on the other hand, have an overwhelming amount of studies that point towards their benefits. However, this doesn’t mean you should overdo it.
While it takes a lot of CBD to have an adverse effect on your health, too much can result in serious side effects such as fatigue and diarrhea. This typically only holds true for CBD that you ingest, such as oils, but that doesn’t mean you should go overboard with topicals and related products.
Consider both the medicinal value and the potential drawbacks of putting too much CBD into your body.
5. Celery Juice
Most health trends become dangerous when many discover the misleading nature of popular health movements, and celery juice is no different.
With so many celebrities talking up the benefits of celery juice, such as the claimed ability to slow down the aging process, there’s no wonder why it became a big health trend in 2020. But before you go down this path in 2021, there’s something you need to know: this concoction may not be nearly as powerful as it’s made out to be.
While there’s nothing wrong with eating celery daily, don’t go all-in on the celery juice idea expecting anti-aging results — specifically if you’re looking for the results being claimed by celebrities, as there’s no evidence to back up the many health claims being spread.
6. Weight Loss Tea
Once again, this trend was set in motion by celebrities. And once again, it’s important to realize that weight loss tea is nothing more than a myth. Some nutritionists even claim that some “weight-loss” teas ultimately lead to dehydration and diarrhea. This trend has become so popular despite these adverse effects to the point that political leaders are taking notice. Even the United States senator, Richard Blumenthal insisted on an investigation on predatory tea companies.
Although it is tempting to think about losing weight simply from sipping on a cup of tea, it doesn’t exist. The only true way to “detoxify” your body is to stop eating foods that cause dietary harm, and exercise.
7. Waist Training
With celery juice and weight loss tea deemed useless in the journey towards unattainable body goals, many people turned to other devices to slim down their waist. So, as waist training devices entered the market, it was natural for them to turn into top sellers.
But there’s a problem with this. Waist training is dangerous, as it can result in breathing difficulties, discomfort, and pain. Instead, it’s recommended that one focus on eating healthy and focusing on core-workouts that target the muscles of the tummy in order to achieve a narrower waist. However, it’s almost important to keep in mind that one’s natural anatomy will always play a role when it comes to measurements, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t reach the size you see on a celebrity.
8. Raw Water
The “raw water” trend has been going strong for a few years now, but it’s one of the most dangerous on this list.
Raw water is exactly what it sounds like. Without processing, it’s claimed that essential vitamins and nutrients are left in the water before being bottled. And while that sounds like a good thing, there’s just one problem. Raw water can also contain contaminants that you don’t want to put into your body, such as bacteria, parasites, metals, pesticides, and more. There’s a reason why water is processed before it reaches your home.
Final Thoughts on Dangerous Health Trends
It’s clear that there are a variety of health trends that can lead you down a dark path, and possible even make your health worse on the other side. If the worst happens, you could find yourself ill, injured, and possibly even swimming in medical debt. Remember, there’s nothing more important than your health, so before you take part in any new health trend, be sure to be vigilant, do your research, and keep your expectations realistic as we move forward into 2021!
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