Did you know that there are plenty of health myths out there that have been debunked? Many of them have been around for decades – if not longer – and people still believe in them, although science has proven that they are no longer true. Here are eight of these popular health myths. How many of them have you heard of?
1) Sugar and Hyperactivity Go Hand in Hand
It’s easy to think that sugar is the number one reason why a kid becomes hyperactive. However, this is pretty far from the truth. While sugar does have some properties that give kids (and even adults) plenty of energy, and the “sugar crash” is a very real thing, in most cases, the reason why kids can’t focus or act up continuously in school is completely unrelated to the amount of sugar that they eat.
2) You’ll Never Lose Weight If You Skip Breakfast
You’ve probably heard the words “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” over and over again. Another set of health myths involve the fact that you need to eat breakfast if you want to lose weight. After all, breakfast keeps your body from thinking that it’s starving and ensures that your metabolism is running properly, right? While this is somewhat true, what isn’t is the fact that you won’t lose weight if you don’t eat breakfast. Many people skip this meal and still lose weight.
3) If Your Mucus Is Green, You Have an Infection
This happens quite often – you blow your nose, notice that your mucus is green, and then freak out, thinking that you have an infection. This isn’t actually true, as there are plenty of other reasons why your mucus might be green. In fact, even a simple cold can lead to green or yellow mucus. Keep an eye on your body and if you notice any other signs of infection, such as swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and a fever, then go to the doctor. Don’t rely on the color of your mucus alone.
4) Eggs Are Bad For You
Back in the 1980s, people began to believe that eggs caused heart disease. This isn’t true at all. Yes, the yolks of the eggs do have cholesterol in them, but it needs to be stated that eggs in general have a number of other great health benefits. These include omega-3 fatty acids, which are actually good for your heart health. What it comes down to is the rest of your diet. If you eat a lot of foods that are bad for you, then eggs are essentially the icing on the cake. However, if your diet is low in cholesterol-inducing foods, then you can eat eggs without worrying about.
5) Arthritis Is Caused By Cracking Your Joints
For the longest time, people believed that cracking their joints led to the development of arthritis. While this made sense as the time, since something was obviously wrong with those cracked joints, arthritis isn’t it. The popping sound that you hear when your joints are cracked is actually small gas bubbles. Popping, or “cracking” them won’t hurt you at all.
6) Antiperspirant and Breast Cancer Are Linked
Research has shown that the link between antiperspirant and breast cancer is one of those myths that keeps getting spread around. Cancer is caused by cells in the body that mutate, and breast cancer actually has a genetic link – in most cases, anyway. What it comes down to is the fact that using antiperspirant won’t give you breast cancer, so you can go ahead and keep using it.
7) If Go out into the Cold, You’ll Get Sick
This is one of the most common myths out. Mothers everywhere admonish their kids to zip up their jackets, don their hats and scarves, and put on their gloves before they “catch their death of cold.” Studies have shown that the exact opposite is true – people who go out into the cold regularly actually have a better immune system, regardless of how bundled up they are. Remember that colds are caused by germs, and that the best way to get infected with those germs is by being indoors, where other people are.
8) You Need to Drink a Full 8 Glasses of Water Each Day
While you do need to stay hydrated, you don’t necessarily need to drink eight glasses of water every day. In fact, you get a lot of your fluids from the foods that you eat, as well as from other beverages, like coffee, soda, tea, and so on. In fact, the actual amount of liquid (of any type) that you need to drink each day depends on your overall lifestyle. There’s even such a thing as being too hydrated. Basically, as long as you aren’t dehydrated, you’re fine.
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