Healthy Living: 20 Common Health Myths Exposed
Everyone has a different requirement for water. Temperature, humidity, size, age, gender and activity have an influence on your fluid needs.
Instead, drink when you are thirsty.
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Eggs have a lot of cholesterol compared to other foods. Although cholesterol in the blood is strongly related to heart disease, eating cholesterol is weakly associated with raising the cholesterol levels in your blood.
Eggs have other heart-protecting properties and eating it probably won't harm your heart.
Colds do not come from going outside with wet clothes or hair. Colds come from viruses and may spread at any time.
Colds and flu spread easier in winter because people are spending their time together in close proximity.
The healthiest way to get vitamins to your body is through fruits and vegetables.
The general population get all the vitamins they need from their diets. Taking added supplements won't necessarily be beneficial. It may even be harmful.
It does not matter when you eat. Your body treats a calorie like a calorie, regardless of when it was ingested.
Antibiotics are prescribed only for bacterial infections. It is futile against viruses.
The color of your mucus does not indicate a bacterial infection. Viruses can produce a green mucus, too.
Sugar does not seem to have any hyperactive effect on children.
This myth was popularized with the Feingold Diet in the 1970s, where parents were advised to remove sugar to help calm their children.
Disease-causing microbes are everywhere, not just in public toilets. However, toilets are cleaned more often. Compared to other objects like keyboards, cellphones or money, the toilet is not a major source of disease-carrying microbes.
Cracking knuckles can cause swollen hands and loss of some grip strength. The popping noise comes from bubbles bursting in your joint fluid. It, however, does not cause arthiritis.
Eating fruit, vegetables and whole grains are healthier than eating processed foods.
However, food with organic or natural ingredients can be full of saturated fat, sugar or other empty calories that can make it a less healthy choice.
Vaccines can cause side effects that may have potential problems for some children.
The upside is that it may provide protection from diseases like polio, measles or whooping cough.
Radiation can be either high-energy or low-energy. High-energy radiation like x-rays and gamma rays can damage your DNA.
Low-energy radiation from smartphones or microwaves is not strong enough to damage DNA.
Most bacteria we come into contact with are either neutral or beneficial to us.
However, there are harmful bacteria that can cause diseases like tuberculosis or cholera.
Homoeopathy is the practice of mixing a tiny amount of a drug or herb into water in an attempt to reverse the drug or herb's effects.
Studies have revealed that there is no strong evidence in favor of homoeopathy.
A diet book was released in 1996 claiming that diets depended on a person's GBO genotype, but a large study involving 1455 people debunked the theory.
The word "detox" is used as an advertising buzzword.
Fifteen products that claim to detoxify, were reviewed by scientists. When the investigators inquired what toxins were targeted and how these toxins were removed, the companies were unable to provide answers.
Your immune system is a complex series of processes involving antibodies, certain proteins, parts of your blood, and more.
When a product claims to boost your immune system but does not specify which part of the immune system, you should question it.
(For example, activating your inflammatory response is a way to boost your immune system, but would also put you at risk of a stroke or other health problems.)
Your brain is active regardless of what activity you do. Some parts of the brain are used fro certain activities more than others, but there aren't areas that aren't used.
Swimming right after eating does not give you cramps.
If you do cramp while you swim, tighten and relax the muscle until the cramp works its way out.
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You can't catch a cold from being cold. A virus is responsible for contracting a cold. We become infected with viruses when we are in close quarters with other people infected with a virus.
Cracking joints do not cause arthritis. Research done found people who crack their joints are at the same risk of getting arthritis than those who don't.
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Many allergies that people have are a misguided response from the immune system that treat harmless foreign bodies as harmful pathogens.
While over-the-counter medicines provide us with a so-called ‘relief’ by suppressing our fever, runny nose and other ‘symptoms’, these are in fact necessary for the body to get well. The symptoms we want to be stopped are not our enemy:
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With over 200 different kinds of viruses that make up the common cold, Science is struggling to find a cure.
Adults suffer this elusive, widespread, and infectious disease 2 to 4 times...
Scientists to date have identified seven virus families that cause the majority of colds:
For Doctors, vaccines are preferable to drugs as they protect the host even before any infection.
For Pharmaceutical companies (Big Pharma), vaccines don't spell money, as much as over-the-counter drugs and treatment do.
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