Seems like just about every day the headlines are full of some new health news… Let’s set the record straight on ten of the commonly repeated myths we’ve been hearing out there… and the facts you need to know.
1. You must drink 8 glasses of water a day. Research finds that those who drink a glass of water when they feel thirsty get enough liquid to stay healthy and keep hydrated. Foods that have lots of water… soup, fruit and veggies, as well as drinks like juice, coffee and tea are all ways to keep your body hydrated. The only time you should up your water intake is if your urine is a dark, yellow, you’re very active (or live) in a hot climate or if you don’t pass urine regularly.
2. Eggs are bad for your heart. Don’t despair egg lovers, eating an egg (or two) a day won’t raise the risk of heart disease in someone who is healthy. Sure the yolks are natural sources of cholesterol, but the amount isn’t as bad for you as the mix of fats from all the other foods you’re eating. Plus, eggs have lots of natural nutrients, including omega-3, that have been shown to be beneficial.
3. Antiperspirant cause breast cancer. There are some experts who believe that the chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants can be absorbed into the skin of your underarm, and then end up in breast tissue and increase the chances of tumors in this area. Yet the National Cancer Institute says there is absolutely no evidence connecting these products with breast cancer.
4. Being chilled gives you a cold. Despite what you may have been told, spending too much time in the cold air does not make you more likely to get sick. In fact, you’re more apt to get sick when spending time indoors, where germs are released into the air from coughs and sneezed and have nowhere to go. In research on men who spent time out in the cold, they actually had an increase in virus fighting action in their immune systems. So go out, enjoy the fresh, icy air without the worry that you’ll catch a cold.
5. You need to take a daily multivitamin. Researchers do not all agree that multivitamins can make up for the nutrients you aren’t getting from what you eat. If you’ve been told to take a vitamin by your healthcare professional, then do so. If you’re pregnant you need folic acid daily. Of course the best way to get nutrients is from the foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, healthy oils) that you eat on a regular basis, not a pill.
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6. Eat breakfast to lose weight. Sure eating breakfast is important, and it does help some people with weight because it holds off hunger, and may keep you from picking on snacks later in the day. But even if you hate eating breakfast, you can slim down according to a Cornell University study. Non-breakfast eaters were found to take in about 400 fewer calories each day. So for some people, not eating that first meal of the day works just fine.
7. Green mucus means infection. Unfortunately, the leavings on a tissue do not take the place of lab tests, and do not indicate infection by color. Research has found that green or yellow mucus is slightly more common in some infections, but this is no sure sign that you have something or need treatment with antibiotics.
8. Sugar makes kids hyper. Though we know that sugar isn’t good for a child, research finds that it doesn’t cause them to act out, or harm their work at school or keep them focusing. Parents believe (expect) there’s a link, and see what they expect.
9. A toilet seat can make you sick. Despite what you’ve been told, toilet seats are pretty clean, it’s the doors and handles and floors of the rest room that are home to some pretty nasty microbes. Cover your hand with a paper towel before you touch handles or doors, and be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer every time.
10. Cracking joints causes arthritis. Even though the sound might make you cringe, there’s no harm. The cracking comes from a gas bubble that forms between the bones and pops. Studies have found it doesn’t play any part in arthritis. If you do feel pain when you do it, stop and see your doctor.
To your good health,