11 Common Health Myths That Are Okay To IgnoreC. Dixon
We’ve all heard various myths about our health and wellbeing that seem questionable — but we’ve heard them so many times that they have to be true, right?
Not always. Carrots can’t give you night vision (though the Vitamin A it contains is good for you) and avoiding deodorant won’t make you less likely to get breast cancer. Plus, our scientific studies and methods have come a long way over the years, so the root of some of these sayings may once have had some merit, but after further study, not so much.
Here are 11 health myths that are not worth worrying over (or arguing about with your friends and coworkers and family members and dog and…)
11. You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
Hydration is important, but this saying isn’t quite on the mark. If you drink when you’re thirsty, you should be fine. Since water is present in many of the foods we eat as well as drinks like juice, milk, coffee, and tea, most people easily hit the daily allotment of 8 glasses without counting cupfuls of H2O. Although coffee and tea have caffeine, and caffeine is a diuretic, it does not offset hydration. Alcohol does affect hydration, however, so pace every adult beverage with a hydrating drink like H20 and you’ll be fine.
Signs that you should be drinking more include dark urine, irregular bowel movements, living in a hot climate, or being very active.
10. Sugar Makes Kids Hyper
Sugar isn’t a health food by any means, and limiting its consumption is smart. However, it gets a bad rap for causing hyperactivity when that has never been proven.
A doctor wrote a letter in 1974 that was published the American Academy of Pediatrics that said, “Only in the past three years have I become aware that sugar… is a leading cause of hyperactivity.” And thus, a myth was born. There have been studies on it since, but more research on the topic disproves the theory than supports it.
However, since so many people believe there’s a link, it’s sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy, and can make parents notice hyperactivity in their children after they’ve been given sugar because they’re looking for it.
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