We investigate common health myths
True or false: coffee stunts your growth?
If you said true, you’re wrong. That’s just one of the many health myths we’ve grown accustomed to hearing – and believing.
It’s hard to keep up too, because every day new research and studies come along that throw another random fact, statistic and learning our way.
Does deodorant cause cancer?
The good news is that there are no conclusive studies that support this myth. Dr Andre Dreyer from Cancer Care says, “The only known way that perfume causes cancer is by masking the smell of tobacco that the person is smoking, trying to hide it from his family! In other words, there is no proof that deodorant causes cancer.”
On a related note, don’t fall for the myth that sunscreen causes cancer either. He explains, “Sunscreen does not cause cancer but can lead to excessive exposure to sunlight/ultraviolet light as people tend to tan too long, thus causing skin cancer.”
A flu vaccination causes the flu
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in America explains: “A flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The vaccine is made either with flu vaccine viruses that have been inactivated and are therefore not infectious; or with no flu vaccine viruses at all.” The most common side-effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. So, rather be safe than sorry – and get your flu shot! Remember, the flu shot is necessary every year because the flu virus itself changes and adapts each year – so last year’s shot isn’t going to protect you this year.
You must drink eight glasses of water a day
Rather, be guided by your body’s needs, say most experts. This doesn’t mean you should get dehydrated either because that could lead to health issues. Listen to your body, and drink water to stay hydrated (especially if you exercise regularly). Remember, water also helps relieve common issues like constipation and headaches.
Fat makes you fat
In the wake of the Banting and low-carb hype, we now know a little better. We’re not saying to go ahead and eat fatty food for each meal, but research has shown that not all calories are equal. Our bodies need fat – good fats to function at its best. Gaining weight is a simple formula: more calories in than calories burned. Good fats to keep in your diet are nuts, seeds and avocados which keep you fuller for longer.
You must have a bowel movement every day
According to Medical News Daily, what we eat, how much water we drink, our age, and activity levels are all factors in bowel movements. Some people have at least one a day, while others up to three. Don’t stress if you only “go” every other day – for some this is normal. “Healthy bowel habits mean that someone is pooping regularly and that the poop is soft and easy to pass. Regular bowel movements allow the colon to empty without pain or discomfort. Abnormal is watery or loose bowels, and if you typically struggle to go,” explains the site. Then you should see your doctor.
Going outdoors with wet hair makes you sick
Untrue. According to the Common Cold Research Unit in England, “Feeling cold doesn’t affect your immune system.” This is based on a study where volunteers were infected with a cold virus. Some of the group stayed in a warm room, while others stood outside in the rain with wet hair. The result: the wet group didn’t catch any more colds than the dry group. A red nose and dry skin is about all you can blame the cold weather on. Germs and viruses, not cold weather, trigger colds and flu. These bouts are frequent during winter because more people stay indoors, creating a toasty environment for germs to breed.
Knuckle-cracking causes arthritis
The worse that can happen is that you may hurt a finger joint with excessive knuckle-cracking but there’s no proof that it causes arthritis. The cracking noise is from bubbles of gas that live in the fluid that surrounds your joints. So, every time you crack a knuckle, the bubbles pop and make that noise you hear.
Feed a cold, starve a fever
A cold is caused by a virus and usually last a few days no matter what you eat. With a fever, it does no good to starve either as you need light, nutritious meals to keep energy levels up to help the body fight the virus. Either way, make sure you get plenty of liquids.
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