Have you ever believed some health claim over the years and thought it was true because everyone repeats it? Did you ever question – really, where did you read that? Or, how do you know that’s true?
It may be common knowledge, but it doesn’t mean it’s true. Let the believer beware: next time your workout buddy tells you your exercise routine stinks because you didn’t break out a sweat, ask where he learned that from.
Debunked: 5 common health beliefs busted as myths
- You must drink 64 oz of water a day to stay healthy or lose weight
Fact: you should gauge your fluid intake based on your thirst and the color of your urine. Clear non-yellow hues is what you are “aiming” for. Dark yellow, amber, cloudy indicates your fluid intake is inadequate. And no, your fluid doesn’t just have to come from plain water – liquid beverages and the water in foods all help hydrate. However, if you drink calories, you are setting yourself up for weight gain.
- You’ll get sick if you go out in the rain or cold without a jacket.
Fact: You’ll feel colder but you won’t catch a cold. We do lose heat through our heads, so wearing a hat or drying your hair makes sense if you want to feel warmer.
- Don’t swallow your gum: It will never digest.
Fact: It will digest just fine and will come out your other end in about two days.
- You should take a daily multi-vitamin.
Fact: Studies have shown multi-vitamins don’t improve your health. What does? Eating a colorful, balanced diet. What you would spend on vitamins spend on real, non-processed food.
- Never read in dim light or you will hurt your eyes.
Fact: Your eyes may get tired but you won’t damage your eyes or permanently affect your vision.