5 Common Health Beliefs Busted as Myths


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.

For tons more medical myth busting, visit UAMS or email them your question: medicalmyths@uams.edu

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2 thoughts on “5 Common Health Beliefs Busted as Myths

  1. Pretty proud of me….I knew the answers

    But the water one was only debunked in my mind after I started running. Watching the color of urine has become a daily habit now. Hydration equals better running. I drink water throughout the day but I don’t have a check off 64 ounce list anymore.

    Love the Vita-Meta-Vegamin photo grab 🙂

  2. Good work Cynthia! Hydration is so important, yet many people pay no attention to it. I’m glad you are in tune to your body’s needs. Thanks for commenting!

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