Health LIES We Still Believe

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Throughout our lives we are told different things about what is good for us and what isn’t and many of those rules that we’ve followed religiously are actually not even true and have long since been discredited. Today we’ll look at but a few that many people still believe, and you might recognize some that you still follow.

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12 - Night time calories are more fattening…
Dr. John Foreyt puts it this way,” “Calories are calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in.” So basically, as long you plan that night time snack as part of your daily limit of calories, you’ll be totally fine!

11 - Bigger feet = bigger…
You know where we’re going with that, and guys, if you have small feet, let it be said that there is no direct link between your feet and your nether region. Studies have been done around the world, all coming to the same conclusion… A: Their time could have been better used elsewhere, and B: there was no correlation between feet and size of the you know what!

10 - Gum stays in your stomach for 7-years!
It’s easy to see why people would have jumped to this conclusion, and that’s because some of the ingredients of chewing gum include elastomers, resin and wax which are indigestible, but that’s not going to leave it sitting in your stomach for 7-years! There are many other things which you swallow that are also indigestible, but they do still pass through your system.

9 - Bacteria is bad…
Granted, there is a lot of bacteria that is bad, but there is also a lot of bacteria that is actually good for you. However, we’ve become obsessed with cleanliness and keeping things as sterile as possible, but all to our detriment. Example, our skin is host to a lot of good bacteria which can assist in disease prevention, and the same goes for our gut which also contains good bacteria. If we take antibiotics too often, we destroy the good bacteria and same goes for our skin, if we over-cleanse our skin, we also rid the body of the good bacteria we need for every day functioning.

8 - An apple a day keeps the doctor away…
In a perfect world, this would be awesome! Apples do contain Vitamin C and fiber, but your body needs a whole lot more than that to ensure it stays away from the doctor.

7 - Cravings mean you’re deficient…
Often you hear people telling you the reason they’re craving something is because their body is lacking in whatever it is they’re craving. Feeling like a milkshake? Your body must be deficient in sugar and milk. Craving a whole bag of crisps? Your body must be deficient in tons of salt and oil… Ok, you get how crazy this sounds! There’s no truth in that myth at all.

6 - Drink 8 glasses of water a day…
It’s believed the drinking 8 glasses of water a day myth began in 1945 when the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council confirmed that we should be taking in 2.5 liters of water every day, which is roughly 8 glasses or 2/3rd of a gallon. The media and health “experts” ran with that but didn’t seem to add the fact that so much of our liquid is taken in from our foods that we eat. Some fruits and veggies are made up of 90% water and eating food like soups also aid in upping our liquid intake.

5 - Fingernails continue to grow after life…
This is more a misperception than anything else, as many do believe that our hair and nail continue to grow despite the fact that the body is no longer functioning. It’s been proven that that is not the case, but rather the body’s skin is drying out therefor retracting, making it look like the hair and nails are longer.

4 - Honey is better than sugar…
I know that feeling, you feel a lot less guilty eating sweet honey than you do when you eat sugar. In fact, many of us have fooled ourselves into believing honey is healthy for us. Professor Alan Levinovitz told Business Insider, "Scientists would be surprised to hear about the 'clear superiority' of honey, since there is a near unanimous consensus that the biological effect of high-fructose corn syrup is essentially the same as those of honey.”

3 - Humans have 5 senses…
We’ve always known that humans have 5 senses, sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. But those are merely a few of the senses we have. What about balance? Temperature? Sense of time? Proprioception – that amazing ability of your body to not walk into things all the time. We have so many more senses than just 5!

2 - Wet hair and cold weather makes you sick…
This is a bit of an old wife’s tail that believes if you leave the house with wet hair on a cold day, you will get sick! Here’s the thing… germs and viruses make you sick. You might feel uncomfortable and cold with your wet hair, but unless you pick up a virus, chances of you getting sick are slim to none.

Health LIES We Still Believe

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