Top 10 most stupid health myths
1 Bubble Gum
Myth: Swallowed chewing gum has been digested for seven years.
Truth: Despite the fact that chewing gum sticks to almost everything, your stomach is one of the few exceptions! Experts recognize that your body can not digest the gum, but it will quietly pass through the digestive system in a completely normal period of time (about 24 hours for the average person). But, what is most interesting, it, as if to say, will come out in the same form as it got into your body – in the form of a sticky lump!
Myth: Reading in poor light impairs vision.
Truth: If you replaced light bulbs in your bedroom with an industrial spotlight in order to preserve your vision, you feel better when you find out that this myth, despite what your mom said, is just an invention! Proof of? Let us return to the past when our ancestors read in the flickering candlelight and their vision did not deteriorate!
3 Fight against cold
Myth: Eat during a cold and fast when you have a fever.
Truth: Regardless of what exactly you are ill with, this is the most important thing that you need to remember: your body needs energy to defeat a disease. What is best to do when you feel bad? Stay at home, drink plenty of fluids and eat normal, full of nutrients food!
4 Chocolate mania
Myth: Chocolate acne appears.
Truth: Chocolate lovers all over the world can now breathe easy, because chocolate is not only not harmful to your skin, but on the contrary, can improve the color of your face! The fact is that the appearance of acne is caused by a combination of several factors, such as, bacteria in the pores, stress, hyperactive sebaceous glands, hormones. And despite the fact that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is undeniably the most beneficial to health, adding a small amount of dark chocolate to it, best of all without additives, will not cause your skin any harm!
5 Chicken broth against flu
Myth: Homemade chicken soup is the best medicine for treating colds.
Truth: Okay, there is still some truth in this “health myth”. Although chicken broth does not have a direct therapeutic effect, it can indirectly deal with the ailment. Namely, the water from the warm soup helps to restore the lost fluid (by the way, whatever the trickle of your nose, it is also considered to be the fluid that your body has lost). And salt, in turn, helps the body retain water and prevents possible dehydration.
6 Clicking with knuckles
Myth: Clicking with finger joints can cause arthritis.
Truth: Despite the fact that this is not really the most useful nervous habit, clicking the joints of the fingers is not such a dangerous occupation. To make sure that you do not harm your body, first of all, let’s look at the anatomy of the joints. In order to protect our connecting (touching) bones from their almost complete grinding into dust, there is a bag (bursa) in each joint filled with a lubricant called “synovial fluid”. When a person flexes, snaps, or pulls out the joints, small air bubbles form in this fluid, and when they burst, we hear something like a pop or a click! Although clicking the joints of the fingers will not cause arthritis (which actually arises due to other factors such as age, weight, genetic characteristics, lifestyle), this exercise can stretch the ligaments and even lead to a slight decrease in the strength of the fingers. .
Myth: The average person uses only 10 percent of his brain.
The truth: Sometimes you, of course, are ready to swear that your head is not working at full capacity, but various studies in the field of brain functioning have shown that there are no inactive departments in our head. And, although it is true that some parts of the brain are responsible for certain operations, or respond better to certain stimuli, experiments with lobotomy (cutting out some parts of the brain to treat mental disorders) have proven that reducing the size of the brain can have extremely destructive consequences.
Myth: To achieve an optimal level of health, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
Truth: We do not deny that water is important for health, but there is no single rule on how much to drink during the day. All in all, this myth appeared in 1945 after the publication of an article by the National Research Council, which stated that 8 glasses of water a day is the norm for an adult. However, the public then did not pay enough attention to the last sentence of this article. And it was written in it that most of the required amount of fluid enters the body from juices, milk, and even drinks containing caffeine! Our advice? Water is an indispensable drink (as sugar may be contained in juices and milk), especially useful for recovery.