Sometimes, what we think is good for us might not be as accurate as we believe, especially regarding health-related myths. They can lead us down the wrong path when taking care of ourselves. A user asked on the forum, “What are health myths most people believe in?”
Here are some responses he got!
ALL FINGERS HAVE VEINS AND ARE CONNECTED TO THE HEART
“The wedding ring is worn on the left fourth finger because it is the only finger with a vein connecting to the heart.” – popular Pinterest pin. All fingers have veins, and all veins connect to the heart.”
SITUPS AND CRUNCHES NEVER REDUCE FAT
“That sit-ups and crunches target abdominal fat. Sorry, but there is no such thing as spot fat removal unless you mean lipo.”
ANTIBIOTICS ARE FOR BACTERIAL INFECTIONS
“Finish your antibiotics, people. Even if you feel better, the other side is that you DO NOT need antibiotics for a cold. They won’t do anything but make antibiotic-resistant organisms. Antibiotics are for bacterial infections.”
FATS AS LIPIDS
“The biggest problem, I think, is the name ‘fats’ as a macronutrient. Can we not just rename them to lipids? Most people know sugar makes you fat (even if they don’t have the willpower to deny it). But most people also believe fat=fat. They can’t get over the name, making it more confusing for ignorant people.”
GYM DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS
“Gym Dietary Supplements. I do not hate all of them, but most of the supplement market in the US is selling like the magic potion from the old West again. Watch “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” Highly recommend that documentary.”
WEIGHT LOSS BY DETOXING OR CLEANSING
“No, the only time your body needs detox is if you’re addicted to drugs. Cleanses do nothing except make you lose water weight or drop a bit due to malnutrition. It all comes right back in no time. Sorry folks, a good diet, and exercise are the only way to lose weight and KEEP it off long-term. Aside from surgery, even that weight will return if you do not change your habits.”
BEING THIN AND BEING FIT
“I’m thin but very out of shape(but I have recently started going to the gym to fix that); I don’t think I could run a mile to save my life.”
WASHING HANDS IN HOT WATER KILLS GERMS
“Washing your hands in hot water kills more germs than cold water. I had someone unfriend me on Facebook over this. She was concerned because the power was out, and her child couldn’t wash his hands ‘properly’ after using the bathroom because there was no hot water, so every time this kid had to pee, she would have him wait and then heat water with a hot plate for him to wash.”
LOW CALORIE FOODS ARE HEALTHY
“Well, low-calorie diets are kind of how you lose weight. The issue is that not everyone needs to lose weight, and some need to gain. It’s not HEALTHY; it’s just for weight loss specifically.”
CARROTS ARE GOOD FOR EYESIGHT
“That carrots are good for your eyesight. The British RAF invented this myth during World War II to cover up the fact that they had invented radar.”Radar in the nose of the plane/Carrots improve your eyesight. I guess I should have been more clear.”
VITAMIN C CURES COMMON COLD
“A cold virus cannot be cured; you must let it run. Drinking fluids, sleeping, and eating right can help your body fight it off faster. From the research I’ve done in college, zinc can help shorten the duration of a cold. I’m on mobile and will link it later.”
ESSENTIAL OILS CAN’T CURE EVERYTHING
“Essential oils certainly can’t cure everything or even most things, but I’d like to elaborate on what they are since people here seem to think they are just nice-smelling liquids that have always lacked a use.”
HEALTHY AT EVERY SIZE
“That you can be “healthy at every size.*” If you have 200 pounds of fat sitting on you, don’t compare yourself and your BMI to a football player and claim you’re “just as healthy as they are.
You’re just obese and are sending yourself to an early grave.”
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