12 Biggest Health Myths Debunked

Going to bed with wet hair makes you sick. Microwaving food is dangerous. Sometimes it is difficult to differentiate between a myth and reality.  Here, we uncover the facts behind common health myths and debunk them!

Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

There is no compelling evidence to suggest that we need exactly 8 glasses of water each day. The required water intake depends on many factors such as muscle mass, weight, amount of fat and if your male or female.

It is common to see recommendations for women to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and men 10 glasses of water today. This is a general guide and doesn’t include soup, natural products, and vegetables and beverages, for example, juice, tea, and coffee, all of which counts toward fluid intake.

The best way to work out how much fluid intake you need each day is to monitor the colour of your urine. If your urine is a dark amber colour, you may need to increase your water intake. If your urine is a straw colour, that shows your getting adequate water intake.

Urine concentration guide and when to drink more water for health and wellbeing.

It is possible to drink too much water, this can actually cause many problems and even death if there is way too much water consumed.

If you go to the toilet, and your urine is clear, you may need to back off on the amount of water you drink.

A higher than average water intake is often recommended if you suffer from kidney stones but is still important to not over-hydrate which will cause more serious issues other than a kidney stone.

It is also common to see on “dr google” to listen to your body and only drink when you feel thirsty. This is true to some degree, however, as we age we lose our signals for thirst. That is why so many elderly people are at risk when we have consecutive hot days and they have not had enough fluid intake.

Microwaving Your Food Depletes Nutrients

The reality of the situation is there is no scientific evidence to suggest that microwaving food diminishes nutrient levels.

In the event that you utilize your microwave correctly, it is an efficient method to cook foods while retaining the nutrients within the food when compared with other cooking techniques such as boiling.

Microwaving food works by agitating the molecules in the food,  where it cooks from within and holds in the nutrients.

A study looked at the available research on the effects of microwaving food and the effects on vitamins. This study concluded that microwaving food did not diminish the nutrient content in the food.

It is important to not add an excessive amount of water when cooking in the microwave as this may reduce the number of nutrients in the food, and try not to overcook the food.

Sleeping with Wet Hair Will Cause A Cold

You can’t get an infection by going to bed with wet hair. Infections occur from microorganisms, and the common cold is caused by an infectious viral infection.

So unless you dry your hair and body with a towel from an infected person, the likelihood of you getting a cold from wet hair is very unlikely.

The old wives tale of catching a cold from going to bed with wet hair is incorrect and just a myth.

As a side note, you can need to reexamine laying down with wet hair in case you’re inclined to skin break out, as a wet cushion is all the more likely to raise microscopic organisms.

Eating Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes

It is a common belief that eating too much sugar causes diabetes. If you didn’t guess this already, this is incorrect.

Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar. It is extremely unlikely that sugar and anything in your eating regimen contributes to the development of type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when insulin-creating cells in your pancreas are annihilated by your immune framework or system.

Type 2 diabetes is a little more complicated, where sugar does not directly cause diabetes. But eating sugar can cause an excess of calories, leading to excess weight increasing your risk of diabetes.

Eating a lot of sugar may make you put on more weight, just as being overweight dramatically increases your risk of developing type two diabetes.

Keeping within a healthy weight range, exercise regularly will lessen the risks of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

So if your reading this while eating a chocolate bar, drop it now and back away.

It Is Good To Go On A Detox To Cleanse Your Body Of Toxins

Detox diets, juices, and medicines are tremendously renowned, yet the possibility that we can find a way to detox our bodies is a fantasy.

From a clinical perspective, there’s no requirement for anyone to detox, as our bodies are worked to dispose of poisons path better than any eating routine and treatment can.

In the event that it was genuine that poisons can develop in our body without having the option to discharge it, we will either be dead or needing genuine clinical assessment. A little morbid right?

Accordingly, there’s no compelling reason to take diets, beverages, and medicines to purify or detox your body.

If you take care of your body with good nutrition and exercise, it knows what it needs to do to survive.

The liver and kidneys are amazing organs that work at detoxifying your body.

So have some faith that they are on your side, working hard to keep your body function as it should.

Eating eggs increases your cholesterol levels

With all the misinformation out there,  eating too many eggs should be terrible for your heart, right? It seems legit, yet research shows that this is incorrect.

  A submission from The National Heart Foundation suggests that dietary cholesterol has little impact on cholesterol levels, but it can have an impact if eaten in conjunction with a high saturated fat diet.

Eggs are an inexpensive form of nutrition that is packed with nutrients and protein. The egg yolk does contain approximately 373mg of cholesterol that scares people into thinking it will increase their levels of bad cholesterol. 

Incorporating eggs into your diet in moderation has not been linked to increasing bad cholesterol levels, but if you have a history of cardiac disease, the National Heart Foundation recommends limiting your eggs to 6 per week to be safe.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to eating a well balanced and varied diet that is in moderation. Eating or drinking too much of one thing is never going to be good for your health.

Water is essential for life, but if we drink too much it can kill us. Do you get my point? 😄

Antiperspirants Cause Alzheimer’s disease

Around 40 years ago, there were some health alerts worldwide to identify the link between antiperspirants and dementia. The reason for this was specialists had found high proportions of aluminium in the cerebrums of Alzheimer’s patients.

Antiperspirant deodorants work by dissolving into the skin and forming a barrier, which reduces the flow of sweat to the surface of the skin.

The Alzheimers Drug Discovery Centre discuss the available studies and showed there were no valid studies that have directly exampled the link between antiperspirant deodorants and increased Alzheimer’s risk. 

Another study indicated that although aluminium was absorbed into the skin, the penetration rate of aluminium chlorhydrate was extremely low, and there is no strong evidence to suggest the link between antiperspirant deodorants and Alziemers.

So, next time your co-worker smells like 3-day old fried onions, throw some antiperspirant deodorant at them and tell ” there is no excuse”!

Does Everyone Need Multivitamins?

Vitamins look healthy in the principal.

Our supermarket shelves are brimming with vitamins, minerals and health supplements. There is everything from curing a common cold, to formulas to aid stress.

We are now living in a society that over consumes over-the-counter vitamins in hope of preventing disease and improving health outcomes.

Things being what they are, taking a regular portion of vitamins appears to be the right thing for our bodies, right?

If you had not already guessed it .. WRONG

Vitamins sound like such a safe word, but you can actually cause a lot of harm consuming too much. 

There are circumstances that you may require specific supplementation, such as iron supplements if deficient, folic acid for expectant mothers, or vitamin d  supplements, especially if you live in an area with reduced sunlight in certain seasons.

Yet, on the off chance that you are healthy, multivitamins would do nothing to help and can hurt your wellbeing.

Nutritionists agree that the most advantageous approach to get vitamins into your body is through healthy balanced eating with plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

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Going Out in Cold Weather Can Make You Sick

While frequencies of the common virus do increase in colder weather, this is not related to the weather directly, but to our behaviour when the weather is cold. We spend less time outside, we spend more time in close proximity with other people, therefore infection rates rise.

An investigation by the Basic Virus Exploration Unit took numerous volunteers who were presented to the cold infection, at that point isolated them.

One gathering was kept in the warmed room while the other gathering got a shower and they were left dribbling wet in a cool foyer.

The quantities of the individuals who came down with a bug were no contrasts between the 2 gatherings. The end was that the chilly infection spreads extra promptly during the colder months as individuals invest additional energy inside and come into contact with other people who can have a cold, rather than it being the standard falling temperatures straightforwardly causing a virus.


Being Skinny is healthier than being fat 

Without a doubt, having excess body fat is not good for your health or wellbeing.

But being too thin also comes with impacts on health.

Specialists at Tohoku College perceived that those more than 40 just as classed as underweight were at more serious danger of coronary illness and pneumonia than the individuals who were classed as overweight.

All Bacteria Is Bad

It is very easy to over-fixate on cleanliness and making wherever as sterile as could be expected under the circumstances.

It is important to remember that we have more bacteria on and in our body than we have of our own cells!

Our skin, for example, is shrouded in different types of good bacteria which can help protect us from sickness.

In like manner, the human gut contains better bacteria, which are helpful to wellbeing and help us to get nutrients from our diet.

There is more research coming out on gut health and its role in our functioning immune system.

Eat What You Want As Long As You Burn It Off

A few people accept that they may pull off eating what they like because they burn it off anyway.

But guess what, surprise surprise,  filling yourself with unhealthy food choices can yet mess health up.

All things considered,  a fit individual on a terrible eating routine can kick the bucket from coronary illness or other related issues.

If “kicking the bucket” isn’t on your list of things to do, eat well and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Interesting fun fact

To kick the bucket is an English idiom, considered a euphemistic, informal, or slang term meaning “to die”-wikipedia

Take home message

Don’t believe everything you read or were told as a kid. Always ask questions and research using reliable sources of information.

Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you learnt something useful. Even if it was just the origin of the phrase “to kick the bucket”.


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Emilie MASI

Registered Nurse, Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice Graduate Diploma of Wound Care Working towards Masters of Wound Care

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