You might have heard of some physical health misconceptions at least once. For instance, you may be familiar with the five-second rule, an X-ray causing cancer, or tilting the head back during a nosebleed.
Many people believe these myths because they are conveyed through word of mouth, in the form of news, advice from friends, or maybe through a friend’s friend.
The bad news is, myths around physical health combined with the absence of medical facts may lead to misguidance. It may worsen an existing physical condition as well as prevent individuals from seeking professional help.
To avoid getting lost in myths, here are the facts to set them straight.
Myth: It is necessary to drink eight glasses of water each day.
Dehydration is a problem that many people fear, especially young children and older adults. Therefore, to avoid the consequences of dehydration, some people live by the rule of eight glasses, or two liters, of water each day.
However, one study found that two liters daily is more than people need. Given that around half of the daily water intake comes from food, individuals often only really need about 1.5 to 1.8 liters per day.
Myth: Egg yolks should be avoided at all costs.
The egg yolk contains a high level of cholesterol which can cause the appearance of plaque on the walls of the arteries. If this continues to happen, it can develop into heart attacks.
However, it does not mean that it should be avoided at all costs. Since most of the nutrients in an egg are in the yolk, it can be beneficial for health too.
One study found that mice were less likely to become infected with bacteria that commonly cause intestinal infection after digesting immunoglobulin in egg yolk. Another study also found that people who ate whole eggs immediately after performing resistance training had higher rates of muscle metabolism than those who consumed egg whites only.
Having a balanced diet is the key to good health. Consuming eggs in moderation will help you get the full benefits of eggs while avoiding the harmful consequences of it.
Myth: Deodorants are the main cause of breast cancer.
Some people believe that deodorants contain toxic chemical ingredients that may induce serious health problems such as breast cancer through skin absorption.
However, one systematic review in 2016 found that there is insufficient research to obtain reliable results about the possible association between deodorants or antiperspirant usage and the risk of developing breast cancer. Another study also concluded that no clear evidence expressed the use of antiperspirants that contain aluminum increased the risk of breast cancer.
If you are concerned about your breast cancer risk, consider taking care of your diet, exercising, and doing the regular screening.
Myth: Dirty toilet seats transmit Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Toilet seats often get a reputation as the dirtiest place in the household. Some people believe that bacteria and viruses can be contracted from a toilet seat, especially if they are dirty.
However, one study found that the Genital Human Papillomavirus, which is one of the most common viruses that causes sexually transmitted diseases, is unlikely to be found on toilet floors or seat surfaces.
To effectively reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, don’t share injection equipment or use barrier methods when engaging in sexual activity.
Myth: Organic foods are always better.
There are some myths about healthy eating. One of them is that organic foods are always better. Though more expensive, some people believe the health benefits derived from organic foods are worth the price. There is a belief that foods that grow organically have more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients which are beneficial for health.
However, until now there is not enough scientific evidence that supports this belief. According to one research, there is some evidence of the potential benefits of consuming organic foods, however, there is also ambiguity as to what extent it affects physical health.
To get the full benefits of food, prepare the food well so you can avoid foodborne illnesses.
Knowledge is power, therefore, by equipping ourselves with the right knowledge, we can live better. By being aware of the myths that occur in society regarding physical health, we can protect ourselves from health practices that may do us more harm than good. You may also consult a health professional to get more detailed advice on what you need to do to maintain better health.
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