It is hard to find a person who doesn’t want to be healthy and happy. It’s natural that we are always looking for tips how to stay healthy everywhere – online, from our parents and grandparents, colleagues or friends. But sometimes what we find is not true, and might harm our health more than help it. Below you will find the five most common myths about health some of us still believe in.
The more vitamins I take, the healthier I will be.
Vitamins can be good if the amount and source are good. Consuming too many vitamins for a long time could result in a variety of health problems including headaches, liver or kidney damage, or potentially neurological health issues.
Our bodies can get used to absorbing synthetic vitamins, and then simply won’t absorb them naturally from the food we eat. The use synthetic vitamins should only be considered if your doctor prescribes, and strive to obtain natural vitamins and minerals from your food instead. The more natural the source, the better!
Ice cream is only for warm weather.
Not exactly. In fact, eating ice cream during winter is actually safer than during hot summer days. When we eat cold ice creams during summer, our bodies have to deal with thermal shock. Because of that, the number of mucus membranes (which is a natural bacterial barrier) in our throats radically decreases. Bacteria and viruses easily penetrate our bodies, making it easier to get sick and develop an infection. To be fair, if you’re sick, ice cream might help you deal with throat pain, but is bad for congestion.
Ice cream is also typically high in fat and sugar, which is not something any of us need more of. Low fat, or sugar free ice creams are typically loaded with artificial flavors, sweeteners and a host of other ingredients that are not healthy. And those of us who are lactose intolerant know what an f-bomb ice cream can cause, and stay away no matter what the season.
You have to defeat the high fever with drugs, the sooner the better.
Many of us reach for drugs as soon as our bodies reach a temperature a bit higher than normal, trying to avoid ‘getting sick’ – and that could be a big mistake. Our bodies naturally fight infection, and often, additional help from synthetic drugs is not necessary.
Usually, doctors advise the use of drugs only when the body temperature is abnormally high, about 100 degrees. If the temperature is lower, try hot tea and compresses. This is more natural, and your body will get more energy to fight viruses.
Exposure to sunlight fights acne.
Many people suffer from acne, and many of them believe that the sun helps to heal the skin and hides acne. Unfortunately, that’s a myth that can lean to serious health problems, including skin cancer.
While tanned skin can look smoother and healthier, it only masks spots and acne. In truth, the sun dries the skin, causing it to naturally release more oils that clog the pores of our skin, which can lead to further acne formation.
Better deal with acne with professional skin care products easy to find, even at your local department store. For instance, at Sears, you can find professional skin care brands like L’Oreal, Clean and Clear, or Medline. They are not that expensive (you can get some great deal with Sears coupons and discounts from here), and you can get a chance to treat your skin with excellent products and not do even more harm to it.
If you are sick, don’t bathe.
This is one of the weirdest health myths ever because doctors actually encourage people to keep up with proper hygiene if they are sick. Bathing actually revitalizes the body and helps to restore health.
Water cleans the skin surface and washes away harmful metabolic products and sweat, which we release more than usual when sick. Remember to wrap yourself in a warm, dry towel and head to a warm bed after the bath to avoid getting cold.