Old wives’ tales can be fun to throw around (“don’t breathe in when driving past a cemetery”), but they’re mostly false. While this shouldn’t generally cause too much concern, when it comes to your health, believing too many of these tales can actually be misleading and hazardous to your health.
Here are a few of the most common health and nutrition myths that you need ignore right now:
You Should Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day
Your body is about 60% water, so it makes sense that you’d want to stay as hydrated as possible. Maybe this led to the idea that you need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy. While staying properly hydrated is important to maintaining your health, especially if you’re very active or are in a hot climate, the 8-glass benchmark is fairly arbitrary and misleading. Drinking a glass of water when you’re thirsty should be enough — no need to over do it. Plus, water-rich foods like soup, fruit, and vegetables and drinks like juice, tea, and coffee can help you reach your daily goals.
Going Outside With Wet Hair Will Make You Sick
A lot of people think going outside with cold hair will make you sick — your body is less protected and less ready to fight off infection and bacteria, the thinking goes. This falls into the same category as “being cold gives you a cold” or “if you stay outside when it’s cold and windy, you’ll get sick,” but there’s no actual scientific data to back this up. You can get sick from breathing in a virus through droplets in the air, but cold weather doesn’t make this worse. Some research has found that rhinoviruses may thrive in cold weather, but there’s no actual connection to you being cold and getting sick. What’s more, you’re actually more likely to get sick inside where germs survive and spread more easily.
You Get Acne Because You Aren’t Washing Your Face Right
You’ve heard it before: all that grease collecting on your face is causing you to break out with acne. While you should keep your face clean, acne is actually caused by natural hormones’ effects on your sebaceous glands, which are small glands that secrete a lubricating oil into hair follicles to lubricate the skin and hair. Sometimes these hormones are more active in teens, which is why they’re more likely to have acne issues. Washing your face won’t reduce your acne, but too much washing can actually aggravate your acne. If you’re face is “too clean,” your sebaceous glands will overproduce body oil to compensate.
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