11 Health Myths We’ve Believed Our Whole Lives That Aren’t True

There are many commonly accepted myths that just don’t go away. Few of us can tell whether a particular health event is true or false.

We are told that if we read in low light our vision will worsen or if we sit on the toilet seat in a public restroom, we will inevitably be covered in germs and bacteria.

However, these two facts are just old myths that we continue to believe in.

We decided to find out which facts provide useful information and which ones should be forgotten once and for all.

Myth #11: Fresh Products Are Healthier Than Frozen Ones

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Most people believe this myth to be true. Although there does not seem to be any doubt about it, the studies reached opposite conclusions.

In fact, frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh, as they are packed at their peak of ripeness.

Myth #10: Foods Reduce The Risk Of Getting Drunk

Most of you probably believe that if you eat before drinking alcohol, you will not get drunk. Well, it’s not entirely true.

Food helps our body absorb alcohol. Being full slows the rate of absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream, but does not interrupt the intoxication process.

Myth #9: Wait To Take Painkillers Until The Pain Becomes Unbearable

It is not clear where this idea comes from, but it is a general misunderstanding. Don’t wait until you can handle the pain to take the pills.

Pain relievers should be taken whenever you start to feel pain and even before you have a chronic illness.

Myth #8: Shampoo And Conditioner Can Help You Get Rid Of Split Ends

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No hair shampoo or conditioner can treat split ends, even the most expensive ones.

All these hair care products can do is make your hair temporarily silkier and smoother. The only solution to the problem of split ends is scissors.

Myth #7: Men Think About Sex Every 7 Seconds

Seriously, if men really thought about sex every 7 seconds, how could they work, exercise, and live a normal life in general? This is certainly a myth.

Although men think about it much more often than women, this ‘7 seconds’ thing is obviously an exaggeration.

Myth #6: A Human Body Can Develop Antibiotic Resistance

It is bacteria that can develop this resistance, not a human being. This is the reason why your medicine stops working if you take it for a long time.

Myth #5: After A Bath, Your Fingers Wrinkle Because They Absorb The Moisture

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Have you ever wondered why our fingers and toes wrinkle in the bathtub? If you think it’s because they absorb a certain amount of water, you couldn’t be more wrong.

These wrinkles are the result of blood vessels contracting below the surface of the skin, which is a reaction of the autonomic nervous system.

Myth #4: Licking Wounds Is Safe

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If you have an instinctive habit of licking wounds, it’s time you forgot. It’s not that safe – every time you lick a small cut, you transfer all the bacteria from your mouth to the damaged tissue.

Myth #3: If Your Snot Is Green, You Have A Viral Infection

Can you remember where you got this myth of green mucus? Any zombie movies? Because actually, the color of your runny nose has nothing to do with whether you have an infection or not. It simply depends on the protein content in the blood.

Myth #2: A Person Feels Severe Pain During A Heart Attack

Many of us tend to believe that during a heart attack, we experience severe chest pain.

In fact, most heart attacks occur without any symptoms, and those who have had a heart attack report mild pain that looks more like a toothache or heartburn.

Myth #1: Organic Food Is Pesticide-free And More Nutritious

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Going organic has become a very popular trend. People believe that it is good for health since organic products do not contain pesticides and are more nutritious than any other food.

It turns out that organic food can also contain pesticides. Farmers can use organic pesticides that sometimes harm the environment even more than their synthetic analogs.


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