5 Health Myths Everyone Assumes Are True
Some health tips are passed down from generation to generation. They become so ingrained in our culture and in our families that we don’t even question whether they’re true or not. Here are five health myths your mother told you that aren’t true. Remember kids — question everything.
You’ve heard that carrots are good for your eyes and, if you eat them, you’ll improve your eyesight and possibly avoid having to wear glasses altogether. While it’s true carrots are good for you and they do contain beta-carotene that turns into Vitamin A, the conversion of beta-carotene to Vitamin A is very low. Vitamin A is already supplied to us almost entirely by our trusty liver. So, eat your carrots, but don’t expect them to help your eyes.
Have you ever heard that humans only use 4 percent of their brains? If we used the other 96 percent, we would be able to accomplish all kinds of wondrous things, some of them supernatural! False. Humans use most of their brains most of the time. Even doing simple tasks requires us to do so, not to mention the more complex ones.
Poison ivy is contagious, right? You can catch it from Sally so-and-so who rolled in a patch of it in the woods! No, you can’t. The only way to catch poison ivy is to come into direct contact with the plant or the sap from the plant yourself. So, go hang out with Sally so-and-so all you want and leave the calamine lotion at home.
Every year millions of people increase their intake of Vitamin C to stave off colds and flu. Although taking Vitamin C supplements or eating foods high in Vitamin C can boost your immune system, it won’t prevent you from catching a cold or the flu. Bad news for the vitamin companies, but hey, they can still combat scurvy!
Probiotics have been marketed as the next best thing to heal your gastrointestinal system. Just pop some $20 supplements in your mouth, introduce billions of gut-friendly bacteria and all your problems are gone. Unfortunately, there is no scientific data to back up these claims and on top of that, probiotics aren’t regulated at all. Your body already has a host of friendly bacteria living in there and if you want to boost it, try eating fermented foods instead.
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