Last updated on October 9th, 2017 at 10:54 am
Healthy living takes intentional effort, but what happens when you pursue healthy habits based on wrong information? Get your health myths debunked right here as CPG Health leads you to a fantastic, fulfilling and long life.
Spicy Foods Help You “Beat the Heat”
Have you read about the chef who went deaf after eating the world’s spiciest noodles? Some people appreciate spicy food more than others, but your preference won’t help you survive a heat wave. Spicy foods can, however, have antimicrobial traits that, when combined with other foods, can mitigate the effects of foodborne bacteria. If you eat enough spicy foods, however, your body might increase its temperature and cause you to perspire, giving you a cooling sensation.
Health Myths Debunked: Don’t Swim on Your Period
We know what a “period” is. We, like you, have seen Jaws. We’ve also heard about sharks tracking blood in the water to a wounded helpless person and viciously consuming a human-based lunch. Put two and two together and the belief that sharks eat women who venture into the water during “that time of the month.” A shark expert Marie Levine points to research on the topic that showed that the creatures didn’t find menstrual blood appealing. She also swam with sharks during her period and has yet to be devoured.
Health Myth: Electric Fans Can Kill You
Unless you have spent time in South Korea, you might wonder why electric fans frighten so many Koreans. Of all the health myths debunked here, the death-by-fan scenario might seem the least believable yet affects more people than any other.
Don’t sweat the fan. You’ll probably not die, unless the fan comes off its axle and hurls the blade toward your neck, cutting off your head.
Regardless of whether you believe that a fan will displace the oxygen in your room and cause you to suffocate or if you think a fan will cause the temperature to drop so low during the night that your blood stops circulating.
Regardless of whether you believe that a fan will displace the oxygen in your room and cause you to suffocate or if you think a fan will cause the temperature to drop so low during the night that your blood stops circulating, you have plenty of company. Just in case, fans sold in South Korea have timers that automatically shut them off, so no one needlessly dies during the night.
Popular Health Myths: Drink Eight Glasses of Water
Many people understand the threat dehydration presents to the human body. Many also understand the connection between hydration and weight loss. The “eight glasses” rule for drinking water ignores the size of the glass as well as the individual requirements of every person.
Generally, women should drink 2.2 liters of water daily and men should drink 3 liters. You might choose to follow the rule-of-thumb that says that you should divide your weight in half and drink that number of ounces of water daily. For example, a 200-pound person would drink 100 ounces of water, which is 2.95 liters. Too much water can cause deadly scenarios, so monitor your intake.
Heath Myths Debunked: Your Evil Air Conditioner
Ever since the notoriety of Legionnaires disease (and maybe earlier), people have been suspicious of the evil device used to make homes and offices comfortable during the summer. Regardless of whether you have a window unit, a centralized heat pump, or a large-scale HVAC system in a commercial building, you might fear sinister diseases and common colds that come from its dirty, disgusting bowels.
As one of the most popular health myths, the air conditioner sickness myth spreads because of statistical support. More people who work in offices that have air conditioning get sick than those who work outside or in un-airconditioned spaces. Though most evidence seems more anecdotal than scientific, you should regard this health myth as false. Of course, our answer requires elaboration.
Common health myths that blame air conditioning for illnesses probably should blame the owners of poorly maintained air conditioners. clogged filters and moisture converge to form a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that can break off and enter work and living spaces through vents. When you inhale such contaminated air, you will recognize that one of the most common health myths has its foundation in truth.
Change your filters on a regular basis. Crack open some windows to increase the ventilation in your home. Set thermostat slightly warmer to shorten the life of pathogens. Your air conditioner doesn’t make you sick, but a lack of maintenance and healthy practices can kill you.
Common Health Myths: Hot Weather and Toxins
Stay away from toxins. Where you go and what you do can save you from the exposure of dangerous environmental threats that can put you in an early grave. What happens, though, with the toxins from chemical and preservative-laden food and drinks that get lodged inside your body? Some people believe the health myth that suggests that you can “sweat out” toxins by intensely working (or working hard).
Perspiration can clean your pores but it otherwise does not have any purifying effect on the body. Hot weather and overexertion can lead to dehydration, increasing the toxins that your body retains. Keep drinking plenty of water during periods of intense labor. Use a detox cleansing product, not the weather, to purify your body.
Health Myths Debunked: Sunscreen
Have you argued with your parent or spouse about when to apply sunscreen? One of the popular health myths of summer says that you can apply sunscreen immediately before going outside and still enjoy full protection.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that applying Walmart sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before exposure to the sun increases your protection. The skin needs the time to absorb the sunscreen, so it will stay protected. You’ll risk sunburn if you don’t wait.