In honor of Friday the 13th, we debunked the most common health myths. Next time someone tells you that you can’t have ice cream when you’re sick, you’ll be armed with facts in self-defense.
Photo caption: A woman with the flu sneezes.
1)“Consuming dairy when you’re sick will make you worse.’’
This is a total lie. While dairy can make your phlegm thicker, it doesn’t cause you to produce more.And a little ice cream can actually soothe your sore throat. So go ahead and indulge in some Ben and Jerry’s next time you have a cold.
Photo caption: Cartons of milk produced by Wild Oats are seen in a Fresh & Easy store in Palm Springs, California April 9, 2014.
2)“You can catch a cold from going outside with wet hair.’’
This just isn’t true. The cold and flu are transmitted by viruses, not by the weather. The reason more people get the flu in winter is because the virus itself likes the cold. You’re just as likely to catch a cold whether you’re bundled up or not.
Photo caption: Boston Ma 12/13/2013 Kathy Curley (cq) helps her Grand Daughrter Zoe with her hat to keep warm while walking on the Boston Common. Weather Feature.
3)“Wait at least 30 minutes before swimming after eating.’’
False. At least there’s some science behind this myth, it just got twisted along the way. Since blood rushes to your stomach after eating to facilitate digestion, people started to think that the rest of your body would cramp up, causing you to drown.
In truth, we have enough blood in our bodies to digest food without cramping. In the slight chance you do cramp, it probably wouldn’t be severe enough for you to drown.
Photo caption:A cook grills grasshopper burgers on June 4, 2014 during a global Pestaurant event sponsored by Ehrlich Pest Control, held at the Occidental Restaurant in Washington, DC.
4)“You can’t get pregnant in a hot tub.’’
Said no doctor ever. Water is not a contraceptive. Hot temperatures can decrease sperm count, but it only takes one sperm to fertilize and egg and one fertilized egg to make a baby.
Photo caption: Spa & Salon Skylight Hot Tub
5)“It takes 7 years to digest gum.’’
Seven is a completley made-up number. Gum does take longer to digest than organic foods but usually not more than a week. Very few digestive issues have been linked to gum swallowing.
Photo caption: Kelly Wharton sticks a piece of chewing gum on artist Douglas Coupland’s “Gumhead” sculpture outside of the Vancouver Art Gallery in downtown Vancouver June 11, 2014.
6) “Cutting your hair will make it grow faster.’’
This is just wishful thinking. Your hair follicles, the organ that produces hair, don’t know when you cut your hair. Getting a trim might make your hair look longer and healthier, but it’s doesn’t change how fast it grows
Photo caption: In this photo taken May 30, 2014, Marin Mapes, 5, sitting in chair, is having her hair cut in Anderson, Calif.
7) “Chocolate causes acne.’’
Is (thankfully) a myth. An unhealthy diet can cause you to break out, but it’s not linked to any specific food. Chocolate in moderation shouldn’t cause a problem.
Photo caption: A girl buys Cadbury chocolate bars at a department store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, June 2, 2014.
8) “Taking a cold shower will make you less aroused.’’
The shock of cold water can get rid of an erection, but it does not make you less sexually aroused. A shower does provide a distraction which can make you less aroused, but it’s not related to the shower’s temperature.
Photo caption: Stylish twin bathroom with two sinks, mirror, shower, toilet and round bathtub.
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