Debunking Health Myths

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Today we took the time to debunk many common health myths many of us thought were true.

Remember being told if you swallowed gum, it would stay in your stomach for 7 years? It turns out that claim isn’t true. I gathered the most popular health beliefs to see if they’re true…Or not.

It turns out several beliefs we have about our personal health, are just not true. One of the most common myths being you can catch a cold from being cold, could not be further from the truth.

“You cannot catch a cold by simply being cold. A cold is a virus, so you catch a cold by coming in contact with a virus. Unfortunately, the flu and the cold season usually happens when it’s cold outside. So people think that that’s how you catch a cold,” says Sarah Dodson, family nurse practitioner at Mercy.

And if you are eager to swim after having a bite to eat, looks like you don’t have to wait before getting in the pool. There is no definitive evidence proving need to wait an hour to swim after eating.

“A lot of people have the misconception that it’s gonna cause cramps if you swim after you eat. That’s not true, it, there is no facts to that at all,” says Sarah Dodson.

And if you are drinking juice or milk as a healthier alternative, you may want to do a little research. Often times these beverages can be holding more sugar than you think.

“An 8 ounce glass of orange juice, an 8 ounce glass of milk, whether it’s 1% or whole milk, it doesn’t matter contain the exact amount of sugar that an 8 ounce Coca-Cola contains. 16 grams of sugar,” says Dodson.

Another find is you don’t need to drink 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated. And cracking your joints does not lead to having arthritis later in life.

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