25 Health Myths That Need To Be Debunked Once And For All

When it comes to our health, it always helps to be in the know. With so many “facts”, it’s hard to distinguish which ones are correct and which ones are not and with all the talk about health tips, good information is bound to get distorted over time. In 25 health myths that need to be debunked once and for all, we shed light on the supposed “medical facts” that we constantly run into.

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Tanning Beds are safe.

Tanning Beds are safe.

Many people believe that tanning beds are safe as long as they don’t have UVB Rays. Businesses that state otherwise perpetuate this myth to keep the business thriving. Although UVB rays are identified with burns and skin cancer, UVA rays are just as harmful as UVB. The World Health Organization has listed tanning beds as one of the leading items that cause cancer.

24

Swimming after eating causes cramps

Young Girl Swimming Underwater

So many people believe that swimming right after a meal causes cramps. This isn’t the case. Right after eating, more blood flows to the digestive system and away from the muscles. This might cause you to have less energy to swim but it doesn’t cause cramps.


23

Alcohol kills brain cells.

Alcohol Attacks Brain Cells

Although it may be splitting hairs, alcohol doesn’t actually kill any brain cells (as much as it may seem to). In reality it only damages the ends of neurons when used in large quantities.

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Calories are more fattening when eaten at night.

Calories are more fattening when eaten at night

Calories are calories. Period. Dr. John Forey Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, said that it doesn’t matter what time of day calories are eaten. The total number of calories is what matters.


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Carrots improve your vision.

Carrots improve your vision

Carrots really don’t improve how well we see. Our photoreceptors (cells in the retina) do not work well simply because we eat carrots or any vegetable containing Vitamin A. Carrots, however, are helpful in preventing macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in people aged 60 and above.



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