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5 Myths that could be Sabotaging your Health and Wellness

Health-related myths are common and taken as fact, yet most of them are nothing more than fantasy. With so much information trending online and so many sources, it’s difficult to know what to believe when it comes to your health. Unfortunately, some myths have been told for centuries that people have come to believe them. Here are some of the most common misconceptions and myths about your health. 

Myth #1: You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day

While it’s true that water is essential for proper body functioning and overall health, there are no specific guidelines on how much water is “enough” for a person, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, however, note that men and women should take 3.7 liters and 2.7 liters of “total water” per day, respectively. Note that your body also gets water from foods and other drinks. So it’s can’t just be about the water from the faucet alone. 

Myth #2: Eggs are bad for the Heart

Eggs are known to have the highest cholesterol level of any common food. With so many studies showing a relationship between high cholesterol levels in the body and cardiovascular diseases, people have come to believe that eggs are bad for heart health. Well, research has shown that there exists no relationship between eating lots of eggs and increased risk of heart disease or cholesterol imbalance in the body. You can eat as many eggs as you want each day as they are one of the “most nutritious and economical foods” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Myth #3: Dirty Toilets can Transmit STDs

Hygiene is very important, but it’s highly unlikely that a dirty toilet will give you a STD. Note that STDs are caused by parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Research has shown that only parasitic sexually transmitted diseases such as trichomoniasis or crabs can be transmitted by getting your genital areas in direct contact with a dirty toilet seat when the parasite is on it, and alive. It’s unlikely the parasites will be alive since there are no ideal living conditions for parasites in the toilet seat. 

Myth #4: Antiperspirants and Deodorants can Cause Cancer

Haven’t you heard people claim that the use of underarm deodorant can lead to the development of breast cancer? Those who hold this belief claim that these chemicals contain cancer-causing substances, which can be absorbed by the skin. According to the National Cancer Institute, there’s no known evidence that supports the claim that antiperspirants and deodorants can cause cancer. 

Myth #5: Cracking your Fingers or Joints Causes Arthritis

The habit of cracking your fingers or joints won’t give you arthritis. There’s no scientific evidence to support this claim. When you crack your knuckles, you’re slightly pulling apart your joints. As a result, there’s decreased pressure in the synovial fluid that provides lubrication to your joints and prevents them from grinding together. Arthritis is a condition that develops when there’s a reduction in the normal amount of or breaking down of the cartilage tissue within the joint.