When it comes to your health, there are a lot of misconceptions to wade through. Sometimes, separating fact from fiction can be a difficult endeavor. Healthline, a consumer health information website, worked with medical professionals to debunk seven common health myths.
Osteoarthritis – the most common form of arthritis – is caused when the cartilage in the joints break down, making the bones grind together. Rheumatoid arthritis develops when the immune system attacks the synovial membrane – the lining of the joints- and makes it become inflamed and swollen. Cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause either of these types of arthritis, but can wear down your synovial membrane.
You catch a cold by contracting a virus. The only way wet hair can make you sick is if you get so cold that you develop hypothermia.
There is a very slim chance that you will catch a sexually transmitted disease from a toilet seat. The bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause those diseases die nearly as soon as they make contact with the seat. However, you can sometimes catch other diseases – Staphylococcus and gastrointestinal viruses like norovirus – from the seat.
Most of your daily fluid needs are met simply by drinking when you’re thirsty and drinking with meals. But beyond that, some of the foods you eat – like celery and fruits – contain fluids and add to your daily liquid intake.
There is no conclusive evidence linking the use of antiperspirants and deodorants to cancer.
Some fats, like monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, can improve heart health. The type of fats you consume are more important than the percentage of fat. Trans fats and saturated fats are the ones to avoid.
While alcohol can impair your judgment and impact your health, it does not permanently affect your cognitive functions.