There is so much conflicting research available, you may not be sure whether it's safer to follow your mom's advice or take the advice of health and fitness experts. For instance, have you been told that stretching before a workout is all that's needed to warm up? If so, that's a myth. Muscles should be warm before a stretch, or you'll increase the risk of injury. Today, fitness experts recommend beginning your workout with a brief warm-up, such as a brisk walk, to start the blood flowing to the muscles before stretching.
Yes, it's confusing. Just think of how many reports have come out on the evils and benefits of coffee in the last ten years alone. Research shows this dark liquid protects you against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease while also irritating your stomach lining. However, everyone does agree that it's a myth that coffee can make you sober. Nothing but time can reduce the alcohol level in your blood stream.
It's hard to sort through the truth or falsity of myths, but it's easy to take this quiz. We'll even give you a hint: what sounds like good advice probably isn't with today's latest research. Go on, see how you do. The truth is out there.
You can put enough liquids in your body to keep hydrated by eating foods like soup, fruits, and vegetables and with drinks like juice, tea, and coffee, it doesn't HAVE to be water. So this myth of eight cups a day of water just goes up in smoke... er... steam.
Smiling can boost your mood, but you have to use a genuine smile that reaches your eyes. A smile triggers a powerful chemical reaction in your brain that can lower stress and boost your immune system.
Don't be yellow about eating eggs. Even if you eat an egg or two a DAY, you are still being healthy. It only matters how much fat and cholesterol you ingest during the entire day. Besides, eggs have nutrients, like omega-3's, that may lower the risk of heart disease.
According to the National Cancer Institute, you can still smell sweet, or at least not as stinky. The Institute reports there is no evidence connecting antiperspirants with breast cancer.
A study of over 132,000 people found that people become more agreeable (willing to cooperate with others) as they age and women become less emotionally sensitive as well. The study also noted that as people age they aren't as keen to try new experiences.
Never want to go out when the temperature goes down? Weirdly, that can make you sick! Germs are easily passed indoors, whereas several hours in temperatures just above freezing results in an increase in healthy, virus-fighting activity in immune systems.
You'll have a longer, happier marriage if your partner is similar to you. An abundance of research shows that people who are similar typically agree on more things and share the same communication preferences, thus staying together longer.
Doctors have varying opinions on this, but if you're severely lacking nutrients, then take some. However, they ALL agree that the best way to get your nutrients is to eat a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and healthy oils.
Green or yellow mucus is SLIGHTLY more common in certain bacterial infections. But it’s not a sure sign that you have one or that you need antibiotics.
Do you want to tell someone what you really think? Think again. Venting doesn't do anything for you, in fact instead of dissipating your anger, it reinforces your anger, causing you to become more angry for a longer period of time.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there’s no link between sugar and hyperactivity. Plus, study after study has demonstrated that sugar rushes are a myth.
A scientific study found that chicken soup has anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, the hot soup helps break up the congestion, and the salt in the soup can soothe a sore throat.
That popping or cracking sound is from a gas bubble that forms between the bones. The joints aren't rubbing together, so no joint pain = no arthritis.
Breakfast does not "jump start" your metabolism and skipping it does not automatically make you overeat and gain weight. Nutritious eating (and not overeating) is smart throughout the day.
Stay out of the pool in a lightning storm. Although pure water doesn't conduct electricity, you won't find pure water in a pool or elsewhere. There are always minerals and chemicals (ions) in the water. So stay safe and stay inside when there is lightening.
Researchers estimate that approximately ten percent of the population suffers a midlife crisis. With the graying of America, it might seem like more people are experiencing it.
According to the American Heart Association, women's heart attack symptoms might not have chest pains. Instead, it can be shortness of breath, heartburn, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, as well as neck, back, or arm pain.
We can't digest gum so it passes right through us along with the other things we eat. And it passes at the same rate, not seven years.
Carrots are delicious and nutritious. But it pretty much ends there. Carrots do not help your eyesight at all. Glasses or contact lenses are more helpful for bad eyesight.
Have you ever heard that letting your wounds breathe will help them heal faster? That's old news. The latest research shows it is important to keep your wound covered to lock in moisture, which prevents scabbing and scarring.
When your fingers start to wrinkle in the water, it's not because it's time to get out. It's because they are adapting to the wet environment and improving your grasping ability.
Although your eyes muscles might get strained or tired when you read in poor light, they'll bounce back. It will not permanently affect you.
Cardiologists will tell you that if you're looking for a list of symptoms and signs of high blood pressure, you won't find them. However, it can lead to obvious indications of health issues such as a stroke, heart failure, and kidney failure.
Go on, dive in and do the backstroke, even after you eat. You won't get cramps. It's just an old wives' tale.
If you put your head back, you could choke on or swallow blood. Instead, the latest science advises standing or sitting while bending forward at the waist, and pinching the soft part of the nose for 10 minutes.
If you're getting antibiotics, it's critical that you finish the full course of treatment. By stopping earlier, even if you feel better, you may get sick again as the infection can rebound and become resistant to a future round of antibiotics.
Although it doesn't matter as adults, as we lose 10 percent of our heat from whatever areas are exposed to the weather. But children's heads are usually larger in proportion to their body surface area, so children lose the most heat from their heads—probably about 30 percent.
Some people might get mild flu symptoms due to the body's immune response to getting the vaccine, but the keyword is "mild." If you actually get the flu, the symptoms will be much worse.
First described in Japan, if you are given a bad fright, your heart temporarily enlarges and can sometimes, though rarely, be fatal. But it's true nonetheless.
In the first four to six hours after a concussion, it's important to watch the person, looking for any signs of mental status changes or deterioration, which isn't possible if they're asleep. However, after that initial "watch and report" period, sleep is recommended.
The running surface is not that important. What affects the knee is the stress on joints from your body's weight, which is the true cause of the pounding,
For your six-pack to show, your body fat levels have to be very low. Nutrition experts feel that for some individuals, especially females, having too little body fat can be damaging. Very low body fat can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and impact reproductive health.
Even if you don't feel pain while jumping into or returning to a new exercise routine, you may feel it later. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, this is called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). So take it slow and easy when you start out.
According to health and fitness expert, Palinski Wade, the effectiveness of your workout is not measured by the amount you sweat. From genetics to temperature, people sweat at varying levels that may have nothing to do with exercising.
The body is amazing in that it has its own built-in detox system with the kidneys, liver, and lungs, If you go on a 'detox diet' or take a detox supplement, you may deprive yourself of needed nutrients, and besides, it's not necessary.