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7 Health Myths Debunked

The Doctor will see you now

We’ve all heard that drinking chicken soup can save us and other varieties or little health rules to live by. But according to Gompels Healthcare here are several that we can finally let go of.

Eating after 8pm will cause weight gain

Regardless of when you consume a high fat meal you could add extra pounds. It’s ok to snack at night just stick to things that are healthy such as a cup of air popped unbuttered popcorn or a hand full of almonds.

Feed a cold, starve a fever

Moms and grandmothers are usually pretty spot on with their advice but this might just be the exception. Drinking chicken soup when you have a cold although it makes you feel warm and fuzzy probably won’t cure you. The best remedy for a cold or most viruses is bed rest and lots of fluids.

Cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis

Although this is truly an aggravating habit, experts haven’t found any real evidence that it’s bad for you or that you will become arthritic because of it. The noise that is emitted is generally caused by the snapping of tendons or trapped air in your joints.

If you swallow chewing gum it will take years to digest

That’s a big fallacy, so don’t panic. Gum leaves the body pretty much the same way other food does, within 30 - 120 minutes after swallowing it. As sticky as it might be it won’t adhere to your insides.

It’s Ok to Skip Breakfast

That’s definitely a NO! This is where mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the best way to get your metabolism moving. So pour yourself a bowl of your favorite fiber rich cereal with a sliced banana and get your day going.

Being Outside in the Cold can Cause a Cold

A cold is a virus so even if you are outside with wet hair you will not get a cold. Being indoors with someone who is sick is more likely to be the reason for getting a cold which is why most people are more prone to getting sick during the winter months.

You Only Need Sunscreen on Sunny Days

Dangerous UV rays are able to penetrate clouds, which can damage your skin and cause sunburn. Even on days when it’s overcast you shouldn’t skip your SPF.

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