Five Health Duties, Which Is The Time To Forget

Every week scientists come up with new information on what is harmful and what is beneficial to our health. Often the results of a survey contradict the previous one. But some of the most prevalent, obvious "facts" about how to live healthily are myths, the fruit of misinterpretation or marketing before they become part of our daily lives. Mental Floss traces the roots of some of the most prevalent health misconceptions.
Last Updated
May 29, 2020

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 We need eight glasses of water a day, every day

It is known that human beings need exactly eight glasses of water daily to not die of dehydration. This is a myth whose origins no one can trace – even if efforts have been made in this direction. The amount of water each person needs is an individual question, and probably a question you don't need to ask yourself. On the pages of the New York Times Dr. Aaron E. Cornell dives deep into the myth of the eight cups and comes out with some soothing guidelines:

"There is no need to consume all of the water you need in the form of drinks. You also don't need to care so much to never experience a feeling of thirst. The human body is well enough to signal you to drink long before you are actually dehydrated. "


2.10 000 steps a day is the magical measure of maintaining a good shape

The moment when most of us carry a smartphone with a built-in pedometer, to walk 10 thousand paces (about 6 km) a day has become de facto a standard for healthy movement. But the reason is not that 10 thousand paces are scientifically established standards. The reason for the rule of "10 thousand paces" was invented in 1965 by a Japanese marketing campaign for one of the first pedometers. Not that there's anything wrong with walking 10 thousand paces a day. Overall, the more active you are, the better. But you will reap no less health benefits just by trying to spend more time on foot.

Drink milk, it is useful for all 

Thanks to the concerted marketing efforts by the American dairy industry, it is now widely believed that milk is synonymous with healthy eating. What's the truth? Most celebrities, pering with dairy Mustaciâ in the 20-year series of commercials, along with almost everyone passed baby age, do not cope with its digestion. If you do not have a fairly recent lactose intolerance gene (most common in northern European people) the effect of the milk on your body will hardly be positive.

 Skipping breakfast destroys metabolism

Breakfast has long been considered part of a healthy lifestyle – especially for those who are trying to weaken. Until 2015, even the published by the US government "recommendations for healthy eating" recommends having breakfast every day. But it turns out that "the most important meal of the day" is not the most important meal of the day.

The myth is based on assumptions interpreting erroneous older studies. Tighter, controlled clinical studies show that there is no correlation between breakfast – or its lack – and weight gain.  What is the best time for the first meal of the day? When you're hungry.

The diet only of juices cleanses the body of toxins

Come let this smoothie from curly cabbage. If you want to rid your body of poisons, you have everything you need – in the form of a functioning liver and kidneys, which are doing well enough on their own, at any time, to work out and throw away everything you don't need. And if you just want to turn a new, healthier page after a period of feasting, there is reason enough to join the Soy mania: Even the juices are usually sugar-like, which has a lot of unpleasant consequences for the organism. One whole fruit is far more nutritious (not to mention it is also more pleasant to eat).

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