What if I told you a lot of the things you believed about your health aren’t exactly true?
Well, that is exactly what I am about to do. It’s time to debunk some of the health myths you probably thought were true but are in fact, very false.
The sad thing about some of these false statements is that they make us do the wrong things or assume certain things work when in fact, they don’t.
In this article, we will briefly discuss 4 of these myths, exposing them once and for all, telling you the truth instead.
The 4 Common Health Lies- health myths
- Skipping Breakfast Causes Ulcer
This first myth is super popular. Many people believe that ulcers are caused by decreased food intake, especially when you skip breakfast. It is not uncommon to hear mothers warn their children that they will develop ulcers if they don’t eat enough food.
Well, this is not true. In reality, peptic ulcers form in the stomach or small intestine as a result of a decreased mucus layer that protects these organs from the stomach’s acid.
Here’s the deal.
The stomach produces a very corrosive hydrochloric acid that is so powerful that it can dissolve a razor blade. So, the stomach wall has to produce a protective mucus layer to protect itself from the acid it secretes. This acid helps us break down food during digestion.
Things that can break down the defensive barrier are the excessive use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) like Ibuprofen and Diclofenac. Also, infection with a bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori is known to break down this mucus barrier.
- Sugar Intake Causes Hemorrhoids
Haemorrhoids are also called piles, they are found in the anus, and could be enlarged for several reasons. There is a common myth that an increased intake of sugar is responsible for their swelling and sometimes bleeding. This is far from the truth.
Haemorrhoids are soft cushions found around the anus but sometimes become enlarged as a result of constipation. Also, when a person strains to pass the hard stool, there could be associated blood loss. Other things that could cause haemorrhoids are chronic diarrhoea, obesity, pregnancy, and a low-fibre diet.
- You Must Put A Spoon In The Mouth Of A Person Who’s Convulsing To Prevent Death
This is a prevalent health myth. In actual truth, you do not need to put anything in the mouth of a convulsing person as this can cause a lot of harm. The presence of a spoon or other foreign object could damage structures in the mouth such as the teeth; this can then move freely into the lungs and cause further damage.
If you find someone convulsing around you, what you need to do is to ensure that the immediate environment of the person is free from sharp objects or other dangerous external things that could harm the person, then time the convulsion. Most convulsions last less than a minute, so if you notice it is persistent, you should call the emergency services or get the person to a hospital.
If it lasts less than a minute, then you should reassure the person when it all ends.
- You Need To Detoxify Your Body
This stubborn health myth has been reigning for sometime in both traditional and social media. The thought that you need to take some teas or juices to clean up the toxins in your body is total nonsense.
The first thing you need to realise is that your body does not accumulate toxins as people think. The liver and kidneys are tasked with that role, to remove harmful chemicals from the bloodstream. For instance, the body regards alcohol and many medications as toxins, so they are sent to the liver and kidneys to deal with. If our bodies accumulated toxins as the myth suggest, then most people should be very ill already, requiring shower stools, and other bathing aids to carry out simple tasks like showering.
Another thing you should know is that juices or teas have nothing to do with cleaning our bodies. They could harm you. When you take too many blended fruits and vegetables, instead of a balanced diet, you may end up with a nutritional imbalance.