It goes without saying that nearly all of us want to know how our bodies work, so that we can get the most out of them. Whether you want to increase your brain power, improve the condition of your skin, or try a particular diet as part of a larger weight loss treatment programme, a good knowledge of the finer functions of the body can never hurt.
Over the years, our understanding of ourselves has obviously increased. Doctors and medical experts are learning more and more about the body all the time. But you would be surprised at how much stock we put into hearsay when it comes to our biology. We all like to believe that our parents and grandparents are right when they drop their little nuggets of knowledge on us when we’re growing up – but the truth is, many of these commonly held theories are just myths.
Here are five popularly held beliefs which, despite what you may have been told by friends or senior relatives, just aren’t true:
Cracking Your Knuckles Causes Arthritis
Not true. It may be noisy and socially unappealing, and when accompanied by pain, cracking joints may be an indication of something amiss. But the act of cracking or popping knuckles and joints does not cause osteoarthritis.
Hair Grows Back Twice as Thick When You Shave It Off
We’ve all seen that episode of Seinfeld, where Jerry, on the quest for a fuller chest of hair, decides to shave it all off in the hope that it will grow back fuller. But this simply isn’t the case. If it were, men all over the world would be trying to counter the effects of male pattern baldness by shaving their heads on a daily basis. Experts say that shaving only removes the exposed part of the hair, which is ‘dead’ anyway, and has no bearing on the living part of the cell beneath the skin.
Reading in the Dark Permanently Damages Your Eyes
We’re not suggesting you try it, by any means. Reading in the dark, without sufficient lighting, can cause eye-strain, which can lead to headaches and so on. But many experts are beginning to believe that the damage caused by reading in the dark is only temporary.
Eating Carrots Can Make You See Better
Ideally, carrots should be a part of any healthy diet, and a healthy diet can improve your chances of retaining better ocular condition as you get older. But experts say that unless someone has a vitamin A deficiency, the consumption of carrots specifically will not improve eyesight.
You Can Scare Hiccups Away
Not always. No doubt you’ve tried the long list of hiccup remedies to get rid of these annoying spasms, ranging from drinking water, standing on your head, and eating a spoonful of sugar. Frightening a sufferer is supposed to make them gasp and break free of the spasm, but it doesn’t always work. In fact, no-one method of eradicating hiccups is known to be successful. If it were, there would be no need for the multitude of other methods people try.
This article is written by Lucie who is a writer for UKSafeMeds as a qualified dispenser. When he’s not working, he enjoys going fishing with his family and friends.
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