You may have grown up being told that gum takes 7 years to digest or that being out in the cold can give you a cold. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but those are just two of many made up myths about your healthy.
MSN recently busted 49 common health myths and we break down some of them below.
1. Swallowed bubble gum takes 7 years to digest. Now, that’s just crazy! Gum is made up of stuff that really doesn’t digest but, like most things you swallow, they eventually come out the other end. So, don’t freak if you loved that Big League Chew so much you ate some.
2. You need 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Nope. A good rule of thumb is to drink water when you are thirsty - not out of some fear that not drinking it will give you heart or kidney disease. Research shows there is little-to-no evidence for this correlation. however, water is a great calorie-free alternative to soda or other carbonated beverages
3. Hair of the dog! Drinking more will cure your horrible hangover. Actually, it just makes it worse. The same goes for coffee since they’re both diuretic and drain your body of fluids.
4. Popping your knuckles can give you arthritis. Wrong! According to the journal of the american board of family medicine people that crack their knuckles are at no more risk than those that don’t of developing arthritis.
5. Yellow snot means you have a viral infection and green is a bacterial infection. No! The Cleveland Clinic says that the color of your mucus is not used to diagnose your ailment, but can indicate that your infection, despite it’s color, is progressing.
6. Being cold can give you a cold. The risk of hypothermia aside there is no evidence to suggest that hanging out in cold weather or in cold areas causes the common cold. According to live science colds are caused by viruses, which are transmitted from person to person.
Check out the complete list of busted health myths here!