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05 Apr 2017

The biggest health myths ever

Let’s dispel some of the most common health myths that you really shouldn’t believe.

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There are some old wives tales that are still widely believed, even though there is no scientific evidence to back them up. Sometimes it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction - so how do you know what to believe? When it comes to your health, it’s important not to believe everything you read, and only take advice from health professionals. Let’s dispel some of the most common health myths that you really shouldn’t believe.

Myth: Everybody should poo once a day

At some point bowel movements became sort of mixed up as an indicator of a healthy diet. People say that you should pass a stool once a day, or at least have a regular schedule. This is simply not true because everyone is different, so no bowel movement schedule is right for everyone. As long as you’re not in discomfort, you don’t have to worry about your unpredictable poo schedule.

Myth: Certain sex positions increase or decrease the chance of pregnancy

It’s amazing how many people believe this one, probably something to do with the law of gravity. If a woman has intercourse on her back with her pelvis elevated, this will not increase the chance of pregnancy. Similarly, if you stand up after sex this will not decrease the chance of pregnancy. As soon as the sperm is released into the vagina, you have a chance of becoming pregnant.

Myth: You need to drink eight glasses of water a day

We’re not sure where this one came from, as there are many different opinions about how much daily water is enough. The UK government and the NHS Eatwell Guide recommends six to eight glasses of fluid a day, but this doesn’t have to be water – milk, tea and coffee all count. Also, remember that everybody is different and requires different fluid levels depending on size, exercise and the weather conditions.

Myth: New mothers should always breastfeed

The NHS and the government always advise that “breast is best” but there is new research coming out that suggests there may not be any difference in babies who are breastfed and babies who are given formula. Again, every pregnancy is different, every mother is different and every baby is different, and the same thing doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes a mother can’t produce enough milk, or the child fails to latch on. Either way, we shouldn’t be shaming new mothers who are struggling to breastfeed, and in a clean society such as Great Britain there is no harm in formula milk. There are many reasons why breastfeeding may not be a suitable option, and the stigma needs to change.

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