Eleven Myths About Our Body That We Need To Forget

We all have heard that drinking alcohol destroys brains cell,that we need to take a lot of vitamins to stay healthy,that consuming sugar makes us dependent…

But most of these things aren’t facts, only unsubstantiated myths.

Myth No. 1: Vitamins make us healthy

Many people believe that if they take excessive amounts of vitamin supplements they will be healthier. However, vitamin supplements should be consumed carefully, because large amounts of vitamins can do more harm than good.

Myth No. 2: Blood oxygen is blue

Blood oxygen that flows through the veins is not blue as shown in the books but dark red. The veins appear to be blue only because of the reflection of light.

Myth No. 3: Brown sugar is healthier for the body than white

Whether it is brown or white, it makes no big difference. That which is believed to make brown sugar healthier is the fact that it contains molasses and more water, and has a slightly lower calorific value than white sugar. Nevertheless, the minerals contained in it are present in only minuscule amounts, so there is no real health benefit to using brown sugar.

Myth 4: Alcohol kills brain cells

Large amounts of alcohol affect the metabolic processes in the body and can damage the brain, but not due to cell death. When alcohol reaches the brain, it disables function by damaging the connective tissue at the end of neurons, also known as dendrite. This disrupts communication among neurons and makes it harder for an individual to focus or complete minor tasks. So, alcohol does not actually kill brain cells, but only damages their branch-like ends.

Myth No. 5: Sugar consumption makes children become hyperactive

Sugar doesn’t make children hyperactive. It has calories that give us energy, so children who eat a lot of it have to spend that energy. However, you should keep in mind that too much sugar damages the teeth.

Myth No. 6: Nerve cells do not regenerate

Cell death is a natural and permanent process, but unlike most types of cells found in the human body that have the ability to regenerate or are being replaced with new ones once they degenerate, nerve cells have long been believed to have no such ability. However, recent studies have found that nerve cells probably can regenerate, but they don’t do this very often or very fast. Although there are nerves that can’t repair themselves or regrow once damaged in adulthood, not all neurons are like this, and sometimes they can repair themselves with partial damage. All in all, now you know that some neurons do regrow- and our brain is changing all the time, as we learn new things and experience new memories.

Myth No. 7:The Left hemisphere was for logic, and the Right for creativity

This is only true for certain functions, most functions are evenly distributed in both hemispheres.

Myth No. 8: You must sleep 8 hours a day

Some people need more sleep, and others less. But sleeping too much can be harmful to your health.

Myth 9: Antibiotics kill viruses

Antibiotics are medications that kill bacteria not viruses, therefore they will not help you overcome your illness or treat influenza.

Myth 10: Chocolate makes you break out

Scientists conducted an experiment on a group of people with mild-to-moderate acne. The participants were divided in two groups – one group was given a chocolate bar enriched with 10 times the normal amount of cocoa, while the other group was given a placebo bar (without the extra cocoa). All participants were told to eat the bars daily for a month. After a three-week break, the two groups switched bars. Once the experiment was over, it was concluded that chocolate had no effect on acne development.

Myth No. 11: Sugar makes us addicted

Research done on mice proved to be true when after several days of eating sugar, the mice simply could not live without sweets and demanded remains in the cages. However, sugar does not have the same effect in humans.