7 Ridiculous Health Myths People Still Believe

FeatureViorel Sima / Shutterstock[content-ad-1]We’ve all received countless pieces of health advice. Unfortunately, not all of them are true—even if your grandmother told you so. Here are 7 health myths that you (or people you know) likely believe, and why they couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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You Shouldn’t Swim for At Least an Hour After You Eat

How many times have you heard to stay away from the pool after eating? This myth is based on the mistaken idea that your stomach will steal the oxygen needed by your muscles during a swim, leading to drowning. Sounds ridiculous, right? It is.

Our bodies have plenty of oxygen to support both our muscles and stomach. If this myth were true, anyone who loves multi-tasking would be doomed. The only nugget of truth here is that competitive swimmers shouldn’t eat a large meal before a swim (not because they risk drowning, but because they might experience some cramps).

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Vegetarians Don’t Get Enough Protein in Their Diet

Protein is part of a well-balanced diet required for growth and maintaining the body. Many people worry that becoming a vegetarian will lead to a protein deficiency. It may come as a surprise that not all sources of protein are animal-derived. Many vegetables, beans and legumes contain a lot of protein. Some examples include tofu, split peas, kidney beans and broccoli. The best part is that these all come without the disadvantages of consuming meat (higher cholesterol and calories).

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The Flu Shot Gives You the Flu

Contrary to popular belief, the flu shot does not give you the flu. If you do get the flu right around the time you received the vaccine, it’s likely that you were infected prior to vaccination. The flu shot cannot give you the flu because it’s made with flu viruses that are either inactivated (not infectious) or with no viruses at all. So, why do some people feel sluggish after their flu shot? Their immune system might be reacting to a foreign particle entering their body. However, the reaction only lasts a couple of days and is a lot safer than getting the flu!

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