You may feel surrounded by a lot of information claiming to “guide” you on how to become “healthier” or “happier,” promising to add “more” to your life. We suggest not believing everything that you hear or read. Some myths are just this: myths. Display reasonable doubt when something seems too crazy to be true or, even better, do your own research and see what’s suitable for your own body and mind.
We surfed the internet and put together a list of routines that are considered great for our health. However, if you take them too far, these habits may have the opposite effect.
1. Drink 8 glasses of water every day.
If you’re thirsty, it’s recommended to grab a bottle of water and chug it — especially if you live somewhere hot or have just exercised. But don’t forget that other drinks contain water as well, like tea or soda, so your intake of water overall is higher.
Drinking too much water is actually a thing, and it can be dangerous to you because your kidneys can’t get rid of the excess water. We all have different bodies, so you might need more or less than 8 glasses per day. And there is no scientific proof that extra water has any health benefits.
2. Eat lots of carrots because they can help you see in the dark.
This isn’t actually true. Although carrots are a very healthy vegetable to incorporate into your diet, they won’t give you night vision. They are, indeed, rich in vitamin A, which helps with eyesight, but they won’t help you in the dark. This is a myth that comes from the 1940s.
Now don’t go filling up your shopping cart with these orange vegetables. Although carrots are healthy, eating too much of them might cause a condition called carotenemia, which causes skin discoloration because of the beta-carotene in them. Several other fruits and vegetables have this pigment in them as well.