Five confusions about healthy habits


The time you go a bit off color, everyone starts throwing at you pieces of advice regarding what food intake you should consider or what you should not eat.

Here are some common health beliefs busted,

Drink or not to drink water in fever

In both cases, the patient must continue to eat and drink, then drink some more. Make sure you have plenty of water to stay hydrated. This is because, your body loses more fluid when combating illness.

When you have a fever, your body shivers. The natural response would be to move to a warmer spot like the comfort of your blanket. Do it. Your body isn’t declaring a war on you. Fighting what comes naturally is not going to help the situation.

If a fever persists beyond the regular three days, or if it exceeds 103 degree, it is time to visit the doctor.

To bandage or not to bandage?

There are three ways in which most of us handle an open wound; rinse it with water; then bandage, let it breathe until it scabs over and clean it with hydrogen peroxide.

Unfortunately, none of these methods are ideal.

For tough guys who think bandages are for babies, be warned. The battle wound may turn into an ugly scar. Letting a wound scab over instead of keeping it moist is likely to cause inflammation, which extends healing time and can result in unwanted scarring.

Antibiotic ointments are known to cause skin reactions. The surest way is to wash your hands, then flush the cut with water. Next, add a dab of petroleum jelly to keep it moist and cover it with a bandage.

Best way to treat back pain

Again, like with treating cuts, attacking a back pain is dealt with by popping a pain killer and praying for relief, ice and heat treatment, or resting.

Research has shown that popping a pain killer is about as helpful as treating yourself with a sugar pill. Heating your back may provide brief relief, but the evidence that icing works at all is lacking.

There’s only one way to escape the stranglehold on your spine: move. Often, people are scared of movement, but it’s the best recommended way to tackle it. But don’t overdo it. Begin by taking a simple walk around the block, and then gradually up the activity ante over the next couple of weeks.

Can you drink too much water?

Doctors say the eight glasses rule is arbitrary. Depending on your activity level, diet, age, and climate, you may need more or less than that exalted eight anyway.

Should you brush teeth after every meal?

Dentists suggest gargling after every meal so that stray pieces of food don’t remain lodged between your teeth. When you do brush, make sure you commit to the act for at least two minutes. Divide your mouth into four sections and spend 30 seconds on each.

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