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Myths About Your Health

Myth #1: Acne is caused from not washing your face. Acne is not related to dirt on the skin. It is caused by inflammation under the skin, not dirt on the […]

Myth #1: Acne is caused from not washing your face.

Acne is not related to dirt on the skin. It is caused by inflammation under the skin, not dirt on the skin’s surface. Keeping the face clean is always good, but scrubbing vigorously could make acne worse.

Myth #2: Acne is caused by eating chocolate and greasy foods.

This is a very old myth. Studies have not found a single connection between diet and acne. In other words, chocolate, french fries, pizza and other fast foods do not cause acne. It does make sense to limit fatty foods to prevent obesity and heart disease, however.

Myth #3: Children and teens don’t get depressed, and if they do, then they don’t need treatment.

Children and teens can get depressed, just like adults.

Myth #4:  A cigarette every once in a while won’t hurt me, and there’s no chance of getting addicted.

The nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive. Most adults who started smoking in their teens never expected to become addicted.

Myth #5: If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want.

Treating yourself to a treat once in a while shouldn’t affect your body much if you work out regularly and eat healthy the rest of the time. However, if you eat whatever you want every day, your workout routine won’t be able to catch up.

Remember that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “No human ever filled a vessel worse than the stomach. Sufficient for any son of Adam are some morsels to keep his back straight. But if it must be, then one third for his food, one third for his drink and one third for his breath.” (Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasaa’I, Ibn Majah – Hadith sahih)

Myth #6: I probably get enough calcium in my diet.

Most people only get half the recommended daily intake of calcium. Calcium plays a key role in bone development and without it, you can develop osteoporosis (weak & thin bones).

This is a common misconception which isn’t true.  It just appears that way because naturally hairs are tapered at the end, but shaving it makes the ends blunt which makes the hair feel thicker and rough.

Myth #7: Hair that is shaved off grows back thicker and darker.

This is a common misconception which isn’t true.  It just appears that way because naturally hairs are tapered at the end, but shaving it makes the ends blunt which makes the hair feel thicker and rough.

Myth #8: Washing my hands is not really that important.

Washing your hands, especially after using the bathroom, is the best way to kill germs which spread infection.

Myth #9: Head lice is caused by having dirty hair.

Getting head lice has nothing to do with how dirty or clean you are.

Myth #10: The lettuce on my McBurger counts as enough veggies for one day.

You should be getting about 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

Myth #11: It’s ok to skip breakfast.

Eating breakfast is important to give you energy throughout the day.

Myth #12: Pushing the buttons on my Xbox counts as exercise.

It’s recommended that kids and teens do some form of aerobic exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes at a time.

 

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