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Debunked Health Myths

By Sara Butler

Keeping up with all the latest health and wellness information can be daunting. After all, things seem to constantly change, making it a challenge to eat right and stay fit on top of everything else you've got going on in your life. If you can take some information off the table, then it can help to simplify things for you in your pursuit of better health. To help, here are a few pervasive health myths that have totally been busted that you need to know about.

If You Crack Your Knuckles, You Get Arthritis

Cracking your knuckles may not be the most attractive habit in the world, but it's understood now that it's not really going to cause you to get arthritis in your fingers when you get older.

The truth is that arthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in your joints. This allows friction between the bones of the joint because there's no cushion there and that's what's causing arthritis. Cracking your knuckles simply pulls the joints apart, stretching them and causing the air bubbles in the fluid-filled sacs that surround your joints to pop, causing the sound. Just remember that persistent cracking can weaken your grip.

You'll Get Sick Going Outside With Wet Hair

This myth has stuck around for so long because it seems logical. Going outside with wet hair in the winter, causing you to lose body heat and weaken your immune system. Maybe even attract a bug or two that can make you sick. But that's not really what happens at all.

No link has been found between being cold and increasing your chances of getting infected with an illness. But what they did find is that if you're already sick, the onset of symptoms can be more sudden by being cold -- which is probably where this health myth got started.

If you think you might be sick, don't go outside with wet hair. But other than that, there's no issue with it.

Eating Any Kind of Fat Is Bad

Fat, much like carbohydrates, has gotten a bad reputation in the world of nutrition. But we know now that while there are certain types of fat that should be limited or avoided altogether (I'm talking to you, trans fat), there is fat out there that should be a part of your diet.

Monounsaturated fats are some of the best for you, which can be found in vegetable oils such as olive oil and nuts. These fats can actually have a positive impact on your blood cholesterol and help reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, are also great for you. Avoid trans-fat and limit saturated fats and you should be golden.

If you have any questions about health and wellness, then don't forget that the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic make an excellent resource.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverside, Calif.

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