For as intelligent as we consider ourselves to be, people are sometimes a bit too quick to believe everything we hear and read.
To support that, here are just a handful of very popular misconceptions:
- Energy drinks contain special alertness-boosting ingredients. People think that the vitamins and extraneous supplements somehow boost mental performance and improve your focus. The truth of the matter is that the only benefit they offer is the same one you can find in a simple cup of coffee: caffeine.
- Bottled water is better for you than tap water. Sure, this doesn’t hold up in cases of disaster (Hurricane Katrina) or morally reprehensible irresponsibility (Flint, Michigan). Otherwise, tap water in almost all American municipalities is completely healthy. If we take environmental consequences into account, bottled water may actually prove to be considerably more detrimental to human (and ecological) health in the long run.
- We only need sunblock on sunny days. Yes, a trip to the beach on a cloudless summer day can be a real disaster for your skin if you go sans sunblock. At the same time, you should be diligent applying sun protection to exposed skin whenever you spend extended periods outside—even when there is ample cloud cover. As an ex-red head with Casper (the friendly ghost) like skin I never leave home without a minimum 60 SPF sunscreen.
- 10,000 steps is some kind of “magic number” for physical activity. This is certainly an admirable goal—one that has certainly gained popularity thanks to Fitbit—and we applaud anyone taking effort to improve their health. That said, 10,000 is an arbitrary number. More important is to create a sustainable exercise program where you elevate your heartrate 3-4 times per week for at least half an hour at a time. My office record for the most steps on a daily basis goes to Amazon warehouse workers that log 25,000 – 30,000 steps. That is an exercise program that pays while you do it.
- If we stop weight training, our muscles turn to fat. If this isn’t true, then where did all that muscle tissue go? Well, nowhere. The muscles are all still where they’re supposed to be—it’s just that they’ve shrunk in size. A decrease in physical activity also comes with a decrease in calories burned AKA more fat put into storage. Plus, dietary habits tend to change when people stop exercising … and it is rare for that change to be positive! So do your feet think you are fat?? https://gotofootdoc.com/blog/do-your-feet-think-youre-fat/f
Of course, those aren’t the only misconceptions—coffee “beans” are actually seeds, peanuts aren’t really nuts, etc.—and we certainly have our fair share in the field of podiatry.
And here are two of the biggest myths related to feet:
- Shoes cause bunions.
- Shoes treat bunions.
Kind of weird, huh? We both blame shoes for causing this problem … and celebrate them for being the cure.
Both can’t be true, right? But are either of them accurate? Let’s take a closer look.
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