Summer health myths can sometimes make sense but other times, just ridiculous.
Although summer health myths are sometimes anchored in the truth, wrong perceptions and misconceptions about science, health and the human anatomy, causes people to believe these (often inaccurate) beliefs.
Here are some of the most common summer health myths that you really need to stop believing so you can enjoy this season to the fullest:
1. Rehydration = Any Liquid Drink
With the heat of the sun at its fullest power in the summer months, experts often advise us to rehydrate. But that doesn’t mean any drink will do enough to rehydrate you.
Fizzy drinks and ice cold beer may not actually do what water can do for your body – and that’s to prevent heat strokes and improve blood circulation in your body. Instead, the high sugar content in these drinks will dehydrate you.
So, if you’re planning a whole day activity outdoors these months, pack a bottle of H20 just to be sure.
2. Cloudy Days Mean No Sunburn
Another myth that can have dangerous effects to your health is believing that cloudy days won’t cause sunburn. The sun may be hiding behind some clouds but its UV rays can still go through those clouds, darling. So if you’re staying out all day long, it’s better to apply a sunscreen with SPF. Also, remember to find shelter every half hour or so to give your skin a mini-break.
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3. If You Swim In A Pool, It’s Okay Not To Shower
Although swimming pools have a high level of chlorine, this doesn’t mean all bacteria are gone. Especially if you’re swimming in a public pool, risks in getting an infection and other communicable diseases are particularly high. That being said, take a shower after swimming in a pool. You’ll feel extra fresh and clean afterwards.
4. Dark-Skinned People Don’t Need Sunscreen
It’s true that dark skinned people have higher levels of melanin, therefore, are much less likely to get a sunburn. But that doesn’t mean they are immune to the harmful effects of the sun. UV rays can do as much damage to dark skinned people as they do to light skinned ones. So, this summer season, protect your skin and wear a sunscreen with SPF.