It seems like living a relatively healthy life should be fairly straightforward: listen to doctors, exercise, eat well. But it turns out that the world is full of misinformation about what is actually good for you. There are tons of things people think are healthy that turn out to be awful. So how's a person supposed to make good choices when we don't even know what the good choices are?
Reddit knows the answer, and it is (of course) crowdsourcing. One Redditor started a thread of things that people think are healthy, but actually aren't, and you'll be amazed at what's included. You've probably been doing at least one of these things thinking it's great for you. If you haven't been, then you're basically going to live forever.
If you have? Well, it's probably time to do some reading and learn about those common misconceptions. Are you ready to have your mind blown?
This is one "diet" that refuses to die and makes no sense.-danglvn
Don't use a douche. It's a bad idea.-citronellaspray
Sometimes the wisdom of the ages is just old men shouting at clouds.-YoyoPewdiepie
Just because it's fake doesn't mean it's better.-barryc100588
"includes fruit" does not equal "healthy".-retr0sp3k
There are better ways to clean your hands than sanitizer.
I'm sure someone already said this, but Hand Sanitizer. So bad for you!
The most common type of adverse health effects for both alcohol- and non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers were ocular irritation, vomiting, conjunctivitis, oral irritation, cough, and abdominal pain.
Rare effects included coma, seizure, hypoglycemia, metabolic acidosis, and respiratory depression.-ObviousNegotation
Oil is oil: it's still fat.-soynugget95
Your body can only process so many vitamins. After that it's useless.-jerrythecactus
Diet soda MIGHT be better than normal soda, but it's still not good.-nighttop_yt
Salads are healthy right? Not so much.-theawsomeakame
Eat when you're hungry, not some arbitrary amount.-noodlegodess
Again, be careful about how you eat salads. They can really add up.-FionMacCumhaill
This one might be controversial, but punishment doesn't seem to help people with addictions.-_sad_b1tch_
Waking up early for no reason is just going to make you unhappy.
Waking up early (if you are not a morning person). Your body needs 7-9 hours of sleep. There is no known health problem caused by too much sleep.
Getting more sleep is one easiest and most impactful things you can do to improve your health. Scientists are starting to realize that it is more important for health than diet and exercise combined. (Although diet and exercise are still important.)-cowgod42
Oh, but that one got a little bit of pushback.
Lucky for us the first commenter had some sources and they whipped those out immediately.
Science has shown that people need 7-9 hours of sleep, and that this depends on the person. Some only need 7, some need as many as 9, but everybody seems to need at least 7. If you are already getting enough high-quality sleep, at he same time every night, then your body will wake up once you have had enough sleep; that is, you won't oversleep.
If someone is sleeping more than 9 hours, it is likely because they were very sleep deprived from not enough sleep, or from poor sleep quality (e.g., sleeping with too much light, noise, alcohol, caffeine, etc. to get sufficiently deep sleep). It could also be the sign of another medical issue. That is to say, "too much sleep" is a symptom, not a cause, of health issues. Sleep is not simply "one keystone of health"; it is the bedrock that all other health issues rest on.
Sleep also massively improves social interactions, work productivity, etc., so there is no need to worry about missing out on social interactions, or getting behind on responsibilities by sleeping. Sleep enhances all of these, and missing even an hour of sleep can cost you many hours in terms of productivity.
Believe me, this was all news to me as well. I never used to take sleep seriously. If you want to learn more, check out Matthew Walker's TED talk:
or even better, read his book, "Why We Sleep". For me, and many other people, learning about the modern science of sleep has been life-changing.-cowgod42
Did you know that you shouldn't use q-tips in your ears?-chainstate099 They're too small and can damage your eardrums.
A classic old wive's tale.-ThunderTRP
"Vegetable" does not cancel out every other issue with food.
The idea that something is healthy just because it has vegetables in it. My MIL is a prime offender.
Cole slaw is good for you. Fried brussels sprouts are good for you. Spinach dip is good for you. Greens cooked with heavy cream and pancetta are good for you
No they're f***ing not, Debbie.-duffman13jws
VitaminWater is just pop with better braanding.
There was even a court case where they hilariously asserted "No reasonable consumer would be misled into thinking the drink was healthy."
And yet I still get people telling me they gave up soda for it and that's completely changed their lifestyle.-AntiVectorTV
You may have other reasons not to eat GMO or non-organic food, but it's the same food.-Nourjan
That granola bar is just dessert.-non_legitur
Speaking of dessert...-purellhandsanatizer
Also you don't need to cleanse anything, that's what your liver is for.-Ragnarlordofthedanes
Oh, but you could give your liver a break and lay off the drinking.-quotemycode
Not all unhealthy things have to be for humans.
Declawing cats. It's literally amputation at the first knuckle. Painful as fuck.
Healthy alternatives: regular trimming and scratching posts.-I0I0I0I