Maintaining sound health is very important, and it’s one of the goals of the professionals at Bayless Integrated Healthcare.

Unfortunately, some factors can increase the difficulty of this health care. Some of these factors are common myths and misconceptions that people have about health and medical care in general.

That is why parramatta medical will be busting some of the long-held myths and beliefs about physical health.

Chewing gum stays in your stomach for up to seven years.

This myth has some basis behind it. Some of the ingredients used in chewing gum are indigestible. Your stomach acids can’t dissolve ingredients like elastomers, waxes, and resins because they don’t belong there, to begin with. However, this doesn’t mean the gum will hang around your stomach for the better part of a decade.

Truth is, many of the things in our regular diet, like fiber, are indigestible. The stomach takes care of gum like it takes care of the rest. Whatever it can’t digest, it simply passes it along.

Reading in the dark and sitting too close to the TV cause eye damage.

It’s true that reading in the dark can cause you to strain your eyes so much that they hurt. It stands to reason that sitting too close to the television can make you progressively blind. However, the truth behind this myth is based on a different era.

The TVs that were manufactured in the 1960s emitted high levels of radiation that could have caused eye damage. But then, today’s LED crystal displays are perfectly safe. You could sit an inch from the TV nowadays and still have 20/20 vision.

You should wait an hour after eating before swimming.

The crux of this myth is that you can get cramps while in the water if your stomach is still heavy on a meal. Cramps can limit your ability to swim, which can then cause you to drown. However, if we break down this myth, you’ll see that it doesn’t hold any water.

First of all, you can get cramps at any time, and food doesn’t increase the odds so much that it should become a concern. Secondly, even with cramps, you should still be able to make your way to safety while in water. Thirdly, if a cramp is going to cause you to drown, then maybe don’t swim in the water at all. The bottom line is that if you want to go swimming, a meal won’t stop you.

Chicken noodle soup cures everything.

The chances are that if you’ve fallen sick at one point or another, chicken soup has been recommended as a remedy. It doesn’t even matter what the sickness is. People simply believe that chicken soup can cure everything.

Sadly, this isn’t really true. Chicken noodle soup is more of a comfort food than an actual cure for ailments. Besides comfort, some studies have also shown that it may have some placebo effects. People feel better because they believe the soup made them better. Should you continue taking chicken noodle soup when you’re sick? Sure. Will it cure your sickness? Probably not.

Women can’t get pregnant during their period.

Even though it’s highly unlikely for women to get pregnant during their period, it’s not impossible. Sperm cells can remain in a woman’s body for up to seven days after ejaculation. Also, some women can ovulate immediately after, or even during menstruation. These two unlikely events can occur, making it possible for a woman to get pregnant, even if she had sexual intercourse during menstruation.