Start Updating Your Health Habits

happyThere are certain health tips we have all grown up with. This information is so ingrained in our minds, that it may seem like fact, rather than unfounded advice. But did you ever stop to question where some of your health knowledge comes from? Or if it is even accurate?

Below are a few of these life instructions we all seem to follow, only updated with the real answers. It’s time to get your health habits out of the past, and into the present.

Q: How often should you brush?

A: You might think you have been one of the few elite by brushing your teeth after every meal, but put down the toothbrush, you are actually doing more harm than good. Too much brushing can erode tooth enamel, making you more susceptible to cavities, gum disease and tooth decay. Once in the morning and once at night is all you need to maintain a healthy mouth, but don’t forget to floss. Regular flossing is just as important as brushing, and that’s something you can’t overdo.

Q: How do you take care of a fever?

A: Even though your first instinct is probably to reduce your fever by either popping a Tylenol or applying an ice pack to your forehead, that is not the best thing do. When your body produces a fever is it actually a sign that it is fighting off an illness. A low grade fever actually increases your immune system and helps fight the bug. The best thing you can do, is stay warm and let your body do it’s thing. However, if you get up to 103 and it lasts longer than 3 days, you need to seek the help of a doctor.

Q: How do you properly clean a wound?

A: This is one we have all been doing wrong. Letting a scab form, causes more inflammation, which extends healing time. However, keeping it moist with a bandage also prolongs the amount of time it will take to heal. If you think dousing it in hydrogen peroxide will do the trick, that won’t work either. The best way to treat your cut is washing it thoroughly with water, smearing on a touch of petroleum jelly and applying a bandage. Done and done. 

Q: How do you successfully relieve back pain?

A: Not surprisingly, acetaminophen pills don’t do much good. A Lancet study determined that they were actually no better than taking a placebo. If you think you are dong any good by skipping the meds and going for the icepack, you’re wrong there too. Heat doesn’t seem to offer up much relief either. So where do you turn? Good old fashion walking around. The study found that movement is the best thing for a back injury, just take it slow and slowly work your way up.

Q: How much water do you need in a day?

A: Good news, you don’t need to force feed yourself those eight glasses anymore. The amount of water you should be drinking varies per person depending on age, weight and activity level. The best way to figure this out is by keeping track of how many times a day you need to pee. You should be going at least five times and your urine should be light in color. If it’s on the darker side, drink up. 

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