Pick up any magazine and you'll be greeted by plenty of tips and tricks on how to be healthy and beautiful. Every beauty bible has an opinion on what works and what doesn't and what you should do and what you should avoid.
The problem is, of course, there is so much advice out there how are you supposed to know what to believe? With every magazine contradicting what the others say it can be hard to keep up. How do you know whether the latest health tip is truth or fiction? Is it worth following these tips if they're nothing but myths?
Here we take a look at some of the biggest myths when it comes to health and find out the truth.
Acne is the result of dirty skin
For millions of school children across the country who are having to cope with acne there is another side effect that can make it ten times worse – ignorance of other people. Yes, many teenagers and, indeed, some adults believe that acne is a result of not washing your skin properly. As such acne sufferers have to put up not only with their condition but with being judged by others as having poor hygiene. Of course, this is ridiculous. As anyone who has ever suffered from acne will tell you, clean skin has nothing to do with it. Acne is in fact caused by hormones and stress.
Slow metabolisms mean you put on weight
Many people who are overweight attribute their problem to having a slow metabolism. Unfortunately there is no scientific evidence to suggest being over weight is a result of a slow metabolism.
Carrots help your eyesight
It's a line many parents throughout generations have used to encourage their children to eat up their carrots - “they'll help you see in the dark!” Unfortunately that's not quite true. What is true though is carrots do contain Vitamin A which is good for eyesight – so you've not been completely telling fibs!
You must drink eight glasses of water a day
We're constantly being told that we need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day in order to stay healthy. This myth is not completely false. It is important to drink plenty of fluids but 'fluids' is the key word. While it's not advisable to drink litres of sugary soft drinks, tea, coffee or herbal drinks will have just as much benefit as water.
Colds are caused by being cold
Get caught in the rain or particularly cold weather and most people will tell you you're bound to catch a cold soon. But having a cold has nothing to do with actually being cold. While we may feel shivery when we have a cold, we can't catch one unless we are exposed to the cold virus.