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40 Health Myths Women Need to Stop Believing

Women's Health Logo By Korin Miller of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 41: You’ve been hearing health advice ever since you were a little kid. And some of it, like being encouraged to wash your hands regularly, is important, life-long stuff you need to know. But other advice, like being told you’ll catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair, falls firmly into the B.S. category (more on that one later). Given that you hear this stuff your entire life—and sometimes repeatedly—it can be hard to weed out what’s real from what’s totally ridiculous to believe. Here are some of the biggest health myths out there, plus why they’re flat-out wrong.

You’ve been hearing health advice ever since you were a little kid. And some of it, like being encouraged to wash your hands regularly, is important, life-long stuff you need to know. But other advice, like being told you’ll catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair, falls firmly into the B.S. category (more on that one later). Given that you hear this stuff your entire life—and sometimes repeatedly—it can be hard to weed out what’s real from what’s totally ridiculous to believe. Here are some of the biggest health myths out there, plus why they’re flat-out wrong.

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