10 Summer Health Myths, Explained

It’s just before 9 a.m. You’re on your way to work, which is bad enough to begin with. Then there are the beads of salty-sticky moisture accumulating like thunderstorm clouds right where your hair meets your forehead. You suck your iced coffee down as fast as you can in an effort to lower your body temperature, but it’s a futile exercise. You know it’s just a matter of time before the sweat content of your hairline surpasses its crucial equilibrium point, tipping your morning irrevocably into "hot, drippy mess" territory.
Some people hate puppies, others hate brunch. I happen to hate summer. Yes, the days are longer, and the opportunities for beach drinking and water-centric shenanigans are plentiful. But, there’s something about being constantly damp that really just bums me out.
And, it’s not just the sweating. When you think about it, summer seems to present a wide array of health risks that would make even the most reasonable among us rethink our collective obsession with the sunny season. Ok, so summer’s not normally associated with sniffles and strep. But, what about skin cancer, or heatstroke — or shark attacks?!? In search of the real story on summer’s most widespread (and wackiest) health myths, I sought the opinions of medical doctors, nutritionists, and, yes, even shark experts. Click through for some good, old-fashioned myth busting — so you can go forth into the blinding, oppressive days ahead fully prepared (popsicles and and central air not included).

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