You can enjoy a great summer when you realize that most of the things we grew up believing are just plain myths. In this episode, Dr. Oz clarifies once and for all what are popular summer myths and what aren’t.
Myth #1: “You should wait 30 minutes after eating before swimming.”
Tom O’Neill is a national lifeguard champion who is invited to the show to tell everyone that this has always been a myth that moms and grandmas have perpetuated. There is no scientific basis for this common practice. Based on Tom’s experience as a lifeguard, swimming with a full stomach has no negative effects. So swim to your heart’s content with a full or empty stomach because this myth is just a myth.
Myth #2. “Pee on a jellyfish sting would remove the pain.”
One of the live audiences has a terrible experience with this myth while she was vacationing with her husband in Mexico. She got stung by a jellyfish when she was in the water, and she let her husband pee on her leg. Unfortunately, she learned the hard way that this myth is just a myth because her sting burned even more. Here are the first aid steps to remedy a jellyfish sting:
- Remove the jelly fish with credit card. Do not touch or hold it with bare hands.
- Avoid tap water.
- Wash area with salt water.
Myth #3. “We get brain freeze when we eat ice cream.”
Our grandparents always tell us this. And guess what? They are right. Natasha Case, CEO & Co-Founder of Coolhaus, explains that brain freeze is NOT a myth. Researchers at Harvard have found that it’s a real thing because when the nerves of your tongue touch the cold, your blood vessels expand and triggers a pain message in your brain. One easy way to avoid brain freeze is to warm the roof of your mouth with your tongue. And with the summer heat on, you can eat ice cream as often as you want.
Myth #4. “Throw sunscreen out every year.”
Fortunately, this is a myth, and knowing that saves you money. Dr. Oz and dermatologist Dr. Debra Wattenberg shed light on the best time to throw out your sunscreen. Dr. Wattenberg explains that sunscreen has an expiration date on the bottom of the bottle. The standard shelf life of sunscreens is two to three years. Moreover, sunscreens are tested for their stability. So, make sure you store them in a safe, dark and cool environment to maximize their shelf life. But if you keep the bottle on the back of your car for the whole year, then it will go bad and you need to throw it away. Dr. Wattenberg further says that the best way to use sunscreens is to apply it on skin 20 minutes before heading out and apply it thick so you get the benefit of the SPF. Do not apply it sparingly and try saving it. If possible, finish the bottle in one summer.
Myth #5. “Base tan is a smart way to protect skin from sunburn.”
Dr. Wattenberg says this is a myth, because there is no such thing as “healthy base tan”. What it does instead is, it makes you think that you have a little bit of color and therefore you can go out and think that it’s the equivalent of an SPF of 2 or 3. But that’s actually nothing. Base tan is not healthy by giving you a false sense of security, and you go outdoors and you burn.
In the show, the wide screen shows a picture of a woman who gets a base tan. Just by getting the base tan alone, she has uneven blotches on her skin. It is shown that base tan causes hyper pigmentation and discoloration, and increases the risk for wrinkling and aging. So, the best option is to wear your sunscreen when going out. This way, you get to keep a younger and beautiful skin all throughout summer.
Myth #6. “The sweeter your blood, the more likely you get bitten by bugs.”
This is another myth that we all should forget about. Dr. Oz explains that mosquitoes are actually attracted to your natural body odor, and not to the “sweetness” of your blood. It’s the type of odor that we cannot appreciate, but mosquitoes get a sense of. Besides individual odors, there are things that mosquitoes are attracted to. They love mint, perfume and cheese. However, there is one smell that mosquitoes detest. And, that’s the smell of fresh grapes. They can’t stand it, so they avoid it, but red wines don’t count. Put grapes around your kitchen and countertops to repel mosquitoes.
Knowing which one is a myth and which is not will help us enjoy summer more. Knowing the facts will save us a lot of money, but most of all verified facts will keep us safe and healthy in any season of the year. Let’s enjoy a myth-free summer!