We all have a particular set of habits that we consider important to maintain our health and our bodies. And while some of them, like washing fruits before eating them or exercising regularly, are undoubtedly important, others have question marks on them.

We put together a list of five habits that you can give up without any consequences, because they are really useless.

Taking Multivitamin Tablets

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The consumption of multivitamins and all kinds of bio-additives does not reduce the risk of developing certain diseases and does not affect your memory or your ability to work.

A group of scientists from the United States came to this conclusion after conducting a series of clinical trials in which more than 450,000 people participated.

The results of other research indicate that taking multivitamins can, in fact, have a negative effect on your health.

Sources: Annals of Internal Medicine, NY Times.

Using Anti-bacterial Hand Gel That Contains No Alcohol

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Antibacterial hand gels really help kill many different types of bacteria and other germs. However, this applies only to gels that do not contain less than 60% alcohol. Other hand sanitizers do not kill all types of microorganisms.

They have no effect, for example, on norovirus or cryptosporidia. Also, any contact you have with pesticides or contamination will not be alleviated by the use of cleaning fluids that contain alcohol. In that case, just wash your hands.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Avoiding Monosodium Glutamate

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Research shows that the unpleasant symptoms that monosodium glutamate is believed to cause in humans, such as nausea and headaches, only occur when something with at least 3g of this substance in its purest form is ingested.

It is highly unlikely that you will find this. At the same time, food products to which glutamate is added are not very good for you, even without it.

Source: Food and Drug Administration.

Cleansing Your Body With A Detox Diet

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Detox diets, which are currently gaining popularity at an accelerating rate, promise to remove toxins from your body. But experts unanimously point out that the body can handle them on its own.

If the liver and kidneys are not working well, it is a reason to go to the doctor and not just to drink more smoothies or cocktails.

Source: The Guardian.

Consuming Organic Products

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In many countries, there is no legal requirement to mark organic food products with any type of certification. So if you see the words “eco” or “bio”, most of the time it will be just a marketing tactic that guarantees that the food was produced without the use of chemicals.

Therefore, the truth is that you will not do better than the normal fruits or vegetables that you buy in the market.

Source: mercola.com.