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Health Rules You Can Bend

WebMD health feature series: 12 health rules you can bend.
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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Eight glasses of water; five to seven servings of fruits and veggies; eight hours of sleep -- just keeping track of health recommendations can be exhausting, let alone following them.

Here are 12 health rules that it’s OK -- and sometimes even good -- to break.

1. Don't eat food that’s fallen on the floor.

Many bacteria will be found on that food, but most of them are not dangerous, notes Nina Shapiro, MD, director of pediatric otolaryngology at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital.

Still, if food sits on the floor for long enough, larger critters can dig in to it. If it's been there overnight, don’t eat it!

Next: Avoid people with colds? next button

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Reviewed on April 19, 2010

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