“Mom is always full of tips to keep you safe, happy and healthy – and many of her recommendations have been passed down for generations. But some of these health adages are nothing more than urban legends.
Dr. Oz put the most common old wives’ tales under the microscope to find out if they’re fact or fiction.”
1. Chocolate causes acne?
False. Pimples aren’t caused by diet, stress or even dirty skin, but hormonal changes. Limit your serving to 1 ounce of dark chocolate per day, which is high in antioxidants and good for your skin.
2. Spicy food causes ulcers?
No. But they can bother an existing ulcer. Ulcers are caused by bacteria.
3. Stress causes gray hair?
Genes causes hair change, but chronic stress can increase growth.
4. Warm milk causes makes you sleepy?
True. Helps you relax.
5. Feed a cold, starve a fever?
False, you need to stay hydrated and nourish your body to fight sickness.
6. Caffeine stints child growth?
False. Caffeine can cause an increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure along with keeping you awake at night – not good for kids.
7. Snore more on your back?
True. Gravity pulls your tongue downward and partially blocks your airway. This blockage causes increased vibrations, which means more snoring!
8. Stretch before you work out?
Not true, could even cause an injury. Stretch after you work out.
9. Cracking knuckles causes arthritis?
False. When you stretch air pockets are created where gas builds up. Cracking your knuckles burst these gas bubbles.
See Dr Oz’s slideshow.
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