Some are true, and shoudl be followed religiously. However, some home remedies are just supersitious nonsense and shold be avoided at all costs. But how do you know?
Feed a Cold Starve a Fever:
The wive's tale about feeding a cold, starving a fever is half true; when you're congested, nutritious food will build up your immune system. But when you need to eat well when you have a fever too. A fever means you have an infection somewhere in your body and you need energy to fight it. The things to remember if you are underthe weather is to stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, and eat well, no matter what your symptoms.
You Lose Most of your Body Heat Through Your Head:
While it's not true that you lose more body heat through your head (about 10%), it might feel like it, because that area is 5 times more sensative to temperature than other areas. Rule of Thumb: If you are cold, put on a hat, gloves, or an extra sweater, or ingest a hot drink.
Chicken Soup is Good for What Ails you:
This is true.Chicken soup usually contains a mixture of all things good, such as protein, veggies, and other essential vitamins. Some research has shown that chicken soup really does reduce inflammation of sinus passages. And if your mom's a good cook, that's just an added bonus.
Going Outside with Wet Hair Can make You Sick:
I believed this myth for years because my mother believed it. But respectable doctors have assured us, you cannot get sick by going outside with wet hair in the winter. The only way you can get a cold and the flu are by coming in contact with those who have the virus.
Wait an Hour After You Eat Before Going Swimming:
This is also just a myth, according to the American Red Cross. Though it is possible that one could develop a cramp while swimming with a full stomach, it is highly unlikely, and a person swimming in a pool or controlled swimming area could easily exit the water if this happens.
An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away:
While it's true that apples are full of vitamins that help you stay healthy, you should see your doctor regularly in order to make sure you are following a routine that willhelp you maintain a greater quality of way well into your 80's and 90's.