Truth or Tale: Old Wives’ Tales Put to the Test!

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. From stress causing graying hair to not swimming after you eat to the link between spicy foods and ulcers and more – learn the truth about the advice you’ve grown up with!

Drafty Rooms

Sleeping in a room with a draft will not make you sick. This is a riff on the old wives’ tale that going outside with wet hair will cause a cold. While being chilly is unpleasant, it doesn’t make you any more likely to get sick. It’s true that we’re more prone to infection in cold weather, but that’s because we’re indoors more, spreading our germs. If you stay inside your house and blast the heat, you’re also more likely to dry up your body’s protective barriers in your nasal passages, increasing your risk for airborne pathogens. Don’t be afraid of a little cold – it may even stimulate your immune system!

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