If you add an apple to your diet each day, you might not notice a significant improvement in your health right away. Instead, think long term. Scientists have shown that the phytochemicals in the skin of an apple are protective against heart attacks and various cancers.
Sorry, but eating carrots won't take your 20/30 vision to 20/20. The beta-carotene in carrots, however, can protect the eyesight you have and reduce your risk of macular degeneration as you age.
There's nothing like warm chicken soup when you're battling a cold. Sure, the warm broth feels good, but the enjoyment of chicken soup extends far beyond a psychological effect. Scientists have found that chicken soup reduces inflammation, and thereby eases the symptoms of a cold or flu.
If you struggle with allergies, you may be surprised to hear that adding plants to your home may reduce your symptoms. Back in the 1980s, NASA tested several houseplants and found that certain varieties — like the ficus and peace lily — significantly reduce indoor air pollution.
Admittedly, studies on human behavior during a full moon have mixed results. Some studies have shown no significant increase in seizures, psychosis, violent behavior or births during a full moon, as the old wives' tale claims. However, a National Institutes of Health study found that the rate of non-epileptic seizures actually does increase during a full moon cycle.
You've likely heard that the gum you accidentally swallowed yesterday will stay in your stomach for seven years. This simply isn't true. Gum usually passes undigested straight through your body. However, chewing and swallowing large amounts of gum can cause an intestinal blockage. To play it safe, you should avoid swallowing gum altogether.
Remember how your mom gave you a glass of warm milk before bed to help you sleep? Scientists have found that the chemical makeup of warm milk has nothing to do with the fact that it really is a natural and effective sleep aid. It appears that the sleep benefits of warm milk before bed are psychological and comforting, rather than chemical.
Here's a lovely surprise for all you mamas out there: A study recently found that a woman's risk of periodontal disease — including missing teeth — increased with each pregnancy.
This random piece of folklore wisdom is totally true! I know, I couldn't believe it either. The National Institutes of Health completed a study that found that women with moderate to severe heartburn during pregnancy mostly gave birth to babies with average or above average amounts of hair. And, on the flip side, women with mild or no heartburn mostly gave birth to babies with very little hair. Mind = blown.
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