Mother Knows Best
Mom deserves a lot more credit than we give her. Here are 10 things that she got right.
"Button up your overcoat! And don't forget the
galoshes/mittens/muffler!" Don't you just cringe thinking about it?
Turns out that cold weather does stress the immune system and
can lower our resistance to infections, especially if we're not accustomed to
it. So Maree Gleeson, an exercise physiologist at the University of Birmingham
in England, suggests that athletes competing in cold climates protect
themselves by limiting exposure and wearing warm clothing.
Remember when Mom told you to spend less time glued to the TV
and more time outside playing? A study published in the April 2001 issue of the
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
showed that exposure to TV, video games, and other media is linked to increased
violent and aggressive behavior and more high-risk behavior, including alcohol
and tobacco use and earlier onset of sexual activity.
"TV viewing could contribute to childhood obesity and other
health problems," Jyu-Lin Chen, RN, MS, a doctoral student at the Young
Children's Health Project of the University of California, San Francisco, tells
WebMD. "Planning family activity with your child, such as playing sports or
games, is the best way to help reduce TV-viewing time and decrease its negative
impact on your children's health."
Dietz adds that TV viewing means more than a tendency for less
physical activity: 25% of food consumption in children happens in front of the
TV set. Listen to Mom if you don't want to be a couch potato.
"So when are you going to settle down and get married?"
some moms ask their daughters whenever an eligible male walks by -- that is,
one with a strong pulse and no wedding band. Besides pleasing Mom, marriage may
actually be good for your physical and mental health and even add a few years
to your life.
"Healthier people marry sooner and married people live
longer," John E. Murray, PhD, a professor of economics at the University of
Toledo in Ohio, tells WebMD. After studying life span in a large group of male
college graduates, Murray concluded that married men did live longer than
bachelors, even when their health in early adulthood was taken into
"A spouse tends to tone down the other spouse's
self-destructive behavior, like drinking, smoking, and carousing at night,"
Murray says, "as well as caring for one another when sick and the knowledge
of security that brings."
Eyes and Ears
Yes, carrots are good for your eyes -- and so are spinach and
collard greens. A 2000 review in the International Ophthalmology Clinics
reports that these vegetables, high in beta-carotene, vitamin A, and other
helpful vitamins and minerals, may help prevent or even slow down night
blindness, the genetic eye disease retinitis pigmentosa -- which gradually
leads to blindness -- and other progressive eye diseases.