Grandma said!

Common health myths passed down by well-meaning grandmothers everywhere.

Does coffee sober you up?

We’ve all seen it on tv. A part in the show where someone suddenly runs for coffee in a bid to sober someone up. But does it actually work? It’s one of the most popular medical myths (yes, myths) out there, that drinking coffee will somehow make you sober. The truth is, no amount of coffee — black or otherwise — will make a drunk person sober. The only way… Read More »Does coffee sober you up?

What are Moringa health benefits?

Many traditional grandmothers have insisted on having a Holy Basil (Tulsi) tree in the front yard and a Moringa in the back yard…and for good reason. Phytomedicines, such as Moringa oleifera, are believed to have many health benefits for their wide range of antibiotics, antioxidents and nutrients. Phytomedicines, which are traditional plant-based medicinal practices, are used for both therapeutic and preventative treatments over conventional drugs. Moringa oleifera is an Asian… Read More »What are Moringa health benefits?

Does gum actually stay in your stomach for 7 years?

My grandmother told me that if I swallow my gum, it will stay in my stomach for seven years. I’ve never been sure if grandmother’s actually believe that or just enjoy the scare tactic on their grandkids. Either way we need to know, does gum actually stay in your stomach for 7 years? The simple answer is no. It does not. It may be passed through a little slower than… Read More »Does gum actually stay in your stomach for 7 years?

Is it bad to brush your hair too much?

It was a nightly ritual for many. The 100 brush strokes before bed, that is. Sitting in front of a mirror and counting out 100 brushes was supposed to make hair healthy and shiny, but does it? Does brushing your hair make it healthier? The answer is, not so much. According to Schwarzkopf salon professionals, brushing your hair 100 times a day or night before bed will make your hair… Read More »Is it bad to brush your hair too much?

Is an aspirin a day good for you?

Some people swear by it. That an aspirin a day has done them wonders. Many who take it do so to lower blood pressure, especially if they’ve already experienced a heart attack or stroke, but new research says daily low-dose (81 mg) aspirin may not be for everyone. The results of several new 2018 and 2019 studies have found that the risks of taking a daily aspirin may not outweigh… Read More »Is an aspirin a day good for you?

What do carrots do for your eyes?

Some people simply cannot help but repeat the old claim that carrots are good for your eyes, and with good reason. That’s because carrots really are good for your eyes, however, the claim does date back many many years to pilots of the British Royal Airforce during WWII and is valid under certain conditions. The fast explanation is carrots are loaded with beta carotene which the body converts into a… Read More »What do carrots do for your eyes?

Is chicken soup really good for a cold?

Grandmothers are often the first to suggest chicken soup for a cold, but does chicken soup help with colds? The truth is while the soup will usually make you feel better, it’s not the chicken in the soup per se that creates that feeling of better. The reality is eating chicken soup, or any warm liquid when you have a cold, will normally make you feel better. The reason is… Read More »Is chicken soup really good for a cold?

Does cracking your knuckles really give you arthritis?

This is a staple passed down by grandmothers everywhere, that cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis. Sure, it’s annoying to hear, especially if the crack-er is loud and the crack-ee isn’t fond of such sounds, but is it harmful to crack your knuckles? When knuckles are cracked, the cracking noise are bubbles bursting in the synovial fluid that helps lubricate joints, but it is not known to be really… Read More »Does cracking your knuckles really give you arthritis?

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?

So you’re wondering why there’s a saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away. The health rhyme has been told time and again by friends and family to friends and family…but is there any truth to it? While it’s fun to say and let’s face it, there’s no harm in eating an apple a day, the truth is a 2015 medical study found the answer to be no. So,… Read More »Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?

What does mayo do to your hair as a conditioner?

Mayonnaise as we know it is a thick, white condiment for food uses. Through magazines, grandma’s passed down beauty tricks and out of sheer curiosity, mayonnaise has also become something of a side beauty aid. It has often been used (successfully and unsuccessfully) as an inexpensive way to make hair soft and shiny. This leaves us with several common unanswered questions such as what does mayo do to your hair?… Read More »What does mayo do to your hair as a conditioner?