#RizzList: Wive’s Tales That Are True!
If you take a look at the history of medicine, it’s kind of scary what we used to think and believe, as well as what we tried to do that totally didn’t work. So let’s take a moment to thank science for progressing and making most old-fashioned beliefs about women’s health, and health in general, a thing of the past.
That said, the moms and grandmas of yesteryear kept us all alive — even without modern medicine — so it may be worth tapping into old health advice that’s been passed down for generations. Whether they were offering up natural PMS cures, touting the benefits of a daily apple, or suggesting ways to de-puff tired eyes, it turns out many old wives’ tales are actually true.
“If we dig deeper, old wives’ tales may actually contain some nuggets of wisdom when it comes to our health,” board-certified naturopathic physician Chanté Wiegan tells Bustle. “Traditional medicines from various cultures and ancient times were often based on practical function. Plants, herbs and the use of dietary therapies were coveted for their ability to actually work long before the science was there to back it up. Today, we see research proving the mechanisms of many of these ancient practices and remedies.” Sound interesting? Then read on for some age-old tips that still hold true today.
1. Chocolate Can Help Ease PMS
If you’re lusting after chocolate in the days before your period, there may be a science-y reason why. “Chocolate contains mood-boosting chemicals that can help you feel happier during your time of the month,” says NYC-based therapist Kimberly Hershenson, LMSW. “This may explain why many women crave chocolate close to their period.” And why many moms and grandmas, the world over, always recommend it.
2. It’s Possible To Predict Your Baby’s Sex
Part of the fun of a pregnancy — whether your own or a friend’s — is predicting if it’ll be a boy or a girl. But are any old-fashioned guessing techniques accurate? “There are many myths about predicting [the sex of your baby], but one that may actually be true is paying attention to your baby’s heart rate,” Hershenson says. “A heart rate over 140 beats per minute may be an indication you’re having a girl.” There’s also evidence to suggest intense morning sickness may mean you’re having a girl, too.
3. Chicken Soup Can Cure A Cold
We’ve all heard the classic old wives’ tale that claims chicken soup can cure a cold. And while the word “cure’ may be a little over the top, this type of soup certainly can help move things along. “It hydrates and encourages drinking due to salt content and contains the perfect well-balanced meal at its essence,” Dr. Michele Barton, director of clinical health at Psychology Life Well, tells Bustle. It replaces any depleted nutrients, is full of nostalgia, and helps warm you up, too.
4. Toothpaste Will Help Clear Up A Zit
This one may sound too good to be true, and yet some dermatologists swear by the ol’ toothpaste zit cure. “Yes, toothpaste actually can help eliminate your zits and acne bumps,” says Bobby Buka, a leading dermatologist and owner of Bobby Buka MD Dermatology. “The bacteria that cause acne are aerobic, which means they need oxygen to grow. When you squeeze toothpaste out on your acne, you’re essentially starving that bacteria of its life source. However, there’s not anything inherent in toothpaste that dries out those pimples better than conventional methods. In fact, it can also cause unpleasant irritation and redness, so use with caution.”
5. You Need To Get Your “Beauty” Sleep