What Was Your Mother’s Best Health Advice?

March 23, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

Images Since I’m on a nostalgic kick—last week I was reminiscing about the sometimes wacky foods I ate as a child—now I got to thinking about the health advice that my mom used to give me as a kid.

Frankly, there aren’t a ton of nuggets of wisdom to draw from, but one of the things I remember is that when in doubt, my mom always says "Put some Vaseline on it." If I had an itch, scratch, a cut, a sore spot, anything— my mom brought out a jar of Vaseline.

(It reminds me of the father in the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" who believes that a spritz of Windex will cure any skin ailment.)

While we all know that some passed-down health secrets—a.k.a. old wives’ tales—just don’t hold water anymore, some do remain helpful.

The most memorable piece of health advice my mom ever told me as a child, and one that’s still decent advice, was this: I was about 10-years-old and asked my mom if I really had to sleep with underpants on.

Her response: "Nah, I like to let my parts breathe."

Do you recall any unusual health advice your mom or dad gave you as a child? Do you follow it to this day?