Growing up in Latino households, you were warned about everything. From going out in the cold with wet hair to walking around barefoot, precautions preceded your every move.
Additionally, you probably grew up with home remedies and various other sayings that you try to forget but linger in the back of your head, making you wonder how much truth there were to them.
As many will tell you, these sayings and precautions come with experience. Things that have happened in your parents’ younger days have stuck with them, leading them to warn you about swimming after eating.
Don’t read in low light! You’ll go blind!
We can totally understand why parents would think this. Dim lights, squinting, unable to see certain words. It makes sense. Unfortunately, it will not go to the extreme of making you go blind. However, it will in fact cause tired eyes and quite possibly headaches from the squinting and stress of your eyes attempting to focus on the words you are reading.
None of these symptoms will damage your eyesight and will most likely subside. If you find yourself reading in low light, look away every 15-30 minutes and blink constantly. Or, prende la luz!
If you shave, your hair will grow back thicker.
Women have probably heard this more than men. Mom would tell you you were too young to shave your legs or any other part of your body and the way they kept you in line was by telling you that the hair would grow back thicker making you look like a man. Not true.
Shaving does not change hair color, thickness of hair or rate of growth. Sorry, mami!
Dry your hair before going to bed, si no, te van a salir granitos.
This may not happen every single time, but yes, there is a grand possibility of getting a rash on your scalp from sleeping on your back with wet hair. The overexposure to moisture with the warmth caused by your head on the pillow can lead to a pH imbalance, allowing for your head to be penetrated by irritants.
This brings you to two choices: Dry your hair or sleep on your stomach. Your choice.
Upset stomach? Yerba buena or 7Up.
Mint tea, or yerba buena, is good for the stomach because it soothes it, especially after vomiting from illnesses like the flu. The warmth of the tea will help with cramps caused from gas, and generally, mint has been also known to sooth irritated bowel syndrome, cleanse the stomach and help clear up skin issues.
If you have cramps caused from gas, 7Up, Sprite or Ginger Ale may also help because clear, carbonated liquids help to neutralize the acidity in your stomach. Helping you burp, these carbonated beverages can be the answer to your stomach’s prayer.
Mami y papi were right on this one!
If it’s cold out, don’t go outside with wet hair. You’ll catch a cold.
If this doesn’t conjure up memories of your mother yelling at you at the top of her lungs, we don’t know what else we can do to haunt your adulthood. This idea comes from catching a chill. When you go outside with wet hair, your body temperature drops, causing an imbalance in your body. This in itself can leave you susceptible to having a virus or sickness enter your system.
However, there aren’t enough studies to prove this. Though many have been done, the tie between wet anything– clothes, hair– and cold air doesn’t tie to actually catching a cold. Catching a cold comes from direct contact with a person who is sick.
Catching a chill, in and of itself, is not pleasant. Just dry your hair!