Guess what! Your mother was right. About a lot of things. Here’s some motherly advice you should take to heart – according to the experts at WebMD:
- The first thing your mother was right about is: No junk food – eat an apple or some celery instead! Why? Fresh fruits and vegetables help strengthen your immune system and protect against heart disease and cancer. And junk food is high in salt and sugar, which promotes high blood pressure, obesity, and tooth decay.
- Your mother was also right when she said: Turn off the TV and go play outside! Studies show that exposure to TV and video games raises the risk of violence and aggression in kids, as well as high-risk behavior, such as alcohol and tobacco use in teens and adults. Also, 25 percent of the food a kid eats is consumed during couch potato time. So basically TV equals too many calories and too little exercise!
- What about when your mom asks: So, when are you going to settle down and get married? Is that a good question? Yes. Besides making Mom happy, marriage might make you live longer. A study at the University of Toledo found married men live longer, healthier lives than bachelors. Maybe because spouses tone down self-destructive behavior, like drinking, smoking and partying. And there’s the added security in knowing someone will take care of you when you’re sick.
- What else was mom right about? Carrots are good for your eyes. So are spinach and collard greens. The journal International Ophthalmology reports that vegetables high in beta-carotene and vitamin A may prevent or slow and eye diseases which can lead to blindness, like retinitis pigmentosa.