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“¿Y los zapatos?” This was a constant question in my house from my dad. “Te digo, ponte los zapatos. Sé que los tienes por allí.”
I walked around our house barefoot all the time and they always warned me against it, for various reasons; your feet would get dirty and gross; the floor is cold; and then there’s the chance that you’d pick something up or hurt yourself.
My childhood was full of warnings from both my parents, my grandma and my aunts. They were preventive measures, at least, that’s how I saw them. My cousins would always argue about the rationale, but as I got older, there were just some things that made sense to me and do (or don’t) until this very day. And here’s what the research may have to say (or not) about some of these.
Here are a few popular ones we’ve heard over the years:
My cousins argued the fact that sickness is developed by a “bug” or virus. This is very true. This is also the reason why you don’t always get sick even if you choose to be a rebel. However, there have been times when I developed a sore throat and cold because of it. And here’s the reason why.
Researchers explained that it has to do with your nose, not the rest of your body. In a UK study, doctors tied people becoming chilled to the constriction of blood vessels in the nose which provide a first line of defense to things like the common cold virus.
What kind of consejos did you get from your parents? Are they listed here? If not, share with us in the comments below and we will do the research to discover the truth behind your consejo de mamá and publish in a future blog post!
Sources: Catching a cold with wet hair: http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/11/14/cold.chill/index.html; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16286463
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