Question: What do you think of the old adage, "feed a cold, starve a fever?" Myth or fact?

Answer: This one is basically just a myth. It's not entirely clear where it came from, but the theory states that if you eat some food, your body temperature will rise, thus helping to fight off the common cold. And if you avoiding eating, then this may help to decrease your body temperature, thus alleviating a fever.

Unfortunately, there isn't any definitive evidence that either of these is true. In fact, colds and fevers should really be treated with the same some food, drink some fluids, and then drink some more. It's pretty obvious that if you're hungry, you should eat. And I think we all know the importance of getting plenty of fluids, which can help to thin out mucus and secretions. Oh, and don't forget to get plenty of rest, too!

About the author: Andrea Ivins is the club manager and Zumba Instructor at Anytime Fitness in Palestine.

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