We’ve all heard our mothers’ best remedies and advice for cold and flu season as well as some old wives’ tales that have been passed along from generation to generation.

Whether it’s the “feed a cold, starve a fever” adage or a “Mother knows best” solution for colds and the flu, we’re taking a look at some of the most common winter health sayings and solutions out there. We’ll walk you through what’s good advice — thanks, Mom! — and what’s better left unsaid.

“Feed a cold, starve a fever.”

Parts of this are true. Staying hydrated and eating nutritious food can help amp up your immune system when you have a cold. But the same thing goes for fever — calories can help give you the energy to fight off the infection.

“A bowl of chicken soup will set you right!”

Score one for Mom! There’s a lot to love about chicken soup during cold and flu season. Any soup with lots of veggies can give you healthy nutrients that help with runny noses, sore throats and congestion. These ingredients help reduce the inflammation that causes these symptoms, putting you on the road to recovery.

Read on for the truth about more common winter health myths.

Our friendly doctors at Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis know a little kindness goes a long way when it comes to cold and flu season. So while Mom may know best about some things, we’re also here to help ease you through those rough days with a little “doctor knows best” advice, too!