The reasons why health conditions may run rampant in the colder weather are varied, and that extra layer never hurts. However, avoiding winter health problems starts with being educated about the most common health fallacies. Find out what some of the misconceptions are regarding winter health myths to warm up to better health.
Myth: The cold air makes you sick
Fact: Lower temperatures alone aren’t what make you sick. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cold viruses grow best at about 91 degrees, a temperature you’re unlikely to experience if you’re outside in the cold.
Myth: Don’t exercise in the cold
Fact: You may burn more calories in cold temperatures. Researchers argue that shivering can increase your metabolic rate up to five times. However, shivering is insufferable. No one likes to be cold. So if you want to burn calories faster by going for a morning jog in winter weather, layer up. Wear a wicking base layer to draw sweat away from your body, topped by a wool layer for insulation, and finally a weatherproof shell to protect you from the wind and precipitation.
Myth: There’s no need for sunscreen in the winter
Fact: The sun will still come out. The Earth’s surface is actually closer to the sun during the winter months, exposing skin to more harmful rays unknowingly. Moreover, snow and ice reflect up to 80% of harmful UV rays, so sunscreen for everyday use is just as important in the winter.
Myth: Feed a fever, starve a cold
Fact: Drink plenty of fluids while suffering from a cold or fever, eat plenty of nutritious foods, and get lots of rest. Though, one old-fashioned trick is still maintained. The heat from consuming hot soup, like chicken soup, helps break up congestion and a salty soup broth helps you stay hydrated when sweating with a fever.
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