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Surprising Cold Weather Health Myths

The winter has just arrived and people are starting to get sick around you and you’re trying to do whatever it takes to avoid getting sick. First things first, shake off those cold weather misconceptions.

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Cold air will give you a cold

Let’s get this straight once and for all: The cold air does not make you sick. What makes you sick is the germs, bacteria and viruses that get in your body after you’ve touched your nose, mouth or eyes without washing your hands.

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Drink alcohol to stay warm

Drinking alcohol may make you feel warmer but your body temperature is actually going down. The booze actually causes your blood vessels to widen, moving warm blood closer to the surface of your skin. This makes you feel a “heat wave” only for a few seconds. When blood moves away from your internal organs your body temp drops.

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Skip the sunscreen in the winter

Eliminating the use of sunblock is a huge mistake. People don't realize that their skin is still at risk of ultraviolet radiation exposure during the colder months as well. In fact, that risk remains 365 days of the year. UV rays penetrate the clouds and get to your skin with no problem.

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Exercising when it’s cold is a bad idea

Exercising in cold weather can be even more beneficial than working out when it’s warm. Your body has to work harder when it’s cold outside, leading to a boost in your metabolism and more calories burned. Also, exercise releases endorphins and improves your mood, so working out in the winter months can help fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), often referred to as winter blues.

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Allergies disappear in the winter

A cold usually comes with the sniffles, but they can actually be allergies. Dust mites, mold or animal dander are still a problem since pets stay inside for longer and windows are closed leading to poorer air quality. The allergy symptoms may feel like you’re having a sinus infection that won’t go away.

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Cold temperature causes hair loss

Cold temperatures do not mean an increase in hair loss. Cooler weather may actually increase the number of hairs a person has, according to The Choe Center for Hair Restoration. “Similar to the way dogs grow a thicker coat of fur in the winter, people might get more scalp hair in the cooler parts of the year to help them stay warm.”

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Lack of sunlight is the reason for the “winter blues”

You may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. In some cases the lack of sunlight may contribute to SAD because it causes the brain to create less serotonin. Symptoms of the “winter blues” include always feeling tired, having less energy, weight gain, and trouble focusing. Here are 15 ways you can fight seasonal depression.

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You lose most of your body heat through your head

It has been long said that people lose heat through their heads, but studies have actually shown when people get exposed to cold weather with no clothing, they only lose about 10 percent of their body heat through their head.

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Women gain 10 pounds over the winter

There is a saying that the only way you can hurt your body around the holidays is by not using it. This is not more true for men than it is to women. Everyone who doesn’t exercise, sits on the couch all day and eat junk food will gain weight over the winter. People usually gain between one and two pounds during the season. The problem is that most people don’t lose that extra weight by spring, and the weight adds up.

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Vitamin C cures colds

This is actually half-true. Vitamin C is strongly anti-viral and research has shown that it can shorten the severity and length of most colds and flus if taken in sufficient amounts. Foods rich in Vitamin C help strengthen the immune system, which protects you from getting sick.

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Feed a fever, starve a cold

It’s doubtful that any doctor will suggest you don’t eat when you’re sick. Your body is working on getting better and it needs all the energy it can get – but from a good source. It needs the right ingredient to fight the illness and boost you r immune system, not more calories. Drink a lot of water and eat well.

Cold Weather Health Myths