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You've had to have heard at least one of these before and in my case, I believed more than a few of these! This winter, let's be a smarter and healthier group with these busted winter myths :) - Cold air can make you sick Lower temperatures alone won't make you sick! In fact, the exact opposite is true. "Cells that fight infection in body actually increase if you go out into the cold," says Rachel C. Vreeman, MD. - You shouldn't exercise in the cold Not true! In cold temperatures, race times are actually faster. Plus, those faster workouts can spike your endorphin levels—which actually already increase just by you being outside :) - Allergies go away in the winter They might be worse in different seasons, but they never actually go away. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one in five people suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies, and the indoor ones can actually be worse in the winter. Pets don't spend as much time outdoors and closed windows seal in poor air quality. - You don't need sunscreen in the winter Just like on overcast days, keep using that sunscreen! Keep in mind that snow and ice can both reflect up to 80% of harmful UV rays so that they can hit the skin twice! - You lose most of your body heat through your head You lose heat equally through any part of your body that is exposed. If you're bundled up but don't have gloves, the heat will escape through your hands! Simple as that! - Lack of sunlight causes winter depression While dark days don't help, there are many other factors besides seasonal affective disorder that can contribute to winter depression. Busy schedules, family stress, and worries about holiday spending are more likely to trigger the blues than true SAD, which affects just 5% of Americans.
the cold does not cause sickness is very believable and true because most bacteria and viruses cannot survive in cold weather outside of the body. people tend to get sick more so during the winter because people stay in their homes with windows closed with poorly filtered air and in close contact with many people who are spreading germs. in the meantime, you are running the heat which dries out your throat and nasal passages which creates a perfect environment for introducing malicious bacteria and viruses into your body.
Sweeeet! I can now tell everyone who bugs me about these things (mostly, about not wearing a hat in winter) that I'm fine!!
sounds good!!
The cold air will make you sick myth is still hard to not believe sometimes! Really I think it's more like letting your body not rest enough after fighting cold that causes it :)