The winter season is the most misunderstood season when it comes to health.
Most people have popular misconceptions like the season brings with it a lot of diseases and obstacles for maintaining good health.
While most of those are partly true, a lot of them are plain myths and misconceptions.
In this article, we’ll bust 10 popular winter health myths once and for all.
Myth 1: You catch a cold if you do not dress warmly.
Fact: We catch a cold or other sicknesses during the winter season due to the germs and viruses that easily transfer in the dry winter air and not entirely due to not dressing up warmly.
If you do not dress warmly, at most your will be very uncomfortable due to the biting cold and freezing winds.
You falling sick or catching a cold depends on your body’s immunity and proper hygiene. Some of the best practices to maintain good immunity and preventing yourself from getting sick are:
- Wash hands frequently, especially before and after you eat.
- Eat a healthy diet
- Be active
- Manage your stress levels
- Get good quality sleep
Myth 2: You do not need sunscreen during the winters.
Facts: Most people have this logical explanation that since the sun is mostly covered with clouds during the winter, applying sunscreen is not necessary.
However, it cannot be more wrong. Whichever season it is or how much ever the sun is covered, its harmful ultraviolet rays have the power to penetrate through the clouds and harm our skin.
Also, not many people are aware of the fact that the earth is closest to the sun during the winters (in January) and not in summer.
So, irrespective of the sun’s shine, you need to apply sunscreen to protect your skin whenever you step out.
Myth3: You lose most of your body heat through your head.
Fact: No, it is not true. You lose as much heat from your body as much as you do from your head. While we cover the entirety of our bodies, the only part that is left uncovered is our heads.
So, naturally, your head feels colder. However, you can always use skull caps and earmuffs to keep your head warm and cozy.
Myth 4: Vitamin C prevents cold and sickness.
Fact: This fact cannot be more blown out of proportion than how it is due to the onset of the pandemic.
Yes, vitamin C can help in boosting your immunity, but it is not entirely dependent on this single vitamin.
You need other vital nutrients and minerals like vitamin D, zinc, selenium, iron, and protein among others. And the only way to ensure you have enough of those is by having a balanced and healthy diet.
Myth 5: A peg of rum a day keeps your winter blues away.
Fact: Well no one said that, however, a majority of people have this popular misconception that drinking alcohol will keep your body warm.
While drinking alcohol does make you feel warmer inside your body, it is due to the fact that your blood flows away from your internal organs and towards the exterior skin, making the core temperature drop.
Another reason for this warm feeling is, drinking alcohol impairs your body’s ability to shiver.
So, drinking alcohol just to keep yourself warm is not the wisest of ways to follow.
Myth 6: Winters causes hair loss.
Fact: You tend to lose more hair during the winters not because of the extremely cold temperatures, but due to the fact that the hair-growth cycle will be in the last phase, the resting phase.
During the resting phase, most of the hair on our heads is shed out. As most of the hair strands will be in this phase during the winters, we blame it on the winter temperature for the excessive hair fall.
Another reason is due to the dry winter air which makes your hair and scalp dry and brittle, causing itching and breakage. In this case, oil your hair regularly, and remember to use a conditioner after shampoo to lock the moisture in your hair.