MYTHS ABOUT THE COLD
With our recent cold swing, a lot of “old wives tales” have resurfaced. Usually they are quite helpful, but here’s a list of rules that are COMPLETELY WRONG
✗ You Lose Most of Your Heat from Your Head: Where your body loses heat is closely related to surface area, and the head has only about 9 percent of the body’s surface area. On the other hand, if the rest of you is all covered up and your head isn’t, then you DO lose most of your heat from your head…
✗ To Warm Up, Sip Coffee or Brandy: Caffeine and alcohol actually hinder the body’s ability to produce heat. They can also cause your core temperature to drop. Instead, drink warm water, or something with sugar.
✗ If You Go Out in the Cold, You’ll Catch a Cold: You catch cold from a virus, not from cold temperatures. Scientists have found however, that in cold temperatures, the flu virus forms a hard coating that acts like an envelope, helping the virus spread through cold air and then melting inside people to do its dirty work.
✗ Rub Your Fingers or Toes to Warm Them: Wiggle them instead. If exposed skin (including that of your face and ears) becomes cold, cover it with a warm hand until it feels better. Rubbing can cause tissue damage.
✗ Try to Resist Shivering: Shivering means that your body is trying to warm up, and that’s good. In fact, shivering can triple your body’s heat production.
✗ If I’m Feeling Cold, You Must Be Feeling It Too: Age, gender, fitness level and acclimatization all determine when you “feel” cold. And it’s been proven that women generally feel cold before men do, possibly because they have less heat-generating ability.