Autumn has arrived. We hope that you are finding yourselves excited about the fall months and ready to prep for your home and family for the upcoming winter! When it comes to staying healthy and comfortable in the winter, most people probably believe at least one of the common myths listed below. Whether you heard them from grandma, read them on the internet or they just seem like common sense, here are some winter “facts” that are anything but.
A COLD IS CAUSED BY BEING COLD
Not true, it takes more than bad weather to get sick. The common cold is a virus and it’s coming in contact with this virus that brings on the sniffles, coughing and fever. Since the chills are a common cold symptom, it’s understandable how the myth started. Furthermore, the virus does prefer cold, dry weather and is more prolific during the winter season, since people spend more time indoors.
HEAT ESCAPES FASTER THROUGH YOUR HEAD
This myth also has a bit of half-truth to it. You don’t actually lose heat any faster from your head with all things being equal. But if you cover the rest of your body and leave the hat at home, then your head does become the path of least resistance for heat to escape. In addition, the sensitivity of people’s ears and nose to the cold could lend credence to this myth, as well. The best thing to do is always bring a hat along on cold days.
VITAMIN C STOPS A COLD
Sorry, it’s just not true. They say there’s no cure for the common cold and that includes vitamin C. While Vitamin C may be part of a healthy diet and lifestyle for keeping your immune system strong, it does not kill viruses. Actually, this applies to any supplement touted as a “common cold” preventer.
SUNSCREEN NOT REQUIRED
While more of our bodies are covered and we spend less time outside in the winter, the sun is no less harmful. It’s still recommended to cover any exposed flesh — such as lips, nose, ears — with at least SPF 15, regardless of the seasons. In fact, if there is snow on the ground UV rays can also reflect up, doubling the chances for UV skin damage. One thing that isn’t a myth: ensuring you have fresh, properly humidified air in your home can improve comfort and health. In the following pages you can read more about how dry air negatively impacts health and comfort and what you can do to protect your family this winter.