Cold weather myths busted

Cold weather myths busted

For many of us, fond memories of winter are overshadowed by flashbacks of Mom wrestling us into layer after layer of itchy sweaters. Although she meant well, some of the cold weather tips we've heard all our lives may not be true. Never fear, this myth buster is here to freeze those myths in their tracks!

Remember the agony of scratchy scarves and goofy hats? Mom always said that hats were necessary because the majority of the body's heat is lost through the head. As it turns out, only about ten percent escapes this way.

"Any area that's not covered, you can certainly lose body heat from," said Selena Clearman, nurse practitioner at Wesley Primary Care.

So to keep warm, a lot of folks drink warm beverages like tea and coffee. While they might create a sensation of warmth, drinking these does not actually make your body warmer. Another myth busted! Alcoholic beverages do the exact opposite, in fact. They makes you feel warm because blood moves toward your skin, but the body's core temperature drops as the blood leaves the internal organs.

Many people also believe that the cold air makes you sick. This is a myth as well.

"It's actually the environment in which the cold air encourages us all to go inside," said Clearman. "So when you're in close quarters with a lot of people and they're coughing and sneezing, it just spreads it."

With another blast of frigid air headed toward the Pine Belt, it's important to know fact from fiction. Experts suggest wearing loose-fitting layers and covering as much exposed skin as possible. Stay warm!