Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Does covering your head during the winter season protect the body from heat loss, and do low temperatures make you sick?
There are many misconceptions about how to take care of health during the winter. The official account of the Saudi Public Health Authority, in a tweet on Twitter, highlighted some of them, while correcting these concepts as well.
5 common misconceptions about the winter season:
Myth: Low temperatures make you sick
the truth: Exposure to the cold itself does not make you sick, but cool, dry weather is the ideal environment for transmitting viruses.
Misconception: There is no need to use sunscreen in the winter
the truth: Sunscreen must be used, as ultraviolet radiation is exposed during the day, even in cold weather.
Misconception: Covering the head keeps the body warm
the truth: Any exposed part of the body can lose heat, not just the head.
Myth: Drinking coffee (which contains caffeine) keeps you warm
the truth: Caffeine-containing drinks keep you warm for a while, but they stimulate the body to lose warmth faster later on.
Misconception: Allergic rhinitis goes away in the winter
the truth: Allergies may be the real source behind a stuffy nose or throat this season. Therefore, a doctor should be visited if symptoms persist for more than 10 days.
In order to stay healthy during the winter, you must boost your immunity through the food you eat.
And try to reduce your intake of fatty foods, and eat more foods that increase the immune response in the body, such as fruits and vegetables.
Although the cold winter weather leads to a feeling of lack of activity, exercise is something that you should not forget.
It is advised to exercise outside during the winter season, especially walking and jogging.
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