Being Out In The Cold Weather Won't Make You Sick

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Did your mother ever tell you to not go out in the cold or else you'll get sick? Not only is this myth-the opposite is more accurate. Scientists have found that the immune system is actually stimulated by the cold. But then why do more people tend to get sick during cold winter months? It is most likely because people stay indoors more in the winter. According to the research, the cold weather actually increased the number of key sickness-fighting cells: leukocytes, granulocytes, natural killer cells, and other chemicals that battle infection.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. According to the research, cold weather actually increases the number of key sickness-fighting cells. 00:37

  2. Bundling up in the cold weather does not make it less likely you'll get a cold. 01:09

  3. Drinking alcohol does not warm you up—it's a myth. 03:21

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