3 Common Health Misconceptions


1.    Cold weather makes you sick

While many people get sick around colder times of the year, that doesn't mean that cold weather is what makes us sick. After all, we get sick because of germs and viruses, not the temperature.

So then, why is cold weather associated with sickness?

The most probable reason is the fact that most viruses spread faster in lower temperatures. The rhinovirus, the most common cause of the cold, reproduces more rapidly at cooler temperatures.

Moreover, some evidence suggests that our immune system is suppressed when exposed to cold weather, which considerably increases the opportunity of catching an infection.

2.    Drinking caffeine helps with a hangover

Hangovers are the worst! You feel nauseous and achy all over, so you reach over for a cup of strong coffee.

Caffeine is a stimulant, so while it makes you feel more alert and awake, it does not alleviate your hangover symptoms. If anything, it makes them worse. Coffee is extremely acidic and will make you feel even more nauseous, so unless you start to feel withdrawal symptoms, steer clear!

A better alternative to caffeine is some peppermint or fennel tea. Peppermint has energising properties that reduce nausea and fatigue, and can even cure migraines after a long night of drinking. Fennel tea helps ease your aches and is more potent than ibuprofen due to its anti-spasmodic properties. 

Our Hangover Box comes with 5 packs of Mint Refresh Pukka Tea Bags to refresh and nourish you with a splash of soothing peppermint leaf, organic sweet fennel seed, and restorative rose.

3.    Treat a sore throat with antibiotics

Sore throats are painful and unpleasant, however, more often than not, they are no cause for worry. They can be caused by environmental factors such as cold or dry air, allergies, or hay fever. Sometimes, sore throats are a result of a viral infection. In most cases, unless caused by bacteria, antibiotics will not aid in easing your throat pain. In fact, antibiotics may even cause harm in the long term by increasing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

“So how should I treat a sore throat?” you may ask.

Sore throats usually go away on their own, and usually don't require medical interference. However, to deal with the pain, the best course of action is to drink warm fluids to soothe your throat, such as soups or tea. Experts recommend drinking lemon, ginger, and honey due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

You can find 5 Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey Pukka Tea Bags in our Sore Throat Box as well as other natural remedies for a speedy recovery!

By Douaa Kachouli of www.medstudentadventures.com