Putting cold and flu myths to the test

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - We've all heard the advice about what to do and what not to do to avoid getting the flu. But are any of them true? FOX19 put seven of these classic "Mom" myths to the test.

Myth #1: Chicken soup can heal you from the food or cold.

According to medical experts, chicken soup if prepared correctly can be helpful, especially if it's full of vegetables. That way, the soup is full of antioxidants that can help fight infection and boost the immune system.

Myth #2: Cover your mouth with your hand when you cough.

Our medical experts say that covering your mouth may actually increase the spread of the virus. The most important thing to do to prevent the spread of the flu is to wash your hands frequently.

Myth #3: You can get sick if you go out in the cold with wet hair.

This is not possible, according to our experts. We can typically only get symptoms after receiving the virus from someone else.

Myth #4: Avoid dairy when you have a cold.

Many doctors agree that when you are sick you should avoid diary products. They believe that it can increase mucus production.

Myth #5: You lose most of your body heat through your head.

According to experts, the most body heat you can lose through your head ranges from 10-50%.

Myth #6: Rest, don't exercise, when you're under the weather.

Studies have shown that it is important to get 30 minutes of mild to moderate exercise to help boost the immune system. However, it is more important to rest when you have a high fever.

Myth #7: Feed a cold, and starve a fever.

Doctors say you should eat if you have an appetite, and that your metabolism is increased when you are sick, and to take in plenty of fluids, especially those with electrolytes to increase your blood volume.

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