Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You lose most of your body heat through your head

Have you ever watched football game in winter and seen all the players on the sidelines with massive amounts of steam coming off their heads?
Have you ever been told that you better cover up in the Winter and make sure your head is covered because you lose most of your body heat through your head?

I have and I will be the first to admit that I believed that myth myself, not that you should cover up in Winter, that you lose most of your body heat via your head. Like all myths just a bit of research lead me to the answers about both how this myth was started and the proof that it is just a myth. While your head is an obviously integral part of your body that you can't live without and Neuroscience has come to show us that it consumes roughly twenty percent of your bodily calories even though it is only two percent of your body weight, a staggering amount if you think about it, losing most of your body heat through your head is complete nonsense.

The myth was started years ago by a military study conducted on the loss of temperatures in soldiers exposed to extreme cold, those poor grunts. The study reported extreme loss of heat through their heads and the myth was born. What the study didn't report was that the soldiers were clothed everywhere but there heads causing the results to be drastically skewed. Science and medicine will show you that we lose about ten percent of our body heat through our melons and the other ninety percent through the various other parts of our bodies. So make sure you cover your entire body this winter.

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