Our bodies are amazing specimens, they are continually adapting to our surroundings. So have you ever wondered how our body handles the cold?
When the surrounding temperature is 20 degrees and below, your body responses start to set in.
- Your abdominal muscles involuntary contract: In the cold you Muscles contraction to produce heat also known as shivering.
- Your metabolism slows down: During the colder temperatures, your body has to spend more energy in saving heat. So, it has to slow down metabolism to avoid unnecessary energy expenditure. Therefore consuming hot drinks and liquids will help your body regulate its internal temperature.
- Your urine output increases: Due to constriction of blood vessels, your blood pressure increases. In order to restore the pressure, the body gets rid of water to restore the fluid volume. So, it’s natural to visit the restroom several times a day during winter.
- Migraines: Those who are prone to migraines may experience more episodes when there are dramatic changes in temperature or barometric pressure.
Here is how to help combat these side effects:
- Exercise, exercise, exercise: Regular fitness schedule is the key to keeping weight off in winter and helping keep those migraines at bay.
- Practice calorie damage control: If you do overeat, don’t completely ‘fall off the wagon. Try and make up for it by cutting your calories for a few days and adding in some extra exercise.
- Eat more soup and drink herbal tea: Soup, particularly vegetable-based soups are a great option nutritionally. Plus when you’re feeling like you’re going to splurge on something overindulgent have a green or herbal tea, this will warm your insides and help curb those cravings.