The Importance Of Staying Warm During Winter

In this post, we’ll dive deeper into the details of winter prep and why you should stay warm during winter. Let’s get started!

Your normal body temperature is 37 degrees Celsius. If it drops below 32 degrees Celsius, your life will be at risk. The worst part is your body may not signal this temperature drop – not evidently at least. For example, the heart might beat slower, but you might not experience any shivering. 

For that reason, it’s necessary to take timely measures. We recommend arranging your winter supplies as soon as the temperature hits 20 degrees Celsius and is predicted to drop further.

In this post, we’ll dive deeper into the details of winter prep and what could possibly happen if you ignore the winter chills.

Let’s get started!

Understanding Health Risks Of Cold Weather 

As our surroundings become colder, our bodies tend to ‘donate’ some of our body heat to the environment. The body does so via conduction, convection, radiation, or evaporation. 

If the body loses heat to the environment faster than it produces it, the normal body temperature starts to drop. And this could lead to hypothermia, which is a critical health condition. Generally, there are three stages of hypothermia, each with different signs and symptoms:

  • Mild: Body temperature drops to 32 degrees Celsius, and you may experience drowsiness, numbness in extremities, shivering, and increased heart rate. 
  • Moderate: Body temperature drops to 28 degrees Celsius, and you may experience decreased consciousness, urine incontinence, lowered heart rate, breathing rate, and lower blood pressure. 
  • Severe: Body temperature drops below 28 degrees Celsius. Anyone who experiences this may appear dead at first — and might actually die if left unattended. 

Remember that it takes only a few hours for hypothermia to escalate its severity. Other health risks posed by cold weather include:

  • Frostbite: It usually affects extremities like fingers and toes, which start to die due to impaired blood flow.
  • Immune system suppression: Cold weather might weaken the immune system and make it more vulnerable to respiratory infections like the common cold, pneumonia, and flu. It might even trigger asthma attacks.
  • Cardiovascular issues: Blood vessels become constricted as body temperature starts to drop, which can burden the cardiovascular system. It can lead to cardiovascular problems like strokes and heart attacks. 

In addition, people with existing chronic conditions like arthritis and Raynaud’s disease may experience increased pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. And some people may even experience depression owing to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

How To Stay Warm In Winters?

By now, we hope it’s evident that staying warm in winters goes way beyond just comfort — it significantly impacts your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

On that note, here are a few ways to effectively stay warm in winters:

1. Choose Warm Cozy Clothing

As soon as the temperature in your area drops below 20 degrees Celsius, change your wardrobe! Switch airy fabrics with thicker fabrics like wools, cashmere, flannel, or perhaps, fleece. Alternatively, you can slip into layered outfits using your summer wardrobe. 

We also recommend wearing socks and knitted caps when the temperature drops below 10 degrees Celsius. For everyday wear, an example is Maplestore’s Norse Projects Gore-Tex range. It’s got some of the warmest, minimalist knitted caps, socks, and winter jackets. 

2. Insulate Your Home

The easiest way to keep your home warm in winter is to buy an electric heater. But that could lead to a significant rise in your energy bills. So, we recommend opting for the following budget-friendly but effective alternatives:

  • Use heavier curtains 
  • Seal cracks and gaps
  • Reposition your furniture such that it’s in the warmer areas of your house 
  • Insulate the floor with rugs
  • Line windows with rubber seals
  • Consider a fireplace plug to seal leaks in the fireplace
  • Reverse the motion of ceiling fans (clockwise)

You can even cover the windows you do not use with bubble wrap! It will keep the warm air inside.

3. Consume Warmer Food

During winter, our bodies do extra work to stay warm and we feel hungrier as a result. This presents an excellent opportunity to nourish your body with the nutrients you need and also consume foods that can help cope with the cold weather.

Some of the best foods to consume in winter include:

  • Carrots
  • White radish
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Leafy greens
  • Dried beans
  • Peas
  • Lentils 
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Dried fruits (especially walnuts and cashews)
  • Papaya 
  • Pineapple
  • Cauliflower
  • Cheese 
  • Eggs
  • Fish

Of course, it’s difficult to consume all of these individually. So, it’s a good idea to combine the goodness of multiple foods in winter soups, such as chicken quinoa kale soup or instant pot vegetable soup. Or you can try salads and stews. Health experts also recommend consuming porridge as breakfast during winters. 

4. Engage In Physical Activities

Due to a reduction in sun exposure, your body’s serotonin levels drop in winters. This can lead to laziness and sluggishness. 

 To counter this, we highly recommend engaging in physical activities like hiking, jogging, sledding, ice skating, skiing, or even snow shoveling or raking leaves. If stepping outdoors is too much of a struggle, you can opt for indoor physical activities like bowling, yoga, dancing, or home workout. Even mopping and cleaning will help!

Physical activities can help improve blood circulation and enhance the body’s ability to generate natural warmth. It also helps improve the immune system and metabolism.

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