Winter weather blues can easily set in as the temperature outside drops and the summer sun becomes a distant memory. Cold weather can have many health benefits.
These 8 health benefits of winter weather will surprise you.
Cooler Temperatures Boost Your Brain
People think better when the temperature is colder. Researchers have found that people are more productive when their room is colder than it is warmer. Further research shows that people are more likely to solve cognitive problems during the winter months than they are in the summer, because warm temperatures require more glucose for mental processing.
Helps You Burn Calories
White fat and brown are the two types of fat that cover our bodies. Brown fat, which is stored in brown fat cells, causes your body to use calories to produce heat. Your body will work harder to maintain core temperature when it’s cold. In the cold our bodies burn a lot of energy in order to keep us warm.
Brown Fat Increase
The majority of fat in our body is white, while brown fat contains mitochondrial fat cells which produce heat and burn energy. Brown fat is more prevalent in people with lower BMIs. Brown fat is also increased in those who are exposed to colder temperature. This leads to a boost in metabolism.
Winter is probably your sinuses’ favorite season if you suffer from seasonal outdoor allergies. In cold, snowy weather, pollen counts are almost non-existent. You are still at risk if you suffer from indoor allergies. Winter months can make mold and dust mite allergy symptoms worse, especially if your indoor time is more frequent.
You may use an icepack to reduce swelling and pain after an injury. Winter’s cold temperatures act as a natural ice pack. With a reduction in inflammation, you may feel your joints less puffy or swollen.
Reduced Risk of Contracting Infectious Diseases
Winter weather is a great way to avoid many diseases and viruses. These are more common in warmer temperatures. This is mainly because mosquitoes hibernate in the winter. As a result, mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika, West Nile Virus and dengue fever are less prevalent. As your risk of contracting disease decreases, you are more likely to catch a cold.
How to Improve Your Sleep
For healthy skin, sleep is essential. A good night’s rest is essential for a healthy complexion. The warm temperatures at night during the summer can disrupt your sleep pattern, causing you toss and turn. The body’s natural internal cooling occurs within a few minutes after you fall asleep.
You may also burn more calories if you set your bedroom temperature between 60 and 67°F.
Rejuvenates your Face
Cold water is a great way to keep your skin taut and vibrant. Cold water seals the pores of the skin and tightens the cuticles. Smaller pores make it harder for dirt or oils to enter. Cold weather rejuvenates your skin in a similar way to cold water.
The colder temperatures also work as an astringent or tonic, reducing the size of clogged pores. The cold weather can also prevent sebum secretion, preventing shine and waterproofing hair and skin. Less oil and open pores also mean less acne.
Give Your Winter Skin a boost
Winter can be hard on our skin and health. You can treat your skin and yourself! Laser Aesthetic Center offers winter skin treatments. Your skin will receive the nourishment, hydration and reassurance it needs with a facial.