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5 Tips for Facing Cold Weather

By Brandi Goodman

The cold weather season throughout the fall and winter months can be detrimental to your well-being. You need to keep some tips in mind so you can maintain your health and keep your body as able as ever to handle the harsh weather. 

Keep Your Metabolism Working

Your body tends to feel warmer as your metabolism is working to burn foods for energy. Eat small meals throughout the day to keep it working -- and keep yourself warm in the process. Eat more spicy foods, soups, and chili during the winter to really experience the warmth food can bring.

Protect Your Extremities

Your internal organs are kept as warm as possible by your body. With more effort being directed to your insides, the outside of you is bound to feel the effects of the cold. Make sure you're doing what you can to protect your extremities and keep them warm so you don't suffer. Put on gloves and wear warm socks. If you're outside, make sure you have a hat or earmuffs and use a scarf as well to cover your nose. 

Skip the Alcohol

Alcohol feels as though it has a warming effect on your body. You might think that makes it OK to drink when it's cold out. The opposite is true, though. You may find yourself sweating when you drink, which then forces your body to work to cool itself down. You'll feel even colder in the end. Skip the alcohol and only drink water for your best health.

Wear Sunglasses

The wind and cold air can impact your eyes more than you may realize. Make sure you're wearing sunglasses to help protect yourself. It will keep the cool wind from hitting your retinas, and help you avoid the sun that still shines through on winter days.

Keep a Car Emergency Kit

You never know when your car may break down on a cold drive. Keep a car emergency kit in your trunk so that you can stay safe while you wait for help. Make sure the kit includes a flashlight, extra batteries, water, protein bars, and a thermal blanket at the very least.

Cold weather can be harsh on the body. You may feel stiff and sore when it's cold out, and be more prone to illness. By keeping yourself warm and watching your health, you'll be better able to face the cold season head on.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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