Stand Up to Winter !And do not be cold!
Winter is the most difficult time of the year. Wind chill invades us and we cower to the bone and, sometimes, it seems that there is no way to get rid of it. Discover the best way to combat a few simple tips.
The sensation of cold during the winter creates a very unpleasant effect on our body. Once we are frozen, no matter the clothes we put on, we will still have the same cold.
The best way to combat it is to prevent its occurrence. It is important to leave the house prepared to prevent colds and other more serious problems.
A good way to recover the heat produced by our body is our nutrition care. During this time, we recommend eating hot foods like soups
or stews, to increase the temperature of our body. There are numerous options on the market: fish broth with vegetables, etc, but we also can make them ourselves, choosing the ingredients that we like. To always have hot soup will help us keep warm.
It is also advisable to eat fresh food rich in vitamins A and C, fruit (citrus), vegetables (peppers and tomatoes, especially) and nuts. The potato as an indispensable ingredient in winter dishes is also important for its large number of proteins, as well as dairy and honey.
Another way to keep our body in its ideal temperature is hot drinks, as an infusion. At the same time we increase the temperature of our body, we will be getting a lot of nutrients and antioxidants which are very beneficial for our body. During this time, and in order to prevent colds and flu, are recommended infusions of thyme, eucalyptus, mauve, green anise, fennel, elder and marshmallow, among others.
Our body is usually always around 37 °C, which increases or decreases depending on outside temperatures. If at any time we begin to feel cold, it means that our body loses more heat than it produces and we take shelter.
Contrary to what many people think, to maintain body temperature is preferable to wearing several layers of clothes, which bear a single layer thick. The system traps air that exists around us and, as this is not very conductive, retains heat longer.
It is important to protect delicate surfaces and more heat loss, as the head (hats), hands (gloves especially in smaller and older) and foot (using two socks, cotton first and second lanolin). It’s also recommended to use scarves to protect us from cold wind.
This is the first barrier to keep our bodies away from the cold. It is preferable to use a cotton shirt, because it keeps our skin dry and at the same time, the leaves transpire. You should be well adapted to the body, covering mainly the kidneys, to avoid back ache pain, and if we are very cold, we can cover our legs with a fine cotton mesh.
Retain the air clear and your body can get as much as needed, depending on how cold it gets. It is preferable to use several thin layers, few and thicker.
It is the element most exposed to cold, therefore, must be thoroughly prepared. Ideally, it’s a little breathable garment, as the case, also waterproof.
Protect your skin:
We all appreciate a bit of sun on cold winter days. Go for a walk, walk down the mountain, skiing, etc. are activities that are more enjoyable if we notice the sun on our skin but we are not complacent. Winter skin care needs as much or more in summer, and even more if we are in the high mountains, practising some kind of outdoor sports.
If you love to ski on high mountains, you must protect your skin, especially your face from the sun. The power of solar radiation increases by 10% per 100 meters high and, moreover, the impact of the sun on the snow reflects 85% of solar radiation. All these reasons make the effects of sun a day of skiing much more aggressive than spending the day sunbathing on the beach.
To protect ourselves, we need products that hydrate our skin, while protecting it from wind, sun and cold. These should be also resistant to water, for evidence of perspiration and humidity.
In this sense, the most delicate parts and we pay special care, the hands and lips. To be always exposed to the weather, needs more moisture to avoid cracks and signs of dryness. It is necessary that during the winter we apply if hydrating and nourishing body lotion after the shower, especially if you’ve been practising some sort of outdoor sport.
We all like to get home and feel comfortable and warm, so it’s important to know the best tricks to keep the heat in our home.
According to experts, the “ideal” temperature to feel well at home is about 20 ºC in the living room and 15 ºC in the bedrooms. An increase in temperature will cause excessive heat in addition to higher energy consumption. Programmable thermostats are perfect for the home; it’s warm when you arrive or when you go to bed.
Doors and windows:
The house cools faster than it heats up. So check your doors and windows for cracks, and seal them with silicone or plaster to insulate the room. Also check they fit well to prevent air.