Health Advantages of Cold Weather (Part II)

Better sleep is one of the advantages of cold weather.

Lower Risk of Diseases

Sure, you may be more susceptible to catching a cold, but you’re in the clear for many viruses and diseases that are more widespread in warmer temps. Avoiding these dangerous diseases is one of the advantages of cold weather.  That’s because pesky mosquitoes hibernate during winter, which explains a decrease of mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, Zika, dengue fever, and malaria during the wintertime.

Better Sleep 

Your body’s core temp drops when you’re trying to sleep. This process can take over two hours in the heat of summer, though is way faster in winter. Also, one of the pluses of shorter days is darker mornings, so you can naturally sleep in later, no blackout curtains needed. Better sleep is always a plus and one of the major advantages of cold weather. 

Fight Infections

You might get more colds during the wintertime, but you are really better primed to kick your immune system into gear and fight the infection more efficiently. Research has shown that the human immune system can be activated when exposed to the cold. This improves someone’s ability to fight infections.

Rejuvenate Skin

Moderately cold temperatures can be good for the skin’s health since it constrains blood vessels in the skin. This makes the vessels less predisposed to swelling and redness due to a reduction in blood flow. Plus, you tend to develop less oil and sebum in the winter, so you might have fewer breakouts. 

Heart Healthy

Cold weather can do your heart some good when you’re bracing it for your outdoor winter workouts. Cold weather makes working out a challenging and fun activity. The heart will need to pump more oxygenated blood to not only compensate for the activity but also to make sure that the body keeps a warm enough temperature to remain within balance and to avoid any dangers from a drop in temperature. Moreover, exercising in the wintertime makes the heart muscles stronger. Though, if you have heart disease, you must be cautious when exercising outdoors in the cold weather.

 

Health Advantages of Cold Weather (Part I)

There are many health advantages of cold weather.

There’s no doubt about it, wintertime can be tough on our wellbeing and bodies. But all isn’t bad. Read on to learn about some of the health advantages of cold weather.

Boosts your Brain

One of the health advantages of cold weather is that it can help folks think clearly. Research shows that folks complete tasks better when the room temperature is at a cooler setting than a warmer one. Moreover, research shows that people are less prone to tackle cognitive issues in the summer, as opposed to winter. This is because the summer uses more glucose that’s needed for mental processes. So, getting outdoors for a walk to a local coffee store in the winter can give you your next big idea for a work project.

Increases Brown Fat

Most fat in human beings looks white in color. Brown fat is the mitochondria-packed fat cells that burn energy and makes heat in the body. There was a time it was believed that just infants possess brown fat. However, studies have shown that adults have some brown fat. Folks with lower body mass index (BMI) usually have a higher content of brown fat. Research has shown that when males are exposed to colder temps, they have a raise in brown fat. Not to mention a corresponding boost in metabolism.

Improves Allergies

If you have outdoor allergies, there is good news. Pollen counts are practically nonexistent in snowy, cold weather. Though, if you have indoor allergies, you’re not in the clear. Dust mite and mold allergies can be worse during the winter, particularly if you’re spending more time indoors.

Lower Inflammation

Do you understand how ice packs are used to reduce pain and swelling after an injury? Well, you may notice your joints feeling less puffy and swollen in the winter. The cold air works like a natural ice pack to reduce inflammation.