This month health expert Dr. Ludovic Brunel offers some sage advice for how to stay warm this winter!
Soon Winter will be here and with it the need to stay warm. Winter can be a wonderful time of the year but it becomes difficult to enjoy any time outside if you are constantly cold. There are several ways you can keep warm, usually by increasing the amount of heat you generate or by conserving more heat. Several strategies are listed below.
1. Eat and Drink Appropriately
You need to eat regular meals, and you should always try to eat before going out in colder weather. Eat warm foods and make sure that your meals contain a source of protein. Also select warm drinks when possible and avoid caffeine. Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means that you lose more heat via the skin when you consume it.
2. Get Moving
Exercise is the best way to stay warm outside. When you are active, you use more energy and therefore generate more internal heat. Exercise is also the best way to improve circulation. If you have cold extremities when you are outside, try to be more active and increase your heart rate. This in turn will improve blood flow to your hands and feet.
3. Layer Up
Layers are excellent for keeping us warm. Layers essentially trap warm air and insulate us from the elements. The emphasis needs to be on the outer layer, which is why a Winter jacket that will protect from the wind, rain and snow is essential. Warm mitts and boots are also a must.
4. Add Spices
Certain spices will help you stay warm. As an example, studies have shown that the consumption of capsaicin from hot peppers increases the amount of internal energy released after a meal. Piperine, a substance found in black pepper, has a similar effect on body temperature. For this reason, Ultimate Calorie Burn™ is an excellent choice for those looking for a supplement to help them stay warm.
5. Have Some Tea
Green tea contains flavonoids called catechins that can act on specific enzymes involved in energy production after a meal. Given that consuming more green tea leads to more energy being expanded, it is reasonable to expect that green tea may help you stay warm and also help you trim your waistline.
6. Be Social
Don’t hibernate. Make an effort to see your friends. If you isolate yourself, you are more likely to become depressed which will make it harder to exercise, eat well and take care of yourself.
This year be prepared for Winter. If you are not currently engaged in regular physical exercise, try to find an activity you enjoy and get moving now. Stock up on supplements that will keep you healthy and warm. Consider a protein supplement such as High-Alpha Whey Protein. Protein supplements are an easy way to make sure you are getting enough dietary protein which can be a challenge, especially with breakfast. Immunostimulants such as Vitamin D and probiotics are also important in the Fall, since cold and flu season in Canada starts in October and usually ends in May, peaking in February.