The Cold Truth: Research Shows Winter Can Be Good for Your Health



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The Cold Truth: Research Shows Winter Can Be Good for Your Health

Winter is often associated with cold temperatures and the flu, but new research suggests that it might be good for your overall health. Studies have found that sports activities in the snow not only provide fun but also strengthen the heart muscle and increase calorie consumption.

Additionally, sleeping in a room with a lower temperature helps the production of melatonin, an anti-aging hormone with a strong antioxidant effect. Even during the night, calorie consumption can increase up to seven percent when it is pleasantly cold, that is if the temperature in the room is below 18 degrees.

The Cold Weather and its Benefits

According to research, cold weather can have a positive impact on our physical and mental well-being. For instance, it has been found that people are more productive when the room temperature is lower.

The cold constricts the surface blood vessels, resulting in less sweating and redness, as well as sebum production. If you are not able to exercise more intensively, at least take a walk. This will help you, with an adequate room temperature, to fall into a quality sleep more easily.

You will sleep better and at the same time protect your brain from Alzheimer's disease. Moreover, cold weather can activate the immune system, which increases the ability to defend against infections. It has also been observed that allergies caused by pollen subside with the arrival of cooler weather.

Brown Fat and BMI

Another interesting finding is that people with a lower body mass index (BMI) have a higher proportion of brown fat. Brown fat helps burn fat and raise body temperature. Therefore, the fat that warms is achieved by exercise, not by inadequate nutrition, which results in the deposition of white fat in the body.

Most body fat is white, while brown fat helps burn fat and raise body temperature.

Staying Indoors

While the cold weather can bring many benefits, it is also important to be mindful of indoor activities. For example, if the central heating is such that you are wearing short sleeves, it is best to keep the window open.

Taking a break for a walk will help clear your mind. Additionally, it is important to ventilate the rooms and avoid drying laundry in the apartment to prevent allergies from worsening during the winter. That's why it's good to go outside, ventilate the rooms and avoid drying laundry in the apartment.