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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Benefits of cold weather (from someone who must be in cold temps at all times!)

Doctors claim that cold weather boosts your metabolism in your body's effort to stay warm, so people tend to lose more weight in cold weather. Hmmmm? I Like it!

Pesky insects don't survive in freezing weather. No Mosquitos, Fleas, etc! Which also means none of the horrible diseases that these insects carry either.

All the dog poo in the back yard freezes, making it easier to scoop. If you step in it, it does not matter, IT'S FROZEN & will not stick to your shoes.

(My most favorite): Cold Weather Can Reduce Inflammation - There's a reason putting ice on an injury works. That drop in temperature reduces inflammation. But the theory works on a much grander scale, too -- cold temperatures can reduce inflammation and pain all over. In fact, athletes and spa-goers even have a remedy of sorts available for muscle recovery. A 2011 study found that, at extremely low temperatures, such treatments, called cryotherapy, did more for athletes to recover from physical activity than simply resting. At some spas, cryotherapy chambers appear much like steam rooms - with, of course, the opposite effect. And while the majority of us probably won't be taking a trip to the cold room, it certainly beats summer swelling!

In some countries, the use of cold temperatures for medical purposes is taken quite seriously. Several years ago, Finnish researchers reported the results of a study of 10 women who, for three months, took cold-water plunges (20 seconds in water just above freezing) and submitted to whole-body cryotherapy sessions. Blood tests showed a two- to threefold jump in norepinephrine levels minutes after cold exposure. Norepinephrine is a chemical in the nervous system that wears many hats, including a possible role in pain suppression.

Endurance Performance Increases in Cold Weather:
More Fat is Burned During Cold Weather Exercise: Exercising in cold conditions can produce both higher usage of muscle glycogen and also higher rates of fat metabolism…Insulin levels have been shown in some studies to be lower in winter and cold conditions which can also spur on fat breakdown.

Cold Water Bolsters Immune System: Scientists from the Czech Republic immersed subjects in cold water for one hour, three times a week and monitored their physiology. They found significant increases in white blood cell counts and several other factors relating to the immune system. This was attributed to the cold water being a mild stressor which activates the immune system and gives it some practice.
Athletes who train regularly in cooler air (or in cold water) are less likely to experience downturns in their immune systems after workouts than those who are exposed to the cold only sporadically.

The Cold Will Make You Happier: cold will also stimulate your parasympathetic system, which is responsible for rest and repair, and this can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are a vital part of keeping us happy and low levels of them are linked with depression. Couple this effect with the endorphin rush as you take the plunge and it should make for a warm glow and a wide smile when you re-emerge.

Speaking for myself and my disease, cold temps keep a bit of a muzzle on some of my chronic pain. Warmth of any kind triggers pain flares and wild swelling. Since people with EM cannot sweat from the affected areas (arms, legs, face), it's a whole lotta no fun. Cold temps and ice packs sit on some of that pain, at least for a little while each day. I love me some cold! And I have a new appreciation for it after doing this Spark Team homework : ))

Yay for staying chilly (at least for myself!)
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    This is great information. You know, I am a born and raised "sun" girl from O.C. and 11 years ago we moved to N. California which has real seasons. For the first 7 years I was depressed during winter and spring. I have since changed my attitude because it looks like we're here for at least another 10. This information is wonderful for continuing to change my attitude about cold and I will be referring to it again for sure. Thanks so much!!
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    2049 days ago
    Come to Chicago it's been freezing!
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    Thanks for sharing. Never thought of that.
    2049 days ago
    Thank you for all those interesting facts, Bren! I've always loved winter and cold. I actually find every season to have its own beauties but the lack of pesky insects during the winter months is definitely a reason that makes it my favorite!!!
    2049 days ago
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    Such an interesting set of facts, Miss Bren. So, when is the move to Alaska? emoticon I have definitely experienced the benefits of ice baths, when I used to run long distances. I am the first one to turn on a fan or request a door to the outside be opened, during boot camp classes. When I hear the weather in the Bay Area is chilly, I am always happy for you. Chill out, baby emoticon
    2050 days ago
    Wow, that is good to know. Thank you for sharing emoticon
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