Winter is just around the corner and it is time to prepare, not just for the holidays by decorating our homes but also physically preparing for the coming season. We all prepare for winter in one way or another. There are those people that are methodical in preparing the car and home for the winter! Then there are others who prepare just the basics hoping it is good enough for what may come. How many of us think about our bodies and keeping them running well during the winter months? Along those lines I would like to point out some natural tips that may or may not be so obvious but are based on some sound scientific principles.
First – KEEP MOVING. Exercise is key to getting and maintaining proper blood flow which will keep you warm. Don’t want to take walks outside in the cold? There are many exercise options for indoors which don’t require any equipment. Pilates, Yoga and even running in place just to mention a few. Moving is moving – make it happen!
Second – BREATHE. Yes, everyone knows how to breathe but controlled deep breaths have been shown to increase blood and oxygen flow to and from our organs and muscles. What you need to do is a belly breath. What is that you may ask? A belly breath is a deep breath in that expands the belly and then a slow breath out. Perform 3- 5 repetitions. It is great year-round but in winter months will help to keep us warm. Another different breathing technique enough is to take short quick breaths, breathing through the nose only, do not overdo it, 10 – 20 repetitions is sufficient to warm you up. Be sure to consult your doctor beforehand if you have lung or heart related issues.
Third – COLD WATER. I can hear you now saying, “are you kidding me – it’s cold out and I want to warm up”! Taking a cold shower has been shown to warm the body for the entire day. How you ask? Well, it increases blood flow to the skin which warms you up! It also has anti-depressant effects to chase away the winter blues.
Fourth – HYDRATE. We tend to not drink as much in the winter as in other months however it is important to drink at least 10 glasses of water per day. Drinking plenty of water year-round helps maintain the balance of body fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Most importantly – UPPER CERVICAL CARE. Control systems for the body, including blood flow and temperature regulation, all reside in the brain stem. If there is an interference with the communication between the brain and the body, it will potentially cause the body to have sickness and disease. The weight of a dime for more than 3 minutes on that brain stem cut off 60% of the messages to the body! As Upper Cervical Chiropractors, we focus on removing that interference, so the body will heal naturally without the use of potentially dangerous medications or unnecessary surgery. Get your quality of life back! Come see us at UCCNC!
We do want to mention one thing about dressing for the cold weather and a basic rule of thumb — LAYER UP! Layering your clothing is a tried-and-true way to maximize your comfort in the outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather. Each layer has a function. The base layer (against your skin) manages moisture; the insulating layer protects you from the cold; the shell layer (outer layer) shields you from wind and rain. You simply add or subtract layers as needed.
Let’s not forget your feet! You wouldn’t go out in below-freezing weather in a thin summer jacket, so don’t make your feet do the same thing. Bigger socks trap more warm air next to your body and provide better insulation. Much like the layering system you use for your body, layer up on your feet, too! While wearing thicker socks is an important part of the solution, it can also be part of the problem. Too many socks can mean a tight squeeze that ultimately cuts off circulation to your feet. Make sure boots are sized properly for the number and type of socks you wear while leaving enough room to wiggle your toes. As it is said, there is no bad weather just bad clothing!
The staff at UCCNC would like to wish all of you a healthy and joyous holiday season! Feel free to give us a call at 484-593-0328 if you need more information.