Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to stay warm and avoid getting sick WITH SCIENCE!

As a native Minnesotan I have perfected the ways of staying warm in the winter and avoiding sickness. So here are some tips and tricks to staying warm scientifically proven. Some of them might be no-brainers but it's still cool to see science at work in everyday life.

1) The human body produces enough heat to boil half a gallon of water in thirty minutes. The trick to stay warm in the winter is learning how to trap your body heat. Native tribes in the Arctic often used animal skin to keep warm. The fibers of the firs trapped their body heat acting as insulation. You may be asking. "But Kate I don't have any nearby Arctic animals to spear and use their fur for clothing!" Fear not fellow Ludblood, I have the answer. Dressing in loose layers can help trap you body heat. The air between the layers will eventually warm to your temperature and make it more difficult for heat to escape through several layers of cloth and air. If you can, invest in a down jacket. The fibers of the down feathers trap your body heat.

2) Contrary to popular believe your head does not give off 90% of your body heat. But your head is one of three areas that gives off the most heat. However, your head, face, neck and hands are more sensitive to cold weather than the rest of your body. Your face, head, neck and hands have more nerve endings under the skin causing the air to feel colder. That is why it is important to cover these areas with hats, scarves and gloves. If you cover these areas you will be less miserable when walking outside.

3) Most of our body heat escapes through the head, armpits and feet. That being said we often neglect our feet. Our feet are the farthest appendage from our hearts making it more difficult for warm blood to reach our feet. Then the blood in our feet has to fight against gravity back up to our hearts. We can help our body out by always wearing a warm pair of socks. Also, keeping your feet warm will make it easier for your body to fight off sicknesses. If your body doesn't have to work so hard to keep you warm it can put more energy into fighting off sickness.

4) Our bodies are amazing and can do so much for us, but they work better when we take care of them. In order to fight off sicknesses it best to take care of your basic needs like always getting 8 hours of sleep and getting plenty of vitamins and minerals. But for those who can feel a cold coming, drinking lots of fluids can help strengthen your body. Also, I personally recommend using an immune booster or a glass of orange juice when you feel the start of a cold. Your body needs these basic things in order to function properly. 

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