It’s time for those snow boots and warm jackets. The winter season can be a bit difficult for those of us who love the 100 degree heat and sunshine. Studies report that the cold weather kills 20 times more people than heat. These deaths are attributed to exposure to excessive cold, hypothermia, or both. As the temperatures continue to drop and snow is in the forecast, we want to make sure all of our Glasstic friends and family are keeping warm this winter season.
Wear Layers: This may seem obvious, but wear more than one layer if you are cold. If it’s freezing, wear an undershirt, sweater, and a jacket. Surprisingly, layers keep you warmer than a single thicker layer because air is trapped between the layers acting as an insulator. You can insulate yourself against heat loss by wearing layers, according to Live Science.
Don’t Leave the House without Socks: Did you know that when your feet are cold, they constrict the blood vessels and cause less blood to circulate? Socks are one of the easiest ways to warm your feet and have a huge impact on the body’s temperature. Fun tip, if you are having trouble sleeping because of the temperature, try sticking your foot out of the covers if you are hot or wear socks to bed if you are freezing. So, whether you are around the house or out in the town, remember to wear socks when it’s cold out.
Drink Warm Beverages: Although this will not warm up your internal temperature, it does create a feeling of warmth in your hands and your belly. Plus, a cup of cocoa sounds perfect during the holiday seasons. Researchers think that it’s actually a placebo effect that hot drinks warm you up. As the tongue is one of the most sensitive areas, it gives your body the impression that you’re heating up.
Stay Hydrated: Our hydration needs don’t change just because it’s cold outside! Your body still needs water to function. Hydrating can boost your immune system, which makes you less likely to get this year’s flu or cold. It also makes you less fatigue. Although dehydration is less noticeable in the winter months, nearly 75 percent of the American population does not drink enough water, which means they are in a constant state of dehydration and may not even know it. By drinking water, you also help your body maintain its temperature during both the summer and winter seasons. One of the biggest reasons people suffer hypothermia is that they become dehydrated. So, make sure you keep your Glasstic water bottle near you at all times to help you stay hydrated and healthy no matter the season.
Close the Curtains: During the winter months your electric bill can get pretty steep, which might mean you need to lower the heater. To keep the house warm, make sure to close your curtains.
Make sure you are keeping warm this winter season as your health should be the number one priority. Remember to keep your Glasstic by your side and stay hydrated whether that’s with a Glasstic full of cocoa, your favorite tea, or even just a full glass of water.