7 Amazing Benefits of Cold for your Health

All living beings are soaked in our environment, so factors such as pollution, food, contact with others or temperature affect us. Today we talk about the benefits of cold for health.

"Summers always fly, winters walk," says Charles M. Schulz. Since this weekend we will dive in the fall and with it, the cold hemisphere of the season begins, we want to tell you all the advantages that low temperatures bring to your health.

If on other occasions in TechnosClub we address the virtues of going regularly to the sauna, exercising at night or living in balance and harmony with nature, today we will tell you how the winter that is to come will positively affect your body and mind.

7 winter benefits for your health

  • Improve your cognitive ability: Cooler temperatures give you more lucidity, improve decision making and allow you to tackle more complex tasks. This is evidenced by a 2017 study by Stanford University, which found that people have more control and are less impulsive the lower the thermometers are. The brain requires glucose to function, but the body uses more when it is hot to keep the temperature low, leaving less fuel to reason and remember.
  • You burn more calories: When it's colder, your body works harder to maintain its core temperature, which is generally somewhat below 37 ° C. An American study conducted in 2017 with 53 people showed that participants burned 34% more than Calories while walking when the temperature ranged from -5 ° C to -10 ° C, than when walking on 10 ° C days. If you want to control your weight or burn more fats, try sports with cold.
  • Fights diabetes: Exposure to mild cold climates can help diabetics by activating their "brown fat," the tissue used to produce heat. It also helps absorb excess glucose in the blood, improving insulin sensitivity, even for people who are not diabetic. A 2017 study from the University of Toronto showed that pregnant women exposed to cold outside air temperatures were less likely to develop gestational diabetes than those in warmer climates.
  • Relieves allergies: For those who suffer from them, this point will be obvious. Numerous allergies, especially pollen and certain types of plants are reduced in the colder months, because there is less pollination under low temperatures. Of course, if a person is allergic to mold or moisture, their allergies can get worse in winter.
  • You will sleep better: The central body temperature decreases when you are sleeping, a process that can last up to two hours in summer, but that is much faster in winter. In addition, it gets dark before and the days are darker, something that encourages the segregation of melatonin.
  • It helps prevent infections: Although you can catch more viruses and colds during the winter, studies have shown that the immune system can be activated at cooler temperatures, which improves our ability to prevent infections.
  • Strengthen your heart: In cold climates, the heart works harder during periods of physical exertion to pump blood and maintain body temperature.