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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stay Warm In Cold Winter Days!

Every year during the winter,hundreds of people die because of cold weather. They’re victims of hypothermia(condition which sets in when the deep body temperature falls to 950F or below).
Those most vulnerable are the elderly and young kids. Infants in particular can be affected if they’re changed, bathed, or left in cold surroundings. Whatever the reason is, it's cold and you need new ways for keeping yourself and your family warm. 

But first, you have to know that hypothermia isn’t the only danger. Cold weather also makes people, especially older people, more vulnerable to heart attacks, strokes, and pneumonia. To help protect against these, you should keep your home warm, dress properly, and eat well.
And here are some more ways:

1-Warm Your Home:
  • Try to keep the temperature in the rooms you use as close to 70F (22C) as possible, and not lower than 65F (19C).
  • Don't use an electric blanket with a hot water bottle, or for a person that is incontinent.
  • If fuel bills are a worry, you could move your bed into the living room and keep just that room warm.
  • Use clear shower curtains over the windows that receive sun light. This will keep the cold air out, and the warmth from the sun will heat your house without cold air coming in. You could also cover your windows with clear plastic sheets and make it airtight.
  • Let as much sun hit your house as possible. Check for obstructions (plants/sheds) that might keep the sun's rays from reaching your house. Remove items leaning against walls on the sunny side of your house. (Ideally, put them back again at night for additional insulation).
  • Put down a rug or carpet. Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor. They are generally warmer to the touch than wood or stone and so offer a warmer surface to walk on.
  • Cook...Bake cookies or a pie. Your oven will help to dry the air and heat the kitchen. The kitchen will be warm while you are cooking, and then you can have a great home cooked meal too! Limit cooking that gives off steam, as this will increase the humidity in the air and make your house damp. Lowering humidity in the winter time helps you to feel warmer.
  • Light candles can produce a lot of heat, just be mindful of where they are placed and do not leave them unattended. A trip to most any grocery store or discount store can provide you with a number of candles cheap
2- Warm Yourself:
Whether something is warm enough for you depends on your metabolism (how easily do you get cold and how difficult is it for you to warm up once you get cold) and your lifestyle (do you walk, wait for a bus, drive a car, park outside at either end of your commute).
  • Drink warm beverages. Warm beverages will raise your core temperature. The process can be very relaxing and even stimulating. Make a cup of tea or coffee. Sip on some warm broth.
  • When it’s cold, it’s very important to dress warmly, and to protect your head, hands and feet. Several layers of light clothing made from natural fibres, cotton or wool, for example, will help trap your body heat more effectively than a few layers of heavy clothing.
  • Wear gloves, a couple of pairs of socks, a scarf, and a hat even indoors! as 20% of the body’s heat is lost through the head. You may think you look silly, but at least you’ll be warm.
  • Dress well in bed too. Wear socks, a dressing gown, gloves, and most important of all, a night cap. Duvets keep the heat in better than conventional blankets.
3- What to Eat:

The body needs proper fuel to protect its ‘thermostat’, and an ideal diet should include protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and cheese, plus green vegetables and potatoes.
  •  Porridge makes a good start to the day. Try to arrange frequent small meals including at least one hot meal every day.
  • Hot soups are also very good, as are complete ‘meals in drink’ such as Complan.
  • Keep a flask with a hot drink by bed at night. Before the cold weather arrives, try to build a stock of items such as tinned fish in oil, tinned fruit and vegetables, long life milk, cracker biscuits and tinned meat and pies.
  • Buying one item a week will help spread the cost. If your budget is small, vitamin pills, food supplements, and soups can be useful.
One of the best ways to keep warm is to exercise. It stimulates circulation and keeps the blood flowing to all parts of the body.
  • If at all possible, go for a walk outside everyday, even if it’s just around the block or down to the local shop.
  • If you do have to stay inside, try not to spend all day sitting down.Be active. Moving around produces body heat! The more active you are, the better your blood circulation will be. This means that warm blood gets to your fingers and toes, keeping them warm.
  • 20 minutes of vigorous exercise can warm you up and keep you warm well after the exercise session. Plus, a healthy body is generally more tolerant of the cold.
5-When You Need to Go-Out:
  • When you're shopping for a new winter coat, look at long ones instead of jackets, as they can help keep your legs warm.
  • Like we said about indoors; wear warm clothing with several layers and take special care to keep your head, hands and feet warm. Wear a windproof and waterproof outer layer, and thick waterproof shoes or boots.
  • Warm boots and Gloves or mittens for your feet and hands (Hint: mittens are warmer than gloves, because fingers retain more heat when they touch each other.)
  • Nothing chills you like wet skin. It’s very important to keep dry, because you lose far more heat when the body is wet. If you’re going some distance, always take a change of clothing.
  • Take nuts, raisins, chocolate, or other high carbohydrate snacks, they provide calories for heat production.
  • Drink warm liquids to keep a balance fluid level, but avoid alcohol.
  •  are critical, you can get Sorels and Sorel-type boots that are very warm. As well, be sure that you always have something with you to cover your ears and face, even if it isn't cold in the morning.
6- After showering:
Do you experience that fear at the end of your hot shower because you know you will be freezing once you open the door/curtain? Don't worry because here are some helpful steps for you to follow so you can enjoy your showers on cold days:
  1. Make sure the hot water is on. You don't want to step into a shower which jets icy water all over you.
  2. Take both hair towel and body towel into your bathroom and hang them over the door of the shower. If you leave them outside the shower, you will have to open the door to access them and the cold air from outside the shower will freeze you!
  3. Have your shower and wash your hair quickly. While you may enjoy hot water more, it dries out your skin.
  4. There will be lots of steam when you are finished. This will keep you warm. Squeeze the water from your hair using your hair towel. Drape the towel over your head. This will keep any heat which could escape from your head, trapped close to your body still.
  5. Wrap yourself in your towel before stepping out of the shower.
More Tips
  • Make sure you are dry before you're out of the shower. Otherwise the water on your skin will evaporate, taking your body heat away with it.
  • Drape your clothes over a radiator for a few minutes to heat them. Be sure to keep an eye on them, or they may burn.
  • Avoid keeping the water really hot the whole time, turn it down near the end.
  • Your towels should be hot and dry before use. Try putting them in the dryer right before you shower, though be aware that this is environmentally unfriendly because dryers are extremely high in electricity usage.
  • Try putting an ice cube in your mouth. This will help lessen the shock of the colder air.

Have a nice Weekend! ツ

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