Unless you're blessed to live in a magical a warm climate all year round looking at you californians and floridians frosty or weather is rapidly approaching and that can come with some unexpected mental and physical side-effects changes in weather come with a lot of changes in your body and mind according to doctor albert on a clinical instructor of internal medicine at new langone health these shifts are important to keep in mind so you stay healthy all season long we chatted with on about how the winter affects your body so you know what to look out for when the temperature drops here seven on things that happen to your body when it's cold outside one you burn more calories research shows that your basal metabolic rate also known as how many calories you burn just by existing without doing any excess activity increases slightly in colder
temperatures that's because it takes more work for your body to stay warm but don't count on this to be part of a weight loss plan unsaid it's not significant enough to notice a difference but you do tend to burn more calories when the body is trying to keep itself warm he explained to your finger shrink ever notice how your rings feel a little loose during those wintery days it's not in your imagination extremities such as your fingers and toes tend to swell up in hotter climates unexplained you tend to see less of that in the winter he said cold weather tends to constrict the blood vessels to preserve body heat and maintain poor body temperature that might mean you end up getting slightly less blood flow to your extremities which could make your fingers feel like they're smaller he added three you could experience extra pain in your extremities some people experience a
condition called raynaud's disease which makes parts of your body feel numb and killed in response to colder climates or stress on pointed out this usually occurs in areas like your hands feet and ears and it's caused by the smaller arteries that supply blood to the skin constricting excessively in response to the weather it's not dangerous but it can be very uncomfortable or painful unsaid lifestyle modifications like wearing proper winter outerwear and avoiding prolonged periods in the cold can help ease the symptoms he noted for your vision might suffer mind your eyes exposure to excessively cold temperatures cold wind and snow may affect your vision according to experts son bouncing off snow piles or banks may also pose a risk by potentially causing a cornea injury or burn make sure to wear proper eyewear when participating in snow sports and trying to wear
sunglasses when you can 5 your face gets red if your nose looks like rudolph's after being out in the winter app or your cheeks for that matter it's likely because the blood in those areas is being redirected to more vital areas like your heart or lungs when you get warmer the blood returns back to its normal locations flushing you in the process 6 you might be at a greater risk for a heart attack this is usually more common for older adults and those at risk for cardiac issues but it's something everyone should still keep in mind on said this increased risk isn't just due to exertion because you're shoveling snow he explained when the body is trying to preserve heat it does increase the pressure on the heart it has to work harder to pump blood to extremities it can also increase blood pressure marginally on recommends practicing a healthy lifestyle and staying vigilantly
aware of heart attack symptoms 7 you may experience a drop in mood the winter blues are real a decrease in temperature likely means fewer daylight hours that can lead to a dip and mood due to a lack of vitamin d on said this can range from mild to severe with the more extreme cases likely being seasonal affective disorder a depression related mental health condition most commonly associated with the winter months on recommends plenty of exercise and spending as much time as possible exposing yourself to daylight vitamin d supplements may also help with milder mood issues you said check with your doctor if you feel like your mood is severely impacted and it's interfering with your everyday life you may need more targeted mental health treatment you
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