How does cold weather effect the body?


Your body, mind and spirit is affected by weather. Atmospheric pressure make us human barometers. Blood pressure, joints, mood and energy levels all react. Why is that? For more detailed information you can click on the highlighted links. 


The weather impacts how we feel, eat and move. Do we have to accept the fact that winter comes with less energy, more kilo, and coughing? You can counteract and boost yourself with these common-sense, simple and totally achievable tips.

#1 Move Every Day to Lower Blood Pressure: Our body learnt to react to the weather in which it had to survive. Therefore the blood vessels contract which builds up pressure as blood is pushed through the system. For the heart this is not a great thing. Many heart attacks take place as the atmospheric pressure Heart and Brain shaking hands, cartoon to illustrate how the body and mind are connectedchange. The other factor is that we are prone to move less, and blood pressure goes up even further.

  • Move every day for at least 30 minutes. You need to think about warm-up, clothes and to not put undue stress on the body. Go for a run, but make sure to layer up. Whilst excuses are many – mind over matter will solve the initial resistance. Get the tips on winter exercises you can do in our next post about winter wellness.
  • A bonus is that you burn more in winter weather. Walking gives you metabolism healthy burning energy, a mood booster and a great feeling.

#2 Get Sunlight: Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods. It is also produced when ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis.  We need Vitamin D as it promotes calcium absorption in the gut. It is also needed for bone growth, and to protect us from osteoporosis. By going out less in during the darker months — and eating unhealthier foods — we contribute to our mood, energy and health loss. The way to solve this is:

LED sun lamp which is great for SAD sufferers during winter to simulate light.

LED sun lamp

  • Go out every day, even if it is grey. You boost your mood, metabolism, get vitamin D and lower blood pressure. Perfect!
  • Natural light is the best, but many get an energizing mood boost, by a so-called SAD Light Box / LED sunlamp.

#3 Food-Mood Connection: The food – mood connection is strong. By eating healthy, and avoiding processed foods, you are already on the right track.

Vitamin D and Serotonin are known mood boosters. The importance of serotonin has been highlighted as it is a chemical messenger that acts as a mood stabilizer and produces healthy sleeping patterns. The level of serotonin is low in those that suffer from depression, and also dips for heathy people during the darker months. This ‘feel good’ chemical isn’t easily found in foods, however serotonin is synthesised from the amino acid tryptophan.

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