“It’s cold! A physiologist explains how to keep your body feeling warm” – The Conversation

coldoutside“It’s all about holding on to the heat you have. Jason Rosewel/Unsplash, CC BY”

by John Eric Smith

“Whether waiting for a bus, playing outside or walking the dog – during the colder winter season, everyone is looking for ways to stay warm. Luckily, the process your body uses to break down foods serves as an internal heater.

“But when the weather is cold, some defensive strategies are also necessary to prevent your body from losing its heat to the surrounding environment. As the temperature difference between your warm body and its frigid surroundings increases, heat is lost more quickly. It becomes more of a challenge to maintain a normal body temperature.

And two people with the same exact body temperature in the same exact environment may have very different perceptions. One may feel frozen while the other is completely comfortable.”

Read this article in its entirety at The Conversation.

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