Say goodbye to the cold! 10 warm tips from Stoov and Dr. Juliet McGrattan to beat the shivers

Do you sometimes feel the cold invading your entire body? And does this only seem to make the chills worse? Don't worry, because Stoov and Dr. Juliet McGrattan will help you beat the cold. Below you'll read valuable tips on how to combat the common cold and understand when it's time to seek professional help. Curious about these helpful tips? Then you've come to the right place. Read 10 tips to keep yourself nice and warm!

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Tip 1 from Dr. Juliet McGrattan: Eat or drink hot

Did you know that warming yourself from the inside out is a great way to increase your inner core temperature? A cup of tea, soup or a warm meal can instantly make you feel warmer. Not only in that way does a cup of tea, soup or a hot meal provide warmth, because the digestive process also provides additional heat. As your intestines digest what you have eaten and drunk, your body temperature goes up a bit.

It is vital that you give your body enough energy to fuel itself. Energy in the form of calories is needed to maintain your normal body processes, such as digestion, breathing and regulating your body temperature. In addition, you need energy to work, move and enjoy yourself. If you consistently restrict your intake and get too little energy, the body slows down its metabolism and your core temperature drops. This is why you often feel cold when you try to lose weight too quickly. It is much better to lose excess weight very slowly and make sure you are using the right foods for your exercise.

Tip 2 from Dr. Juliet McGrattan: Put on layers

Did you know that air is a good insulator? That's why it's extra important to wear many layers when you're cold. That way you keep air between layers, which means less heat is lost from your body. It is better to wear several thin layers than one or two thick ones. A close-fitting cardigan made of merino wool, silk or long-sleeved thermal clothing is the perfect base. Add layers of wool or fleece to stay warm.

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If you find that you are still cold when wearing many layers, it is worth considering whether there may be an underlying medical reason. Feeling cold can be a symptom of hypothyroidism. This is a condition that affects about 3 in 100 people, and women are 10 times more likely to have it than men. It is often diagnosed in middle age. In hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is underactive and there are usually several symptoms, such as weight gain, excessive fatigue or constipation. Muscle pain, poor mood and feeling lethargic are also common. Talk to your doctor or practice nurse if you think this may occur to you. Hypothyroidism is diagnosed by a simple blood test and treatment usually consists of daily medication to replace thyroid hormones.

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Tip 3 from Dr. Juliet McGrattan: Make sure you get plenty of exercise

You are busy moving and suddenly you feel very hot. Everyone has experienced this. So if you are cold, this is a good way to provide warmth. When you move, your working muscles produce heat. Walk outside, wave your arms and feel your heart rate and breathing increase. If you've had a long day at your desk, even a quick walk up the stairs to the restroom on the next floor will help raise your body temperature.

Exercise is a great way to get your blood flowing through your body. However, for people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), it can cause pain. In this medical condition, most common in long-term smokers, the arteries gradually become narrowed and blocked by fatty deposits. Blood flow to the legs becomes restricted and the feet may feel cold and look pale. Without enough blood supply to give the legs the oxygen they need while walking, the leg muscles cramp up and you have to stop. It is not normal to get leg pain every time you exercise. See your doctor if this happens to you, especially if you smoke or have other health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Tip 4 from Stoov: Keep your feet warm

Wearing thick socks and padded shoes can make a big difference if you are often cold, especially during the colder months. Keeping your feet warm makes your whole body feel warmer, as cold feet often have a knock-on effect on your overall body temperature.

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If you wear thick socks and padded shoes, it is important that your feet are not too tight. This can impede blood circulation. Good blood circulation is important to keep your body warm efficiently, and if blood circulation is obstructed, the body cannot stay warm.

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Tip 5 from Dr. Juliet McGrattan: Get a good night's sleep

Have you noticed that you are often cold when you are tired? In preparation for sleep, your body temperature drops a bit. It stays low at night and rises again in the morning. Sleep deprivation affects the regulation of your body temperature, making it harder to get and stay warm. By prioritizing your sleep and establishing a good routine, you can keep the chills away and enjoy the warmth.

Sleep is a time when your body repairs and regenerates itself. Lack of sleep can have a domino effect on your overall health and well-being. Both physical and mental health problems, such as high blood pressure, obesity and depression are more common in people who do not get enough sleep. Adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Sleep problems are difficult to solve, but there are some behavioral therapies that can help. If you have been struggling with your sleep for months despite trying all the usual good sleep habits and it is affecting your ability to cope with daily life, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss it.

Tip 6 from Stoov: Create the right heat in your home

Dry air can make you feel colder than you actually are. By using a humidifier, you can add moisture to the air, making it feel warmer. This can be especially useful during the winter months when the air is often drier due to indoor heating systems. However, a humidifier need not come in handy, especially when heating systems are not used, such as by using one of Stoov's heating products.

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Creating the right warmth in your home is essential for a comfortable and cozy home. Be sure to strike the right balance between humidity and heat, especially during the colder months. Excessive dryness or heat can both cause discomfort and even lead to health problems. Experiment with different methods, such as heat products from Stoov, to create a pleasant and healthy environment.

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Tip 7 by Dr. Juliet McGrattan: Warm up your body

Do you often turn up the heat? Sure, this is one way to feel warmer, but it's expensive, doesn't heat you efficiently and is also bad for the environment. Infrared heating technology, on the other hand, heats your body quickly through direct contact, heating you through layers of clothing deep into your muscles. There are many convenient solutions, such as Stoov's cordless infrared heated pillows. These keep you cozy while you work, chat with friends or watch TV. Because infrared heating requires contact with the body, these products don't let much heat escape into the air around you, so they can also keep you warm outside during the colder months.

Keeping your body warm can help if you are someone who always has cold hands and feet. Raynaud's disease is a condition, where the small blood vessels in your limbs cramp and constrict in response to cold. This reduces blood flow and you often notice that your fingers or toes become white, cold and numb. It can be painful when blood flow resumes as they warm up. Prevention is the best option. Using insulated gloves, glove liners and hand warmers can help, but it is also important to keep your central body warm.

Tip 8 from Dr. Juliet McGrattan: Take a hot shower

Do you ever get so cold that you feel like the cold is down to your bones and you can't warm up? Then jump in the shower. Let the hot water gradually raise your body temperature and have your towel and clothes ready for afterwards. That way you won't lose the heat you've gained.

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Feeling cold on your bones is one of the symptoms of anemia. Although your blood is pumping through your body, there just aren't enough red blood cells to carry enough oxygen to your body's organs. In addition to feeling cold, anemia can lead to shortness of breath, low energy and palpitations. There are many different causes of anemia, including low iron needed to make red blood cells and heavy periods. If you think you have anemia, consult with your doctor before taking any medications or supplements. It is important to identify the cause first and rule out potentially serious conditions.

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Tip 9 from Dr. Juliet McGrattan: Wear a hat

You may have heard that you lose about 50 percent of your body heat through your head. Fortunately, this is a myth. However, you probably still lose 10% of your body heat through your head. However, wearing a hat or putting on a hood to cover your head is a quick and easy way to still retain some more body heat.

It is definitely worth bringing a hat if you are going out for a night on the town or having a drink on a cold day. Alcohol is known to lower your body temperature. After that initial warm feeling and blush on your cheeks, you are more likely to get chills. Alcohol dilates your blood vessels. Extra blood in your superficial blood vessels allows them to release heat to the air around them. This cools the skin and ultimately lowers your core temperature. Drink sensibly and keep yourself warm to avoid hypothermia.

Tip 10 from Stoov: Drink plenty of fluids

Oops, my tea is already cold again! Does this sound familiar to you? Many people forget to drink enough fluids. Fluid in the body plays an important role in heat in the body. When the body does not possess enough moisture, the fluid balance gets upset, causing coldness to be experienced. Help your body maintain fluid balance by drinking about 2 liters of water a day and retain heat better.

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Remember that alcohol and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and some teas, can be diuretic. This means they draw fluid from your body. While they may make you feel warm temporarily, they can eventually contribute to dehydration if you don't drink enough water to compensate for the fluid loss. Try to moderate these drinks and continue to drink enough water to prevent dehydration and retain your heat.

Now that you've read these valuable tips for fighting the cold and keeping yourself warm, it's time to get started! Which of these tips will you try first to get the warmth back? Leave the cold behind and enjoy a warm and cozy season.