6 Health Benefits of Cold Weather

Though they may be uncomfortable at times, freezing winters benefit and preserve our health in more ways than one. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Though they may be uncomfortable at times, freezing winters benefit and preserve our health in more ways than one. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Brrr, it’s cold out there! But some evidence suggests that all our winter shivering is good for us. Perhaps it’s partly why Minnesota has the second-highest life expectancy of any U.S. state (we’re on to you, Hawaii). Here are six more health benefits of cold weather (via The Huffington Post):

  1. Cold weather burns more calories. Recent research has shown that simply being cold burns more calories, as your body workers harder to maintain its temperature. It may also trigger “brown fat” in the body, a good fat that can burn off other “white” fat.
  2. It brings us closer together. During periods of weather-induced isolation, you are more likely to reach out to your family and friends on the phone, and tend to chat with them for longer than usual, reducing stress and promoting happiness.
  3. It’s less favorable for disease-carrying bugs. Mosquitoes and ticks have a much harder time surviving in winter, drastically reducing your risk of contracting diseases they can carry, like West Nile virus and Lyme disease.Continue Reading …
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6 Fat-Burning Superfoods

Stoke your metabolic fire with hot peppers and cayenne powder. The compoundthey contain has a thermogenic effect on the body, helping you to melt more calories. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Stoke your metabolic fire with hot peppers and cayenne powder. The capsaicin they contain has a thermogenic effect on the body, helping you to melt calories. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

It’s true: these six foods have the power to increase your metabolic rate, helping you to burn calories faster (via¬†Health):

  1. Whole grains. Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods as it does processed foods. Foods rich in fiber, like oatmeal and brown rice, are especially effective.
  2. Lean meats. These protein sources require about 30 percent of the calories they contain to break down in your body. So, eating a 300-calorie chicken breast will cause you to burn about 90 calories.
  3. Low-fat dairy products. Milk, cheese and yogurt are rich in both calcium and vitamin D, both of which preserve and build muscle mass. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you’ll burn.
  4. Green tea. This no-calorie beverage contains EGCG, a compound that temporarily raises your metabolism. For true calorie-burning power, sip four cups per day.Continue Reading …
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