Wednesday January 22, 2020

Here are Ways to Keep Yourself Warm During Winters

How to beat cold feet in winters

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We all feel cold during the winters. Especially during these winters which have been termed as the coldest winters in 118 years! Pixabay

We all feel cold during the winters. Especially during these winters which have been termed as the coldest winters in 118 years! One of the most exposed and vulnerable parts of our body is our feet. There are several reasons why our feet become and remain cold in winters. These include reasons related to extrinsic causes (surrounding environment), intrinsic causes (due to normal human physiology) and/or specific diseases.

Dr Dhananjay Gupta, Director, Orthopaedic Surgery, Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi explains what the ailment is all about and hot to beat it.

Extrinsic causes is when normal temperature is reduced it causes the constriction of the peripheral vasculature to save body heat loss by restricting circulation.

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Prevent crossing your legs for long while sitting during winters. Pixabay

High stress or anxiety, causes release of adrenaline into circulation which in turn leads to peripheral blood vessel constriction, this is an intrinsic cause.

Circulation issues are another reason. There is decreased circulation to distal parts of the body and in turn leads to cold hands and feet. This can be due to a sedentary lifestyle, various heart conditions which lead to decreased cardiac output, tobacco smoking, atherosclerosis.

Anaemia also leads to decreased oxygen supply to body parts resulting in decreased metabolic activity at cellular level.

Raynaud’s disease is a condition in which spasm of arterioles occurs in cold temperature.

Nerve disorders: Cause for nerve damage are either external (injury, trauma, burns, frostbite) or internal (liver or kidney diseases, nutrient deficiency, infection). These patients also have additional symptoms of nerve damage.

Diabetes mellitus: It causes narrowing of blood vessels on the other it is also responsible for nerve damage.

Hypothyroidism: Reduced thyroid hormone level leads to reduced metabolic activity and in turn to cold hands and feet.

SYMPTOMS- Either cold feet can occur in isolation or in combination with other symptoms which include numbness, paraesthesia, sores on weight bearing areas, skin changes (rashes, scales, thick skin), fatigue, weight loss or gain, fever, joint pain

Management: If one has cold feet with no underlying condition, then they just must cover up and bundle themselves up in better woollen clothing. However, if on is predisposed to some condition, management is directed towards the cause per se. The approach should be to identify the factors responsible and then to manage it accordingly.

Preventive remedies:

Movement: it is one of the easiest ways to warm up. It acts by increasing circulation and in turn increases the foot and hand temperature. Jumping, running, brisk walking or simply moving around is more than enough.

Thick socks and slippers: warm thick and well insulated socks and shoes.

Warm water foot baths is the easiest and most effective way; instant effect within 10-15 mins.

Heating pads, hot water bottles or room heaters for bedtime.

Heating insoles are ideal for people who have outdoor jobs. They are battery operated and chargeable.

Prevent crossing your legs for long while sitting.

Exercise on regular basis enhances blood flow and is an effective way to prevent cold hand and feet.

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Traditional home remedies like rubbing of hands and feet with onion or bathing in potato water is an effective way to improve circulation.

Problem in preventing or treating the cold feet in winters lies in the negligence to identify the exact cause that is responsible, by the patient himself or by the treating doctor. (IANS)

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Aromas Can Help Plants to Withstand Low Temperatures, Says Study

As the glucose is produced, it feeds the plant and is then gradually converted into other nutrients that promotes plant survival and growth when the temperature drops

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Cold weather is an environmental stress factor that can limit the distribution, survival and growth of various plants. Pixabay

A new Chinese study has found that adding a floral scent to tea plants may help them withstand low temperatures as aromatic plants have a strong tolerance to cold weather.

Cold weather is an environmental stress factor that can limit the distribution, survival and growth of various plants.

But the study, published in the journal New Phytologist, said that increasing the concentration of aromatic substances in tea plants can enhance their resistance to cold temperatures, Xinhua reported.

Researchers from China’s Anhui Agriculture University have discovered that nerolidol, an aromatic substance accumulated in tea plants in cold weather, can be converted into a type of glucose by key gene UGT91Q2.

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A new Chinese study has found that adding a floral scent to tea plants may help them withstand low temperatures as aromatic plants have a strong tolerance to cold weather. Pixabay

As the glucose is produced, it feeds the plant and is then gradually converted into other nutrients that promotes plant survival and growth when the temperature drops, subsequently enhancing the plant’s cold tolerance.

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The discovery might have significant potential applications in the food and cosmetics sectors, said the study’s lead researcher Song Chuankui. (IANS)