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We had a terribly cold December here in South Dakota and our heating bill reflected this…higher than it’s been since we moved here three years ago. Needless to say, we are wearing a few more layers in January and letting the house get a little cooler.
For those of you also not turning up the thermostat too much, the chillier temps do help promote faster metabolisms and potentially weight loss .
When external temperatures decrease the body has to work harder by expending more energy (i.e. calories) to maintain core body temperatures.
This isn’t new knowledge, but research continues to be conducted to determine the effects of temperature on weight loss.
Recently associate profession Dr. Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt at Maastricht University Medical Center worked with a team to explore whether or not frequent exposure to mild cold temperatures would boost the body’s energy expenditure.
Studies have shown shivering to increase hea...
Heat sensitivity is a popular topic in the summer months, especially when you have multiple sclerosis. It has been a popular topic on my mind as of late with temperatures reaching 103°F with heat index values between 110°F and 115°F.
What is heat index?
The heat index, or “apparent temperature,” is a measure of how hot is truly feels when relative humidity is added to the actual air temperature. The National Weather Service will issue a heat advisory when the heat index is expected to exceed 105° to 110°F (depending on local climate) for at least two consecutive days. We have been experiencing “stupid heat” on the East Coast.
My fiance loves the heat, whereas I am not a big fan. Probably even worse than sheer heat is the humidity. When it is humid my mind and body take a serious downturn. I begin to have trouble walking straight. Then I get cranky as I have trouble thinkin...
Swine flu is caused by type A influenza (also known as H1N1). Swine Flu symptoms are similar to the flu that normally infects humans. Symptoms include: fever cough sore throat body aches headache chills extreme fatigue Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. Swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions, such as asthma , COPD and other respiratory conditions. People taking immune-system suppressing medication or who have autoimmune disease and immune system disorders and other conditions should be especially careful as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend recommend Tamiflu (oseltamivir) or Relenza (zanamivir) , antiviral drugs for the treatment of infection with these swine influenza viruses. The drugs are available only by prescription. They work by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. The antiviral drugs work best when started within 48 hours (two days) of symptoms appearing. They can make flu sy...
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