With the Treasure Valley’s HIGH temperatures of the last few weeks being between 21-34 degrees farenheit, our bodies need heightened self-care to handle the cold, as they will fluctuate with extreme temperatures either way. The hypothalamus, located behind your pituitary gland, acts like your body’s thermostat, and it recognizes whenever your body’s temperature is becoming cooler than normal, giving you indications such as chattering teeth and shivers. This generally happens when your core temperature hits 35 degrees. Anything lower can initiate the states of hypothermia.
How do we survive these extremely cold temperatures that even some of us native Idahoans haven’t weathered for several seasons?
Wear layers – layering makes great sense for these cold months, because you can always take off a layer if you are too warm, but once you step out that door and you haven’t layered, you might not be able to come home during the work day to put on some more clothing. Layering may help you keep your house thermostat a few degrees lower as well.
Drink water – keep your body hydrated. This is something most of us don’t do during the warmer months, and drinking water is always vital to ones’ health and well being. Are you craving something warm to drink? Try a cup of hot water with fresh lemon juice, a dash of turmeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg It gives you a nice, refreshing tasty drink without all the calories or caffeine of other hot drinks.
Bathe More Frequently – If you are used to showering more often, try bathing more in the cold months. Add a ¼ C to ½ C Epsom salts to your bath for a relaxing muscle soak. Include a few drops of lavender essential oil, and you will feel your anxiety drift away, allowing you to sleep like a baby.
Use Coconut oil – I have found that Coconut oil is the only product that helps me keep the itchiness of dry winter weather skin at bay. Use it every morning and evening, and put a tablespoon of coconut oil in that hot bath at night to help alleviate the itchiness.
Exercise – this time of year can be very challenging to keep our exercise regime up, so do your best to get at LEAST 3 times per week in. Walking in the snow can burn more calories than you would expect, just make sure you are bundled up good and have sturdy boots or shoes on. Taking walking sticks on your walk will help you with your balance. Too cold to go to the gym? Google an exercise video and work out in the warmth of your home.
Massage – getting a massage at any time of the year is beneficial in so many ways – it stimulates your organs, calms your nervous system, soothes tired or sore muscles, gets your circulation going, and gives you an overall sense of well-being.
Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy is offering $5 off on any 1st time client ‘Signature’ swedish massage, whether it be 60 minutes or 90. We are also offering our ‘Hot Stone’ massage with Himalayan pink salt stones for just $50, ($20 savings).
Himalayan pink salt is a rich source of several minerals that are important to the human diet including sodium chloride, sulfate, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It is believed to lower blood pressure, improve circulation, detoxify the body of heavy metals, promote healthy sleep patterns, reduce the signs of aging, aid in vascular health, and more. These stones will make those tense, tired muscles of yours melt just like butter!
Body Blessings is located at 875 East Plaza Drive in Eagle, Idaho inside Mountain Land Physical Therapy, and offers a warm and comforting atmosphere. Hours are by appointment from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. We offer online booking or you may call/text 208-353-1104, so contact today to help you survive ‘Snowpocalypse’ 2017!
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