It’s cold! Five tips to take care of low temperatures this winter

During the last few weeks there have been nights with very low temperatures in the cities of the Peruvian coast. The foggy days have alerted the population, who have already taken their warmest clothes out of the closet, but many times it is not enough.

The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senahmi) has predicted that this year’s winter will be colder than usual, with a higher incidence in the central and southern highlands; however, Lima will also experience temperatures even below 9 °C, not recorded since the beginning of this century.

Taking precautions from now on will be of the utmost importance to avoid contracting any respiratory disease. For this reason, in order to continue caring for the health of Peruvians, MAPFRE shares 5 recommendations from Dr. Jordan Gutiérrez that will help you protect yourself from the most common conditions of the season, not only caused by the cold:

1. Dress warm enough:

It is recommended to wear two to three layers of clothing to maintain body heat and avoid feeling cold. Of course, ensure the proper perspiration mechanisms, and as long as it does not represent overexposing yourself, do not cover yourself too much so that your body regulates your body temperature with that of the environment and avoid sudden changes in temperature by taking off and putting on clothes.

2. Adequate nutrition and hydration:

Consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, which have predominantly vitamins D, C, Iron, and Zinc, to support the immune system. Fish, citrus fruits, eggs and yogurt are a good option this season to avoid colds. Stay hydrated by consuming plenty of warm fluids.

3. Take care of your skin:

Although during winter the hours of sunshine are scarce compared to other times of the year, do not forget to apply sunscreen on your face and use a balm to moisturize your lips. In this way, radiation or humidity, cold and low temperatures will be prevented from mistreating the skin, causing premature aging.

4. Monitor Moods:

The absence of sunlight during the fall and winter seasons tends to cause the onset of seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that causes sadness, low energy, weight gain, and in an extreme case even thoughts of suicide. If at the change of season, you begin to experience sudden changes in mood, it is best to go to a psychologist.

5. Play sports:

With the cold the body temperature drops and exercising daily helps the cells of the body consume more energy to transform it into heat. In addition, it is a good time to stay in shape compared to summer because you sweat less and that helps you stay better hydrated. Of course, wear a change of clothes when you practice sports to avoid staying in wet clothes.

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