By Kristen Rodman
With winter right around the corner, temperatures are dropping and portions of the nation have already or will soon experience their first snowfall. Lower temperatures bring forth new hurdles for the human body to conquer.
Similar to how the body reacts to heat during the summer months, the body naturally reacts and attempts to acclimate itself to cold.
The most important factor in effectively battling and surviving in the cold is the body’s ability to maintain its internal core temperature around 98.6 degrees.
A cold and wet environment is the most dangerous because this scenario causes the most heat to escape the body and makes it more difficult for the body to replace lost heat.
Regardless of weather conditions, the body will first exert its three major defense mechanisms in order to battle the cold.
How the Body Adjusts to the Cold:
1. Your Energy Expenditure Decreases
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