4 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Fighting The Winter Cold

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Keeping your body warm during winter isn’t exactly rocket science. Layering up with extra clothing and warm blankets or feeding yourself enough of calorie-dense food are some of the first skills we learn about survival as toddlers. But did you know there are many other factors that come into play when it comes to staying warm? Here are 4 rather peculiar ones that you might not have known before.

1.You can get more adapted to the cold

There are three types of fat in the human body. Apart from the universally loathed white fat, the main culprit that ruins your summer body, there are also brown, subcutaneous, visceral, and belly fat. Among these, brown fat in particular, has largely been left out of the public eye. What’s unusual about brown fat is that it is actually great for the human body as when it is stimulated, it can burn calories and produce heat. Brown fats are maximally activated by cold, which means if you spend more time exposed to cold temperatures, you get more acclimatized to it.

2. Some medications can make you feel cold

Medications that treat high blood pressure, namely alpha-blockers, beta-blockers and direct vasodilators, may induce chills and make you more sensitive to cold weather.

3. Alcohol lowers your body temperature

St Bernard dogs are renowned for having barrels of brandy attached to their collars to help warm up freezing climbers of the Alps. It’s true that alcohol does make you feel warmer, which partially explains the prevalence of vodka in Russia as well. But in reality, alcohol actually lowers your body temperature because blood vessels dilate after alcohol consumption, sending blood along with warmth closer to the surface of the skin. This makes you feel warmer but the heat in your body ends up subjected more to heat radiation too, ultimately lowering the temperature of your body.

4. Staying hydrated is crucial in tolerating the cold

Both food and water are essential in handling the cold. Making sure the body is hydrated causes the heart to more easily pump blood around the body. Apart from the drop in temperature, winter also brings much drier air than other seasons, which means the body is more exposed to the risk of dehydration, as well as more susceptible to illnesses such as the common cold or flu. What’s more, dehydration is much less noticeable since signs of the body losing water – like perspiration, are much more subtle. As such, there is a need to drink water throughout the day, even if you aren’t necessarily feeling thirsty.

 

The recently launched OzmoJava+ not only tracks your hydration level, but also has an internal heating element that keeps your beverages warm at 45 °C (114°F). Perfect companion to help you stay cosy through the chilly winter!

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5 Tips To Help You Shop Smartly on Amazon

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5 Tips To Help You Shop Smartly on Amazon

 

It’s that time of the year again. It’s the time of Bublé at full blast, feasting aplenty and of course, holiday shopping. With Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and finally Christmas coming up, we understand the need to be strategic and prepared. How do you pick up presents for yourself and all your friends and family without breaking the bank? To help you get started, we have compiled this handy list of advice to help you with shopping on Amazon, the one-stop shop for practically everything. Shop away!

 

1.  Price Guarantee

Don’t forget to take advantage of their price guarantee. For all items sold and shipped by Amazon, if the price of the item drops within 7 days of delivery, you can contact Amazon to have the difference refunded to you. This is particularly important during gifting season when random discounts pop ip. Look out for the phrase “Ships from and sold by Amazon.com” on the listing to see if it’s applicable! If you somehow missed the 7 day deadline, don’t fret. Contact them anyway, and be nice; there is still a fair chance they are willing to refund you.

 

2. Warehouse Deals

Not everything needs to be brand new. With open-box and pre-owned items, you get perfectly functional products that let you save big bucks while being environmentally friendly. Go to Amazon’s Warehouse Deals section and find anything from computers to video games to audio systems. Don’t worry about the products too, as Amazon makes sure they are in great working conditions before putting them up for sale.

 

3. Student Discounts

One of the countless things everybody misses about being a student is the bounty of discounts they get. On Amazon, college students get Amazon Prime for free for 6 months, before being charged at USD49 a year (as opposed to USD99 normally). If you don’t already know, Amazon Prime lets you enjoy perks like unlimited free two-day shipping and access to a vast array of free TV shows, music, e-books and more. The only difference from regular subscribers of the service is that students don’t get to share their shipping benefits with anyone else. Oh, and you will need a valid college email to sign up too.

 

4. More deals at Amazon Gold Box and Amazon Coupons

When Black Friday comes around, remember to check out Amazon’s Black Friday Lightning Deals (actually, quite a number of deals are already up). If you can’t find what you’re looking for, worry not, because the Amazon Gold Box offers limited time deals year-round. Check it on a regular basis and you might just find what you’re looking for one day. Amazon Coupons is a good place to check out too, housing discounts on items ranging from beauty products to electronics.

 

5. Gift Wrap

Gift wrapping can be frustrating and time-consuming. Luckily, Amazon offers gift-wrapping services for a reasonable price which varies according to size and shape of the item you’re purchasing, even though this option is not available for all products. A standard gift wrap includes a gift wrap, box or bag for the item, a decorative ribbon and a printed card with your message on top of the package. Perfect for you lazy lads out there!

 

Short on ideas on Christmas presents? Ozmo smart cups make solid options. It’s cool, it’s functional and it can fully integrate with Fitbit, Garmin and Apple Health too! We have opened our Amazon Shop, watch out for crazy deals on Cyber Monday!