Staying warm on the ski hill

With the recent snow, the ski and snowboard season is in full effect. Because I am an avid skier and many of my patients love getting outdoors I thought I would write a few articles to help you make the most out of this winter season.

Staying warm on the ski hill can be a challenge for many people. Feeling cold leads to stiffness, aches and pains, and may lead to pulled muscles or injury. Cold weather often prevents many cold-sensitive people from heading up to the ski hills for a day of skiing or snowboarding.

Even though Big White and Silver Star are on the warm side of the Rockies there are still a number of colder days up at these mountains. So how do you stay warm? Many people rely on coffee, energy drinks, or a wine skin to “warm up”. However, this approach usually results in a cooler core body temperature and a decreased tolerance to cold.

There are three very simple things that you can do before you leave your house to increase your tolerance to cold. First of all, make sure you are well-hydrated all winter long. Dehydration prevents proper circulation to the extremities and leads to cold hands and feet. Secondly, eat breakfast! A good breakfast should contain a mix of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Thirdly, try hydrotherapy in your shower before you head up to the hill. Have a hot shower for 3-5 minutes followed by 20-30 seconds of cold water. This will increase your core body temperature and metabolism throughout the entire day.

If you have difficulty staying warm in the cold weather this may be a sign that your circulation needs improvement. There are a number of very effective natural treatments for improving circulation and helping the body stay warm during the winter. The most important first step is to have your circulation assessed to determine what the best treatments would be.

If you have any questions about natural treatments for improving circulation or would like to schedule a consultation call my office at 250-448-5610 or visit my website at www.drbrentbarlownd.com

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About the Author

Dr. Brent Barlow is a Naturopathic Physician practicing at The Kelowna Wellness Clinic in downtown Kelowna. Dr. Barlow has been in practice in Kelowna since graduating from the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver in 2009.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians, and primarily use natural medicine to treat disease and promote wellness. Dr. Barlow believes strongly in identifying and treating the causes of disease rather than focusing on the treatment of symptoms.

Naturopathic medicine utilizes diet therapy, botanical medicine, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, spinal manipulation and other physical medicine treatments to treat the causes of disease. Dr. Barlow also trained in the specialized treatments of prolotherapy, neural therapy, intravenous nutrient infusions, and chelation therapy.

Dr. Barlow is in general practice and welcomes all individuals and families. As a naturopathic physician he is trained to treat all health conditions in the manner that best suits the goals of each individual patient. He also has special interests in natural treatments for pain management and digestive health.

To learn more about Dr. Barlow's treatments or to schedule a consultation, visit his website at www.drbrentbarlownd.com or call 250-448-5610.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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