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Why do we get cold?

While unfortunately global warming is a reality, for many of us it only takes a very slight drop in temperature to induce chills and the irresistible urge to snuggle up in a blanket.


Even if La Maison de la Maille is there to warm you (without warming the planet), we can ask ourselves this question: why are we cold? Why does everyone, depending on the weather, react in different ways? Explanations.

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When temperatures drop, the body uses two defense mechanisms against the cold. On the one hand, it boosts thermal insulation by causing blood vessels to narrow so that heat is maintained in vital organs. It is also for this reason that we often have extremities, hands, noses, feet, much more sensitive to low temperatures. Whereas that of the body must remain at 37 ° C, summer and winter.


On the other hand, the brain sends the message to the body that it must generate rapid muscle contractions in order to continue producing heat. Hence the tremors that can be felt when it is really cold.


All in all, a well-oiled machine that allows the body to survive the seasons without the body being impacted by thermal variations.




We all know someone who wears a sweater when it's 25 degrees, and sleeps with socks or one who, conversely, continues to go out in a (rarer) T-shirt even though the trees are enthroned in the lounges. So if the body works the same for everyone, why are some people more sensitive to the cold than others? The answer is simple, well almost. There are several reasons that can justify a person being colder than his neighbor.


Athletes, for example, are less cautious than most people because their basal metabolism produces more heat when in motion. Fat acts as a thermal insulator, but overweight people are often less active and therefore more prone to cold.


Gender can also explain the differences in how you feel about the cold. Indeed, the male hormone, testosterone, is very resistant to low temperatures, which generally induces a less nervousness present in men than in women.


Finally, it is important to note that the body does not work the same way with everyone and that each person has a unique metabolism. It is linked to the genetic heritage as well as to the reactions of molecules in the body. A singularity which necessarily induces dissimilarities between individuals.




While there are degrees of resistance to the cold, it is still obvious that we are all sensitive to it. An evil that the plaids of La Maison de la Maille can heal. Imagined in a high quality woolen fabric and created with the desire to combine comfort and softness, they are perfect allies to accompany you and warm you up during your cool evenings (or your days for that matter).

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