Blanket? Check. Hat? Check. Space heater? If you’re lucky. The outside may look like a freezing blizzard but your insides don’t have to be.

Top Health Tips To Stay Warm During A BlizzardHow else can you keep warm while in the middle of a snowstorm? Check out the below tips to ensure your body is in top shape for the cold.

1. Down some soup. Not only will it keep your body warm (and taste delicious), but broth-based soups also help hydrate you.

2. Stay away from alcohol. If you’re really serious, put down that drink. Alcohol does not keep your body warmer, Mythbusters confirms. Instead, it actually lowers your core body temperature by pumping blood toward the surface of your skin. Core body temperature is what protects you from hypothermia, so maybe another beer isn’t the best idea.

3. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish. Foods with omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, seeds and fortified grains, are known to boost metabolism and up your warmth in turn.

4. Move more slowly when outside. Although moving quickly increases blood flow, moving slowly and methodically while doing heavy work, such as shoveling snow, will help you avoid excess strain on your heart and body when it’s already working hard to stay warm. Further, slowing down means you’ll avoid sweat, which could ultimately freeze and decrease your body temp even more.

Top Health Tips To Stay Warm During A Blizzard5. Brew some ginger into your tea. Adding raw ginger to your hot tea is linked to increasing your body temperature.

6. Nosh on some nuts. Foods high in energy will keep you warm as they metabolize, so snack on a handful of nuts while the snow falls.

7. Sprinkle on some cinnamon. Cinnamon helps increase your metabolism, which will keep you warm and your oatmeal flavorful.

Source: www.mashable.com; Kathleen Wong; January 27, 2015.