The planet was very hot for millions of years, and scientists are saying it’s getting warmer again. So the question is… are humans really supposed to be able to function in the cold? Well – of course we are. However, our bodies have adapted some rather strange ways to deal with it.
Going out into the cold can be hard on your system – even for those in the northern U.S. that deal with frigid temperatures for months every year. Here are eight weird ways your body deals with it…
1. Brain Freeze
We’re not talking about the effect of slurping on a very cold drink and having the sensation travel quickly from the roof of your mouth into your skull. We’re talking about the fact that your brain actually stops functioning as efficiently when it’s very cold outside, as noted by Reader’s Digest.
“Once your body goes into a hypothermic state – a core temperature that’s too low –your brain and nervous system have a harder time functioning and maintaining normal thought,” explains the source. It explains that this can cause hunters or hikers to get lost, or make people do strange things – like remove all their clothing as a response to the body dumping out heat, which actually makes the person feel too hot.