Cold hands and feet can occur for many reasons other than the obvious one of exposing them to cold temperatures. Some people always seem to have cold hands and feet and this is what we will discuss in this article. While you should see a doctor if you find your problem has occurred suddenly, is becoming steadily worse or occurs only on one side of your body, the following home remedies will help when you simply can’t get your hands and feet to warm up to a comfortable temperature. First, let’s explore the most common causes of perpetually cold hands and feet.
Why Hands and Feet Get Cold
Our bodies are designed to maintain optimal temperatures for our organs to function properly. The temperature regulation depends on several physical factors. Regulation can also be affected by nutritional factors and psychological ones.
Physical regulation of temperature is done through the blood. When the temperature falls, blood vessels tend to constrict, making it more difficult for the blood to flow to certain areas. Your hands and feet are furthest from your heart and are the first body parts to experience a loss of heat due to both distance and the body’s natural reaction to protect internal organs first. Anything that causes a problem with circulation will be felt in these extremities first.
Nutritional factors come into play because your body needs certain nutrients in order to form energy. This energy is needed to keep your temperature at a certain point. The hypothalamus is your body’s main thermostat. It works with other chemicals and hormones to keep your temperature steady. When any of these chemicals is lacking important elements or has too many of some substance, it throws the whole system off. Proper nutrition is the best way to keep your body supplied with the things it needs to keep your heating system running smoothly.
Now that you have an idea of why you get cold hands and feet, it can help you determine what is the most likely cause in your case, and that will help you determine which of the following remedies to try first.
Home Remedies to Warm Your Hands and Feet
You don’t want to walk around in fuzzy socks and gloves all day or wear them all night so here are some ways you can help your feet and hands get and stay warm.
- Take a Bath– While a regular hot bath will get your circulation working better, try soaking in a spice bath. Crush and mix one teaspoon of each of the following together and add them to a hot tub full of water: cumin, ginger, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, sage, and rosemary. Alternatively, you can soak lavender leaves in cold water overnight and then add them to hot bath water. This will both warm your body and relax your mind for a great night’s sleep.
- Drink Tea– Steep one teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground clove in three cups of hot water and drink one cup whenever you feel cold. If this doesn’t sound appealing, green tea is known to open up blood vessels so drinking a cup of green tea, with a teaspoon of ginger, will improve the circulation to your hands and feet and warm them up.
- Garlic– Garlic is one of the oldest remedies for cold hands and feet as it improves circulation. If your hands and feet are frequently cold, eating several cloves of garlic regularly will help keep your circulation on track and your body warm.
- Hot Peppers– Eating hot peppers tricks your body into thinking it is in pain. This then sends messages from your brain that cause your core temperature to rise, warming your hands and feet. This is especially helpful when you also have a sinus problem or chest congestion as the pepper helps thin the mucus and relieve any congestion.
- Acupressure– There are pressure points on your body that directly connect with every organ in your body. To warm your hands, use your thumb to place pressure at the place between your thumb and first finger for 2-5 minutes. Change hands and repeat. For your feet, the pressure point is between your big toe and the next one. Use your thumb to place continuous pressure for 2-5 minutes on each foot. This action helps release any blockages in the blood circulation and returns the flow to your hands and feet, warming them.
- 6. Drink fruit Juice– Fruit juice not only contains necessary vitamins and minerals but it also boosts your metabolism. This boost in metabolism increases your body’s ability to create heat and keep you warm.