Why do we get cold hands and feet?

· October 11, 2015
Did you know that having constantly cold hands or feet can be caused by an overworked digestive system? Our stomach raises its temperature causing a decreased temperature in the extremities.

Are you one of those people who always have cold hands and feet, although the temperature outside is not cold? Do you know why this happens? In this article we will explain the reason for this which interestingly is related to the digestive system.

Find out how the body temperatures function and how you can regulate them naturally.

Body temperatures

We find that, in general, there are people who tend to be more sensitive to the cold and others that are more sensitive to the heat; and that when placed in similar climates they react differently. The key is balancing our body temperature, because it is not good to be either too hot or too cold.

Normally the areas which are more prone to getting cold easily are the extremities. That is the hands and feet.

Our internal organs which most tend to become cold, and therefore, those that most need heat, are the liver and kidneys, while the stomach and intestines tend to retain heat.

When our body has to make an extra effort in some area to heat it up, it usually increases circulation, causing inflammation more or less, which in reality is an effort to focus the self-healing mechanism.

And when this happens, at the same time we find a lack of circulation in the seemingly less vital areas, which are precisely the extremities.


The digestive system

Our digestive system, due to poor nutrition or continuous eating during the day, is prone to excess heat as it is running almost nonstop. The stomach is forced to work harder, increasing the gastric acids and, therefore, its temperature.

Moreover, these exertions subsequently continue in the intestine. If we touch our stomach we will note that even the skin feels cool, but that is merely a symptom of excess heat in the interior.

Therefore, having constantly cold feet and hands can possibly be the result of excess heat in our digestive system.

Besides the discomfort it brings, it is important to try and prevent this mainly because of the joint problems it can cause in the long run.


Can you rebalance your body temperatures?

Of course. A quick way to do so is to provide heat to the limbs externally with these different ways:

  • By taking a hot bath.
  • By clothing the area with fabrics of polar fleece or wool.
  • By applying heat-generating creams such as those containing ginger, cinnamon, etc.
  • By massaging the areas.
  • By using an electric heating pad or hot water bottle.

However, keep in mind that these are only remedies to alleviate the symptoms, and if we want to balance our body temperature, which will also improve our overall health, what we have to do is to accelerate the function of our digestive system.


Remove heat from the digestive system

How do we do it?

  • Choose healthy foods and avoid harmful foods, especially red meats and sausages, fatty cheese, fried foods and some sweets.
  • Be vigilant to avoid the foods that are difficult to digest, such as certain vegetables, dairy products, etc.
  • Chew your food thoroughly.
  • Do not eat large quantities. Know when to stop before feeling too full.
  • Do not eat again until the previous meal has been completely digested.
  • Do not eat dinner too late in the day nor eat too much.
  • Prevent constipation.
  • If you suffer from gastric hyperacidity or heartburn, treat them with natural remedies.
  • Alkalize your body.
  • Try to rest a little bit after eating, before making any great exertions.

Water therapy

Water can also help us to regulate body temperature, but we have to do it gradually. We usually shower with hot or warm water, but little by little we should try ending our showers with cold water all over the body, except the head. The first few times can be for just a few seconds but, over time, we can gradually increase the time of using cold water and even alternate with hot water.

It is important that we do not feel cold either before or after taking a shower, in order for the contrast to be greater, and when finished showering we should rub well with a towel to stimulate natural heat.

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