Why do You Have Cold Hands and Feet All Year Long?
When it’s cold in the winter it’s easy to understand why your extremities might be “freezing,” but why do you get cold hands and feet in the summer?
Read the following article to get some answers. We bet one of the causes of your troubles is poor circulation.
Cold hands and feet 365 days out of the year
It’s poorly understood why this can happen. The rest of your body might be hot and sweaty, maybe the temperature is above 90° F. What happens to your feet and hands, though, which feel as cold as if they had been submerged in a bowl of ice water?
The reason for this problem is found in the bloodstream. Under certain conditions, blood that’s directed to the feet and hands (especially the fingers and toes) is cut off, so these extremities become cool and lose sensation.
When it’s wintertime it’s easy to understand why this would happen, because it’s cold out and you don’t want to go outside (it might even be cold inside). But in the hot weather of summertime, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. In addition to potential circulatory problems we mentioned above, it could also be due to a low caloric intake or in serious cases, heart disease.
“I don’t get it. If I’m healthy and it’s spring or summer and I’m active, why are my hands and feet so cold I need to wear socks in July?” Well, it could be a warning signal from your body that something isn’t working as it should be.
Your hands and feet are the final terminus of two very important parts of the body: your torso and your legs. They’re the most important point of contact between the inside and the outside, being the first part of your body that moves or reaches for something.
As we said above, poor circulation is the main cause of cold hands and feet. Maybe your posture prevents blood from properly reaching the extremities, for example. Another reason could be the narrowing of blood vessels, a low metabolism, and low blood pressure.
What are some other reasons for cool extremities?
There’s one more factor to add to the list. Emotions! How does that work? We’ll explain in more detail.
If you suffer from ice cold extremities all year round it’s because your body may be responding to emotional distress. For example, you might feel like doing something but for some reason, you put the brakes on before you can proceed.
If you wanted to go to the store and buy chocolate but when you remember that you’re on a diet or that it’s too expensive for your budget, you automatically stop the process. This is literally translated by your body as “stop the movement in that direction.”
Psychologists have studied the relationship between life factors and decisions and coldness in the extremities. If you can’t make yourself go home and study, or raise a family, move where you’d like to, and so on, your body receives an order not to send blood to your hands and feet.
To continue: if you want to hug someone, take their hand, and yet you don’t – if you deprive yourself of something that you want – your extremities may become as cold as an iceberg.
Noticing cold hands and feet is easy. But it’s a little harder to relate it to an emotional problem. No doubt, however, that something is interfering with what you feel and what you do or say.
It’s time to act – nothing will come of depriving yourself from enjoying life! Don’t hold back your feelings! Keep going and you’ll see that from now on, your hands and feet won’t be freezing anymore when it’s 90° F on the street.
How else to avoid cold hands and feet?
If your problem is circulation, you can benefit from the following natural treatments:
Ginger speeds up the metabolism and generally keeps your stomach from being upset while improving circulation, alleviating muscle aches, and increasing your body temperature. Drink a tea made with:
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
- 1 cup of boiling water (250 ml)
Cinnamon has the ability to warm the stomach and eliminate pain or digestive problems. It also increases your body temperature, improves blood flow, alleviates pain, and can eliminate that coldness in the hands and feet. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon in your coffee, cream, desserts…
This is an excellent vasodilator that stimulates circulation in the limbs and also improves mental clarity. You can take it in capsule form, which can be found in health food stores.
Don’t forget to also do certain exercises to keep your hands and feet moving. Be sure they don’t stay in the same position for a long time. A good technique is to periodically rotate your wrists and ankles, while wiggling the fingers and toes.