Why Do You Have Cold Hands and Feet All Year Long?

· May 31, 2016
Your mental state can be associated with having cold extremities when you’re having difficulties making decisions or taking steps in your life

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.

Cold hands and feet 365 days out of the year

No one knows for sure exactly why this happens. The rest of your body might be hot and sweaty, but your hands and feet feel as if they have 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 towards the feet and hands (especially the fingers and toes) is blocked in some way, and, as a result, these extremities become cold and you lose the feeling in them.

When it’s wintertime it’s easy to understand why this would happen. But in the hot weather during summer 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.

Read more: How to Improve Your Diet to Treat Low Blood Pressure

Person with bare feet showing
People who seem healthy and active can have cold hands and feed and 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 extremities of 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.

As we said above, poor circulation is the main cause of cold hands and feet. It’s possible that your posture is preventing the blood from reaching the extremities properly. Another reason could be the narrowing of the blood vessels, a low metabolism, and low blood pressure.

How else to avoid cold hands and feet?

Emotions, or your mental state can also play a part in blood circulation problems. On occasions, if you deprive yourself of things that your body is telling you it wants, then this may well influence in some way in your circulation. As a result, the blood may not reach your hands and feet as it should.

If your problem is circulation, you can benefit from the following natural treatments:

Ginger

Ginger root with ground ginger
Ginger speeds up the metabolism and generally keeps your stomach from getting upset while, at the same time, improving circulation, alleviating muscle aches, and increasing your body temperature. Try drinking a tea made with:

  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1 cup of boiling water

Read more: Discover the 5 Benefits of Ginger Water

Cinnamon

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 and desserts too.

Gingko biloba

Gingko biloba is an excellent product 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.

Cups of ginko tea