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5 Effective Ways to Warm Up Cold Hands and Feet

5 Effective Ways to Warm Up Cold Hands and Feet

Are your hands and feet always “frozen” in winter? One of the obvious causes for this is the cold season, which slows down circulation. To get the blood flowing better, here are some easy tricks to try:

  • Try acupuncture. An extensive Japanese study concludes that acupuncture can improve blood flow, increasing circulation. “Five to six treatments spaced one or two weeks apart should do the trick,” advises Dr. Brenda Hood, associate professor at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
  • Get a blood test done to check foriron deficiency, which lowers the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood vessels. This is often a sneaky causes of cold digits. Vitamin B complex can help vessels dilate, thus increasing circulation and warming you up. For more serious deficiency, or anemia, get advice from your physician.
  • Try a mind-body technique, such as imagining something warm a hot shower, lying on a beach, for example. The relaxation response thus triggered dilates blood vessels.
  • Add Epsom salts to your bath. A warm foot soak before bedtime is a great sleep aid. Add freshly grated ginger for a lovely warming sensation.
  • Eat the hot stuff! Warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger and cayenne help the process of digestion, which tends to be sluggish on cold days.

While all these tips are effective if your extremities are cold due to the weather, it is important to check for possible underlying causes, too. Deeper issues such as stress, migraines and even irritable bowel syndrome could be at play, say physicians. Listen to your body!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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2:54AM PDT on Apr 20, 2014

Thank you

10:52AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

This was helpful..always have freezing feet. Now.. do you have 5 ways to warm up Connecticut?

3:16AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Warm bath, socks b4 your feet loose their warmth, a hot cuppa and remember to dress for the weather.

12:41AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Thank you :)

3:32AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thank you

6:53PM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks to Shubha, for a very interesting article about a subject that plagues me all the time. I never seem able to get warm, I do well in summer time, but I am not a happy camper in winter, Thank goodness I live in the south east USA =, so we never go below freezing too often or for too long, It I lived in the North of the USA. I would hibernate the whole winter. I mean I would stay in bed, heat all the way up, covered from head to toe. So thank you for all your suggestions. and also thanks to the over 124 care 2 members who commented on this subject. I am going to enjoy reading all of them.

7:38PM PST on Feb 27, 2014

as a yoga teacher & nys licenced MD,
and also b/c i am always freezing....
try pranayama- breathing techniques-
kappal bhati &
agni saar ( breath of fire) &
rt side of alternate nostril breaths ( anulom vilom)
yoga/ excercise also builds body heat... quickly !!

occasional coffee/ tea/ soup, hot cocoa, or hot milk also works :-))

10:49AM PST on Feb 26, 2014


4:28AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

2:13AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Smokers get cold extremities because of a lack of oxygen getting to fingers and toes. They can end up with gangrene eventually. Another reason to quit!

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