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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Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz1 years ago

Thank you

Dana A.
Dana A.1 years ago

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

Tanya W.
Tanya W.1 years ago

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

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen1 years ago

Thank you :)

Franck R.
Franck R.1 years ago

Thank you

Kay m.
Kay M.1 years ago

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.

Shailja Mukhtyar
Shailja Mukhtyar1 years ago

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 :-))

Alicia N.
Alicia N.1 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra1 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

Margaret Skeel
Margaret Skeel1 years ago

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!