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Cold Hands and Feet
Cold hands and feet may seem like a natural bodily state; however, if not in a cold environment, an individual’s hands, feet, or any other extremity should really not be cold. While having cold hands or feet is generally a part of the body’s natural response to regulate and control the body temperature, persistently cold extremities may be a sign of underlying health concerns or potential development of health issues. Consistently cold hands and feet, mainly if accompanied by changes in color, could be a warning sign for additional issues. Health concerns that are related to having cold hands and feet include nerve issues, blood circulation problems, and damaged tissue in the hands or fingers and feet or toes. Additional symptoms to pay attention to if experiencing cold hands and feet include changes in the color of the skin – such as white or blue, numbness or tingling in the extremities, open sores or blisters, and tightened or hardened skin.
While the cause of cold extremities may simply be the body’s innate response to regulating the bodily temperature, ongoing cold hands or feet could have a number of underlying causes. The most frequent causes include problems with the blood circulation or the blood vessels in the hand. Additional causes for issues with cold include anemia, Buerger’s disease, diabetes, frostbite, lupus, Raynaud’s disease, and scleroderma.
Home Remedies for Cold Hands and Feet
In any case, natural remedies can restore the body's equilibrium, enhance circulation, and support the metabolism. When circulation is inefficient or the metabolic system is not running as optimally as it could or should be, the body extracts heat away from the extremities to preserve the internal organs. Regular exercise can revitalize the body and improve circulation. Likewise, caffeine and cayenne pepper are stimulants that have the same effect and increase blood flow.
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[YEA] It is unusually cold in Tennessee this year. Yesterday my son was getting read to go work outside all day and it was to be below freezing all day. He is quite lean so doesn't have much body fat to keep him warm, though he does bundle up! I told him that if he sprinkled cayenne pepper into his socks it would help keep his feet warm. He did do this. He didn't use a lot, just a few sprinkles from the cayenne shaker (like a salt shaker.) In the evening he told me what happened.
Apparently, after an hour his feet were HOT. They cayenne had worked its way to between his toes. It was, in fact, so hot that he took off his boots and 2 pairs of socks (sitting on the flat bed of a truck, outside the freezing cold) and poured water from a water bottle (that was cold) onto his feet to rinse off the cayenne! He was warm all over and no longer needed to have on two pair of jeans, either. In the evening, as he reported this to me he said his feet were STILL warm! Yeah for cayenne! His feet were not burned or red or anything, just very warm.
This morning I decided to try it for my cold feet. I did just a little bit of cayenne in my socks. It did warm my feet up. It didn't last as long, though, for me. Maybe a couple of hours.
So, the amount needed must really vary from person to person. He was very active yesterday and that may be why it worked so well.
In conclusion, cayenne works to warm up the feet!
~Mama to Many~
Certain Weather Conditions
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[WORKED TEMPORARILY] A misty/drizzly day will TOTALLY remedy my cold and sweaty hands, but any other weather, hot or cold, and I'm out of luck.
This seems to be in complete contradiction to everything I read concerning cold and sweaty hands and feet. Does anyone have an explanation for this? Does anyone else experience this phenomenon? I've tried everything from magnesium supplementation to iontophoresis and everything in between herbally, etc. No amount of abuse to my body or pampering seems to make a difference except the weather.
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Can you have a section for Cold Hands just as you have for Cancer, Candida, Canker sores etc? I've been battling it for a while and had to go through many different sections to find readings on it.
Finally I've found something that works for me and would like to post it but not sure which section is the most appropriate for that.
I will check back and post my remedy when that becomes available.
EC: Post away!
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[YEA] I have one solution that has been a blessing: ginger root. My mother had terrible problems with cold feet. I would solve this problem with ginger. First cut the ginger into smaller pieces, about a quarter inch... 20 pieces or so and put in eight cups of water. Bring to a boil and let rest in larger plastic bowl... Large enough to put feet in. Now place feet in the warm (nearly hot), ginger soaked water. Let soak. In fact, heat up another cup of water and pour into plastic bowl so as to let soak another fifteen minutes. Soak for about thirty minutes. Do this again the next day.
Back to my mother: Also I bought from the health food store, ginger capsules and had her take two of those with food at lunch and two at dinner.
No more cold feet. At the beginning of the cold season every year we'd do that "feet in ginger soaked water" process. It always worked.
Ginger induces enhanced circulation of course. Everyone should take two ginger capsules daily with food to help with heart, general circulation etc.
In Ayurvedic medicine, and American Indian herbal, ginger is a "driver" meaning that it helps circulate the other medicines/ herbs into the whole body.
Oh, and and also after disposing of the water in the plastic bowl, I'd also rub her feet to help with circulation too. (Foot rubbing is a soothing and good thing. Men should always be willing to rub their wives feet! I'm serious. Particularly if she both works and then comes home and does the basic housework. I've talked to many nurses while I'd be rubbing my wife's feet in hospital settings during some of her physical problems, and they'd tell me that their husbands would refuse to rub their feet. Well, get over it, men. Wives deserve a good foot rub every now and then. Show this to your husband and tell them that foot rubbing by strong firm hands is a healthy, loving and caring thing to do. And use some oil. You will make your wife happy.
Oh, one last quick help. Get a towel, put in microwave for 40 seconds. It will be very warm/nearly hot. Wrap around feet. Sometimes, just a quick hit will help. Repeat three or four times if needed. That's a good trick if patient is sick and his/her feet just can't get warm.
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Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse
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[YEA] Cold hands and feet - I cured my cold hands and feet as well as my sinusitis with a Liver and galbladder detox, you can look it up on the internet; apple juice, epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) olive oil and grapefruit-, lemon- or orangejuice). You have to drink 1 liter applejuice a day for 5 days in a row and on the 6th day you do the detox. So actually it is a one day detox. Before you start you have to be sure if you are willing to repeat this cure several times! I did the cure 6 times in a row with 2 weeks in between. Be aware that you can have Herxheimer reaction. I think this detox is very good for over all health! Now I repeat the detox at least once a year. By the way I am a thin person.
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[YEA] I work in cold weather in northern Alberta, and have found that taking a spoonful of Blackstrap Molasses and a spoonful of Coconut oil increases my metabolism and I don't get chilled like I used to. An old Iron worker trick for cold feet in cold weather is to sprinkle Cayenne pepper in your socks.
Turmeric Milk and Cookies
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[YEA] I tend to have achy cold feet and legs and hands and poor circulation. The combination of ingredients in these cookies combined with the turmeric milk makes me feel toasty warm and relaxed. The cumin helps with a heavy feeling in the legs, I like to put it on pizza, too. It makes me sleepy and I wake up feeling refreshed. I also put curry powder on pizza. I could practically live on these two recipes:
Oatmeal Freezer Cookies
- melt equal amounts butter and peanut butter in a pan on medium heat, just until melted
- stir in sugar to taste - 1/8 cup or so
- stir in about 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon or more clove powder
- stir in enough uncooked oatmeal to make it thick enough to make little bite size balls
- press into the bottom of a pan and freeze
- cut into bite size squares and store in freezer or fridge
2 cups hot milk, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon turmeric (no pepper), 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optionally 1/4 teaspoon cumin
drink it hot
Also, if you make ginger snap cookies, try adding a tiny amount of cayenne :)
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[YEA] I was prescribed Vitamin D because my levels were low (18), and within a week of 2000iu/day, I stopped keeping my room at 83 degrees. I did a trial for a month and stopped it, and I started to need the space heater on again. Now I take it a few times a week, and base my dosage on how much sun I've had and how cold I've been at bedtime. It's working well. Side note: menstrual cycle dropped from 40 days to a consistent 30 within a month, except for the month where I went without, and then it crept back up to 35. Vitamin D must be required to regulate the foundational work of many functions in the body. Whatever the case, I love to be able to wear shorts, and survive in air conditioned rooms!
[YEA] Good to see that you implemented my suggestion for the section on cold hands and feet.
A bit of history. Hands would get very, very cold even in mild temperatures, even when it's 21 or 22 degrees in the house. And the thing it wasn't just my hands - it was my core. At work folks would have the fans going and walking around in short sleeves and I would be literally freezing and had to wear my winter jacket in the office and at home the same thing - cold, cold. I saw a naturopath, chiro, acupunturist, medical doctors and specialists and nothing worked. Doctors said they found nothing wrong after gallons of blood taken and hundreds of tests. They said I was practically very healthy. One specialist decided to tell me that I have Raynauds but I told him no, I don't have Raynauds. (Don't always listen to them. Get a second opinion if in doubt). Finally I came across a doctor online and he suggested some tests to take so I went back to my doctor and got some of the tests done. The tests revealed that I was very, very deficient in Vitamin D, yes Vitamin D. Within a couple days of taking the Vit d supplements there was huge improvement. My hands were warmer, much warmer and I am not shivering at work anymore. It's not 100% better yet and I'm working on that but there has been a huge huge difference. Now my hands are actually warm when I go to bed while before they used to be freezing. The doctor suggested 2000 IUs a day for 3 months then 1000 after and the good doctor online just suggested 5000 IUs a day for a couuple weeks to bring things up to a comfortable level.
Hope this helps someone.
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Warm the Core
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Not a cure for cold hands and feet, but a work-around. The warmer the torso & head, the warmer the hands & feet. I add more layers of clothes to my body and a wool hat to my head when I notice my hands are cold in the house. Once the core heats up, my hands and feet get nice & toasty.
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