Did You Know Why Your Feet So Cold Easily?

How come are my feet getting so cold easily?

Did You Know Why Your Feet So Cold Easily?

Do You Know Why My Feet So Cold Easily?
How Come Are My Feet Getting So Cold?

Do you have such symptoms?  

  • My feet so cold easily, no matter what
  • I can’t sleep because my hands and feet are cold
  • After I take a shower, my feet get cold right away
  • I have to wear multiple layers
  • I have constipation or diarrhea
  • No matter what I do, I can’t lose weight

If your feet so cold quickly and easily, it is cold sensitivity, and if you keep ignoring these symptoms, eventually, you might be getting a serious condition.  

Here I would like to discuss what cold sensitivity is and how to treat it to prevent severe conditions. 

What is Cold Sensitivity?  

Cold sensitivity happens when you have poor circulation down to the capillary blood, which is the small tiny blood vessels in the tips of hands and feet.  

No matter what the environment, even in the summertime, you get cold hands and feet with this condition.

The causes of Cold sensitivity

Daily lifestyle is significantly involved in poor circulation.  Let’s take a look at the main causes.  

Lack of Exercises

Lack of Exercise leads to cold sensitivity

If you don’t exercise, your body’s metabolism slows down, and it causes poor blood circulation. Also, muscle mass is critical because you won’t create heat and warm up your body well.  

In particular, women have less muscle mass than men, so it is more difficult to generate heat, and they tend to be sensitive to cold.  Because women have periods every month, the uterus and ovaries block blood flow and lose blood, resulting in poor blood flow that can’t reach the extremities.  

Improper Clothing

Wearing light clothing such as skirts in colds weather makes your body cold.  Also, Tight clothing cuts disturb blood circulation.  

Age

Aging causes cold feet and sensitive to cold

Older people feel cold because they cannot generate heat due to aging. Their muscle mass and the organ function lower; for example, frequent urination, stiff shoulder, and back pain should be released by warming your body.  

Diet

Eating junk food makes your body cold

Eating too many cold foods and sweets, fast foods, snacks, causes your body cold.  

And lack of minerals and vitamins with unreasonable dietary restrictions can cause your blood to become muddy and poor circulation.

Stress

Stress ruins your nervous system and blood circulation

Excessive stress causes insufficient blood flow and causes poor circulation. In addition, if stress and pressure ruin you for a long time, the autonomic nerves get imbalanced and lose control of your body temperature.  

The Autonomic nerves play a big role in controlling body temperature in the body. When you are hot, it expands the blood vessels to let the body temperature down, and when you are cold, it shrinks the blood vessels so that the body temperature keep the same.

However, nowadays, people live in an environment with AC, our feeling of “hot” and “cold” becomes dull and does not work well. It constricts the capillaries and causes cold sensitivity.

Smoking

Smoking constricts blood vessels leading to poor circulation and cold feet

Smoking rapidly constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow, leading to coldness.

Constipation / diarrhea

The digestive problems also lead to lower blood flow and coldness.  

Thyroid Hormone Imbalance

People who have thyroid hormone imbalance like hypothyroidism or Hashimoto disease tend to get cold hands and feet.  Also, When you have menopause, your women’s hormones are lowering, and you lose control of the body temperature.  You get cold feet even though you have hot flashes (Heat Sign).  

Iron deficiency anemia

Women tend to get deficient in iron. Mainly, they lose blood from menstruation, so they must take more iron than necessary. If this condition persists, it will eventually lead to anemia. 

Anemia is a condition in which there are few red blood cells in the blood, and the red blood cells play a role in carrying oxygen, resulting in fatigue, dizziness, and cold feet.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective

Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective for cold sensitivity

There are five types of diagnoses that give you cold feet and cold sensitivity.

  1. Cold in the middle burner, Spleen & stomach (digestive organs)
  2. Liver Qi Stagnation
  3. Blood Stasis
  4. Kidney Yang Deficiency
  5. Blood Deficiency

Cold in the Middle Burner

Because the digestive systems like the spleen and stomach create the post-natal energy from food, it has to be consistently warm.  However, if your stomach gets cold, you also get diarrhea, fatigue, low appetite occur with cold feet.  

Liver Qi Stagnation

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is the organ that regulates Qi (energy) and stores blood.  It is easily affected by stress.  Once Liver energy gets stuck, it disharmonized blood circulation causing cold hands and feet.  It is also associated with irritability, depression, abdominal distention, constipation, etc.  

Blood Stasis

When your body temperature goes down, the body’s metabolism also goes down and creates stasis of the blood and poor circulation. Blood stasis signs are heart palpitation, nerve pain, dizziness, red faces, dark circles under eyes, purple lips, etc.

Kidney Yang Deficiency

Spleen creates post-natal energy, and Kidney Yang energy facilitates the function of Spleen.  Yang is like fire, and if there is no fire, symptoms occur such as the cold lower back, fatigue, frequent urination, etc.  

Blood Deficiency

Blood is warm and moist, and Qi (energy) carries blood.  Once there is no blood, it’s no energy to bring blood to the end of the limbs.  Also, it’s associated with dizziness, fatigue, dry skin, etc.  

Solution of Cold Sensitivity

Now, how to improve poor circulation to improve cold sensitivity? 

Incorporate them into your daily life to improve your sensitivity to cold. 

  1. Soak in a tub with hot water
  2. Exercise
  3. Diet
  4. Massage
  5. Acupuncture
  6. Chinese Herbs

Soak in a tub with Hot water

Taking a bath warms your body

Soaking your body in the bath instead of taking a shower is one of the best ways to improve your sensitivity to cold.

Let’s take a bath in about 100 °F of the water. It’s a good idea to soak in hot water for a little longer until you sweat slowly.

The parasympathetic nerves work to widen blood vessels and improve blood circulation. Let’s relax and warm from the core of your body.

Exercise

Exercise promotes metabolism and blood circulation

To improve blood flow is to promote metabolism. Exercise is the most effective way to boost metabolism. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Light walking is fine.

In your daily life, it’s enough to walk a little more or do a simple stretch. In particular, stretching before bedtime will improve blood circulation, increase body temperature, and help you sleep well.

Please try while moving your body a little more in your daily life.

Diet

Eat more warm food to increase blood circulation

Some foods warm the body and cool the body. Try to eat more foods warm it to improve blood circulation and coldness.

Foods that warm you: Root vegetables such as ginger, green onions, garlic, and burdock make you warm.

These vegetables grow in cold regions. And black foods like sesame, black beans, and azuki beans are also warm you up.

Foods that cool you down: Vegetables from hot areas such as tomatoes and cucumbers are cool vegetables. Sugar and artificial sweeteners, butter, margarine, snacks, chocolate also cool you down.

However, be aware that just because you are cold does not mean eating only warm foods. Try to eat a well-balanced diet. When you eat cold foods, I recommend cooking them like soup or miso soup rather than eating them raw.

Warm drinks: black tea, roasted green tea, oolong tea, cocoa, ginger tea

Drinks to cool your body: coffee, green tea, juice, water, milk

Massage

Fingernail massage stimulates acupuncture points to promote circulation

Fingernail massage: Massage at the corner of the fingernail improving blood circulation throughout the body, reduces stiff shoulders, relieves tiredness and tiredness, and raises body temperature.

These points are actually acupuncture points called Jing Well points, which effectively improve immune systems and increase body temperature.

  1. Grip the corner of the nail by the other side of the thumb and index.
  2. Press until you feel sore, and hold 10 seconds.
  3. Do all five fingers and repeat 2-3 times a day.
  4. Do it every day

Acupuncture points

There are acupuncture points to increase the body temperature and help for cold sensitivity. Let’s press and hold 30 seconds each every day to promote more circulation.

SP6

SP6 works for women’s issue and poor circulation

Location: Located 3-4 fingers above the malleolus of the inner ankle.

Efficacy: One of the acupuncture points that work well for women, such as poor circulation and irregular menstruation, is especially important for poor circulation.

KD1

KD1 is effective for poor circulation

Location: Slightly closer to the foot’s arch, in the dent created when the finger is bent.

Efficacy: This Acupuncture point is effective against poor circulation such as blood and essence, cold feet, and swelling.

LV3

LV3 improves coldness from blood flow.

Location: In front of the first and second toes. The point is where the big toe and 2nd toe bones meet.

Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves coldness from blood flow. In addition, because it belongs to the flow of energy called the liver meridian, which is closely related to the parts of the body that we are overworking, such as the liver, muscles, eyes, physical fatigue, psychological stress, and eyes.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs for Cold sensitivity

Huang Qi Jian Zhong Tang

This formula is a major tonic for people who have a cold stomach. The primary ingredient is Yi Tang, which is sweet and excellent for reconstructing the middle burner. So, people who have fatigue, cold feet, low appetite, cold stomach, low immune system, etc., are suitable for this formula.

Chai Hu Shu Gan Tang

It is a primary formula for treating Liver Qi stagnation patterns such as Abdominal pain, Cold feet, rib pain, irritability, anxiety, etc. Bupleurum root is the primary ingredient of this formula and helps spread energy to relieve stress and blood circulation.

Jin Qui Shen Qi Wan

This classic formula is used to supplement Kidney Yang. Kidney Yang is the source of energy for creating heat in the body. Once you have depleted Kidney Yang, you have cold symptoms such as cold lower back with pain, cold feet, fatigue, frequent urination at night, etc.

Conclusion

In conclusion, cold feet are one of the body’s signs that you might have future severe problems like low immune systems, fatigue, physiological and psychological issues.

  • Cold feet
  • Pain
  • low immune system
  • fatigue
  • Neck tension
  • Low back pain
  • frequent urination
  • anxiety

Firstly, please understand the causes of cold feet.

Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your cold feet go away.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from cold feet.

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Please feel welcome to comment if you have any questions about this post.

Sayonara till next post.

About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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