Foods for Low Blood Circulation & Cold Extremities
Friday, November 18, 2011
I have always been "cold natured" and have a low-normal temperature with low blood circulation, making me sensitive to the coolness of a breeze, etc., even during hot weather. My hands, feet, and tip of my nose get cold very easily and take forever to warm up. (Anyone else have the nose problem, I've never heard of it except in extreme cold weather but mine can be anytime I get chilled?)
When doing a SparkPeople search, I found this information on a non-Spark blog and don't know whether it is valid or not, but these are all healthful foods, so I'm going to try adding more of them to my diet now that cooler weather is setting in. Here is an excerpt from the information that a poster provided:
Lack of body fat can make you feel the cold more than someone with more fat. If you don't eat fat then try adding some to your diet.... olive oils, nuts, avocados... that's a basic for good health.
Poor circulation can also be due to inactivity. Getting more active can warm you up, not just when you're exercising but also for a long time afterwards.
You may not be anaemic but you could have low iron stores. Bumping up the amount of iron-rich foods and vitamin C rich foods in your diet could help. Legumes/pulses such as beans, lentils and chickpease are iron-rich and would also increase your protein intake. Eating regularly helps raise your metabolic rate (which will keep you warm) whereas skipping meals or skimping on foods will make you cold.
And some foods are more warming than others... Spicy foods can raise body temperature... chillis, for example. Onions and garlic thin the blood slightly which could get it running around your body a little faster. Hot drinks and hot foods like porridge oats, soups & casseroles are obviously more warming than salads, cold cereals and sandwiches.