5 Ways To Minimize Cold Feet
You don’t have to be getting married to experience cold feet. Often this condition is simply due to cold weather combined with exposed feet and toes, but some people can experience cold feet even when the weather is very warm – leading to suffering year-round.
If you tend to get cold feet, discuss your symptoms with your doctor to rule out any underlying medical conditions. Circulatory disorders such as Raynaud’s disease, anemia, and diabetes may be to blame and should be addressed if they are determined to be the cause. If no medical condition is found, try the following – each can help to prevent or lessen your symptoms:
- Sprinkle a small amount of ground cayenne pepper in your socks and shoes. To learn more about the benefits of cayenne, watch the video “Spices with Dr. Weil – Cayenne.”
- Make time to get regular physical exercise to help improve your circulation. Be sure to dedicate some exercise time to strength training to allow muscles to squeeze the blood vessels and promote better flow. Leg presses and calf raises are ideal movements.
- Quit smoking: Nicotine constricts blood vessels, disturbing normal circulation.
- Wear socks and shoes that are comfortable and not too tight in order to avoid restricted circulation.
- Don’t forget the most obvious solution: a relaxing foot soak in warm (not hot) water followed by a pair of warm socks! Or have warming packs that you can get at most outdoor or ski stores to use in your shoes.
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