If your icy hands or feet make you feel chilled all the time, or cause loved ones to shriek when you touch them, you may need to boost your circulation. Here are some simple solutions for warming up those cold hands and feet. Do try these at home!
– Eat less saturated fat and sugar. And up your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods like fish, olive oil, avocado, nuts, and flax seeds, which promote healthy circulation.
– Quit smoking. Nicotine is one of the most common causes of circulatory problems.
– Drink more water. You blood can’t flow properly if you don’t hydrate your body enough.
– Get some exercise. Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise every day gets the blood flowing and keeps it flowing.
– Get a massage. Regular massage stimulates your circulatory system to blood flowing, and prevents it from getting “stuck” and becoming oxygen starved in tight, knotted muscles.
– Take a hot shower. Stimulating the skin with hot water can also increase blood flow closer to the surface.
– Drink some wine. Any alcoholic beverage — just one per day, though, to prevent negative side effects — will dilate you blood vessels, including the smaller ones in your hands and feet, allowing your blood to flow more freely. Red wine has the added benefit of containing health-promoting antioxidants, too.
– Try a ginkgo biloba supplement. Like wine, ginkgo opens up the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow into more constricted areas.
– Eat something spicy. Some foods – including cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, and onions – are known for their ability to improve circulation and relax the muscles.