Are you suffering from cold feet this winter?
Women are nine times more likely to suffer from cold feet and hands than men, there are a number of factors why this happens as men and women are built differently.
Women are more likely to suffer from Raynaud’s disease – a recognised condition where not enough blood gets to the fingers and toes, causing extreme pain.
This is the result of our blood supply protecting our core organs meaning less blood flows to the hands and feet.
The female hormonal system may contribute to women having bad circulation, when we get a lack of iron in the thyroid we get cold as it is this that regulates our body temperature. The key is to eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals such as B12 and folate, and foods such as pumpkin seeds, nuts, fish and watermelon.
Taking regular exercise such as aerobic activities like running, hiking and cycling boosts hormone activity and enhances muscle tissue. This kind of activity can be especially effective for people who sit or stand for long periods of time.
1. Foot exercises when followed several times a day can improve circulation and strengthen blood vessels which helps combat cold feet.
2. Take 10 steps each on tiptoe, on the heel and on the inner and outer edges of your feet in succession.
3. Try to use your toes to pick up an object such as a pen from the floor.
4. Rotate each foot clockwise at the ankle joint 10-20 times; repeat counterclockwise.
5. Stand, heels apart, with your big toes touching. Rise up on the balls of our feet, and then slowly lower your heels back to the floor, repeat 10 times to increase circulation
in cold feet.
We stock a number of warming products for the feet to help circulation and make your feet feel warmer. Gehwol Warming Balm with extracts of algae, pepper, ginger, essential oils of rosemary and lavender as well as invigorating camphor stimulate the circulation and dispense a pleasant feeling of warmth. View all Foot warming products here.