On a regular basis, people who suffer from poor blood circulation will have cold feet. What happens is that the body does not get enough oxygen and so it is harder for the blood to get to the extremities. With the improvement of circulation, this problem will go away eventually.
However, if the problem persists, it could indicate other health issues such as chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, nerve damage, diabetes, hypothyroidism or sometimes even hypothermia.
In any case, the doctor should be consulted if the problem seems to persist and the next 10 tips do not work. So, here are 10 things you could do at home:
- Massaging your feet with warm oil
This way, you will stimulate the circulation of the blood which will go straight into your feet. The bonus part is that your feet will be healthy and free from any additional problems. You can use any type of oil though olive oil would be recommended; warm it and start massaging your feet for 10 ten minutes and then put on some cotton socks.
Fill 2 recipients with water. One with cold water and the other with hot water. Place your feet in cold water for 2 minutes and then put them in hot water for 1 minute. Do this for about 15-20 minutes. Pat dry it and put on cotton socks. You may also add essential oils such as peppermint or rosemary.
- Foot exercises
For 1 minute, stay on the tip of your toes and then slowly come down to the heels. Repeat this for 10 minutes. Another great thing to do is to walk on your toes and then on the heels for about 15-20 minutes.
- Epsom Salt
Fill the tub with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt in it. Stir it until it will be dissolved and place your feet in it for 20 minutes. Repeat this 2 times a week.
The gingerols and zingerone will give warmth to your body. Drink 2-3 times day this solution made out of 1tbsp. of sliced ginger simmered in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. You can also take supplements containing ginger.
- Green tea
You can drink up to 3 cups of green tea per day. You can also soak your feet in the solution after steeping 3-4 bags of tea in a large pot of hot water for 10 minutes.
- Cayenne pepper
The capsaicin will push the blood in your feet if you spread 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper in a pair of thick socks. Put thinner socks on your feet and then take the thick ones on.
- Walking on the grass
You will not only warm your feet, but you will also stretch the muscles, tendons, ankles and ligaments. Have we mentioned the vitamin D that comes along with this exercise?
- More iron
Eat more apples, red meat, spinach, almonds and all those foods containing iron. You could have an iron deficiency and this could lead to anemia, which will explain the cold feet.
- More magnesium
The lack of magnesium will also cause your feet to go cold. Adult women need about 300 grams of magnesium per day while men need 400 grams. Eat more spinach, broccoli, avocados, green beans, baked potatoes, pumpkin or sesame seeds and almonds. You can also take supplements, but talk to your doctor first.