Why your hands and feet get cold
Don’t worry if you’re always rubbing your hands together for warmth or noticing that your feet are colder than the rest of your body. “The reason our hands and feet get cold in the winter is because our body prioritizes keeping our vital organs like our heart and lungs warm,” which leads to a reduction of blood flow to the extremities, says Alyssa Tucci, MS, RDN, CDN, at Compass Nutrition in New York City. Why hands and feet? Because those areas of the body are where heat is lost to cold air the most. Those parts of the body, along with the ears, have more thermoregulatory receptors than any other part of your body, which means they direct blood flow away from the hands and feet and toward the core of the body, Michael B. Gottschalk, MD, a surgeon at Emory Sports Medicine Clinic who specializes in the upper extremities explained to weather.com.
Eat heart-healthy foods
One way to warm up those extremeties is to boost circulation, and eating for heart health holds the key. “Try to incorporate heart-healthy foods like fatty fish, nuts, olive oil, and fruits and veggies into your diet,” Tucci suggests. These foods work wonders for your circulation, which is essential for adequate blood flow and temperature regulation. According to WebMD, such heart-healthy, circulation-boosting foods include salmon, raspberries, walnuts, low-fat yogurt, bananas, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and olive oil. You’ll get ample portions of all those delicious foods as part of the Mediterranean diet. Don’t miss these 9 common feet problems and podiatrists’ simple solutions.