Dr Cris here with The Ask Dr Cris Show. Today’s question comes from Beth and she would like to know ‘why do I have cold hands and feet?’
It is a good question as a lot of people do and a lot of women have cold hands and feet. Sometimes it is a circulation issue so it is about being in a cold room and you have been sitting or typing at your computer for a long time and you have got cold hands and feet. Other times it is actually an indication of something more internal and that can be thyroid issues. So thyroid issues, low thyroid function, low metabolism can give you cold hands and cold feet. Do have your iodine levels tested. If you have low iodine function, low iodine levels, it will suppress your thyroid function and you can get the cold hands and feet just from simply that alone.
There is a condition called Raynaud’s phenomena and it is where you get blue tips when you get really cold and if you are left to go cold even more so they will go red and then even purple. So, a lot of women have that or varying degrees of that and they don’t realise. It’s the form of a circulation issue and it is often genetic. There is not a lot you can do about that other than obviously keeping your hands and feet warm. But that is just a side note about Raynaud’s Phenomena or Raynaud’s Syndrome and it is genetic often in women. Low adrenal function which means you have been under a lot of stress for a long time and you are quite fatigued it can lead to cold hands and cold feet basically because your blood pressure has been redistributed to the trunk and your limbs are often forgotten as part of that process. So, do look at your stress levels, do have your adrenal levels tested and do decide whether some changes need to be made to try and optimise your whole health and obviously use circulation as that motivation to do that. So thank so much for your question and I look forward to answering more of your questions.
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Holistic Medical Doctor, Author ‘Healthy Habits, 52 Ways to Better Health‘