The Healthy Hack

Poor blood circulation and oxygen supply mainly contribute to cold feet problem. Cold feet are a dilemma which can be related to other health problems such as hypothermia, hypothyroidism, anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, etc. Other factors that can be linked to cold feet are nutritional deficiencies, smoking, drinking alcohol, hormonal imbalance and stress. But it varies from every person and you must consult your doctor first before you explore these natural solutions.

These are some of the natural remedies that you can do at home and cure the cold feet.

Hydrotherapy

  • This is washing with both hot and cold water alternately and keeps the blood flowing freely restoring warmth in your feet.
  • Prepare two basins: 1 hot, 1 cold
  •  Sit comfortably and soak your feet in cold water first then hot water for 2 minutes alternately and keep it up to 15-20 minutes.
  • Put warm socks after drying.
  • Maintain this process a few times daily
  • Add a few drops of essential oils like peppermint, ginger or rosemary for faster results

Foot Exercise

It is vital to exercise your feet as it helps blood circulation and keeps your feet warm. This not only makes you strong and healthy but it makes your blood vessels invigorated. Walking alternately on your toes and heels for at least 10-15 minutes is elementary.

Here are some other efficient exercises:

  • In one minute, stand straight en pointe and gradually get down on your heels. Go over again for 7-10 minutes
  • While sitting restfully, twist your ankle joints in clockwise and counterclockwise motion 10-20 times.
  • Use your toes in picking up a piece of cloth or other objects on the floor. Repeat multiple times.

Ginger

It warms your body and prompts blood circulation fluidly because of the compounds found in them like gingerols and zingerone.

  • Put a tablespoon of sliced ginger in 2 cups of water
  • Bring it to a boil for 10 minutes and strain
  • Mix in raw honey and stir well
  • Drink this 2-3 times a day
    Note: Soak your feet for about 10-15 minutes in the concoction of boiled ginger water (few slices). Remember to consult your doctor first.

Warm Oil Massage

Foot massage is a therapeutic way to stimulate the blood. It prevents cold feet and brings back warmth to it.

  • Heat the oils (sesame, olive or coconut oil)
  • Gently apply the oil onto your cold foot from your toe to ankle for 10-15 minutes and repeat
  • After that massage, wear cotton socks before going to bed and see the results in the morning. Then, repeat the same process

Cayenne Pepper

An active component of chili peppers called Capsaicin helps in the improvement of blood circulation, up to our feet; equalizes body temperature and gives comfort from symptoms like swelling, pain and tingly feeling in the legs.

  • Put 1-2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper equally in a pair of thick socks.
  • Put on a pair of thin socks and place the thick socks with cayenne pepper over your feet
  • Leave it for a few minutes and repeat the process routinely.
    Note: Consult your doctor should you want capsaicin supplements or massage the soles of your feet with capsaicin-loaded over the counter cream.

Epsom Salt

Also known as magnesium sulfate, which you will dilute in water and soak your feet and supply magnesium to the body.

  • Prepare warm water on a small tub and combine Epsom salt in it.
  • Dip your feet or hands for about 16-20 minutes
  • Do this at least twice a week if you ever feel cold feet again.

Green Tea

It has natural elements that act as a healing agent for many beauty and health problems.

  • For 10 minutes, immerse 3-4 green tea bags in a basin or tub of hot water.
  • Take off the green tea bags from the basin or tub and dip your feet for several minutes

Tips and Safety Measures:

  • It’s imperative to consult your doctor if you see signs of numbness, change in skin color, blisters or swelling.
  • Walking on foot on the grass for 30 minutes to increase blood circulation
  • Consume foods rich in iron such as dates, almonds, spinach, apples and the like because once you are hemoglobin deficient, it won’t be unable to deliver the proper oxygen supply to all body parts, like feet, thus the cold feet.
  • Go to a doctor for the correct prescription of iron, magnesium and other supplements to relieve the cold feet.
  • Eat magnesium-packed foods like mustard greens, broccoli, spinach, avocados, cucumbers and etc. to get the much needed Vitamin D.
  • Rest your feet or give it a support.
  • Exercise to circulate the blood like swimming, running, cycling or hiking.
  • Keep your feet warm.
  • Stop smoking, drink moderately and less caffeine as these affect blood circulation
  • Eat foods rich in Omega 3.
  • Explore alternative methods like acupressure, acupuncture or yoga.
  • Have a healthy diet.
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