Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Home Remedies for Cold Feet

Cold feet are often indicative of underlying conditions such as hormonal imbalance, malfunctioning circulatory system, malnutrition and even anemia. However, persistent cold extremities can also be a symptom of other health problems, such as anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, restless legs syndrome, peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage, peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism, Raynaud’s disease and hypothermia.

Medical treatment for cold feet is possible. However, in the meantime you can try out some effective home remedies for taking care of the condition.

Home Remedies for Cold Feet

1. Exercises

Exercising your feet is essential to keep the blood flowing continuously and keep your feet warm. Foot exercises also help strengthen blood vessels.

Stand up straight on the tips of your toes for 1 minute, then slowly come down on your heels. Repeat the procedure for 10 minutes. While seated, rotate each foot clockwise and then counter-clockwise at the ankle joint 10 to 20 times. Walk alternately on your toes and then your heels for 10 to 15 minutes. Use your toes to pick up a piece of cloth or some other object from the floor several times. Perform any of these exercises to restore warmth when you feel your feet getting cold.

2. Warm Oil Massage

Massaging your feet is a simple and therapeutic way to restore warmth. It stimulates blood flow to your extremities. Plus, regular foot massage will help keep your feet healthy and free from many kinds of foot problems.

Warm some olive, coconut or sesame oil in the microwave for a few seconds. Apply this warm oil on one of your cold feet. Use gentle but firm pressure with your fingers to massage from toe to ankle for 10 minutes. Repeat with the other foot. After the massage, put on cotton socks. Do this daily before going to bed and, if needed, once again during the day.

3. Epsom Salt

Another simple way to make your feet warm is an Epsom salt soak. The heat of the warm water will have a warming effect, while the magnesium sulfate present in Epsom salt will provide magnesium to the body. Magnesium deficiency is one of the causes of cold feet as well as hands.

Mix ½ cup of Epsom salt in a small tub filled with warm water. Stir until the salt is dissolved. Soak your feet in it for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat this remedy twice a week.

4. Walk Barefoot
This is the simplest way of treating cold feet. All you have to do is get up really early in the morning and find a patch of clean grass where you can walk. Walk barefoot on the grass for around 5-7 minutes every day. It will increase the blood circulation to your feet. This method is also known to improve eye sight. You can even walk barefoot on the first snow of the season.

5. Green Tea

Green tea is considered a valuable natural cure for cold feet. Drinking green tea improves the functioning of the vessels that carry blood through the body, including your feet.

Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea throughout the day. To make green tea, add 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves to a cup of hot water, cover and steep for 5 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and drink it. You can also steep 3 or 4 green tea bags in a large pot of hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes. Repeat twice daily.

6. Diet For Cold Feet

When dealing with Cold Feet, it is suggested that you add warm spices like ginger, caraway, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, anise etc in your foods.In addition, positively include more beans, almonds, pumpkins, avocados, Brussels sprouts and a variety of other vitamin E rich foods because they promote proper blood circulation. Drink sufficient water throughout the day and consume fresh juicy fruits such as plums, cherries, grapes, apricots etc.

Besides, adopt these above mentioned natural home remedies for Cold Feet, avoid wearing tightly fitted pants, socks and shoes, and do not sit in positions to ensure there is no undue pressure on your feet.