I have noticed many a time that my hands are getting cold all the time. Even the slightest inactivity will bring cold feeling in my fingers. Why is this so? I have noticed sometimes that my toes can get cold too. Why would this be? How do I protect my hands and feet from becoming cold?
Cold feeling in any part of the body means that the heat generation is either reduced or is not sufficient for that particular area. In human bodies, heat generation solely happens by circulation of blood. Faster the circulation of blood, the more heat is generated. Same happens when one gets a fever. Due to the presence of infections in the body, the blood circulation happens faster, to enable faster response by the white blood cells.
Thus if there is any reason from inside the body, or from external factors, blood circulation can slow down and can lead to a cold sensation of the body. This cold sensation usually happens in the most external areas of the body at the extreme ends. For example, the extreme areas of the body are the skin and the extreme ends are hands and feet.
If the weather outside being cold, then the brain gives a message to the blood circulation to increase at the core area. Core areas contain the vital organs like the brain, heart, organs, muscles and joints. This will lead to a cold feeling in the skin around the hands and feet.
The other possibility could be that the cold is so intense that however blood circulation increases, it is not able to cope up with the drop of temperature. This leads to a cold sensation.
To help the body’s own system to keep the body warm, the following things are suggested:
- Start by wearing warm clothes. Clothes made from wool help to insulate the body warmth. Sweaters, hand gloves, feet socks, woollen pants and mufflers around the neck are helpful.
- Synthetic clothes are also helpful, sometimes even better than woollen clothes. The only concern with synthetic clothes is that they will not allow any outlet for sweat and thus the body can become all moistened. Some people may be sensitive and allergic to synthetic clothes.
- Using blankets, drapings to keep the body warm are helpful.
- Make use of heating appliances. Electric heaters, solar heaters help to keep the air in a room heated. The flip side of solar heaters is that they will not work much in cloudy climates where the sun rays are not available in an intense manner. The flip side of electric appliances is that they will increase the electricity bill to sky-high levels :).