You’re inside. The heat’s cranked up to 80. You’ve got on so many layers the FedEx guy just mistook you for a snowman. Yet your hands and feet still feel like blocks of ice.
Suffering with cold hands and feet can make you feel downright miserable. But the good news is it’s seldom a serious issue unless you have Raynaud’s syndrome or are suffering from serious heart issues. And chances are good if you’re in either of those two groups you already know it.
Folks with Raynaud’s syndrome don’t just have issues with the cold, they also experience skin changes including having their fingers and toes turn white and blue. And if you have a severe heart issue, and your heart is unable to effectively pump blood to your extremities, no doubt you’re already under a doctors’ care for your condition.
What about the rest of us who suffer from icy tootsies and chilly digits?
Well the truth is some of us are simply more prone to it than others. But the good news is you may be able to banish your cold hands and feet for good simply by bumping up your circulation with plenty of blood flow boosting foods.
Following are our six favorite foods for better blood flow.
1. Beet juice:
Turns out, beet juice is packed with nitrates, which are natural vasodilators. That’s the scientific way of saying they open up your blood vessels for better blood flow and circulation, an essential for warm hands and feet. Pick up some pure beet juice at the market. Can’t find beet juice at your local store? Look online or simply make some of your own using a juicer.
Celery doesn’t get the respect it deserves. For some reason this pleasingly crunchy veggie has gained a reputation for being mostly water. But the fact is celery brings plenty of valuable nutrients to the table including five of the ones your body needs for the healthy circulation: vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, iron, and vitamin C.
3. Hot cocoa:
Just the words hot cocoa alone make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And we’re not only recommending this cold weather favorite because it will warm up your fingers when you wrap them around your mug. Chocolate is packed with blood flow boosting bioflavonoids. But remember, in order to get the best results you need to be sure you’re using dark chocolate and limiting any added sugars.
Nuts are natural circulation boosters, especially almonds and pistachios. Grab a handful midday to help keep your blood flowing from the top of your head down to the tips of your toes. This healthy snack is rich in arginine, which expands blood vessels to improve body wide blood flow, especially in the extremities.
Radishes are brimming with potassium, a blood flow superstar. As a natural electrolyte and vasodilator this important mineral helps your body maintain proper fluid levels and healthy circulation. For every fiery little radish you eat you are getting around 10.5 mg of this essential nutrient.
A study out of Japan found curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is so effective at improving blood flow that it bumps up circulation as much as exercise does. So go ahead and spice up your dinner and warm up your hands and feet at the same time.