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If you’re someone who always has cold fingers and toes, you know how impossible it is to stay warm. Bundling up won’t always do the trick, so it’s important to know a few handy ways to keep your extremities comfortable during the colder seasons. When all else fails, you’ll want to try these five handy tricks to deal with cold hands and feet.
1. Eat More Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have blood-thinning effects that may help relieve symptoms of Raynaud’s Disease, the narrowing of blood vessels that makes your fingers feel cold. Load up on fish such as tuna, sardines and salmon to get more of the nutrient.
2. Drink A Warm Beverage
Although hot cocoa or hot coffee isn’t going to change your internal body temperature, it will give you temporary relief. Hot drinks can give a fleeting feeling of warmth to places like your hands and stomach—especially when you’re clutching a warm mug. A warning though, make sure that beverage is decaf. Caffeine constricts blood vessels so can actually contribute to cold hands and feet. The same goes for nicotine too—yet another reason to kick that habit.
3. Wear A Hat
Keeping your head and core warm can also help keep the rest of your body warm, including your extremities. Try to wear layers and cover your head with a hat or beanie to keep your body temperature up.
4. Use Heat Packs
Heat packs can be lifesavers when it comes to keeping your hands and feet warm. If you don’t have a heating pad you can warm up at home, you can use disposable hand warmers while you are out and about.
5. Stay Active
Physical activity boosts circulation, which helps send blood to the fingertips and toes to keep you warm. Stay moving by taking walks or swinging your arms in place.