The extremities of the body, the hands and feet, are often one of the first places a person notices that they have a circulation problem. Poor circulation can affect the blood flow throughout the whole body, but it is the extremities that can be most affected.
Tips for improving circulation
1. If you stand up or sit down a lot, you should change your position regularly and stretch your legs as often as possible as our bodies do not cope well with being in the same position hour after hour.
2. Shake your hands and arms and circle your feet; take a short walk; do on the spot walking or running. All these and any other exercises help to get the blood flowing freely around the body and oxygen to the extremities.
3. Avoid restrictive clothing especially socks that may be too tight, belts tied too tightly and any underwear that could also restrict blood flow. Wear shoes that feel comfortable and keep the feet warm. Hands too should be kept warm with suitable gloves. During winter months, wearing thermal underwear can make a huge difference to maintaining a warm body temperature.
4. Drink plenty of fresh water each day to help hydrate cells (including those of the skin) while getting rid of waste products.
Too hot or cold?
Uncomfortable for you and disturbing for the others around you, do you always find you are feeling a different temperature to your friends and family?
Apart from finance, it is said that the most arguments between adult couples is over how hot or how cold their home is or should be - with the majority of men finding the home too warm and women saying it is too cool.
However, in our own home, the complete opposite is true!
Two people in the same room can feel completely different temperatures.
What is the reason for this disparity?
Apparently it is the hypothalamus.
This is part of the brain that produces hormones that regulate the internal body temperature. The normal figure is 98.6 degrees. It is our skin receptors that help us detect room temperature, and a two-degree change is enough for us to feel a difference.
Our hypothalamus can be affected by different factors.
These reasons could lead to a change in your body temperature
1. You could be coming down with an infection or a virus.
A sudden onset of chills or shivering are the body’s way of trying to fight infection. Take high doses of vitamin C, get some rest and take extra care of yourself.
2. Feeling tired and exhausted or suffering from lack of sleep
. These are further reasons for feeling chilly.
3. Top of the list for feeling too warm has to be the side effects that some women suffer during their menopause. Those hot flushes
can be a real nightmare for many at this stage in their lives.
4. Rising stress levels
could be another reason. Instead of shivering, you find yourself sweating when everyone around you is feeling the cold, your higher body temperature may be due to stress. High stress levels can cause the autonomic nervous system to activate and send blood moving towards the body’s core organs and a higher body temperature.
5. Heightened emotions.
Feeling very emotional can also cause the body temperature to change even though it may be hot or cold outdoors. The brain sends signals to your body as you deal with certain situations, leading to unconscious physiological changes.
6. Feeling alone or depressed
? More reasons to feel colder than those around you. You can put this down to the opposite of that warm, fuzzy feeling that you are likely to experience when you are happy and sociable with good friends and family around you.
A few ways to handle a lower or higher body temperature
1. Ascertain what might be the reason behind your own unique temperature reading and take appropriate steps if possible.
2. Wear suitable clothing and dress for the weather. Especially important and when you have to work in an air conditioned environment, you may well need to dress more warmly.
3. Even the food you eat can affect your body temperature with soups, cooked veggies and carbohydrates helping to keep your body warm, while fruits, vegetables and lighter meals could keep you feeling cooler. It is often said that a cup of tea will warm you up and
cool you down – which always sounds a little strange.
4. Decide on the ideal temperature for you if you live alone but if you have to take others into account, setting the thermostat too high or too low can well lead to disagreement. You may have to dress differently to compensate.
5. One trick to avoiding feeling extreme heat or cold is (a) to visualize a warmer place when you’re feeling cold as it could release endorphins that assist in maintaining body heat or (b) to imagine playing in the snow when you are feeling too warm.
One word of warning
When you are feeling cold, you might make the mistake of taking alcohol. This can be a mistake because although it may make you feel misleadingly warm, it can cause you to underestimate your body’s actual temperature and in the right circumstances, make you more susceptible to hypothermia.