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Why Are Some People Always Cold

By Chris Brown

Some people are always cold. I know from personal experience, I once dated one. No matter the condition, indoor or out, it seemed she was always a tad too cold for comfort. I've often wondered about the reason behind her icy interior. Do some bodies naturally run colder? Was she secretly a member of the undead? 

If you or your snuggle partner are always cold, it may be completely normal or the sign of a larger health condition. To find out for sure, some personal investigation and possibly a doctor visit may be required. Regardless, it is always smarter to know before unpacking the vampire stakes.

Why Am I Always Cold?

Feeling temporarily colder than others can be the result of external factors including alcohol consumption, illness, and medication. However, long-term cold-bloodedness is often the result of the internal body's processes. One's gender plays a huge role in the comfort temperature of their body, according to a 2015 study. The study found that women preferred temperatures that averaged 3 degrees Celsius higher than their male counterparts. This is theorized to be due to women's lower resting metabolism.

However, if one's temperature levels are significantly different than the average person of the same sex, it may signify an underlying disease or dietary deficiency. Potential causes include:

  • Anemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Kidney disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Anorexia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Low Vitamin B12
  • Low iron
  • Hypopituitarism

Since most of these conditions come with other symptoms, it is important to pay attention to how one is feeling as a whole and consult a medical professional if an imbalance is suspected.

How to Become Warm Blooded

The first step to warm one's blood is to determine the root cause. If the problem is related to a disease or hormonal imbalance, then medication, chiropractic adjustments, or dietary fixes may solve not only the cold, but also other adverse symptoms. 

If medical problems and external factors (such as alcohol consumption or medications) have been ruled out, one may simply be a naturally colder-blooded human. Thankfully, there are a number of tips for warming up that don't include sweating out others with a high thermostat.

  • Eat foods heavy in fat or spices to heat the body using its own digestion
  • Bundle up with layers of clothes
  • Practice the "vase breathing" technique
  • Think about something warm to psychologically trick the senses
  • Sip on a warm beverage

A chiropractic adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic may also be able to clear nervous system restrictions that are causing one's internal temperature problems. An affordable, safe first step is to visit one of The Joint's 500-plus clinics nationwide and see if it helps the problem.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in University Heights, Ohio.

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