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3 Reasons You May Always Feel Cold

By Amy Silva

There is a difference between feeling chilly occasionally and feeling cold constantly. There are several health conditions and underlying problems that can lead to feeling cold. Diabetes, hypothyroidism and anemia are three common issues that may cause it. It could also be possible there are no health concerns to worry about; you may just not retain heat well because of your environment. Turn up the heat a bit and read about how some issues relate to cold intolerance and ways you can warm up.

There are some health problems that can make you feel cold. 

Diabetes - In some cases, diabetes can cause kidney damage. It's one health issue that can lead to being cold consistently. There are other symptoms of diabetic nephropathy that include being short of breath, feeling itchy, loss of hunger and swelling of the feet, hands or face.

Hypothyroidism - The thyroid gland is found in the neck and releases a hormone that helps control metabolism. The hypothalamus, located in the brain, helps to control the thyroid gland and tells it to speed up or slow down metabolism. If it doesn't release enough of the thyroid hormone, the metabolism can slow down, leading to slower metabolism resulting in feeling cold constantly. Some symptoms of hypothyroidism aside from frequently feeling cold include having dry skin, thinning hair and gaining weight.

Anemia - Anemia can occur when a body doesn't spread oxygen through the body. To work properly, the body needs enough red blood cells so oxygen can be carried through the system and carry heat with it.  While being cold is a symptom of being anemic, you may also feel tired and sluggish and notice your heart isn't beating normally. One way to treat anemia is to increase iron naturally by eating foods rich in the mineral such as greens, and adding protein sources such as meat and seafood. You might also consider taking a natural iron supplement.

Combat the Cold

Aside from trying to increase iron intake, there are simple ways you can help yourself feel warmer such as:

  • Wear layers - Take a jacket when out or a sweater to work so you can help regulate your body temperature
  • Wear socks at home - Being barefoot is common but wearing socks can help warm up feet
  • Cover up - Cover with a blanket if you're relaxing on the couch or even sitting in the office
  • Drink warm liquids - Hot tea, cocoa, coffee, cider or even warm milk may help

There are various reasons for being cold, but there are also ways to warm up. It's much easier to warm up than it is to cool down.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring Town Center, Tex. 

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