Why do you sometimes have cold hands in summer?

Humans are “warm-blooded” and consequently dependent on a constant body temperature. For this purpose, it has a complicated system for heat regulation – the temperature is constantly measured via the skin and inside the body. When it is cold, the temperature sensors give the signal to constrict certain blood vessels in the arms and legs and reduce blood flow so that important organs such as the heart, brain, lungs and kidneys remain adequately supplied with blood.

Cold hands or feet – about every 5th woman suffers from it

The most common causes are circulatory disorders or  low blood pressure . Another possible cause is the so-called Raynaud’s syndrome, in which the blood flow suddenly stops because of a vascular spasm in the fingers. This phenomenon has not yet been fully clarified by medicine. It is known, however, that psychological stress and emotional stress, among other things, can also trigger vascular spasms.

Other causes of permanently cold hands and fingers can also be underlying diseases such as heart defects,  diabetes  or thyroid diseases. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor if cold hands or feet keep coming back without any external reason!

Which home remedies help against cold hands and feet?

  • Contrast baths à la  Kneipp :  The alternation between heat and cold stimulus. Soak forearms in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes, then quickly switch to cold water for about 15 seconds. Repeat two to three times in total, ending with cold water.
  • Water showers with the hose:  simply unscrew the shower head. First one calf side with light water pressure from the foot up to the knee, then down the other side. Alternate between warm and cold two to three times. Also applies to forearm affusions. Dry well.
  • Taking a sauna:  The sauna has a similar effect. Subsequent cold  showers  promote blood circulation. If you have heart or circulatory problems, consult your doctor beforehand.
  • Finger gymnastics:  gymnastics for the fingers gets the blood circulation in the hands going again. To do this, simply stretch out your hands and clench them into fists 20 times and open them again. This promotes blood circulation and your hands become warm again.
  • Hot spices:  Tabasco, red pepper, paprika and chili stimulate blood circulation. But beware: the stomach must be able to take it! If in doubt, rosemary will suffice. Ginger  also has a heat-promoting effect.


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