Many people don’t like the cold. There are many people who always feel cold regardless of the season. This is why we would like to share the 6 reasons why you may often feel cold.
There is nothing like the warmth of the sun hitting your skin, keeping you warm. Did you know that there are 6 reasons why you may often feel cold?
Many people, known as snowbirds, leave the winter months in search of the warmth. Hey, I have done this myself! However, there are others who consistently fight with cold year round. What we are referring to here is those suffering from cold hands and feet, even when it’s really hot outside.
If this sounds familiar to you, here are the six common reasons discussed below that could be the cause.
6 Factors to Consider When You Often Feel Cold :
Low BMI – Body Mass Index (In a nutshell – being too thin). This is a measurement which takes into account your weight and height. It then puts you into a bracket of body fat. A BMI of 18.5 or lower can be responsible for your feeling cold. As this means that your body is low on fat. Body fat acts as an insulator for our body in colder months.
Being that thin is likely due to the caloric deficit (not consuming enough, or the right kind of calories). Now some may think that consuming fewer calories and being thin is a good thing, but again, moderation is key. Being too thin and not consuming enough calories can affect your metabolism by slowing it down. This produces less energy and therefore less heat.
Sleep deprivation – This deprivation is known to affect the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a part of the brain that controls body temperature.
Anemia – This is the condition of not having enough healthy red blood cells. There can be reasons for not having enough red blood cells – not enough iron, women’s cycle or simply an inability to produce red blood cells to name a few (this is by no means an exhaustive list). Insufficient iron leads to the inability for your blood to transport oxygen, which in effect will not deliver the necessary nutrients to heat your cells – leading to feeling cold.
Vitamin B12 deficiency – This seems to be a prevalent condition nowadays. It springs from many reasons from SIBO, candida overgrowth, too much stress and much more. However, if you have been told you are deficient, you should do proper tests to see the cause of this deficiency. Additionally, deficiency can eventually lead to anemia, which we mentioned above.
Some great sources of B12 can be found in chicken, eggs, and fish. If you’re not getting enough, you could become anemic. Additionally, many medications can interfere with the absorption of B12 –statins, diuretics and metformin to name a few. Please get tested.
Beta-blockers – (used for hypertension) are regularly responsible for giving you the chills and can be a cause of memory loss.
Dehydration – Water warms you up in two ways. It traps heat and releases it slowly, keeping your body temperature steady. Water also helps drive your metabolism.
The list above is a quick reference sheet that is not at all comprehensive or the sole causes of chronic coldness. This list is some of the more common, but do note that there are more reasons than the above stated.
If you have any concerns, please contact your allopathic or holistic doctor.