A lot of people don’t know that cold feet and hands are indicators of serious health conditions such as thyroid dysfunction. Your body naturally changes temperature throughout the day, but only within a degree, and unusually cold feet and hands are not natural occurrences of the body.
If you have cold hands and feet when the rest of your body is warm, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor about it. Before you seek a treatment, it’s best to consult your doctor about thyroid disorders and treatment.
What Do Cold Feet And Hands Mean
1. Low Basal Metabolic Rate
The thyroid gland controls your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which is defined as the base or minimal rate of energy the body expands and the speed at which your cells make energy or heat. When your thyroid is functioning properly, it’ll help your body maintain its appropriate temperature which is 98.6 Fahrenheit.
2. Poor Blood Circulation
Thyroid dysfunction and thyroid disease can lead to heart problems which cause poor blood circulation in your body and cold feet and hands. The thyroid hormone affects the cardiac contractility along with components such as blood pressure, rhythm disturbances, and more. Low thyroid levels can cause a buildup of homocysteine, an amino acid that prevents essentials nutrients in the blood from reaching extremities such as feet and hands.
3. Compromised Cardiac Contractility
Cardiac contractility is the measurement of cardiac pump performance and has a direct effect on the cardiac output which is the amount of blood the heart pumps in one minute. When the contractility is compromised, the heart starts to pump lower amounts of blood than optimal.
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4. Buildup of Mucin
Hypothyroidism can also lead to heart disease caused by a buildup of mucin. Mucin is a protein substance in the body and can begin to accumulate in an individual with low thyroid function. This substance attaches to water which leads to the swelling of heart muscles, causing weakness, and poor health.
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5. Heart Problems
Thyroid dysfunction also raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes. When the body isn’t producing enough of the thyroid hormone, it can cause the heart to beat too slowly or irregularly, blood pressure change, and high cholesterol, which can all lead to a stroke or heart attack.
You can warm your feet and hands by doing acupressure on your thyroid. Watch this video from Eric Berg to find out how!
The next time you experience cold feet and it has nothing to do with a situation you are trying to get out of, make sure you pay attention to it! Tell your doctor if you are experiencing cold feet and hands and ask them to run a full thyroid panel. It’s important to be aware of the various symptoms of thyroid dysfunction in order to start treatment immediately.
Do you know other symptoms of thyroid dysfunction that aren’t taken seriously? Share your thoughts in the comments below!